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Cocaine (coke-ain) also known as coke, charlie and ching comes from the South American coca plant. There, it has been used for centuries, commonly chewed by local people as part of their culture. Today it is most popular in its powder form as a recreational drug.

Cocaine is a strong stimulant (upper) drug which can make you feel energetic and confident. It also increases your heart rate and breathing.  People using it can experience a high with increased alertness, focus and sex drive, as well as a decreased appetite and a strong urge to redose. Other effects include restlessness, aggression, paranoia and arrogance. 

It comes in a white crystalline powder and is usually snorted but it can be swallowed in a cigarette paper (bombed) or injected into a vein. Injecting is strongly discouraged due to the risk of vein damage or getting blood borne viruses including HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

The purity of cocaine varies which can make it difficult to judge your dose. The purity of street cocaine is increasing so it may take less to get the desired effect- dose low and go slow.

Snorting and injecting often causes effects to come on quicker than swallowing and it can be a more intense experience although effects tend to last longer when the drug is swallowed. 

People taking cocaine can feel a need to redose often which will lead to increased damage and increased risk of dependence.

What you Need to Know

If you choose to use cocaine:

Legal Information

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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