Research has indicated that drugs have been used by civilizations for thousands of years. Much like marijuana (India) and hemp, the coca plant was revered as a sacred plant by Amazon tribes, which would use the leaves in religious ceremonies and rituals. In fact, natives would chew the leaves to increase speed and alertness, a habit which transcends into the modern day. Now, instead of using the plant, people typically snort or inject the derivative of the drug: cocaine. Used by people from all walks of life, this white powder has caused more harm than good in recent years. In other circles, it is known by the street name “crack,” but did you know that this is technically a different drug type altogether? Let’s take a closer look and find out how to tell the difference between cocaine and crack.
Originally developed as a painkiller and stimulant, cocaine is a drug that is developed into a white powder and is typically mixed with other substances like sugar, talcum powder, cornstarch, or other addictive drugs (including an anesthetic called procaine). As an alternative, people also rub the powder on their gums or swallow it. Once this drug is ingested, the chance of a person developing chemical dependency skyrockets.
Long-term use of the drug can lead to dreadful side effects ranging from respiratory damage, cerebral hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain), cardiovascular failure (heart damage), stroke, or (in the worst case scenario) death. Sadly, many children are born as crack babies, the result of mothers ingesting cocaine while they were pregnant.
While technically the same drug, crack has its unique set of dangerous uses and side effects. The crystalline form of cocaine, this drug comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors (ranging from pale rose to white). Typically, people will heat and cook crack, ultimately resulting in the substance “cracking” or sizzling (hence the name). Overall, this is the deadliest and riskiest form of cocaine and ranges from 75% to 100% purity. If cocaine is dangerous, crack cocaine is lethal.
Unlike cocaine, crack enters the bloodstream must faster and inflicts a powerful high which can last for an estimated 15 minutes. Researchers indicate that addiction occurs more frequently in cocaine users if the drug is smoked. In that light, a person can get addicted to crack the first time they consume it.
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