Cocaine is a stimulant drug which means that it speeds up the messages travelling between the brain and the rest of the body. Cocaine comes from the leaves of the coca bush (Erythroxylum coca), which is native to South America.

Cocaine Variants

The leaf extract is processed to produce 3 different forms of cocaine.

Cocaine hydrochloride: a white, crystalline powder with a bitter, numbing taste. Cocaine hydrochloride is often mixed, or ‘cut’, with other substances such as lactose and glucose, to dilute it before being sold.

Freebase: a white powder that is more pure with less impurity than cocaine hydrochloride.

Crack: crystals ranging in color from white or cream to transparent with a pink or yellow hue, it may contain impurities.

Cocaine Overdose

Dangerous Signs

If you take a large amount, you could overdose. If you have any of the symptoms below, call an ambulance straight away by dialing 999 or 112:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Chest pain
  • Panic
  • Extreme agitation and paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Tremors
  • Breathing irregularities
  • Kidney failure
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Heart problems

Coming Down

In the days after cocaine use, you may feel:

  • Tension and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Total exhaustion

But Coke will sober me up

It’s a myth that cocaine sobers you up. Your brain is still switching off from the effects of the alcohol, but your physiology is being pumped because cocaine is a sympathomimetic. It stimulates that fight or flight response. In evolutionary terms, if a lion comes towards you, your body pumps itself up and gets ready to fight or run away. That’s what the cocaine is doing!

Side Effects of

There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

The effects of taking Cocaine with other drugs including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.