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Snorting cocaine

Snorting cocaine

What happens in your body and brain when you snort cocaine?

Here, we review how cocaine works as well as the dangers and safety concerns of snorting cocaine so that you can make an informed decision. We welcome questions about snorting cocaine at the end of this article, and will try to answer all legitimate questions with a personal response.

Cocaine: What are you really snorting?

Cocaine is a very strong drug which comes in many forms, some of which are illegal to posses and serve no medical purpose. Cocaine is often snorted as a powder. However, cocaine is a very dangerous and addictive drug, and because it’s normally only available as a street drug there’s no good way of knowing exactly what’s in the batch of cocaine you’re using. Cocaine can easily be laced with other drugs or toxic substances.

How does snorting cocaine affect the body?

Cocaine affects the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. Cocaine affects the brain by acting as a stimulant and increasing levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, causing feelings of euphoria and excitement. But cocaine also causes restlessness, as well as tremors and paranoia.  How long cocaine stays in the human body depends on mode of administration. While the half life for cocaine is about 1 hour, IV use of cocaine or snorting cocaine cause an intense surge of the drug in the body while oral ingestion brings on a slower effect.  In general, cocaine can be detected in urine 1-2 days after use, and can be detected in hair for up to 90 days after use.

Snorting cocaine to get high

Snorting cocaine causes large amounts of the drug to instantly enter the bloodstream through the nose. This is dangerous, and can cause heart or lung problems, which can be fatal. And although high doses of cocaine might be tolerated by someone who’s taken stimulants in large doses before, but they do raise the risk of adverse effects significantly.

Snorting cocaine vs oral

Cocaine is not normally used as an oral medication – when it is used medically, it’s as a topical anesthetic. As an illicit drug in the U.S., cocaine is not taken orally.

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In Latin America, the coca leaf is brewed into tea or crushed between the teeth to release small amounts of cocaine into the body. However, it’s illegal to possess coca leaves in the US. This is generally very safe, since only very small amount of cocaine are found in the unrefined leaves.

Snorting Cocaine side effects

Taking cocaine in small amounts can cause restlessness and excitement. Severe side effects may occur when it’s taken in larger amounts, including:

  • constricted blood vessels
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased body temperature
  • increased heart rate
  • malnourishment
  • paranoia or psychotic episodes
  • overdose or death

Snorting Cocaine dangers

Snorting cocaine has some serious side effects. Snorting cocaine impairs your abilities and can cause accidents. It can harm your nasal passages over time, even spreading disease if you share snorting instruments with someone who is sick. You’re also running the risk of a serious addiction when you snort cocaine.  How fast do you get addicted to coke? Within days to weeks of taking cocaine repeatedly.   The risk you should be most concerned about, of course, is overdose and death. Because it’s impossible to know the purity of the cocaine you’re taking, even experienced cocaine users might easily overdose.

Snorting Cocaine safely

Cocaine is not safe to take by snorting. In fact, it’s not safe to take at all, due to the highly addictive nature of the drug and its strong effects. Since cocaine is illegal to take in most parts of the world, you might face harsh legal consequences for snorting it.

SnortingCocaine questions

Do you still have questions about snorting Cocaine? If so, please let us know. We respond to all Cocaine questions with a personal and prompt reply.

Reference Sources: NHTSA: Drug and Human Performance Fact Sheets: Cocaine
NIDA InfoFacts: Cocaine
Drug Enforcement Administration: Cocaine

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37 Responses to “Snorting cocaine
4:01 am January 9th, 2013

I use to snort various drugs for two years straight then rarely (including air dusters) on and off for another two. The times I was clean for a long period of time I would have SEVERE pain in my canal of my nose. The only cure I could find online was holding my face over steam which did not really help. I’m sure most of the lining of my nose is gone but I was curious if there was anything else that could not only help the pain but help the insides grow back faster.

3:20 pm January 9th, 2013

Hi Lindsey, I know it sounds scary, but I think that you need to consult an ENT Specialist. You are not the ONLY person in the world who has snorted drugs, and you can get good advice and care from a medical professional who has experience with this. You can consult the directory of the American Academy of Otolaryngology to find a doctor in your city or state.

