Cocaine is a highly addictive substance that is typically snorted but can also be injected or smoked (called freebasing). It can also be turned into crack cocaine and smoked.
Cocaine is a stimulant that reacts with the body’s central nervous system, producing energy and euphoria. It increases levels of the natural chemical dopamine in the brain, creating short-term effects that can include extreme happiness and energy, mental alertness, hypersensitivity to sight, sound and touch, irritability and sometimes paranoia. Physical or health effects of cocaine use can include constricted blood vessels, dilated pupils, nausea, raised body temperature and blood pressure, fast or irregular heartbeat, tremors or muscle twitches, and restlessness.
Cocaine withdrawal can cause physical discomfort, but it is often associated with psychological or mental anguish, discomfort and irritability. For this reason, when seeking a cocaine detox, make sure to have withdrawal symptoms monitored by a medical professional or healthcare facility.