Cocaine is a very powerful stimulant that was extremely popular during the 80's and 90's and it's still a drug of abuse today even though it's not one of the most commonly abused among young people. Because the effects of cocaine are very intense and the drug is so addictive, repeated use can lead to addiction very fast which is the reason there are so many people now chronically addicted to cocaine.
Cocaine is abused in various ways which includes snorting the powder, injecting the drug or by abusing the smoke-able form. Some cocaine users will even apply the drug to the tissue inside their nose which then gets absorbed into the bloodstream and then reaches the brain. The effects cocaine produces are intensified when the drug is injected, which is the most common form of use among chronic cocaine addicts.
About Crack Cocaine
It wasn't until the mid-80s when crack cocaine made its appearance and since then has become a preferred form of cocaine among many users. Crack cocaine produces an instant high when it's smoked which is what users are looking for but it's also highly addictive. This is why there's still a big demand for crack on the streets and because it's an inexpensive drug for dealers to make, it's also affordable for users.
Cocaine Use Can Lead To Instant Death
Post people don't realize what they're getting themselves into when they try cocaine for the first time no matter how they may choose to use the drug. Although some people just occasionally abuse cocaine and don't develop an addiction, it's a very dangerous drug and can lead to serious medical emergencies that can result in death instantly. Sudden death can take place from the use of cocaine no matter how the drug is abused or how often.
Cocaine Short Term Effects
When cocaine is used in small amounts it produces a high or intense euphoria depending on how it's abused but also makes a person much more aware of the "sensations of sight, sound, and touch". With this level of cocaine use a person feels more active, less inhibited and their appetite is decreased. Because cocaine is a stimulant, users have more energy and their need to sleep decreases also.
The quicker cocaine is absorbed into the body the more powerful the effects will be but the feelings don't last as long. For example, smoking cocaine produces a quicker high that may continue for around five to ten minutes compared to snorting the drug which is much slower to produce a high but may last for up to a half hour.
When cocaine users increase their dose and abuse a larger amount of the drug they do this to intensify their high. The short term effects associated with using cocaine in a larger dose isn't quite as pleasant and can lead to very strange, violent and unpredictable behavior. Irritability, anxiety, restlessness, paranoia and panic are other symptoms cocaine users have said they experienced when they used the drug also.
People don't realize the abuse of drugs like cocaine don't just produce pleasant feelings when they're used. Not only can cocaine use lead to addiction, cause unpleasant side effects and cause uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal but it can damage the heart, cause heart attacks, strokes, seizures, headaches, coma and unfortunately death.