7:38 am January 16th, 2013

I snort coke 3 times a week how long would it that take to clear from my blood … And after I’m clear of it would I be able to donate blood …. Did it for 2 months now and I stop already for a week

Jeni guerra
1:05 pm January 16th, 2013

This is the first time I post on this site, I am a 27 yr old mother of 2 beutiful girls and I have been using cocaine for about 3 months on and of I usually prefer using it whn I’m drinking I do currently have a drinking problem bt now it seems that I can’t drink without snorting cocaine I am aware of the consequences ths brings to me bt the reason it’s been hard for me to stop its because of my husband he resentley just started drinking to and has it all the time so it’s hard we both want to stop bt it seems every time we try we forget about our troubles for a minute and continue we want to do ths for our girls bt I scared to go to anybody and gt thm taken away their our lives is there anyone that would have some advice for me I am so lost n would hate to gt stuck in ths he’ll hole longer ;/,,,

6:06 am January 20th, 2013

Thank you for your help. I will definitely look into this if the symptoms return.

10:04 am January 28th, 2013

Hello Julio. Cocaine stays in your system and can be detected in a drug test for 2-4 days after use, depending on amount and frequency of use. Your blood may be clear of cocaine, but most blood donors ask that you NOT be a drug user to donate.

Hi Jeni. Thanks for your message. You describe the cycle of addiction perfectly in your message. TO stop, you’ll need help in learning how to cope with the difficult of life and stress. Life is HARD, especially with two young children. To get help, you can call 1-800-662-HELP or talk with your doctor. You are not alone, but you need to ask for help to get it.

park alex plano
10:23 pm March 17th, 2013

I have been trhrough rough times lately and became very depressed. I snorted cocaine one night and it made me feel very good. I have used it intermitently, then began using it daily to cope with my depression.
I despertely want to get off of it. I have high profile job and want to try to accomplish this onmy own without going to intake facility.
I am snorting about 1 gram a day for past 8-10 weeks.
My nose hurts badly, I am not getting good feeling anymore and when I try to stop, I get very very depressed so i get more. What can I do? Can I wen myself off over aperiod of time instead of just trying to stop completely at once? Please help me. I am married with two daughters and I dont want to dispoint them they have no idea. they have noticed change in my behavior and other things and I have told them I am very stressed at work and have had a cold that seems to linger a long time. I want to stop! DOn’t know what to do. Please give me quidance

4:43 pm March 19th, 2013

Hello park. I’d suggest that you consult with an addictions counselor for guidance. There are usually no medications prescribed for cocaine detox, although you may benefit from short term use of antidepressants. Seek medical help from either a family doctor or from a psychotherapist for more.

6:03 am April 7th, 2013

I tried cocaine at 10 pm on apr 6 and I might have a drug test next week how long before I will test clean I snorted it a small amount half a normal line.

4:55 pm April 8th, 2013

Hello Danielle. Cocaine can usually be detected in urine 2-4 days after use. You will be beyond this window of detection and will probably test clean for your test later next week.

concern person
5:53 am April 30th, 2013

my last use of cocaine was jan 2 2013 then march 22 2013 I used a small amount I did a hair follicle test april 18 2013 will I b clean

6:36 pm December 2nd, 2013

How long after taking cocaine does your blood pressure stay elevated? Is it just when using it or can it keep it elevated a day or 2 afterwards as well?

Jane Doe
6:32 am May 3rd, 2014

Why is it when someone snorts cocaine they may become paranoid (believing something that is not). ex: going through their partner’s phone, checking messages, emails, last calls, and believing that the partner is erasing all the above while they have the phone in there possession. Also, stay up for hours

10:50 am May 14th, 2014

Hi Jane. Cocaine disrupts the transmission of certain chemicals (called neurotransmitters) in the brain. While this can cause euphoria, it can also impact judgment. Paranoia can be the outcome of high dosing of cocaine, or repeated abuse. Check in with a family therapist on how to address cocaine addiction if you suspect your loved one has developed dependency (physical OR psychological).

