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Crack Cocaine

Crack cocaine refers to cocaine in its freebase form. Cocaine can only be smoked in its freebase form i.e. as crack cocaine. Crack cocaine is simply cocaine when it hasn't been neutralized using an acid to form cocaine hydrochloride which is the pure form of cocaine. Crack cocaine resembles irregularly-shaped white rocks.

It is important to note that crack cocaine has very many street names. Some of the common street names of crack cocaine include; badrock, candy, Beat, chemical, cookies, cloud, crumbs, devil drug, crunch and munch, dice, fat bags, electric cool-aid, French fries, gravel, glo, grit, hard ball, hail, hard rock, ice cube, hotcakes, jellybeans, paste, nuggets, piece, product, prime time, raw, rock, rocks, sleet, scrabble, snow coke, troop, tornado, work, iron, hard or just crack.

Crack cocaine is the most addictive cocaine form. Crack offers a short but very intense high to smokers. It is important to note that crack can also be inhaled. The name crack comes from the crackling sound this form of cocaine produces when heated. It is important to note that crack cocaine is an illegal drug that is highly addictive.

Crack cocaine usage

Crack as mentioned above is smoked or inhaled or freebased. Freebasing crack cocaine involves heating it until it turns into liquid and the inhaling the vapour or fumes through a pipe. The fumes are absorbed instantly into the body through the lungs, producing an instant euphoric high. The main reason why people smoke, freebase or inhale crack cocaine is because of the euphoric high it produces. It is also used because of other reasons i.e. it is an appetite suppressant, a pain reliever and a stimulant.

Crack cocaine side effects

Crack cocaine has some serious side effects that may require medical attention. There are however less serious side effects that don't require medical attention. Such side effects include; Loss of a sense of smell and taste, sneezing, stuffy nose (especially when crack is inhaled through the nose) and sniffling are some of the mild or less serious side effects of crack cocaine use that do not require medical attention.

Some more side effects include destruction of the nasal cartilage and sniffling. These side effects of crack are brought about by taking crack cocaine through sniffing or through nasal passages. Related side effects include nasal pain. Other side effects include nasal congestion, nose bleed and runny nose.

Serious side effects of crack cocaine use include; convulsion and seizures that result from cocaine overdose. Accidental overdose of crack cocaine requires immediate treatment otherwise it can result in death. Other side effects include distorted or false sensory experiences appearing as real perceptions. This is simply referred to as hallucination. Confusion is also a side effect of crack cocaine use.

Other side effects of crack cocaine include; excitability, irritability, agitation, nervousness, restlessness, urinary incontinence or difficulty passing urine, enlarged pupils, light-headedness, dizziness, fainting, irregular or fast heartbeat, headaches, sweating, mood swings among other mental changes, vomiting, nausea, rapid speech or nervous tics, numbness, tingling hands, arms or feet, tremor, stomach pain, troubled breathing and unusual muscle weakness.

Crack cocaine withdrawal side effects

Crack cocaine has some serious withdrawal side effects when users stop using the drug. Examples of withdrawal side effects include coughing and chronic chest pain are some of the common withdrawal side effects of crack cocaine patients. Other side effects include coughing out black phlegm. It is important to note that the phlegm doesn't have blood unless the crack cocaine user has respiratory problems. This side effect can be easily treated using over the counter drugs i.e. cough syrups or by taking plenty of water.

Serious crack cocaine withdrawal effects include muscle spasms. Minor spasms are a minor indicator of worsening crack cocaine problems among addicts. This is because addicts who develop major muscle spasms are usually in the worse stages of crack cocaine addiction. Panic attacks are rare crack cocaine side effects experienced by recovering cocaine addicts. Insomnia is also a crack side effect experienced by individuals who decide to withdraw suddenly from cocaine use/addiction. Addicts are therefore advised to withdraw from crack cocaine use gradually by reducing frequency and quantity of crack consumed slowly over time to avoid serious withdrawal side effects.

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