We have all heard of cocaine in one way or another in movies, TV shows, the Internet, the news, on the street, at school, at work or just about any other place. This expensive drug is appropriately called, â€œthe caviar of street drugsâ€. Cocaine is particularly popular among celebrities, movies stars, fashion models and even Wall Street traders. The drug gets regularly featured in pop culture these days, especially in the rap and hip hop industry as well as in movies such as â€œBlow.â€
Cocaine is obtained from the leaves of Erythroxylum coca bush found mostly in South America. It is then treated and converted into two main forms: â€œpowdered cocaineâ€ and â€œcrack cocaine.â€ According to research, about 14% of U.S adults have used cocaine at least once, with people ages 18 to 25 being the biggest cocaine users. The drug is smoked, snorted or injected into the body. The user experiences an instantaneous high as the drug makes its way to the brain through the bloodstream. After the substance is ingested, it is usually followed by increased energy levels, excitement and a feeling of supremacy. In some cases, anxiety, paranoia and fear may take over.
Some of the other names cocaine is characterized by are: