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  • toot
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What is cocaine?

Cocaine is a stimulant drug which means it speeds up the brain and nervous system. People who sell cocaine often mix or cut the powder with other things that look the same to make the drug go further. Some mixed-in substances can have unpleasant or harmful effects. It is difficult to tell what the drug actually contains.

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Cocaine
Cocaine

Cocaine

(C17H21NO4)

Cocaine is a drug made from the leaves if the coca plant. This plant is processed in different ways to make different types of cocaine such as cocaine hydrochloride, freebase cocaine and crack cocaine.

Physical effects can include

  • body temperature rises
  • the pupils in your eyes get bigger
  • feel dizzy
  • headaches

Effects depend on...

​What cocaine does to you depends on how much you take, the type of cocaine you take, your height and weight, your general health, your mood, your past experience with cocaine, whether you use cocaine on its own or with other drugs and whether you use alone or with others, at home or at a party, etc.

  • move more quickly than usual
  • less hungry
  • have chest pain
  • have a heart attack

How cocaine affects your body

Tap a body part to learn more of the effects cocaine places on your body.

Psychological effects can include

  • Feel good and confident
  • Feel alert and energetic
  • Feel overly assertive or aggressive
  • Find it hard to concentrate
  • Be excited or upset
  • Feel numb
  • Take more risks than usual
  • Want to have sex / Lose interest in sex
  • Feel restless
  • Psychosis

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