How much cocaine is too much?

It’s hard to say what are the exact doses that cause cocaine fatalities. Read more about the effects of too much cocaine and how to avoid a cocaine overdose.

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A cocaine overdose (OD) depends on a few factors:

  • purity levels of the drug
  • amounts used
  • an individual’s state of health state

While cocaine overdose is almost always unintentional, some suicidal attempts have been know to happen while on cocaine. Accidental overdoses can happen when you take cocaine with a greater purity, in large quantities, or after a period of abstinence. Also, a common unintentional cocaine overdose involves mixing cocaine with alcohol or with other drugs simultaneously.

But how can you know when you have crossed the line? Is there a way to find out how much cocaine is too much? Continue reading here to learn ore about the risks of taking too much cocaine. We’ll also review some basic information on how to prevent undesired consequences. Then, join us at the end and send us your questions and concerns. We will try to answer any legitimate questions personally and promptly.

Cocaine strengths

The strength of cocaine usually depends on purity levels. Purity can vary from 20% – 90%, with a recorded average of 28%.

The drug is first extracted in labs, distributed to smugglers, sold to distributors, then passed down to dealers. Along the way, cocaine is cut and diluted many times to maximize profits by adding weight with other substances. So, the cocaine you buy is only a small part pure drug, and the rest is made up of sugars or additives such as:

  • glucose
  • lactose and/ or mannitol
  • baking soda
  • corn starch
  • Vitamin C powde
  • talcum powder

…or related chemicals such as lidocaine or benzocaine.

You can check cocaine’s level of purity only by testing it in a lab or using specific protocols. For example, cocaine purity drug tests can be purchased online. Although they don’t provide results regarding the the adulterants used to cut the sample, they can provide crucial information about the strength of the drug, and help you prevent unintentional overdoses.

How much cocaine is safe?

We feel obligated to warn you that in reality, no amount of cocaine is safe. Even if you don’t use too much and OD, cocaine can negatively impact your physical and mental health in many ways over time.

How much cocaine is safe to take and prevent an overdose? It is difficult to say how much cocaine is safe for you to use without OD-ing. It really depends on your level of tolerance to cocaine. Also, the intensity of cocaine’s effects are different among users. Another reason why the safe doses of cocaine can not be determined comes from the fact that cocaine is a highly unpredictable drug with unique multiple actions on the body.

Q: So, how much cocaine can you take at once?

A: Typical doses of cocaine are in the range from 30 mg and up to 70 mg. But as users develop tolerance they tend to use more and increase their doses and go up to 1 g.

How much cocaine to overdose?

How much cocaine amount of cocaine to overdose? Cocaine overdose can occur in several ways, not all involving the dose quantity, level of tolerance, and purity. Cocaine overdose can occur if you:

  1. Take too much cocaine.
  2. Use a concentrated form of cocaine.
  3. Use cocaine in hot weather due to dehydration.
  4. Mix cocaine with alcohol and other substances.

The consequences of a cocaine overdose include:

  • seizures
  • brain haemorrhage
  • kidney failure
  • heart attack
  • stroke

How to know if I have gone too far with cocaine?

Cocaine addicts might take lager doses of cocaine and use it more frequently to get high. However, these sought-after effects of cocaine are short lasting. The main reason why addicts take it repeatedly is because they want the pleasure to last. But, using to much cocaine nearly always results in addiction.

Still, there are many ways to get help if you’ve gone too far. Here are some places to start:

12-step support groups, such as Cocaine Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, have helped many people addicted to cocaine.
Alternative groups such as SMART Recovery are also an option for those who do not like the 12-step approach.
Your doctor can help you quit at home, or recommend a detox clinic and a treatment center if s/he determines you require more intensive medical care.
SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator can help you detect licensed detoxification, outpatient or inpatient treatment facilities in your area.

Or, you can reach out for help by calling our 24-7 hotline number. Call 877-516-8929 and get connected with a compassionate operator who understands problems with cocaine. We’re here to help…day or night.

How much cocaine is fatal?

The estimated minimum dose of cocaine that is considered to be lethal is 1.2 g, but users with hypersensitivity to cocaine have died from as little as 30 mg. Some rare cases of cocaine addicts who have a considerable tolerance, reported use of up to 5 g of cocaine daily. However, this would be an extremely fatal dose for most individuals.

How much cocaine should I take?

Given the fact that cocaine is a highly addictive and dangerous illicit drug, there are is no safe dose that is recommended for your use. When taken in high doses cocaine causes extreme agitation, paranoia and aggression. The unpleasant physical effects from a high dose of cocaine usually include:

  • dizziness
  • hallucinations
  • headache
  • heart pain
  • nausea
  • tremors
  • vomiting

Cocaine is also known as a drug which caused many deaths even after the first use. Moreover, it’s unpredictable purity levels can make it a very dangerous drug.

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Questions about too much cocaine

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Reference sources: VIC: Cocaine
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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