Wednesday July 23rd 2014

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.

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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14 Responses to “Snorting cocaine
Lindsey
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.

http://www.entnet.org/

Julio
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 ;/,,,

Lindsey
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.

Danielle
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

michelle
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).

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