Articles in Category: Cocaine

What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is an incredibly addictive illicit substance. Research shows that once a person experiments with cocaine he often cannot control the degree to which he will desire and use the drug. In the U.S. cocaine is the second most commonly used illicit drug. According to About.com, nearly one percent of Americans, or 2.1 million people use cocaine. On the black market, cocaine has been referred to as White Pony, Flake, Line, Coke, Dust, Rock, Crack, Powder and Sneeze among others. It is white in color and has the texture of a fine powder or crystal paste. It is rarely pure, often combined with sugar, flour and other additives. Unlike cocaine, crack cocaine has the shape of a rock. It is often a cream or salmon color. Cocaine has its origin in South America, as it was first extracted from the leaves of the coca plant there. It is classified as a stimulant that affects the central nervous system as well an appetite suppressant. Cocaine may be sniffed, snorted, injected or smoked. Cocaine creates of sense of euphoria, alertness, feelings of well-being as well as increased energy, focus and motor activity. Often, the user feels high, powerful, confident, and invincible. Although, after the euphoric sensation disappears the user is left feeling hyper-alert, agitated, depressed, anxious, and paranoid. Tremors, convulsions and increased body temperature are also common with excessive doses. Addictive use of cocaine use typically leads to severe physical and social problems.