What is cocaine?

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant whose annual street use revenues top 100 Billion dollars and exceed that of corporations as large as Starbucks.

In countries around the globe, cocaine has become a popular recreational drug. In the United States of America, the creation of an alternate form, known as "crack" cocaine introduced the substance to a commonly poorer population, the inner-city market. Use of the powder form has stayed relatively constant over the past 50 years, however a new height of use was experienced during the late 1990s and early 2000s in the U.S., and coke has become much more popular in the early 2000s in the United Kingdom.

Cocaine Drug Tests

Drug tests looking for cocaine and other drugs are routinely used by employers who hire workers in certain job categories. The test may be ordered once an offer of employment has been made and before the employee starts work. Failing to pass the test means the job offer will be rescinded. Drug Testing Basics Under U.S. federal guidelines, companies hiring people to work as commercial drivers are required to have a drug testing program in place. The testing plan must include screening for these five types of drugs:

Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is a highly addictive drug. It works in the same way as heroin and nicotine by tapping into the brain's natural reward (dopamine) pathways. The drug binds itself to the proteins in the brain that are responsible for transporting the dopamine. As a result, the dopamine builds up in the synapse to create a "high." You experience pleasure every time you take it and a distinct lack of pleasure once it wears off, thus reinforcing the compulsion to take more.

Cocaine Basics

Cocaine is a fast-acting nervous system stimulant, extracted from the leaves of coca bush, a high altitude plant which grows in the Andes of Bolivia, Peru and Colombia. The Incas used the leaves of the coca plant as part of their religious ceremonies. The coca plant was also used by workers in the Andes to ward off anoxia, or altitude sickness. This disorder is caused decreased levels of available oxygen at higher elevations. Altitude sickness causes the following symptoms:

Cocaine Dangers

The main health risk with cocaine is overdose. Most cocaine deaths have been caused by accidental overdose, especially with cocaine dissolved in drinks. There is no such thing as a "safe" dose of coke, and a person can overdose even if they have only ingested a relatively small amount of the drug. Cocaine overdose is not nice: victims suffer convulsions, heart failure, or the depression of vital brain centers controlling respiration, usually with fatal results.

Cocaine FAQ

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Cocaine Legality

In the US, cocaine is Schedule II according to the provisions of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. It shares this classification with methamphetamine, morphine and methadone. Schedule II substances have a high potential for abuse but may be administered by a physician for certain purposes. Believe it or not, cannabis is rated in the higher Schedule I category in the U.S. Penalties for Possession of Coke in the United States Possession of more than 500 grams of cocaine are as follows:

Cocaine Mixing

Cocaine is a stimulant, an 'upper', and can mix strangely with 'downers'. Be careful. Please note that there have been very few scientific studies into the effects of combining psychoactive drugs. The information presented here is anecdotal. It is based on the subjective reports of experienced users. Different people will respond differently to different drugs and drug combinations. Know your body. alcohol the two combine to form cocaethylene in the body, a compound which increases the effect and puts more stress on the heart amphetamines unlikely combination as the effects are so similar; increased strain on heart, increased toxicity

Cocaine Effects

The word most often used to describe cocaine’s initial “rush,” which courses through the body and brain of the user is euphoria. Cocaine is an addictive substance, primarily based on the intense pleasure that floods the brain and senses of the user, from the very first hit.