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Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. It is a stimulant of the central nervous system, an appetite suppressant, and a topical anesthetic.

What are the risks in using cocaine?

While cocaine can be a fun and exciting drug, it has its share of dangers. The following symptoms have been reported following cocaine intoxication:

  • Abruptio placentae/Spontaneous abortion
  • Aortic dissection
  • Bowel infarction/Ischemia
  • Cardiac arrest
  • CNS hemorrhage/Infarction
  • Hypertensive crisis
  • Hyperthermia
  • Myocardial infarction/Ischemia
  • Pneumothorax/Pneumomediastinum
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary thrombosis
  • Renal/Hepatic/Splenic infarction
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Seizures
  • Spinal infarction/Ischemia
  • Unstable supraventricular dysrhythmias
  • Ventricular tachycardia

Aside from health problems, addiction is another problem that is often associated with cocaine use. While cocaine may not be physically addictive, its intense effects and short duration allow it to be very psychologically addictive. You can minimize the risks by being smart about your usage, and never over-do it. Listen to your body, if you feel like you have done too much, then you probably have.

How much should I take?

This is the one of the harder questions to answer, due to the fact that cocaine purity is hardly ever consistent. On average if you are insufflating (snorting), you should start out with a line that is about 100 milligrams, and work your way up from there. Don't be surprised if you don't feel much the first time, a lot of people don't. For IV administration, you should cut your regular dose in half, and work it from there. You will eventually find a dose that suits your needs.

What are the different ways of ingesting coke?

There are three ways that coke is commonly ingested, as well as a fourth that's not so common.

  1. Insufflated (snorted)
  2. Smoked (crack)
  3. IV
  4. Orally

Insufflated, or snorted coke is probably the most common. The coke is reduced to a powder by smashing it with a mortar and pestle, rubbing it underneath a credit card, or putting a dollar bill over it and rubbing it with a lighter (there are also handy little devices that will grind your coke up for you). The powder is then cut out into lines, and snorted up the nose with a straw or rolled up dollar bill. The effects are felt within a few minutes, and last up to an hour. You should wash your nose out with water, or saline after each dose, to help prevent nasal damage.

Crack is another common method of ingestion. The coke is converted into its freebase form, by liberating it from its HCl molecule (which will be explained later). The crack is then placed inside a crack pipe, vaporized, and inhaled. You will feel the effects almost instantly, and they seem to dissipate after about 15-20 minutes. You want to use a direct flame on the rock, as well as on the glass that holds the rock. Some people report success with smoking coke in its HCl form, but in reality you are just wasting your drugs. Cocaine has to be freebased otherwise you are going to destroy most of the cocaine HCl when you heat it with your lighter.

IV cocaine is the third common way of ingesting cocaine. The cocaine is dissolved in water, and injected directly into your vein. You will feel the effects instantly, and you may vomit. There is an intense rush that lasts from 30 - 60 seconds, followed by after effects that last about 15-20 minutes.

How do I prepare coke for IV administration?

You want to use the same methods you would for injecting any other drug, except you want to use cold water. Cocaine will dissolve in cold water while a lot of cuts won't. Using cold water will ensure that you are injecting a relatively pure product.

How does alcohol interact with cocaine?

Cocaine and alcohol are metabolized in the liver into cocaethylene, which is a stimulant. Many people enjoy the combination, however, it is slightly more damaging to your body.

What's the difference between crack and freebase?

I'm glad you asked. There isn't really a difference in crack and freebase. The only difference is the method in which the HCl molecule is liberated from the cocaine molecule. Whether baking soda or ammonia is used to form freebase is irrelevant. Both will yield cocaine freebase. You might be left with a residual amount of baking soda if you use that method, but the amount will be minuscule. The term freebase is used either by people who want to be technical, or by people that don't want to be crackheads.

Is it possible to purify coke?

It is possible for the novice to purify cocaine to an extent. All you need to do is convert the cocaine into its freebase form (as described above), and then convert it back into a salt, with some HCl (muriatic acid from hardware store). You want to use about 1 ml of muriatic acid per gram of cocaine.

Is numbing power a good indicator of quality?

Not really. While cocaine will numb your tongue/nose/throat, there's a wide variety of cuts that will do the same thing. The only way for the average person to determine quality is to sample the product.

I left my coke out, and it turned into a pasty goo. What can I do?

Find another dealer. This is caused by cutting the coke too much. It is also advisable to keep your coke in a sealed container when you are not using it, as even pure coke will soak up moisture from the air. Some people have found success in drying the coke in an oven on low heat, or better yet, you could convert the coke into a freebase, and then back into a salt, however your yield will most likely be quite low.

How can I tell if someone has taken too much?

Common signs of a cocaine overdose include:

  • Dysphoria
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Heavy Perspiration
  • Rise in body temperature
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • High Blood Pressure

If you think someone has taken too much cocaine, you should take them to a hospital. Most of the medical problems associated with cocaine overdoses can only be treated in an emergency room.

What is a speedball?

A speedball is combining cocaine (or another stimulant) with heroin, in the same syringe, and injecting them both at the same time. While speedballs can be incredibly fun, they can also be quite dangerous. The drugs tend to cancel out some of the effects of each other, leading you to believe that you can do more. Many people have taken lethal doses of heroin, because the effects were masked by the cocaine.

I just finished some coke, and now I feel lousy. Can I avoid this?

Many people find that benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Valium, Klonopin) work wonders for coke comedowns. Benzos should be taken right after you finish your cocaine for optimal performance. If you don't have access to benzos, you may try an OTC sleep aid such as Nytol. Trazadone also works well at knocking you out under almost any circumstances. Some report that GHB works well too.