Crack is not a drug all to itself, but a drug created from another drug, cocaine. When cocaine is boiled down and purified to eliminate all the impurities, it turns into a rock-type form. It is usually smoked in glass pipes that are either professionally made or nothing but a broken light bulb with the end missing. It is, without a doubt, the most addicting form of cocaine ever conceived. To better understand the adverse effects that crack has on the mind and body, we have compiled the facts of the drug’s effects:
The Effects of Crack Use on the Mind
Crack use directly effects brain chemistry within 10 seconds after it’s smoked. It causes the user to have extreme confidence, no appetite, long-lasting insomnia, increased energy, paranoia while high, and a craving for, or mental dependence on, crack.
Crack use may be one of the most popular drugs in America, but that’s not because it lasts for a long time. The crack high usually only lasts 10 to 15 minutes. The reason for that is, crack directly raises the dopamine levels in the brain. After that 10 minutes period of time, those dopamine levels plummet, making that high and euphoric feeling quickly fade away.
This high of highs is wanted again and again, but since the dopamine levels in a persons brain can take a very long time to replenish, the high is never anywhere as good as it was the first time. This act is called chasing the dragon. It describes the constant chase to feel that euphoric effect that’s had the first time crack is used. The constant use of crack can lead to one of the strangest types of mental illnesses, called delusional parasitosis.
This, simply put, is the delusion that parasites are living throughout the body, from the skin to the vital organs. This often referred to as “cocaine bugs,” where extended users feel as if there are bugs crawling under their skin. Many of the victims of this delusion have sores and scars from constantly itching their skin, trying to get the bugs out. These same types of behavior can be experienced through meth abuse and even alcohol abuse.
The Effects of Crack on the Body
The effects of crack on the body have a direct physical role to play in the health of any crack user. Starting from the head down, the pupils will become dilated, the loss of balance and even vertigo has been known to set in, the blood vessels constrict, causing an increased heart rate and raised blood pressure. While high on crack, the heart is under immense stress and can easily lead to a heart attack or a stroke.
The lungs are also adversely effected from crack use, the risk of respiratory arrest are very real and happen in fairly large percentile of long-term users. On top of all this, the body temperature rises, making the crack user sweat and shake from unexpected hot and cold flashes.
These are the main effects for crack use on the mind and body. By being educated and aware of the consequences, you can choose to make the right decision for yourself and your family. By knowing what signs to look for, you can know when a family member or a friend needs help overcoming a crack addiction.