Crack is a crystalized form of cocaine that is typically smoked rather than snorted. It can also be dissolved in water and injected. It gets its name from the crackling sound it makes when it is heated.
Crack is a more potent form of cocaine, which means it is even more dangerous and addictive than the traditional white powdery substance. Crack produces a faster and more intense “high,” which can lead to addiction even after the very first use.
When crack is smoked, it produces intense feelings of euphoria, increased energy levels and heightened mental awareness. However, these effects disappear rather quickly, leaving the user feeling depressed, anxious and craving more of the drug to regain the positive effects. The drug also takes its toll on the body, raising heart rate and blood pressure and increasing the risk for a heart attack or stroke.The long-term effects of crack are even more damaging, leading to possible respiratory problems and lung damage. The drug also causes damage to the heart, kidneys and liver. Crack use leads to severe sleep deprivation and a decreased appetite, which can result in weight loss and malnutrition over time. Users develop a tolerance to the drug, which means they will need more of the drug to get the same effects. If the drug is stopped, users may experience severe withdrawal symptoms that will prompt the person to use again.
Are You Addicted?
Crack is a highly addictive drug that can hook the user even after a single use. Signs of crack addiction might include:
Burn marks on the mouth or fingers
Weight loss, malnutrition and tooth decay
Infections or abscesses if the drug is injected
Delusions, hallucinations and paranoia
Aggressive, hostile behavior
Confusion and disorientation
Depression, anxiety and psychosis
Withdrawal symptoms if the drug is stopped
More time spent getting, using and recovering from the effects of crack