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Cocaine is a central nervous system stimulant that is produced in South America using the leaves of the coca plant. When cocaine is introduced to the body it causes the brain to release chemicals causing a high that is described as "rush". It can cause increased energy and alertness, feelings of supremacy and even a euphoric high.
Cocaine commonly comes in two forms usually referred to as "powder" and "crack". The powder form of cocaine is water soluble and is commonly ingested by inhalation though the nose or injection with a needle. "Crack" is most commonly smoked in a pipe called a "straight shooter", and in some extreme cases can be injected as well. Depending on the quality of the drug and how it is used, cocaine high can last for a few minutes up to a few hours.
The negative cocaine side effects include extreme and in some cases instantaneous addiction, insomnia, nose bleeds, erratic behavior, heart problems, paranoia, weight loss and extreme anxiety. Users that abuse cocaine with a needle also risk health problems that are commonly associated with improper needle use.
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