Cocaine is a strong neuro-stimulant drug that usually comes in the form of a white powder. People primarily use cocaine intranasally, intravenously, or by smoking it for recreational purposes.
When used illegally, users generally inhale cocaine nasally (snorting), smoke coke by purchasing it in the smokable form (crack cocaine), by dissolving it in water and other chemicals to create “freebase,” or to be inject directly into the bloodstream after dissolving it in water. Recreational coke affects its user’s perception of reality and invokes feelings of intense alertness, well-being, and euphoria. In the street, it is know by names such as blow, coke, powder, white, girl, snow, or “Yeyo”.
Crack vs Cocaine
Crack cocaine is an inexpensive form of smokable coke sell on the street. It is easy to identify due to its solid, soap-like chunks the size of pencil erasers. The name “crack” arose from the crackling sound the drug makes when it’s heat to create the smoke. Coke, on the other hand, comes in the form of mostly white, pearly powder and unlike cocaine, crack is not soluble in water.
This is typically create in home kitchens by “cooking” coke with various ingredients typically found in the home. By processing powder coke with these ingredients, small “rocks” of crack resembling chunks of soap or candle wax are produce. These “rocks” are then smoked in glass pipes which are usually purchase at “head shops” or can be home-made from various common materials.
It’s the route of administration increases the speed and amount of the drug that enters the bloodstream, causing a much more potent and intense form of coke high. Specifically, compared to snorted coke, smoking crack allows far more coke to reach the brain far faster. This results in a shorter but much stronger high that causes more intense cravings and a stronger subsequent addiction.