Similar term(s): coke, snow.
Cocaine is a very strong stimulant drug affecting the nervous system.
Cocaine is extracted from the leaves of the coca plant found in South America
and comes in the form of a white powder. In this form, cocaine can be snorted up
the nose, tasted on the gums, or dissolved and injected.
Cocaine users feel – for about half an hour – a sense of well-being,
confidence and alertness, and they are left with a craving for more, as well as
a feeling of indifference. Users also experience dilated pupils, a rise in body
temperature, and increased heart rate and blood pressure, as well as the
depression and tiredness of the comedown.
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Effects of prolonged use include abnormalities in specific regions of the
brain, loss of some mental capacity, problems with movement, decreased reaction
Source: GreenFacts Digest on
Lines of cocaine
Nervous system - Stimulants
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