Cocaine falls under the stimulant category and produces an intensely euphoric high. This intense high is why cocaine is highly addictive. Cocaine is extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. This plant is generally grown in Bolivia, Peru and Colombia. The cocaine manufacturing process takes place in clandestine laboratories hidden deep in the jungle. It is here that the leaves of the coca plant undergo a series of chemical transformations. After the leaves have been processed the resulting cocaine product is a white, crystalline powder that is often diluted or “cut” with other substances. The products most commonly used as cutting agents include sugars and local anesthetics. Manufacturers “cut” the cocaine to stretch out the amount of product, which increases profits for dealers. Individuals usually snort powder cocaine, but it can also be injected into the bloodstream after being dissolved in water. These are the two most popular methods of use because the body’s mucous membranes readily absorb the cocaine. Cocaine’s stimulant properties can cause detrimental side effects when abused or used long term. Some of these effects include cardiac arrhythmia, sudden cardiac arrest, strokes and even death. Regency Recovery (885)336-3758 today to experience the freedom of sobriety.
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