What are the different types of cocaine?
Cocaine is a stimulant drug that exists in many forms. The different forms of cocaine can be different depending on their chemical composition and purity. While most have similar effects, some are not cocaine.
All real cocaine comes from coca leaves, but it takes different forms. While most have common characteristics, they vary in chemical composition, color and purity.
types of cocaine
Cocaine is endemic to South America. The initial manufacturing process and steps in the supply chain create different types of cocaine.
Pure cocaine is a crystalline powder from the leaves of the coca plant. It is not cut and is not affected by other substances.
Pure cocaine is quite rare in the United States. The product is often changed as it passes through the supply chain.
Crack comes in small, rock-like pieces. Its color can vary depending on its purity. Crack is designed for smoking and is an alternative to freebase cocaine.
Synthetic forms of cocaine (fake cocaine) are sometimes used in medicine as a local anesthetic. When synthetic cocaine is sold for recreational use, it is usually a synthetic cathinone.
This product may resemble powder or crack cocaine. Synthetic cathinone has some common effects, but looks more like an amphetamine.
Pink cocaine is not technically cocaine. It is a synthetic drug also known as 2C-B. This drug was created in 1974, but has recently regained popularity.
2C-B is called pink cocaine because of its pink powder form. You can also find this drug in pill or capsule form. It is known to cause feelings of euphoria and vivid hallucinations in high doses.
Pink cocaine should never be snorted. Whatever the mode of administration, it is considered very dangerous, as very small variations in dosage can have serious consequences.
Black cocaine is a chemically modified version of cocaine designed to avoid detection. It is usually a mixture of cocaine, charcoal and other chemicals.
Black cocaine is not designed for immediate use. Once the substance has reached its final destination, it must be chemically treated to extract the pure cocaine.
Fish flake cocaine
Fish flake cocaine is generally of high quality and uncut. It does not come in powder form. Instead, fish flake cocaine looks like small iridescent flakes.
Reports suggest that the effects of fish scale cocaine are more gradual. Fish scale cocaine also appears to build up the user’s tolerance more quickly than other forms of cocaine.
In some cases, powder cocaine is cut with levamisole, which also resembles fish scales. This product can prolong the effects of cocaine, but it is also very dangerous.
Cocaine hydrochloride is the salt form of cocaine. It is a fine white powder that is recognized by its bitter, paralyzing taste.
Cocaine hydrochloride salt is not pure cocaine. The drug is often cut with lidocaine, talc, cornstarch or sugar. Like all types of cocaine, cocaine hydrochloride is easily addictive.
While fish flake cocaine may have a grayish/yellowish hue, most high quality cocaine is pure white. Yellow cocaine is mainly sold in crack form.
The difference in color usually suggests that the product has some impurities. It may have been improperly processed or cut with other substances.
Brown cocaine may refer to two different products. The impure crack may have a brown color.
There is also a substance known as “brown-brown” which is powder-crack cocaine. This product is found almost exclusively in Africa.
You should assume that any other brown powder is probably not cocaine. It could be a number of other drugs.
How the different types of cocaine are used
Most cocaine is snorted, smoked, or injected. In some cases, powder cocaine can also be taken orally, anally or vaginally.
The intended use of cocaine depends largely on the type of cocaine and the user.
Types of cocaine snorted
Powder cocaine and fish flake cocaine are commonly snorted. This method of administration is less stigmatized than smoking and injecting.
Most forms of powder cocaine are designed to be snorted. The one exception is pink cocaine. 2C-B is incredibly painful to smell. It was not designed to be taken that way.
Types of cocaine that are injected
Powder cocaine is soluble in water. This allows users to dilute and inject the cocaine directly. Other forms of cocaine are generally not suitable for injection.
In some cases, liquefied cocaine can be mixed with an opioid to create a “fastball.”
Types of cocaine that can be smoked
It is possible to produce freebase cocaine. However, creating a freebase and smoking it is very dangerous. Crack is smoked more often than freebase cocaine.
Side Effects and Dangers of Cocaine Use
The effects of cocaine include a numbing sensation followed by an increase in dopamine.
When used in moderation, cocaine can energize and make the user talkative. In large quantities, it can lead to increasingly erratic and violent behavior.
The euphoria caused by cocaine use is short-lived. The immediate breakdown and physiological damage from cocaine abuse lasts much longer.
People who use cocaine tend to have mental health problems. Increased anxiety, irritability, panic attacks, paranoia and psychosis are just the tip of the iceberg.
Cocaine use also damages several important organ systems. In any case, cocaine damages the gastrointestinal tract and the cardiovascular system.
People who use cocaine regularly are more likely to experience the following symptoms
high heart rate
Some of these effects can be controlled with proper medical care, but they increase the risk of sudden death.
Treatment Options for Cocaine Addiction
Substance use disorders are expensive. You need help to safely overcome withdrawal and prevent relapse.
There are many cocaine treatment options. At Bedrock Recovery Center, you’ll have access to medication-assisted detox, behavioral therapy, and inpatient and outpatient treatment options.