Cocaine is an illegal stimulant that is very powerful and addictive. Found as a white powder, paste, or rock-like form the high is rapid and rewarding. Cocaine works to speed up the central nervous system and can effect both short and long term mental health.
Cocaine (coke) can be smoked, snorted, or injected and increases dopamine release to create euphoria and increased energy. Cocaine also creates inflated self-esteem and elevated mood with a decreased need for sleep and decreased appetite. Side effects of cocaine use are tremors, muscle twitches, dilated pupils, increased body temperature, decreased sexual function, and paranoia. Cardiac arrest, stroke, and sudden death are possible with cocaine use.