Crack cocaine and powder cocaine are often referred to as just “cocaine”, but there is a big difference between the two. Read on to learn more about how the differ, how they are abused, their dangers, and how to find the best cocaine rehab in Florida.
They are so different that the criminal punishments associated to their use and possession are very different. According to New York University possessing 500 grams of powder cocaine carries the same penalty as possessing 28 grams of crack.
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Where does cocaine come from?
Powder cocaine is a white powdery substance that is abused by snorting, or by dissolving in water and injecting into a vein. This form of cocaine can’t be smoked. It is produced by combining coca paste and hydrochloric acid. Powder cocaine is much more expensive than crack cocaine. Cocaine’s slowest effects occurs when it is snorted, and can take up to 20 minutes. The effects last up to 60 minutes. When injected, cocaine reaches the brain within one minute and the effects last for up to 30 minutes.
The US Drug Enforcement Agency reports that all of the cocaine coming into the United States arrives as powder cocaine and some is modified and made into crack in the country.
What exactly is crack cocaine?
Crack cocaine is cocaine that is mixed with water and baking powder, then cooked dried. This mass is ‘cracked’ into rocks that are smoked.
It is extremely addictive and dangerous. Crack takes about 20 seconds to reach the brain, and its effects last for roughly 30 minutes. According to a study published in the US National Library of Medicine, there is a greater propensity for dependence when cocaine is smoked rather than snorted. The US Department of Justice states that crack cocaine is more psychologically addicting than powder cocaine, and is more likely to result in chronic and heavy use. Crack is more commonly associated with systemic violence than powder cocaine.
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