What Does Cocaine Look Like?
Cocaine is a drug classified as a stimulant, so when someone uses it, they may feel a rush of euphoria, a false sense of well-being, energy and in some cases people may also experience feelings of extreme anxiety or paranoia.
There are two forms of cocaine, which are hydrochloride salt and crack cocaine or freebase. Hydrochloride salt is powdered and dissolvable in water. Freebase is heated, and the vapors are inhaled.
In most cases, cocaine is white in color. Crack cocaine’s color can range from a clear or whitish color to an off-white or yellow color. More details about what cocaine looks like are provided below.
Cocaine is recreationally abused by people who want to stay up for long hours, and sometimes it’s even used by people to make them feel more productive so they can achieve more at school or work.
Despite how prevalent cocaine abuse is, that doesn’t mean that it’s not a dangerous illicit substance. The following provides an overview of cocaine powder and cocaine rock, including the effects of these drugs, as well as how to identify them.
Sometimes people purchase cocaine mixed with someone like heroin, or another stimulant to amplify the effects.
In most cases, people buying heroin on the black market have no idea what else it contains, so they’re putting themselves at risk because of that, as well as the effects of the cocaine on its own.
Cocaine can be abused in a few different ways. People often use cocaine powder and snort it to get high. The effects of snorting cocaine powder usually take a little longer to be felt, and the high is less powerful than the other routes of administration. Another option is dissolving certain forms of cocaine and injecting it directly into the bloodstream. Some people may also smoke cocaine, and the form that they buy is often referred to as cocaine rock.
The effects of being high on cocaine usually last for just a few minutes, and a maximum of about an hour, which is why people will binge on this drug to continue feeling the effects for longer.
Other effects of both cocaine powder and cocaine rock include dilated pupils, heightened blood pressure and body temperature, a faster heart rate, and tremors.
With snorting cocaine powder, long-term effects can include problems with smell and swallowing as well as nosebleeds. When people inject cocaine, they are at a higher risk for bloodborne diseases.
Cocaine powder that’s sold to users is a fine, white and crystalline powder, which is snorted through the nose. In some cases, cocaine powder is also dissolved and then injected.
When someone snorts cocaine powder, it goes through the nasal membranes and reaches the brain within about 3 to 5 minutes. When someone dissolves and injects cocaine powder, it reaches the brain in just a few seconds.
One of the reasons the color of cocaine powder or crack cocaine can vary is because of what it’s cut with. Sometimes additives are included in forms of cocaine to make them more effective, or just to add weight so dealers can increase their profitability.
When someone abuses crack cocaine, they will usually smoke it, although they may freebase it as well, which refers to a scenario where someone heats the drug and then inhales the fumes directly into their lungs.
When someone smokes cocaine or uses freebase cocaine, it’s highly addictive—even more so than using cocaine powder. Also, people who use cocaine in these ways often experience severe crashes after the high wears off, and the crash from crack cocaine or freebase cocaine can include depression, anxiety, and paranoia.
Cocaine powder is usually a fine white powder, although there may be slight color variations depending on what the drug is cut with.
Crack cocaine or freebase cocaine are crystal-like rocks that can be anything from clear to an opaque off-white or yellow color, also depending on what else is mixed in with the drug.
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