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Cocaine/Crack
Cocaine powder, freebase and crack are all forms of cocaine. They are stimulants with powerful, but short-lived, effects
Crack same as cocaine but a LOT stronger. The effects are immediate, peak for about 2 minutes and last for about 10 minutes.

Effects

Taking cocaine makes users feel on top of the world. Its effect is like the stimulant 'amphetamines' (speed) but is stronger and doesn't last as long. People taking it feel wide-awake, confident and on top of their game.
Cocaine is a stimulant, so it can raise the body's temperature, make the heart beat faster and stave off feelings of hunger.
The effects of crack smoking are virtually immediate, peaking for about two minutes and lasting for only about 10 minutes. For snorted coke there is a slower time to peak but the effects still don’t last that long (around 20-30 minutes).

Risks

After a big night on cocaine, it's not unusual for people to feel like they've got the flu.
Some people are over-confident on it and so may take very careless risks.
The hit from coke doesn't last long and from 'crack' lasts even less. When the effects start to wear off there can be a very strong temptation to take more, particularly with the long 'come down', the crash period can happen days later.
Crack/risks
Heavy crack users may take heroin to try to dull their cravings. As a consequence, some crack users have become dependent on heroin as well.
Regularly smoking crack can cause breathing problems and pains in the chest. Smoking anything damages the lungs.
Injecting a mixture of cocaine and heroin, known as a 'speedballing' is a dangerous cocktail with potentially fatal results.

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