Dangers and Effects of Smoking Cocaine
Cocaine is a drug that’s classified as an addictive stimulant, and when it’s sold on the street it’s available in a powder form that’s snorted, and can also be dissolved in water and injected directly into the bloodstream. There’s also another way to abuse cocaine, however, and that’s by smoking it.
Cocaine can also be processed to create a rock crystal, and then someone heats it in a pipe, and the crystal emits vapors that are inhaled. This is often called crack or crack cocaine.
Regardless of how someone abuses cocaine when they do this drug, it affects the dopamine levels in their brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that’s associated with pleasure and reward. When you use cocaine, there is a release of large amounts of dopamine that then stay in the brain, rather than being recycled as they would under normal circumstances.
This is why people who use cocaine feel a euphoric high or rush.
Since cocaine is a stimulant, people also experience increased energy and wakefulness, and in some cases, they may feel more productive or have a false sense of well-being or sociability.
However, a cocaine high is short-lived, and when the effects of the drug wear off the person will likely experience a crash or come down, which can include depression and anxiety. Using cocaine, regardless of whether you’re smoking cocaine or snorting or injecting it, can also cause high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, and tremors.
Long-term effects of using cocaine can include malnutrition, a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, paranoia and long-lasting psychological symptoms.
There’s also something possible called cocaine psychosis. This is most likely to occur in heavy or long-term users of the drug. When someone is experiencing cocaine psychosis, they may lose touch with reality, become aggressive or violent, or experience hallucinations and paranoia.
So what about smoking cocaine? Why do people smoke cocaine, and are there more risks associated with using the drug in this way, even as compared to snorting it as an example?
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