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Crack also known as wash, rocks and freebase is a smokeable form of cocaine made into lumps or rocks which make a cracking noise when burnt. It is often bought already in rock form although some users will "wash up" or "cook" powder cocaine into crack themselves.
Crack is a powerful stimulant (upper) drug that can make you feel more confident, alert and energetic. It also speeds up your heart rate and breathing. People using it can experience a high with increased alertness, focus and stimulation as well as a harsh comedown, cravings, restlessness and anxiety. Repeated high doses can cause extreme paranoia and anxiety.
It comes in small white or creamy/yellowish rocks and is usually smoked in a pipe, glass tube or in foil. It comes on quicker and has a more intense but shorter lasting high than cocaine powder. The purity of crack varies a lot which can make it difficult to judge your dose.
The effects of crack from an average dose could last for around 15 minutes to half an hour.
What you Need to Know
If you choose to take crack cocaine:
- Wait 20-30 minutes between pipes otherwise you will not feel the hit and negative effects are more likely.
- Use your own pipes and clean them regulary.
- Don’t share pipes with others to avoid catching blood borne viruses including HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
- Avoid mixing crack cocaine and alcohol as this mixture produces cocaethylene; a chemical which is harmful and can increase side effects.
- Avoid mixing with other drugs especially downers such as heroin (known as ‘speedball’) as this can cause more strain on your heart and may mask the effects of an overdose.
- Regular use can lead to dependency and many people experience a frequent urge to redose.
- It is common for people to use downers to help with the comedown. Try to avoid this as it can put more strain on your heart and could lead to dependency of more than one drug.
Class A drug. Penalties for possession are up to 7 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. Supply holds penalties of up to life in prison and/or an unlimited fine.
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