Cocaine, commonly called coke, is a powerfully addictive illegal stimulant that directly affects the brain. Adverse effects can be short or long-term. With prolonged use, cocaine may cause serious brain changes and medical conditions.
Slang terms include:
- White Girl
- Candy Cane
- Big C
- Bubble Gum
How is cocaine used?
Crack is a powder form of cocaine that can be freebased, or smoked, while the water-soluble form of cocaine can be snorted or injected. Users sometimes mix cocaine and heroin or morphine for a dangerous “speedball.” Others use it with alcohol for a combination upper/downer.
Signs of usage and effects of cocaine include:
- If snorted, nasal passages can be dried and user sniffs often
- Low blood pressure
Withdrawal from cocaine can include:
- Severe headaches