Substance use - cocaine

Substance abuse - cocaine; Drug abuse - cocaine; Drug use - cocaine

Cocaine is made from the leaves of the coca plant. Cocaine comes as a white powder, which can be dissolved in water. It is available as a powder or liquid.

As a street drug, cocaine can be taken in different ways:

  • Inhaling it through the nose (snorting)
  • Dissolving it in water and injecting it into a vein (shooting up)
  • Mixing with heroin and injecting into a vein (speedballing)
  • Smoking it (this type of cocaine is called freebase or crack)

Street names for cocaine include blow, bump, C, candy, Charlie, coca, coke, flake, rock, snow, speedball, toot.

Cocaine's Effects on Your Brain

Harmful Effects of Cocaine

Cocaine can be Addictive

Treatment Options

Your Ongoing Recovery


When to Call the Doctor