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What is Cocaine?

Updated: Mar 26, 2021

Cocaine is one of the most popular recreational drugs in the UK and in continues to be the go-to drug of choice on a night out.

Cocaine is a white powder that is manufactured from the leaves of the Coca plant. This plant is grown in warm, damp areas in South American countries such as Colombia, Peru and Bolivia.

In the past, Cocaine was seen as a drug for the rich and famous, crime bosses and kingpins (think Scarface). More recently, it is less exclusive; cheaper and widely available, making it more likely to be used in the toilets in the bowling club during your grannies 60th Birthday party than you think.

It's also been used for some weird things in the past. Cocaine was originally marked as a 'cure-all wonder drug' by doctors back in the 19th century. In 1884 it was even used on a patients eye as an anaesthetic as it stopped the eye from moving and controlled bleeding during surgery.

Interestingly, cocaine was also used as one of Coca Cola's main ingredients when it was launched, but by 1902 the side effects of cocaine started to show and there was an estimated 200,000 addicts in America alone.

This blog post will outline some key facts on Cocaine. So if you decide to use it in the future you will be more aware of its effects and the tell-tale signs of overdose.

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Nicknames/Street Names

coke, charlie, gear, snow, el Chapo, ching, clobber, sniff, prop, 50/50, council

How is it used?

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Cocaine is a powerful stimulant drug that is commonly snorted as a powder. It generally comes in a fine, white power although sometimes it can be tougher, like small little white rocks. Cocaine powder has a bitter chemical taste and smell.

Cocaine powder is often cut up into short lines and then sniffed up the nose through a rolled-up banknote or straw. Sometimes small amounts are sniffed directly using a fingernail or back of the hand.