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What is Crack?
The chemical hydrochloride is mainly what distinguishes cocaine from crack. Some users chemically process cocaine in order to remove the hydrochloride. This process is called "freebasing" and makes the drug more potent. "Crack" is a solid form of freebased cocaine. It is called "crack" because it snaps and cracks when heated and smoked.
About Crack Cocaine
Since crack is an already prepared form of freebased cocaine, the user does not have to buy the equipment or be exposed to the explosive chemicals associated with freebasing. Crack is most often packaged in vials or plastic bags and sold in small quantities, usually 300-500mg or enough for two to three inhalations.
Traditionally, cocaine was a rich man's drug, due to the large expense of a cocaine habit. Now, crack is being sold at prices low enough that even adolescents can afford to buy it. But, this is misleading, since once a person is addicted to crack, his "habit" often increases, and so does his expense.
Crack is between 75% and 100% pure, far stronger and more potent than regular cocaine. It is the more potent and riskier than the regular form of cocaine.
When crack is smoked it reaches the brain quickly and brings an intense and immediate—but very short-lived—high that lasts about fifteen minutes. Because of this addiction can develop very rapidly, a user can become addicted after his or her first time trying crack, thus needing a drug addiction treatment program.
Methods of Use
Crack and its Adverse Effects
Crack as with any street drug, what is sold may not be what it is claimed to be. Predicting side effects is difficult when the actual contents are not known. Life-threatening reactions have been reported whether it's the first, the 100th, or any other time crack is used. You do not have to overdose on crack to die from it.
In addition, if the initial experience leads to continued use, other adverse effects include the rapid development of tolerance (needing a stronger dose to have the same effect), addiction, and all the social problems that can come from an expensive drug habit.
Crack, Short Term Effects
Crack, Long-Term Effects
If you or someone you know is fighting a crack addiction and need help, call our addiction referral counselor to enter a drug addiction treatment program. Our service is free and confidential.