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Crack Cocaine

Addiction to Crack Cocaine can develop after the first use and continue to grow, as one needs more and more of the drug to reach the initial “high.”

Understanding Crack Cocaine

Crack Cocaine is a hard, mineral-like substance with an off-white tint. Crack Cocaine is made by mixing baking soda or ammonia into the powder form of Cocaine. This mixture is then heated with a lighter or torch until it heats into Crack Cocaine. It is most often vaporized in a glass pipe (often called a stem or a rose because they are sold with a rose inside of them) and inhaled, though some people use soda cans or aluminum foil to heat it. Many users also inject Crack Cocaine; the incredibly destructive effects of this form of Crack Cocaine abuse cannot be overstated.

Crack Cocaine Effects And Abuse

As an illicit substance, any use of Crack Cocaine is considered abuse. Because it is smoked (rather than snorted through the nose), the drug reaches the brain more quickly and produces an intense and immediate high. This high, however, is short-lived.

The effects of Crack Cocaine include:

  • Euphoria

  • Hyperactivity

  • Tension

  • Confidence

Side Effects of Crack Use

The fleeting high from smoking crack can be outweighed by a host of negative effects. Though these can vary as widely as the positive effects listed above, commonly reported side effects of crack use include:





Aggressive, paranoid behavior.

Abdominal pain.

Sudden death due to heart attack or stroke..


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