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.

Questions about too much cocaine

Do you still have questions about the safe levels of cocaine? Please leave your questions in the designated section below. We do our best to respond to your inquiries with a personal and prompt response.

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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  1. Hi, my daughter & I have recently found out that her husband has had a cocaine addiction for a year. It came to a head when he snorted four times his normal amount and had what he called a psychotic episode. He doesn’t remember much about it but we’ve heard from the people he was with and it doesn’t sound pretty. He wants us to ignore it because he’s been told they don’t mean anything and in recovery the professionals concentrate on other aspects. Would you please explain to me about these “episodes” and should I be concerned with what he did during it? Thank you very much.
    Regards, Deb.

  2. While I agree with the fact that cocaine is a highly dangerous drug to consume, I believe that it definitely is not for everyone. While there are some of us that consume it but with self control, willpower and the sense of taking things in moderation.

    Weed is a natural and safe drug obviously it would not be legalized if it was otherwise, but then again it affects everyone differently in both bad and good ways just like cocaine.

    The power belongs to the people that respect the drug and use it accordingly without taking it too far and abusing it to a point where oneself gets in trouble or putting others at risk of harm.

    The average amount that they say a person can over dose on the powder is about 1.2-1.5 grams depending on its purity.

    If you possess the knowledge, self control and willpower to just be able to enjoy a fat joint or one to three rails of snow and let it be, then you know what the hell you doing and you develop a much stronger mental attitude about things.

    All these party favours were made for our enjoyment and we’ve just too it took far to be so desperate and so hooked that it became so taboo.

    Respect it and it will respect you back. Less is always more!

  3. So…in the past 10 hours I’ve done probably roughly 1.25-1.5 grams of cocaine. And this is only my third time doing it. I uh did it once October 13th-14th and once I believe October 27th. My question is at what point should I see a doctor based on symptoms.

  4. @Liv – .85 is 850 milligrams. 60-90 milligrams is considered, assuming an otherwise healthy individual, the strong dose range. Anything above that is heavy, and you’ll probably be feeling forced effects for at least two hours, lasting 4-24 hours.

    The withdrawal of cocaine is actually the same every single time you use it. How permeating the comedown is from that 2-24 hours depends on the quantity ingested and frequency.

    For example, if you ingest 5-10 milligrams, and don’t redose for at least 60-90 minutes, you can probably still function and have a good time. High doses of cocaine are where the danger really lies, and it’s easy to get to that point because of how addictive it is.

  5. Just consumed 2.5 grams of 30 percent purity over 60 hours with a lot of alcohol. Doing it after a month. Was a regular user. Been a heavy drinker. Daily usage of Aspirin. Feeling heart pain

  6. i can’t get off the stuff. been doing it for 2 years. i usually go on benders but i go hard. half onces gone 48 hours… the come downs are awful. I find myself always chasing the dragon.

  7. Been taking cocaine for around 10 years on and off reading that overdose percentage scares me I take 10 to 12 bags a day and I have consumed half Oz in 2 days I only sleep when my body shuts down and it’s been constant past 6 months every day maybe a day off hear and there I spend around £1400 a week on it seriously I don’t no how I’m not dead

  8. Hi, my son took a hair follicle test and tested positive for cocaine. He has claimed being clean for 4 months but the test showed 3460mg of cocaine. Is that a lot and when would he had last used for it to be at that number? He tested on July 12, 2018. Any information would greatly be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi Tina. I’m really sorry for your loss… I suggest that you consult with a coroner or another professional for your issues.

  9. Hi!!! I’m 17 years old and have taken cocaine 4 days in a. Now and was wondering de4ing if I could be addicted or close to overdose?

  10. My Husband passed away from fatal cocaine toxicity and I feel like I need to know how as he hadn’t taken any for a while. Would he of known he had taken too much.
    Please help a grieving wife

    1. Hi Natalie. I’m really sorry for your loss… I suggest that you consult with a coroner or a toxicologist about your issue.

  11. I’ve smoked about 4 grams throughout 7 days. I’m 6 feet tall 180 pounds and I metabolize things fast. Is that enough use to make the drug linger in my urine longer?

  12. I take a half of a $20 of cocaine everyday during my work hours and save the other half for next day,If that to much?

  13. This post is very very useful. People basically young generation are getting addict, and the number is increasing at dangerous rate. So this type of articles are always welcome to stand against drug addiction.

  14. Hello! The article is quite informative and answers provided to the questions are helpful too.

    “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” This is a very strong point made. Cocaine in any type of dose is indeed dangerous and very addictive.Second, it would be helpful if you add more details about physical effects of overdose of cocaine.


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