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What Is Cocaine? Cocaine Facts

Cocaine is a drug made from coca leaves. Erythroxylum coca is the species of coca plant that grows in Chile. Columbia is another  popular region where Erythroxylum novagranatense (another species) is  produced. Usually the profiteers of the drug pay local farmers pennies on the dollar to harvest the plant and process it almost to completion. The farmers dump the coca leaves into a pit lined with plastic. They then pour kerosene or gasoline into pit. After mixing and then  letting it stand for a certain amount of time, the liquid left over has the “pure” Cocaine in it. The final steps are squeezing the liquid into a pot and cooking off the gasoline or kerosene producing a white or yellow paste. This is almost the final product. At this point the profiteers pick up the paste and run it through cutting and extra processing to lower potency and increase weight. The poor farmer put in at least a days work for about $80 – $100 while the drug lord makes at least 1,000% profit per batch. This is a small window into the Geo Political situation of this industry. Cocaine makes the profiteer enormous profits off of a poverty stricken farmer’s work while hurting millions of addicts in hundreds of countries.

Causes Of Cocaine Addiction

Science says there are two main causes of addiction. There is believed to be a genetic factor and an environmental factor as well. What we mean by this is that addictive genes are thought to be passed down. If  you have an uncle or a grand parent that has had addiction issues in the past, you may have a genetic predisposition to addictive behavior. The other factor mentioned is the environment a person is brought up in or lives in day to day.  I believe that this is the most damaging element to any addiction situation. It is a rock solid fact that if you are around an environment where your family and friends are using drugs from day to day, you will eventually get caught up in it . Let’s look at Cocaine for example. Suzie lives with her mom and older sister. Both are cocaine addicts. If Suzie is not removed from that environment by the time she is of age to understand what’s going on around her, she will realize that this is acceptable behavior and it is normal to use cocaine. Lets look at it from another angle. If Suzie has been a cocaine addict in the past and decided to get help and become clean, she can not  go and live with her mother and sister if they are still using. The chances for relapse are 100 %! I can’t stress this enough. You need to stay away from any environment that has anything to do with substance abuse if you are to stay clean! NO EXCEPTIONS !

Signs Of Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine use and addiction affects the whole body. It affects the brain, central nervous system, heart, lungs, ear, nose, throat, and even skin. It has a direct effect on the mind as well. It may cause something called cocainomania. The user will experience a great sense of power and competence that may be associated with delusion, or false sense of grandeur. Other signs of cocaine abuse include euphoria, excitement, increased energy, and more social interaction. There could be a perception of more mental and physical strength, as well as less of a feeling of pain. When users are high they will have dilated pupils. Dilated means that the pupils are almost all the way open. If they are like pin needles, that suggests opioid use. Just to be clear this is a list for signs of cocaine abuse:

    • Euphoria
    • Excitement
    • Increased Energy
    • Dilated pupils (open)
    • Talkativeness
    • Flightiness
    • Emotional Instability
    • Teeth Grinding
    • Hallucinations
    • Paranoia

Cocaine abuse causes certain proteins in the brain to trigger the release of dopamine. Dopamine is what your brain produces to make you happy, or give you a good feeling. The problem is that this triggers way more than normal levels of dopamine into the brain. After use of Cocaine the user will experience a high for about 5 minuets. After that the user quickly crashes  and starts having two powerful feelings. The first is depression. The user will be depressed and tired, and feel distressed. The second feeling is the extreme urge to use again. They want to feel good again, so they use. This is the start of an endless cycle. It is the main reason why Cocaine is so addictive.

How Does Cocaine Harm Me?

YES! Cocaine will harm you. It may or may not harm you the first time you use it, but remember if it’s your first time, you don’t know the purity or how much is enough. An overdose is more common than people may think! Just remember that when you are in a situation where Cocaine is present! If your friends or acquaintances are decent people, they will respect you for your decision not to use. Remember: “Misery loves company”.  If someone you know is giving you a hard time for declining to use, that person is probably a dirt bag any way! Trust me I’ve been through it all, and if I could go back in time I would not have given in to a lot of peer pressure. Cocaine addiction has been shown to affect the circulatory system, respiratory system, blood pressure, brain, and kidneys among other things.  Continued use will cause a weakened heart and short term high blood pressure. When a user overdoses it is likely that they could have heart failure, lung failure, or a stroke. These conditions could even occur during the first use. You should also know that chronic Cocaine use can cause kidney failure. I know a lot of people that have to go to dialysis for the rest of their lives. In many overdose cases the victim will stop breathing, but their heart will keep pumping. This causes them to choke on their own blood. It is a painful way to die. If you or some one you know has a problem with Cocaine, please refer to the getting help of this site and work on getting them sober. It is possible and it can change /save a life.

 

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2 Comments

  1. ved12 says:

    Cocaine addiction is also very dangerous because cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs. Now a days it is also available in the open market. Cocaine should be banned in all the countries because many people have died because of this addiction and in this children are also the ones who are addicted to Cocaine.
    http://www.controllingaddiction.net/articles/drug-addiction/cocaine

  2. admin says:

    Hello Ved, Yes I agree that Cocaine is a major health factor and has been for decades here in the states. I’m starting to re-think the reasoning of prohibition though. “The War On Drugs” is failing miserably and unnecessarily imprisoning 10’s of thousands of addicts for long periods of time. These are people that have been abused by the politics of the war on drugs and by the system for financial and political reasons.

    There must be a better solution!!

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