9:25 pm August 8th, 2014

I’m addicted to coke and I realy want to stop, but I don’t want my family to know…PLS advise

8:46 am August 11th, 2014

Hi Anisa. The best way to quit cocaine safely is in a detox center with the supervision of medical professionals. In detox, doctors and nurses can monitor your health. They may prescribe medication to ease your withdrawal symptoms. It is possible to quit cocaine without the help of a detox or rehab, but doing it on your own isn’t recommended, because it can be dangerous. You should consult a doctor before you try to quit cocaine. Support groups, like Cocaine Anonymous and others, can also be a big help. Having a support system is essential to a sustained recovery.

10:47 am August 31st, 2014

Hello !
I used cocaine 5 grams(snorting and injecting) and then I stoped. After 2 months i had little paranoia that one of my friend can read my mind . I didnt belive in this but i was so suspicious about it, if is it possible…I was so scared. Before this I ccasionally smoked marijuana and snorted little times cocaine(about 2-3 grams /4 months and marijuana 1 gram of skunk every other day).
Why a had this feelings, what i wrong with me? Thank You.

10:53 am August 31st, 2014

Hello !
I used cocaine 5 grams(snorting and injecting) and then I stoped. After 2 or 3 months I had little paranoia that one of my friend can read my mind . I didnt belive in this but i was so suspicious about it, if is it possible…I was so scared. Before this I ccasionally smoked marijuana 1 gram of skunk every other day and snorted little times cocaine(about 2-3 grams /4 months ).
Why I had this feelings, what is wrong with me? Thank You.
Sorry for two posts.

8:20 pm September 6th, 2014

I know man that snorts cocaine up his nose and he sweats is that side effect he sweats in his face looks so spooked. Just want know worried about him he’s in denial about his drug problem so hyper

1:05 am January 9th, 2015

I used come 3 months ago on the weekend if Sept 16th 2014 it’s now 2014 and I’m going for a hair forricle test soon. I detoxed my body in end of dec. this is the only time I used. Any thought on if I will pass the tet. I cut my hair and it’s almost long enough to have the test. Any advice us helpful thank you

5:58 pm January 15th, 2015

Hi Not Dancing Much. By what you describe I can only conclude you have nothing to be worried about. It was a one time use, long enough ago, plus you cut your hair… Let us know how it went, anyway. Good luck to you!

9:47 pm January 28th, 2015

Today is the 28. I think my boyfriend used four days ago which was the 24. If I make him take a pee test and test him with something they sell at a Wal-Mart store will the results be accurate? Or will it be too late. I found out he had been using every Friday for over two years then he stopped on November 142014. I didn’t know he had been using till I found some in his wallet and that was on December 30. Last time he used that I know of was December 27. But I suspect he used four days ago and wanta know if it’ll still be in his system

6:47 pm January 31st, 2015

Question: when snorting cocaine what is considered a huge amount compared to a small amount. Don’t know anything bout this but have family member in prison. Thanks

no name
5:42 am February 23rd, 2015

Did bout 5 lines of coke 3 days ago. doing a blood test next week. Will it be out of my blood by then

8:18 pm April 1st, 2015

I snorted a small amount of cocaine on Tuesday March 31 I have to give a urine test in 2 days although this was my first time and it was a very small amount what can I take to clean out my system

1:24 pm April 2nd, 2015

how long does cocaine and heroin stay in the blood?

1:09 pm April 6th, 2015

Hi Numair. Blood tests would likely only be effective within a day of taking the heroin, after which period the drug won’t be detectable in he blood. Small part of a cocaine dose may stay in the system and be detected in blood for 48 hours after use, but there are cases when no cocaine presence in the blood was measured, even after prolonged use.

8:00 pm April 18th, 2015

How do you take Cocaine out of your system?

