Harmful Effects of Cocaine: What It Does to Your Mind & Body

Cocaine

Cocaine (C17H21NO4) is a powerfully addictive and psychoactive drug that nearly 5 million Americans use regularly. Often used as a recreational drug, cocaine sends high dopamine levels in your brain parts that control pleasure. However, cocaine has severe health consequences, both mental and physical. In fact, cocaine caused every 1 in 5 drug overdose death in 2017. Even without overdosing, cocaine can negatively impact your health.

Here we give you the lowdown on how regular use of cocaine can degrade your physical and mental health.

Short-term effects of cocaine on your body and mind

The effects of cocaine for the short term depending upon the dosage of the drug. If you use a small amount of cocaine for a short time, let’s say once you can experience:

  • Feeling euphoria
  • Increased talkativeness or quiet contemplation
  • Increased libido
  • Dry mouth
  • Paranoia
  • Reduced appetite
  • Increased body temperature and blood pressure
  • Aggression
  • Localized pain relief

A high dose of cocaine in the short term can lead to the following effects:

  • Anxiety
  • nausea and vomiting
  • rapid and weak pulse
  • chest pain
  • heart attack
  • kidney failure
  • hypothermia 
  • seizures
  • increased heart rate and body temperature
  • brain hemorrhage
  • stroke and convulsions.

Some of these effects can send a person into a coma or even cause death.

Long-term effects of cocaine abuse on your body and mind

There are several consequences of regularly in-taking cocaine on your body as well as your mind. Some of them are:

  • Lost sense of smell: Snuffing heavy doses of cocaine powder can damage the odor receptors in your nose entirely and leave you without a sense of smell permanently. It can also lead to inflammation of the nose and nasal activities and make holes in the roof of your mouth. You can also have nose bleeding and irritation.
  • Lost sense of smell: Snuffing heavy doses of cocaine powder can damage the odor receptors in your nose entirely and leave you without a sense of smell permanently. It can also lead to inflammation of the nose and nasal activities and make holes in the roof of your mouth. You can also have nose bleeding and irritation.
  • Lost sense of smell: Snuffing heavy doses of cocaine powder can damage the odor receptors in your nose entirely and leave you without a sense of smell permanently. It can also lead to inflammation of the nose and nasal activities and make holes in the roof of your mouth. You can also have nose bleeding and irritation.
  • Lost sense of smell: Snuffing heavy doses of cocaine powder can damage the odor receptors in your nose entirely and leave you without a sense of smell permanently. It can also lead to inflammation of the nose and nasal activities and make holes in the roof of your mouth. You can also have nose bleeding and irritation.
  • Lost sense of smell: Snuffing heavy doses of cocaine powder can damage the odor receptors in your nose entirely and leave you without a sense of smell permanently. It can also lead to inflammation of the nose and nasal activities and make holes in the roof of your mouth. You can also have nose bleeding and irritation.
  • Lost sense of smell: Snuffing heavy doses of cocaine powder can damage the odor receptors in your nose entirely and leave you without a sense of smell permanently. It can also lead to inflammation of the nose and nasal activities and make holes in the roof of your mouth. You can also have nose bleeding and irritation.

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