Long been touted as the drug synonymous with Wall Street, cocaine is the caviar of street drugs. It is seen as the drug of celebrities, traders, and big bosses.
Cocaine can produce feelings of euphoria, empowerment, as well as an unusual rush of energy and a decreased need for food. It allows users to perform tasks more quickly and effectively.
But the reality of cocaine hits after the high. Those who fall prey, and those who do not seek help immediately, from rehabilitation or Ibogaine treatment centers, may suffer from short-term, long-term and life-threatening consequences — with some even running the risk of sudden death. To learn more about what this drug actually does to your body, read on.
Short-Term Effects of Cocaine
The effects of cocaine appear almost immediately after one dose and disappear within a few minutes to an hour. Some of its short-term effects include constricted blood vessels, as well as increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Those who use it also experience muscle spasms and convulsions, and report a feeling of restlessness and irritability.
In addition, cocaine can make people feel paranoid, anxious, and hostile — even when they aren’t high. In severe cases, breakdown of muscles, kidney failure, and coma can occur.
Long-Term Effects of Cocaine
When short-term use crosses the line, your risk for more serious health conditions increase. As you become more tolerant to the drug, you take greater quantities to get the same high feeling. This, then, does not only lead to the effects listed above — it could also lead to permanent damage to the heart and brain, high blood pressure, and liver, kidney, and lung damage.
Long-term effects also include respiratory failure (when smoked), destruction of nose tissues (when sniffed), infertility, severe depression, and even delirium or psychosis.
No drug can take you down harder than cocaine — so if you are suffering from addiction, seek help right now. It will be a long road to recovery, but it’s important to take the first step now before the drug ruins your life.