Can you eat coke?

In this short article, we will answer the question, “Can you eat coke?” with an in-depth analysis of coke, the different forms of coke, the health effects of using coke and the signs of coke consumption

Can you eat coke?

Yes, you can eat coke. Despite the side effects, people have been using coke for centuries to experience the drug’s stimulant effects, for instance, increased mental vigilance and feeling of well-being. 

If consumed in the long term, coke consumption can lead to serious side effects. 

What is coke?

Coke, also known as cocaine, snow, blow or flake, is a strong stimulant from the leaves of the coca plant that is used legally as a local anaesthetic for surgeries of the eye, ear, and throat. 

It may consist of additional substances, for instance, talcum powder, cornstarch, or sugar and some other drugs, such as procaine which is also a local anaesthetic or amphetamine, which is a stimulant.

Different forms of coke 

There are two forms of coke:

White crystalline powdered form: This form of a coke can be sniffed through the nose or taken intravenously by dissolving in water. It can also be consumed by the mouth or rubbed onto the gums.

Freebase form: This form of the coke has its impurities extracted with solvents and is smoked. Crack is a smokable, freebase coke formed from powdered coke hydrochloride. It is also termed chunks, chips, or rocks. 

The name crack came about because of the cracking sound that it makes when it is smoked.

Effects of consuming coke 

Coke causes the release of the chemical dopamine in brain circuits. Even little amounts of coke make a person feel euphoric, active, talkative, and mentally wide-awake. It also reduces appetite and disturbs the sleep cycle. When huge amounts of coke are consumed, the state of being high is more severe. 

But high doses can cause unusual or destructive behaviour in which the person may have shiverings or muscle spasms or become neurotic.

After consuming coke, the person feels annoyed, exhausted, and depressed. This is regarded as a coke crash. When a person takes the drug at higher and higher doses, it can cause increasing irritation, uneasiness, and paranoia that can lead to a serious loss of touch with reality (paranoid psychosis).

Some people consume coke frequently which may lead to a stimulant use disorder. Mild to serious stimulant use disorder is sometimes termed addiction.

Short-term effects of coke consumption 

  • Feeling alert, active, refreshed and self-confident
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Raised body temperature
  • Restlessness
  • Hyperactivity
  • Dilated pupils
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased sex drive
  • Paranoia and irritability
  • Feeling low with suicidal thoughts

Long-term effects of coke consumption

  • Constriction of blood vessels can interrupt blood flow to the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems
  • Cardiovascular damage
  • Stroke
  • Insomnia, fatigue and inability to rest
  • Marked changes in mood and behaviour
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling aggressive
  • Anxiety and feeling depressed with possible suicidal thoughts
  • Paranoia and hallucinations
  • Damage to nose tissue
  • Kidney and liver problems
  • Possible loss of sex drive 
  • Injecting may cause sores
  • Weight loss
  • Drug-related debt
  • Dependence

Signs of coke consumption

The following signs indicate the person might be consuming coke:

  • Possession of syringes, spoons with smoke stains, small pieces of glass, and razor blades
  • Persistent runny nose and nosebleeds, which may point to the sniffing of coke 
  • Marks where coke has been injected into veins
  • Long periods without sleeping or eating
  • Changes in personality 

Signs of a coke overdose

The following signs may indicate if a person is consuming high amounts of coke: 

  • Weight loss
  • Mood swings
  • Social isolation
  • Risky behaviours
  • Dilated pupils
  • Excitability
  • Plastic bags around their space
  • Deterioration of hygiene habits

The risks of a coke overdose

Eating coke takes longer to reach the brain because it has to be digested. The effects may gradually occur, which would urge you to take more than you want, leading to an unintentional overdose. 

If someone is taking other drugs such as an opioid, the chance of overdose is even greater due to drug interaction with one another.

The risks of a coke overdose include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High body temperature
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Agitated movements and restlessness
  • Teeth grinding and chattering
  • Unremitting energy
  • Sudden death

Sometimes, immediate death can occur, even with the very first usage of coke. Sudden death from coke consumption may occur due to a heart attack or seizure that stops breathing. Sudden death is more liable to happen when coke is consumed along with alcohol.

The effects of coke last about one to two hours. Coke can be detected in a urine drug screen test until six days after it has been consumed.

Conclusion

In this short article, we have answered the question, “Can you eat coke?” with an in-depth analysis of coke, the different forms of coke, the health effects of using coke and the signs of coke consumption.

References

https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/uq2452
https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/cocaine

http://www.drugs.ie/downloadDocs/2018/CocaineFactsheet_Web-A.pdf 

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