Injecting Cocaine Side Effects & Dangers
Cocaine is a drug that’s classified as a stimulant, meaning that when someone uses it, they feel energetic, they may feel euphoric, and they will likely be awake for long periods of time. It is derived from a South American plant, and it’s classified as a Schedule II drug in the U.S., meaning it has a high abuse potential.
For the most part, when cocaine is purchased on the black market, it is a fine, white powder that’s usually snorted.
Cocaine is also often cut with other substances, which can range from substances like flour or cornstarch, to dangerous chemicals or substances. Cocaine is cut with other things because it allows dealers to make more money on a smaller actual amount of the drug. In some cases, cocaine is also combined with heroin, which is called a speedball.
When someone uses cocaine, the high is typically powerful but also short-lived. That’s why it’s a drug that often leads to binge patterns, meaning people will use it over and over again in a short period of time to maintain their high.
There are two chemical versions of cocaine. One is hydrochloride salt, which is water-soluble, and the other is a water-insoluble cocaine base, which is called freebase. With the hydrochloride salt, people can snort it as was mentioned above, or they can inject it. The base form of cocaine is processed with ammonia or baking soda and water, and then it’s heated, which creates something that can be smoked. Smokable cocaine is called crack.
The answer is yes, you can inject cocaine, and this is also called shooting cocaine. However, this is even riskier in most cases than snorting the drug.
If you’re wondering about how to shoot cocaine, or what shooting up cocaine does, you should be very aware of the risks.
Intravenous cocaine use is dangerous because it’s more likely to lead to addiction, and it can also cause serious physical and behavioral side effects. When you smoke cocaine, you get the fastest effects, but some people prefer shooting up cocaine because it gives a more intense high.
So, how do people inject cocaine?
In order to do a cocaine injection, first it has to be dissolved in a water solution, and then it can be injected directly into the body.
Some of the behavioral side effects of shooting up cocaine include paranoia, hallucinations, aggression, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, confusion, and depression.
When you’re researching how to shoot cocaine or how to inject cocaine, you’ll find that cocaine works on areas of the brain that are responsible for controlling pleasure and reward. In particular, cocaine affects a neurotransmitter in the brain called dopamine. When you use cocaine, whether you’re shooting up cocaine or snorting it, it increases the availability of dopamine in the brain. This then stimulates reward activity, which changes your brain chemistry and creates an addiction.
These are risks that aren’t exclusively to people who inject cocaine but can occur with any cocaine use.
When you inject cocaine, there are other risks in addition to the general risks of the drug itself.
First, when you’re shooting up cocaine, it can cause your skin and blood vessel linings to deteriorate.
Also, when cocaine is purchased on the streets it often includes additives. This can cause a residue to build up along the blood vessel passages. When this happens, injecting cocaine can lead to eventual cardiac problems. There is also the risk of both bacterial and viral infections when you inject cocaine.
When you inject cocaine, you’re also at risk of contracting very dangerous or deadly diseases including hepatitis C and HIV.
When you are shooting up cocaine, first and foremost there are all the risks associated with the drug itself including paranoia, hallucinations, aggression and sudden cardiac problems. When you inject cocaine, the risks go up even more, and you’re more likely to become addicted.
Also, when you shoot cocaine the high may be faster and more powerful than snorting it, but the crash or come down is also more severe and can include symptoms such as anxiety, depression, fatigue and paranoia.
It’s never a good idea to use cocaine, but shooting cocaine is even riskier than snorting the drug.
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