3:27 pm April 21st, 2015

Hi Marina. Even if you try to flush cocaine faster, you may speed up the process, but it’s metabolites can still be detected even after the drug itself has been eliminated. Generally, cocaine can be detected through urinalysis anywhere from 2-4 days after single use. I suggest you read our article on How long does cocaine stay in your System to get more detailed information.

3:55 am April 23rd, 2015

I used coke and went to see my doctor for suboxone 8 days later he took a drug test and the coke came up. I used 10 days ago and tomorrow I have to see my doctor I’m worried that the coke may show up again. If it does he will not be able to give me suboxone. I would wait a few more days to see him but I don’t have anymore suboxone. Will the coke show up on the urine test. ? Can someone please help!!!!

2:42 pm June 2nd, 2015

If you snort cocaine how long does it take to get out of your urine if you drink water every day for 10 days straight will it still be in your urine

8:30 am June 15th, 2015

Now i know i will get heads shaking at me but people make mistakes…
I used to be a dealer when times were hard and yes i stopped dealing 2-3 years ago, when i was dealing i started getting high on my own supply. It got out of control and i lost a lot, my family because i refused to go around them because i was scared they would find out, friends because they were hooked and got me hooked n into the game, work because i got lazy and made more money doing this. It got so bad that i stopped and told the family and asked for help but had gotten so paranoid n overwhelmed that i tried to take my life. The only reason i am alive is because my uncle stopped by to check on me 5 minutes after i jumped off my shed with the rope around my neck. I spent 2 weeks in the mental hospital to get on stable ground and then 3 months in jail for warrants that came about since i stopped selling and making money so fines backed up. I got out and for the next year didn’t do nothing but repair the bond between my children and family, and actually turned my life around to the point of where i have a new truck a new place, custody of my son and i own and run my own company now.
But, unfortunately a month ago, i went out to the bar and was hanging with some friends from my past and i started doing coke again, but back when i was dealing i was on coke n meth, now its just coke and only like a 20-40 bag a day, and it like a week straight n ill stop for a day or so n do another week. Yes I’m high right now and the point of this is I’m scared and don’t wanna lose what i have worked so hard for. I cant point the fingure at the ones who turned me onto it because i could have said no but didn’t… also no i don’t do it during the day nor around my children, i do it after I’m done work n they r asleep. I wanna stop and i don’t want people to know but i see it taking a toll already. Please give me advise besides seeking counseling or rehab, because i wont and cannot do that. If people found out i would lose work and my family would be disappointed. I swore to myself tonight would be it so i finished the bag and started researching…. please ne sort of help or point of direction is greatly appreciated. As i said i don’t wanna lose everything i worked so hard for and i damn sure don’t wanna go down the same path i went before… thank u in advance.

Im only 24 years old and hopefully, god willing i have a long life ahead of me, i wanted to know/ask if u could possibly tell me or point me in the direction of where i can findout/research what the damage i have done to my body/brain from the previous use of coke and meth and now my current use of coke for the past month has done to me, and if possible the solution to help repair or help heal the damage. I feel if i know the damage besides the obvious that i explained or experienced before that it will drive me to clear myself from this problem once and for all… this is my second time in life fucking up and i sincerely dont want a third time to happen nor for this to continue on now… I am still research in ng n studying other sites and hope to hear back thank u…

6:55 pm July 16th, 2015

If a person uses a grame of cocain (Snorting) how long after will it be detected in a urine test?

11:20 pm August 10th, 2015

Hi iv been snorting now for 6 years I’m currently snorting 2-3 bags a day I get little sleep i feel like death everyday so I take more I really want to get clean and sort my life out for my daughter please can anyone give me advise on this matter.

2:19 pm August 21st, 2015

Is there any way to take cocaine safely? Like if you only take small amounts every hour? And also is it common for people to die from taking cocaine?

7:54 am August 28th, 2015

The last time I snorted cocaine was on the 15th of this month is it still in my system will I pass my drug test tomorrow?

2:03 am September 30th, 2015

Had a friend do a small line of coke on sunday. Can he pass Wednesday morning for a unrinalist?

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