Cocaine is one of the best known drugs and the hardest drug used in many countries.
According to the classification of drug consumption in Spain, which uses data from seizures from the national police, the civil guard and the customs and excise department, about 2.2% of Spaniards know about this substance. The Valencian Community, the Canary Islands and Galicia are the regions with the heaviest kilos of this drug.
The most common form of cocaine use is cocaine hydrochloride, which is known as coca powder, or “coca stripes”. However, there are other forms of use that produce different effects and different types of cocaine and addictionBecause sniffing stripes is not the same as smoking crack cocaine.
Cocaine: a highly addictive drug
Cocaine is a very addictive drug and can become very dangerous. In the West, coca powder is the most widely consumed presentation format for this substance, although there are other ways to ingest it. This makes the profile of the addict of this drug somewhat heterogeneous.
In Europe, the cocaine user is often associated with a person of medium-high socioeconomic status, as it is a substance that can become expensive. But this is not always the case, as there are other forms of addiction to this substance which are less expensive.
In other words, they are consumed by people belonging to more disadvantaged social groups. Crack, for example, can be devastating for consumers, Who can end up isolated in the slums. The myth that it is possible for the addict to lead a normal, busy life in upper middle class neighborhoods may only restrict those who consume kitchen hydrochloride.
Consequences of cocaine use
As you can see, cocaine can be mistaken for the upper class drug, and has even come to say caviar. In powder form, it can circulate on Wall Street and even on fashion catwalks, where some models have emerged to claim that they are or had been addicted to the substance. But even cocaine can be surrounded by glamor, The reality is that this drug harms the health of these addicts, As it has negative effects on the heart and brain.
In addition, when a person becomes dependent on the substance, he has serious difficulty in giving it up, as he becomes a prisoner of the drug both mentally and physically.
Types of cocaine and addiction
Not all forms of cocaine use have the same effects on the body or are addictive. This substance is made in three ways: powder, paste (basuco) and base (crack).
But, What are the types of cocaine and what are the characteristics of these three types of addiction?
1. Cocaine powder or streaks of cocaine
Coca can be consumed in the form of stripes, this is called cocaine hydrochloride, although it is also called powder or snow. Cocaine streaks (or clecas) are highly addictive psychoactive substances, but less so than other types of cocaine. This powder, usually sniffed, can have different shades. For example, the so-called “yen” is purer (rubs 98%) and whiter, flaky and brighter.
However, there are other types of cocaine powder with less purity, in which its presentation is more powdery and less shiny. Indeed, a number of chemicals added to its marketing can be highly toxic. The less substances you incorporate, the purer the cake and it is considered to be of better quality.
This is why extreme care should be taken when someone is buying a cake on the street because they don’t really know what they are buying. The coca line often contains between 5% and 40% of this substance, according to the journal Diari de Galicia. Cocaine hydrochloride usually arrives in Spain with a purity of 80%, however, here it is “cut” for more economic gain.
The cut occurs with different substances, some very dangerous. Among these substances we can find: amphetamines, gypsum, almax (powder for stomach pain), detergent, speed, talc or pain relievers.
- You can read more about cocaine stripes in our article: “Cocaine stripes: components, effects and dangers”
Another way to consume cake is to smoke. While there are other forms of smoking that don’t necessarily have to be in their cocaine hydrochloride format, many consumers smoke it straight from the coca line. These people usually moisten a cigarette so that they can then smear the cake line on the outside of it.
The effect is much weaker than that of the cocaine line, so it is usually combined with the sniffed dose. That is, when a consumer sniffs it, they usually smoke the remaining part of the line or stripes (if they consume it with other people). Cigarettes containing cocaine hydrochloride are called “Chinese”.
3. Cocaine hydrochloride injected
Cocaine hydrochloride can also be injected after it has been diluted in water. It is one of the most addictive forms of cocaine because the drug is carried directly into the blood, increasing the intensity of its effect. It is the most dangerous way to consume it, with an immediate effect but of short duration. The consumer needs to inject more in a short time, and it is easier to get by with the dose.
4.basuco or coca paste
Basuco (also bazuco, paco or coca paste) is an intermediate product in the manufacture of cocaine hydrochloride. It is also known as cocaine sulfate because it contains around 50% of this compound.
Coca paste is the result of a process that includes highly toxic and toxic products such as sulfuric acid, methanol or kerosene. As with the injected cake, it is highly addictive and causes physical and psychological deterioration.. It is usually mixed with tobacco or marijuana to be smoked, and is cheaper because it has a much lower cost to produce because it is made from waste cocaine.
5. Break the cocaine base
Crack or cocaine is the result of incorporating chemicals such as ether, ammonia, and baking soda into cocaine hydrochloride. It is known as cocaine for the poor because it is up to 15 times cheaper than hydrochloride.
After being smoked, crack reaches the brain within seconds, and its effects are stronger and more destructive than coca paste. It is also more addictive and the risk of death from its use is higher than other types of cocaine like basuco. It is usually smoked in a pipe.
Pink cocaine: a drug consumed by the upper class
Currently, a psychoactive substance has become very fashionable in the upper class. It is known as pink cocaine, pink powder, or 2CB, and is a designer drug with psychedelic and hallucinogenic effects, which alters all the senses and changes the perception of the world. Its consumption produces very harmful effects for the person who takes it.
- You can read more about this drug in our article: “Pink powder (pink cocaine): the worst drug ever known”