Intravenous, snorting, smoking or oral administration - whatever you take, the intense high of cocaine use typically lasts only a few minutes to a couple of hours. When the positive sensation wears off, the user wants to feel it again which can lead to an increase in dose and the development of tolerance to this stimulant. Finally leads to addiction.
Short-term Effects of Cocaine Use
Cocaine’s effects appear immediately when you take it, but they are short-lived. Increased sensations – sight, sound and touch – are accompanied by increased energy or restlessness and desire to talk (the physiological effects are increased body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure).
In moderate amount cocaine causes euphoria, reduces appetite, decreases the need for sleep, but negative side effects may include: anxiety, anger, panic, hallucinations and paranoia.
Long-term Effects of Cocaine Abuse
In order to repeat the initial state of good mood many users continue to take it increasing doses, and the constant use of cocaine leads to develop a tolerance. Users don’t want to become addicted but craving the drug shows the dependency.
After many repeated doses, there are following signs of damage in the body:
- Brain, lung and heart damages
- Central nervous system damages
- Loss of sense of smell
- Weight loss
- Infectious diseases
Dangerous Effects of Cocaine on the Brain
Cocaine is a strong addictive stimulant that affects the brain by increasing levels of the dopamine. It is this neurotransmitter that fills the body with good vibrations. Strong sense of satisfaction usually includes:
- Extreme pleasure and relaxation
- Feeling of euphoria
- Increased energy levels
- Increased self-confidence
With repeated use, drug abuser develops tolerance to cocaine. That leads to addiction and create long-term changes in the brain that interfere with ability to think clearly and control behavior.
I wanted to achieve the initial pleasure but I failed, report cocaine addicts.
One of the reasons that drug users increase their dose is because they want to intensify euphoric effects. By increasing the dose people feel tired and depressed and can have serious psychological and physiological problems: mental stress, insomnia, anxiety, panic and paranoia.
There are no safe levels of cocaine use. No matter how much is used, there is always a risk for toxicity, overdose, heart attack and sudden death.