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Transcript of artificial energy?
BY: Gursimran Lalli and Tashad Saquif
What is cocaine?
Cocaine is a stimulant drug which can be very addictive. The result of consuming cocaine can make you feel energetic and alert. In other words "high". Cocaine originates itself from the leaves of coca bushes in the Andes Mountains in South America. Cocaine is also known as now, powder lines, freebase, c, dust, crack, rock, coke, flake, blow
What does cocaine look like and how is it used?
Cocaine can be snorted when it is in the form of cocaine hydrochloride. This is possible when it is inhaled through the nose from there It enters the bloodstream via the nasal tissues. Cocaine can also be injected when it is in a white crystalline powder state. This is when it is released directly in the blood stream. Cocaine can also be smoked, when it is smoked it goes into the lungs, where it vigorously comes in contact with the bloodstream. This form of cocaine is known as crack or freebase.
Cocaine can look like:
Crystal or chunks
Cocaine can also be mixed or cut with other substances to give you that illusion of energy, these substances include:
• local anesthetics (drugs that numb part of the body)-
• other unknown substances
• Can be taken with other drugs like alcohol and marijuana
How do you feel when you take cocaine?
When you consume cocaine it makes you feel energetic, talkative and euphoric. This is because cocaine can be perceived as a stimulant alerting your body. Cocaine also interferes with senses like: sound, touch. sight and sexuality as they all seem heightened. Cocaine can reduce hunger and sleep.
But all these impacts of cocaine can depend on many factors like:
• how much you use
• how often and how long you use it
• how you use it (by injection, orally, etc.)
• your mood, expectation and environment
• your age
• whether you have certain medical or psychiatric conditions
• whether you’ve taken any alcohol or other drugs
How long does the feeling last?
This depends on the way you are inserting cocaine in your body.
When you snort cocaine it is effective fast and may last 15-30mins.
When cocaine is injected the impact of it last between 10-20mins.
When smoking feeling last 10mins
How dangerous is cocaine?
• Cocaine causes the blood vessels to thicken and constrict, reducing the flow of oxygen to the heart. At the same time, cocaine causes the heart muscle to work harder, which can lead to heart attack or stroke, even in healthy people.
• Since it is a stimulant it raises blood pressure, which can cause weakened blood vessels in the brain to burst.
Is cocaine addictive?
Cocaine is a highly addictive drug. When people become addicted to cocaine there whole life becomes dependent on it. Because they will take cocaine on any other activity they have to perform in. This can be one of the hardest habits to break.
Effects of cocaine:
Can lead to both physiological and physical affects
• Loss of appetite
• Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature
• Contracted blood vessels
• Increased rate of breathing
• Dilated pupils
• Disturbed sleep patterns
• Permanent damage to blood vessels of ear and brain, high blood pressure, leading to heart attacks, strokes and death
• Liver, kidney and lung damage
• Severe chest pains
• Respiratory failure
• Infectious diseases and abscesses if injected
• Malnutrition, weight loss
• Severe tooth decay
How can I reduce my risks on becoming addicted to cocaine?
• Try to quit!
• Don't get into a car with someone who is high.
• Don't mix cocaine with other drugs (including alcohol and prescription drugs).
Symptoms of consumption of cocaine:
• loss of consciousness or coma
• faster breathing
• seizures or uncontrollable twitching
• racing or irregular heart beat
• chest pain.