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Cocaine

Similar term(s): coke, snow.

Definition:

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.

Source: GreenFacts, based on bbc.co.uk A to Z of Drugs 

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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 times.

Source: GreenFacts Digest on (WHO)

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Related words:

Nervous system - Stimulants

To read about this term in context:

GreenFacts Summary on Psychoactive Drugs Tobacco, Alcohol, and Illicit Substances:

Translation(s):

Español: Cocaína
Français: Cocaïne
Nederlands: Cocaïne

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