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Cocaine stripes: components, effects and hazards

Cocaine stripes: components, effects and hazards

May 10, 2021

Juan was a 17-year-old boy when he started cocaine use . At that time, he used to smoke cannabis and drink alcohol as many young people do nowadays, but sometimes he "caught a gram of coca to put up with more", as he himself affirms. As the years passed, he consumed more frequently, and even snorted a few lines at work because it made him "more plugged in", according to his own words.

With 30 years, he was about to die. Everything happened in a very hasty way, when being surprised by a police control, Juan swallowed 3 grams of cocaine so that he would not be caught by the agents of the authority in possession of this drug. After swallowing it, the bag containing the drug opened and in a matter of seconds Juan suffered a heart attack. Minutes later, he suffered two more heart attacks, until luckily he could be stabilized in the hospital, being reanimated by the paramedics. Like Juan, It is common for many people to put their lives at risk with the use of drugs, and cocaine is one of the preferred by consumers . But what is inside a line of this substance? In today's article we reveal it to you.


What is cocaine?

Cocaine is a very addictive type of drug that belongs to the group of stimulants. Although it is usually associated with a white powder that is snorted, coca can also be injected or smoked, the latter is known as "basuco" or "paco". In the street, the coca receives different names, for example, "farlopa", "farlis" or "nieve".

When we talk about a line (or cleca) of coca, we refer to the line of white powder that is prepared to be snorted . Sometimes, a smaller ray is also made, and after soaking a cigarette with saliva, it sticks to be smoked. This is called "Chinese." Coca is a substance that is extracted from coca leaves (in South America it is usually chewed) and was originally used as an analgesic.


To know more: "Types of drugs: know their characteristics and effects"

Cocaine, a deadly powder

Juan tells us that: "At the beginning I used coca because it made me feel euphoric, it made me feel great, I was very concentrated and energetic. It's crazy, because after a while I needed to take it daily. It has caused me many problems: I lost good friends and family and I ruined myself financially. "

Cocaine is possibly one of the most dangerous drugs for humans, as it is highly addictive . The profile of the cocaine addict is different from that of other drugs, such as the heroin addict, who is physically destroyed and often ends up in isolation in marginal neighborhoods. The cocaine addict is likely to live a normal life and live in upper-middle class neighborhoods, because consuming cocaine is expensive, so it is not available to everyone.


The negative consequences of cocaine use

When someone becomes addicted to coca has serious difficulties to leave it, since the person becomes mentally and physically imprisoned this psychoactive substance. H oy in day, the kitchen is a billionaire business, but it destroys many lives .

The profile of the consumer includes different ages, but health problems appear at any stage of life. People who use coca can suffer from respiratory problems, cardiovascular and cerebral infarcts, hemorrhages in the brain, among other negative consequences for their health. Despite this, cocaine use continues to increase around the world.

What's inside a line of cocaine?

But what's inside a line of cocaine? Are the consumers of this drug really aware of what they are taking? When someone buys drugs on the street, they do not really know what is inside that illegal substance, because there is no control. This allows the camels to be able to add substances (often harmful) to be able to obtain a greater economic benefit .

The truth is that, contrary to what many people think, the coca line carries everything but cocaine. According to him Diario de Galicia , within a line of coca there may only be between 5% and 40% of this substance. What's more, within this can be traces of chalk, rattan, pesticides or detergents.

Coca arrives in Spain with 80% purity but here it is "cut" to produce a greater economic benefit. Although the traffickers are aware that a percentage must be maintained that allows the drug to not lose value in the market, it may happen that, in coastal areas, cocaine of very poor quality is sold to foreigners or outsiders.

With what is cocaine cut?

The cocaine is cut with different substances, some of them very dangerous.Below you can see a list of substances that are added to a line of cocaine:

  • Amphetamines
  • Chalk
  • Tetracaine
  • Benzocaine
  • Analgesics
  • Antihistamines
  • Opioids
  • Iniston
  • Sugars
  • Phencyclidine
  • Ephedrine
  • Borax (detergent)
  • Lactose
  • Speed
  • Almax
  • Talcum powder

Know the different types of drugs

Drug use is one of the biggest problems facing today's society . The consequences of addiction to this type of substances are not only suffered by consumers, but also by their families and nearby people. If you want to know more about the different types of drugs that exist, you can consult this article: Types of drugs: know their characteristics and effects.

You can also visit our section dedicated to drugs and drugs, where you can find monographs, news and research related to the different prohibited substances.


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