There are various forms of cocaine with crack cocaine possibly being the worst of the lot, simply because you can experience a high within seconds. Crack, as it is commonly referred to, is not snorted through the nose.
Rather, it is smoked with a crack pipe. Crack cocaine is derived from the powder form of cocaine.
Highly addictive and cheap to make and buy, millions are hooked on that euphoric feeling and will do whatever it takes to keep it going.
The trend is alarming. Crack cocaine has invaded the lives people from all walks of life.
It’s a common belief that this drug only effects people who live in low income neighborhoods, but nothing can be further from the truth.
In today’s world, getting crack cocaine is usually as simple as finding a hook-up for the drug on just about any street corner in large cities and even in quiet suburban areas one can just ask around to find a quick local connection.
With this in mind, it’s more important than ever for people to be aware of the dangers that crack cocaine can be lurking at their children’s schools. Not only is the drug easy to get these days, but it is also one of the hardest addictions to overcome. When you take into account how easily crack cocaine can take someone’s life over, it’s no wonder how hard it can be to regain control.
Heart attack and stroke are two common ways that crack addicts die from this drug threat. In addition, crack cocaine can cause anxiety disorders, paranoia, hallucinations and stomach distress. Many crack addicts are malnourished as a result lack of interest in eating and sleeping.
Top 10 Signs of Crack Cocaine Use:
- Unexplained mood swings and energy levels
- Burns or sores on the fingers (from a pipe used to smoke crack)
- Declining grades and new peer group
- Extreme paranoia
- Loss of household cash or valuables
- Weight loss
- Associating with others known to take drugs
- Loss of interest in personal appearance
- Marked agitation and loss of concentration
- Altered sleep patterns
There are a variety of additional symptoms that could indicate a crack cocaine addiction. Whether a loved one or you yourself are addicted, it is important to seek help as soon as possible. Being hooked on crack is a vicious cycle. It takes the intervention of loved ones or your own willing to seek help to break that cycle in order to receive rehabilitation. The road back to a normal, healthy life will have some rough navigation within the treatment and counseling settings as well as the withdrawal process. It’s important to remember that setbacks are a normal part of the recover process for many. The most important part of the process, however, is making the commitment to get started with treatment. Once this commitment has been made, a better and healthier life can follow.
Addiction: Effects of Smoking Cocaine
Smoking crack makes you extremely addicted. Already after the first use, you feel a craving for the next dose of crack.
Furthermore crack is very harmful to your health and leads to severe psychological problems.
Is smoking cocaine the same as smoking crack?
It is possible to smoke cocaine in the form of crack. Crack is made by heating cocaine and basicity substances (p.e. ammonia or sal ammoniac). Crack is coke with a hydroxyl group added to it to allow it to be administered via smoking as apposed to snorting it.
Cooking the crack doesn’t remove impurities from it, especially since you’re adding baking soda to it as part of the process.
The drug is simply dissolved in a baking soda and water solution and then boiled. The water evaporates leaving behind solid material, which is called crack cocaine.
High wise – picture coke as a longer curve with a lower peak while crack is a much shorter curve with a much higher peak. The area under both curves is the same, and both are biphasic. Meaning that the higher you get, the lower you are when you come down.
That’s why crack is so much more “addictive,” users come down quickly, and repeatedly smoke more hits to try to get back up a good peak and prolong the crash.
In the long run, crack is cheaper, but it takes a lot more (costing more money overall) to have a hour or two of a great time. And, you can’t forget the social stigma against crack being a little heavier than that of coke.
How do u know if someone is smoking Crack Cocaine?
If he was shaking, fidgeting, or his eyes were very wide he could be high on crack. Did he look paranoid?
- Their eyes will be squinted but the pupils will be very large!
- Another way of telling that people are crack smokers is their teeth – this drug will rot them eventually.
NOTE: My sister’s teeth are bad but it is from prescription meds she has been on for the past 12 years and will always be on for life. Don’t accuse a person judged by their teeth unless you know they aren’t on prescription meds!!!