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About Cocaine

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What can cocaine feel like?

Like other stimulants, cocaine can speed up your body functions and can cause euphoria, excessive energy, and a racing heart. Depending on how you use cocaine (i.e.. orally or snorting), the effects can start from just a few minutes and can last from about 10 to 90 minutes. People who use cocaine report that the after-effects can last for up to 4 hours.

How it makes you feel depends on how much you take, how often you take it, whether it is mixed with other fillers (like creatine or caffeine) and your individual body. Remember, a low dose for one person can be a high dose for another as people’s bodies process drugs differently.

Keep in mind that, when mixed with alcohol or other drugs, cocaine can have different effects to those listed below. 

Pleasant Effects 

Unpleasant Effects 




Social confidence

Talkative (or talking very quickly)

Sense of increased concentration or productivity

Anxious or nervous


Impaired judgement

Teeth grinding



Feeling like you need to poo


Reduced appetite

Increased heart rate

Hot or sweaty

Pleasant Effects 

Unpleasant Effects 

Increased euphoria

Increased excitedness

Increased hyperactivity

Increased social confidence

Increasingly anxious

Increased teeth grinding causing pain in jaw and face

Panic or panic attacks

Becoming confused or disoriented


Engaging in risky behaviour

Agitated or aggressive

Severe nausea or vomiting

Feeling very hot or sweating excessively


Pleasant Effects 

Unpleasant Effects 


Severe panic attacks

Severe tremors


Severe vomiting

Chest pain

Engaging in dangerous behaviour


Acting violently

Very fast or irregular heartrate

High fever or feeling extremely hot and sweaty


Becoming unresponsive

Losing consciousness


A Reddit user discusses their experience of chasing a cocaine high:

“The first blow of some coke was amazing, then you just spend the rest of the night trying to maintain, and by the end of the night you're blowing a rail every 15 minutes trying to keep that high, but it just gets less and less each time.”

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