Difference Between Meth and Coke
Crystal meth and cocaine are two illicit drugs, and both have a stimulant effect on the user. Both meth and coke can also be incredibly detrimental to the health and life of the user, so what is the difference between meth and coke?
The following provides general information about meth and coke and also defines the difference between meth and coke.
- A big difference between meth and coke is the fact that cocaine is metabolized by the body of the user much more quickly than meth. Meth tends to last longer, and it stays in the body for longer, as well as the brain. Someone who is high on meth is going to feel the effects much longer than someone high on cocaine. For example, the half-life of meth is 12 hours, while the half-life of cocaine is only one hour.
- Another difference between meth and coke is the fact that cocaine is derived from a plant, while meth is completely manmade, often with toxic chemicals and household products.
- When someone takes meth, it actually does two things to the brain. First, it increases the release of dopamine, while also blocking the reuptake of dopamine. Cocaine only blocks dopamine reuptake, on the other hand.
- Meth tends to be more addictive than cocaine, and while cocaine is considered an addictive substance, some people do use it recreationally without becoming addicted, while this is virtually unheard of with meth.
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