How Is Cocaine Used?
Cocaine is commonly used in a few different ways; powder cocaine can be snorted or injected, where as crack cocaine is smoked. When cocaine is snorted the substance is inhaled through the nostrils and absorbed directly into the blood stream through the nasal tissue. The injection of cocaine involves mixing the drug with water, and directly injecting it into the blood stream, and the effects of the drug are instant.
Crack cocaine is smoked as it is cocaine boiled in water with baking soda to produce a hard substance that can be smoked when heat is applied to it. The vapor is inhaled and the effects of crack cocaine are also instant, and highly addictive because the high only lasts for 10 to 15 minutes. The use of cocaine typically ranges from the occasional user/weekend binge user, to the everyday user, which would be an addict. The in-frequent use of cocaine will lead to addiction, because of how addictive the substance is. Regardless of how cocaine is used there are inherent dangers and significant risks to one's health and mental well-being. Cocaine is also a popular polydrug, which means it is often used in combination with other drugs such as alcohol, for example. The average age groups with the most frequent use of cocaine are people ages 18 to 25, but an addiction to the drug can happen at any age.