Coke, Snow, Charlie, C, Flake
What is it?
Cocaine is a powerful central nervous system (CNS) stimulant
that heightens alertness, inhibits appetite and the need
for sleep and provides intense feelings of pleasure. It
is prepared from the leaf of the Erythroxylon coca bush,
which grows primarily in Peru and Bolivia.
What does it look like?
Cocaine is generally sold on the street as a hydrochloride
salt - a fine, white crystalline. Street dealers dilute
it with inert (non-psychoactive) but similar-looking substances
such as cornstarch, talcum powder and sugar or with active
drugs such as procaine and benzocaine (used as local anaesthetics)
or other CNS stimulants such as amphetamines.
What are its effects?
Cocaine short-term effects appear soon after a single
dose and disappear within a few minutes or hours. Taken
in small amounts it usually makes the user feel euphoric,
talkative and mentally alert especially to the sensations
of sight, sound and touch. It can also temporarily dispel
the need for food and sleep. Paradoxically, it can make
some people feel contemplative, anxious or even panic-stricken.
Some people find that the drug helps them perform simple
physical and intellectual tasks more quickly; others experience
just the opposite effect. What if it's heavy? Large amounts
intensify users' high but may also lead to bizarre, erratic
and violent behaviour. These users may experience tremors,
vertigo, muscle twitches, paranoia or, with repeated doses,
a toxic reaction closely resembling amphetamine poisoning.
Physical symptoms may include chest pains, nausea, blurred
vision, fever, convulsions and coma. Death from a cocaine
overdose can occur from convulsions, heart failure or
depression of vital brain centres controlling respiration.
While many of the physical effects of heavy continuous
use are essentially the same as those of short-term use,
the heavy user may also suffer from mood swings, paranoia,
loss of interest in sex, weight loss and insomnia.
How is it used?
It can be snorted into the nostrils, although it
may be rubbed onto the mucous lining of the mouth, rectum
or vagina. It can also be injected but you run the risk
of been infected with either HIV or Hep C.
Is it addictive?
Psychological dependence exists when a drug is so central
to a persons thoughts, emotions and activities that it
becomes a craving or compulsion. Among heavy cocaine users,
an intense psychological dependence can occur; they suffer
severe depression if the drug is unavailable, which lifts
only when they take it again.
Illegal and if you are buying for a friend, you could
be done on intent to supply.