Crack Effects: Short Term, Long Term & Side Effects

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Since crack cocaine made it first appearance during the 1980’s, it has quickly solidified its place as one of the most dangerous and most addictive substance. Crack cocaine can lead to a lot of health consequences both in short and long term. In recent years, there has been an intensified effort by the governments and non-governmental organizations to spread the awareness about the dangers of crack cocaine. In this article, we will take a look at some of these effects.


What is Crack Cocaine?

Crack cocaine is the term used to define cocaine that has been processed with baking soda or ammonia to produce more potent “rock” form cocaine which can be smoked. Crack cocaine is more potent compared to ordinary cocaine. When smoked, the result is usually instant and more intense. It can stimulate the central nervous system resulting in euphoria, increased breathing, heightened energy, increased heart rate, and even aggressive and paranoid behavior.

When taken consistently, the user will build a tolerance and will need more of the substance to feel the high.


Here is What Happens When You Smoke Crack Cocaine

When smoked, the effect is usually instant and can last between 5 and 15 minutes depending on amount and tolerance. Unfortunately, the effect wears off quickly (less than 20 minutes), this usually leads to users craving more of the substance. This is the reason why most people are likely to abuse this substance after taking it for the first time.

Crack cocaine is introduced into the body through smoke which is breathed into the nose. Once in the body, it enters the bloodstream and moves quickly to the brain. It affects the brain in a unique way. Once in the brain, this substance will cause an overproduction of some chemicals which include norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine.

The overproduction of these chemicals causes a build-up resulting in an intense feeling of euphoria. This feeling can last for up to 15 minutes. Once it subsides, the user will be left craving more of the substance.

Unfortunately, there are other crack cocaine effects and we will take a look at them below.

Crack Effect: Short and Long Term Consequences of Taking Crack Cocaine.


Short Term Crack Effect

The short-term crack cocaine effects are those that happen shortly after taking cocaine. These effects include both wanted and unwanted effects which include:

  • Feeling of euphoria
  • Increase energy level
  • Increased alertness
  • Hyperstimulation
  • Intense drug craving
  • Dilated pupils
  • Excited state
  • Paranoia
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Convulsions and seizures


Long-Term Crack Effects

Long-term effects of crack cocaine result from the abuse of the substance. These effects can cause lasting symptoms in the user’s body. Fortunately, most of them can be treated before they become fatal.

Long-term crack effects include:

  • Addiction
  • Delirium
  • Depression
  • Kidney damage
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Paranoia
  • Seizures
  • Irritability
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Arterial tearing
  • Psychosis
  • Male infertility
  • Aggression


Crack Side Effects

Crack cocaine abuse can lead to severe and adverse physical and psychological side effects. The side effects reflect the extreme dangers of this substance which include cardiovascular damage and even death in some cases. Other side effects include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dilated pupils
  • Constricted blood vessels
  • Paranoia
  • Aggression
  • Abdominal pain
  • Paranoia
  • Sudden death


Treatment of Crack Effects

Fortunately for addicts of this substance, these effects can be treated if the user agrees to a treatment. It is never too late to get help and stop the abuse and the suffering.

If your loved one is suffering from cocaine addiction, he needs to get help. This is not a problem he can face alone. Please find a facility nearby that helps crack addicts and check him in as soon as possible.


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