Regardless of the type of cocaine being used, there are many health consequences that can develop from using it. Some of the short-term effects of cocaine use are constantly dilated pupils and peripheral blood vessels. Cocaine users can also expect to experience a constant rise in heart rate, temperature and blood pressure while using the drug.
Other effects include bouts of insomnia, irritability, anxiety and feelings of restlessness along with a loss of appetite. How the user chooses to consume the drug will also result in additional effects.
Consuming cocaine makes users feel they are on top of the world.Its effects are similar to those of amphetamines or speed. The biggest difference is that the effects of cocaine use are stronger and more intense, but do not last as long.
If the cocaine user chooses to snort their drug, they can expect the high to last approximately 20 to 30 minutes. The high produced by taking the drug in this manner is relatively short-lived, meaning once the user begins to come down, they will encounter a ‘coke crash’ that leaves them with feelings of fatigue, depression, and irritability.
The effects of smoking crack cocaine are almost immediate. The feeling of euphoria and stimulation peaks for two or three minutes and lasts in total for about ten minutes whereas snorted coke offers a slower peak time but lasts about 20 to 30 minutes.
In addition to the health problems previously mentioned, long-term drug addiction of any form of cocaine can trigger paranoia and other mental health issues