A review of cocaine’s long term effects to the body, brain, and behavior.
Potentially dangerous physical effects of cocaine include raising heart rate and blood pressure. But can cocaine actually kill you? Learn more here.
Cocaine interferes with the activity of the neurotransmitter, dopamine. It acts upon a part of the brain called the ventral tegmental area (VTA). More here on the chemistry behind the cocaine high.
What are the systemic effects of cocaine on your body and mind? We explore in-depth here.
In the U.S., cocaine is legally a narcotic. Medically, it is not. More on the classification of cocaine under the Controlled Substances Act here.
Cocaine and its derivatives can be used as local anesthetics, but cocaine is scheduled as a Class II narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act. More on past and present cocaine uses, as well as its effects here.
Cocaine levels peak anywhere from 5-45 minutes after dosing (depending on mode of administration), but metabolites can last for days in your system. Personal tolerance, use, and exposure patterns also determine how long cocaine lasts. We examine more here.
Cocaine generally stays in your system and can be detected in urine for 2-4 days afer use. However, heavy or chronic cocaine users may have an extended detection window of up to a week or 10 days. More here on cocaine in the system.
Cocaine is a stimulant which acts on the central nervous system. More on how cocaine works, cocaine’s uses, side effects, and dangers here.
Cocaine has a short half life (about 60 minutes). But cocaine can stay in your system and be detected in urine 2-4 days after use. Detection time increases to 12-14 days for chronic or binge users. More on detection times, drug testing methods and liability of cocaine addiction here.