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Crack Cocaine FAQ

What is freebasing?

Preparing pure cocaine ("base") for injecting or smoking, usually by dissolving and drawing out the impurities with a strong alkali. Freebasing is pretty dangerous as the chemicals involved are highly explosive and the process requires a lot of skill and specific equipment. Crack cocaine is a form of freebase.

How much do you have to take before it destroys your nose?

Regular chronic (daily or heavy weekly) cocaine use will gradually collapse the septum, the thin membrane which divides the nostrils. The damage is irreversible.

What is cocaine usually cut with?

Cocaine is most often cut with corn starch, vitamin c powder, sugar, talcum powder, Italian baby milk powder or local anesthetic (to simulate the numbing feeling). Fear-mongers peddle the myth that coke is regularly cut with anthrax, bleach or strychnine. Frankly, this is bollocks.

How long does cocaine stay in your bloodstream?

Up to 72 hours.

What is a lethal dose of cocaine?

Much controversy surrounds this question. As little as 20 mg (substantially less than a single line) injected intravenously can be lethal while between 500mg and 1.4 g nasally or orally is considered dangerous. Purity, mixing with other substances (especially heroin), environment, and the individual are all factors.

How many people use cocaine?

The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) reported that, in 1998, cocaine was used by 3.8 million Americans. Although cocaine use has not significantly changed over the last six years and "is still a threat to the United States," it is significantly less prevalent today than it was during the early 1980s. Cocaine addiction and use peaked in 1982 when 10.4 Americans (5.6% of the population) reportedly used cocaine.

Is cocaine dangerous to use during pregnancy?

Yes. cocaine enters the bloodstream of the developing foetus and has the potential to affect a baby's development. The 'crack baby' has been a frequent story in the press, particularly in the US.

Recent studies have challenged the idea that cocaine is responsible for the birth of underdeveloped, handicapped babies (see here for more details) but obviously taking any drug which will be passed on to the foetus has potential to be very dangerous.

I was wondering about the dangers and realities of smoking powder cocaine.. Is this what they call free-basing?

Powdered cocaine can be smoked but it is very inefficent way of ingestion. Cocaine hydrochloride tends to burn rather than vapourise in high temperatures so the results are weak and unpleasant. This is why freebasing was developed. Freebasing is preparing pure cocaine ("base") for injecting or smoking, usually by dissolving and drawing out the impurities with a strong alkali. Freebasing is pretty dangerous as the chemicals involved are highly explosive and the process requires a lot of skill and specific equipment. Crack cocaine is a cruder form of freebase made with sodium bicarbonate.

What is an eight-ball of cocaine?

An 8-ball is one eight of an ounce of cocaine, approximately 3.5 grams. This is a lot of cocaine for one person, enough to overdose on. So be careful.

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