Effects of Cocaine on the Body and Brain
Cocaine is very harmful to the body. If an individual uses cocaine over a long period of time it can do an incredible amount of damage to the body. Cocaine can be inhaled, injected, or smoked, and is quickly absorbed into the body and the bloodstream in all forms of use.
Short Term Side Effects of Cocaine Include:
- Dilated Pupils
- Increased Heart Rate
- Increased Temperature
- Increased Energy
- Decreased Appetite
- Sense of Euphoria
- Distorted sensory perception.
- Intense “low” feeling as the drug wears off and the user “crashes.”
These short term effects can also affect performance at school, work and in extracurricular activities. These short term issues can lead to longer term problems that can result in difficult getting and maintaining a job, getting into college and interacting normally with others.
Long term health effects of cocaine can be even more disturbing and include:
- Respiratory problems.
- Heart attack.
- Brain damage.
- Infections due to needle sharing amongst those who inject cocaine.
- Violent behavior.
Cocaine users often due not eat very much. The drug has been known to be used to help people lose weight. When people use large amounts of cocaine they risk overdosing and death. Cocaine abuse can cause people to stay up many days, eat very little food, and create paranoia. Long term cocaine abuse can lead to heart attacks, stroke, heart disease, respiratory failure, and gastrointestinal problems.
Cocaine in Highly Addictive and Users Develop Dependance and an Increased Tolerance very Quickly
Cocaine is a highly addictive substance, in large part due to the short term effects of the drug, the feelings of euphoria and increased sensitivity. The tolerance to cocaine is one of the most dangerous, and life threatening side effects of cocaine abuse. As the body builds a tolerance to cocaine it become less effected by the substance and the pleasurable feelings are reachable only if the amount of substance use is increased. The user will need more and more of the drug in order to feel the same effects. This increases the risk of overdose since the user needs and uses greater and greater amounts of cocaine in an effort to get high.
Cocaine Abuse Can Result in Sudden Death
It is important to note that due to the highly addictive nature of cocaine and its ability increase the users tolerance cocaine overdose can result in sudden death. A teen may begin snorting cocaine or smoking Crack Cocaine, but the addiction can escalate and the user can begin injecting cocaine or mixing it with other drugs to try and get a more intense effect. Injection of cocaine and combining it with other drugs can result in overdose and death. Cocaine addiction is serious, and loved ones should seek treatment for the user as soon as possible. CLICK HERE for more information about Cocaine Treatment.
The Information from this page came mainly from Troubled Teen 101.