Cocaine

Cocaine is a euphoric stimulant. It is energizing both physically and psychologically. This very popular street drug is often cooked and converted into crack cocaine, another addicting and dangerous drug. Street names for cocaine include nose candy, snow and blow. Cocaine is extremely dangerous and poses risks both in the short and long term. Overdose, heart and kidney problems are risks that individuals may face when taking the drug.

Cocaine is derived from the cocoa plant and is a very significant cash crop in South America. It is often white in color and can be injected, taken orally, smoked and snorted.

Cocaine wasn’t always illegal. At one time it was included in a number of over-the-counter medications and everyday products. It wasn’t until the early 1900’s, particularly 1914, when the drug was made illegal in the United States. Prior to that, it was included in wine, drinks and even used as a pain reliever.

Cocaine will affect individuals differently. The most common effects include a decreased desire to eat, feelings of euphoria, the ability to focus and sexual arousal. Individuals may also be able to stay up for much longer periods of time then normal.

There is no correct dosing for cocaine. The amount required for a person to get high will vary. It will dependend upon their experience with the drug, their weight, its purity, their metabolism and whether or not they are male or female. It is also very hard to determine what might be a lethal dose. What is considered safe to use, may vary greatly from one person to the next. It is not un-heard of for individuals to die after only trying cocaine once. Len Bias, a superstar basketball star from the University of Maryland, died before joining the Boston Celtics, after taking cocaine for the first time.

Cocaine is a powerful central nervous system stimulant that is very popular and whose use, is widespread. Cocaine can also be used to make crack cocaine, another widely used and very dangerous drug. Both are extremely addicting, illegal and pose great dangers when mixed with other drugs.

Cocaine Basics

  Cocaine is a stimulant and one of the most abused drugs in the United States. It is extremely powerful and can be quite addicting. Some individuals use cocaine to have a good time.  Other individuals work in professions or are pursuing degrees which require them to be up for long periods of time, alert and focused, thus they begin using the drug in order to function. What starts out as a functional or entertaining use turns into an ugly addiction that will eventually require some...

Cocaine Dangers

  There are many risks associated with the use of cocaine. A person’s heat rate will increase, putting them at risk for a heart attack. They may become agitated, anxious and paranoid. They are also at risk for kidney failure, stroke and seizure. The dangers of cocaine use are present in both the short term and long term. Understanding what these are and when a person might be in danger may be the difference between life and death. It only takes one person to recognize the signs an...

Cocaine Addiction

  It is possible for persons to develop an addiction to cocaine. The high from the drug does not last very long. As a result, individuals often take more of it and perhaps use it more frequently, in order to sustain or experience the feelings commonly attributed to the use of cocaine. Overtime, this may result in an individual developing an addiction. There is a belief that cocaine is not physically addicting. However, it can be psychologically addicting. Individuals who find that they ...

Cocaine Mixing

  It is not safe to mix cocaine with most drugs, especially other stimulants. The latter can place an extreme amount of strain on the heart and can even cause death. Depressants can be dangerous as well. One of the most popular cocaine combinations is called a 'speedball'. This is a mixture of heroin and speed. It is extremely powerful and quite dangerous. People die from taking speedballs all of the time. Jim Belushi, a very famous comedian and musician died before his time after takin...

Cocaine Questions and Answers

  A.       What is a speedball? A speedball is a mixture of cocaine and heroin. It is extremely powerful and addicting. Its use can be fatal. John Belushi, a well known musician (Blues Brothers) and comedian died after taking a speedball. The combination is so dangerous because of its effect on the heart. Cocaine speeds up the heart while heroin slows it down. As a result, the heart may suffer from an arrhythmia and the user can die.   B.  ...

Cocaine Legality

  It is an illegal offense in the United States to be in possession of cocaine and also to sell it. It is a Schedule 2 drug and persons found with it, with the intent to use or distribute it may face jail time.    Schedule 2 drugs are those that pose a significant risk of addiction. What primarily differentiates them from Schedule 1 drugs is that they have some redeeming medical value. For example, cocaine falls on this list because it can be used as an anesthetic.  Ot...

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