Cocaine is a stimulant that comes from the leaves of the South American coca bush. The leaves are processed to form a white crystalline powder (cocaine hydrochloride). This is the form of cocaine that is snorted, or dissolved in water and injected.
Cocaine, in its powdered form, is sometimes mixed with things that look like it, such as sugars, cornstarch or talcum powder. Crack cocaine or “freebase” cocaine are smokeable forms of cocaine that look like crystals or rocks. These forms of cocaine are made by chemically changing cocaine powder.
Also known as: angie, blow, C, Charlie, coke, crack, flake, freebase, hard, Henry, nose candy, rock, snow, and stardust.
cocaine can produce many other effects:
- dry mouth
- dilation of pupils
- rapid breathing
- increased blood pressure and heart rate
- exaggerated reflexes
- reduced appetite
- postponement of physical and mental fatigue