What Is Crack Cocaine?
Crack cocaine comes from the leaves of the coca plant, yes, the same plant where we get chocolate and that yummy cocoa tea from, not to worry though, in it’s purest form, this plant is very harmless. The trouble lies in its refinement to create these deadly drugs. Although crack and cocaine come from the same plant, they are of a different make up, that is, they are both refined in different ways and mixed with different substances.
Cocaine is the powdered form and is often mixed with baking soda, whereas crack is the crystallized rock form and is made by adding different substances which typically comes in colors ranging from yellow, rose or white.
Why Do People Use Crack?
Many persons begin using crack cocaine for various reasons, these reasons may vary from peer pressure, to stress or just plain curiosity, no matter what the reason for you taking that first hit may be, one thing is always the same, it will lead to an addiction.
When crack cocaine has taken effect on the body, it gives the user a rush of energy, heightened senses and a feeling of euphoria due to a much higher dose of the brain chemical, dopamine, being released, however, this high feeling only lasts for as long as 10 minutes. Because the user wants to maintain this feel, they end up taking more than what is needed and abuse the drug.
Smoking Crack vs Snorting and Injecting Crack
Due to the fact that crack has a low melting point, users typically “cook” or heat up crack and smoke it as it gets to the brain quicker so they begin to feel its effects much quicker. When smoked, crack goes directly to the brain resulting in a strikingly powerful high.
When cocaine is either snorted or dissolved into water and injected directly into your veins, it travels through a longer pathway to to get to your brain, therefore, its effects are not felt immediately. Nonetheless, crack and cocaine are actually identical in their effects.
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Symptoms of an Overdose
Because crack cocaine is so addictive and potent, it is very easy for an addict to overdose. The more you take the drug, your body starts to build up tolerance and you will start to feel less of the effects that you typically do and start taking more of the drug in very large amounts in order to achieve your goal. The best way to prevent a cocaine overdose is to immediately seek a professional interventionist and stop drug use altogether.
Typical signs of an overdose includes;
- Chest pains accompanied with abnormally fast heartbeats and fatally high blood pressure
- Excessive sweating, anxiety, agitation
- Excessive sweating
- Enlarged / dilated pupils
In some cases, a crack overdose may show no warning signs and only cause sudden death, however, if you or your loved one has survived a crack overdose, it is highly important that medical help is seeked immediately as there may be fatal internal damages such as life long brain damage, heart damage and kidney failure.
What To Do If You Suspect A Crack Overdose
If there is suspicion that you or your loved one may be experiencing a crack overdose, the first thing to do is call for emergency right away, the faster, the better the chances of survival stands.
Once you have reached out for help, you may proceed to taking caution to escape fatalities.
These procedures include;
- Try to keep body temperature down
- If a seizure is being experienced, ensure that there are no sharp objects or bright flashing lights near by
- Place a pillow under you or your loved ones head
- Stay under constant surveillance until medical help arrives