Cocaine vs. Crack

Crack and cocaine are both drugs created from the coca plant but have a different level of refinement.

Crack cocaine (often nicknamed crack after the sound made during its manufacture) is a lower-purity form of free-base cocaine and contains sodium bicarbonate as impurity. It is a solid, smokable form of cocaine. It is a freebase form of cocaine that can be made using baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) or sodium hydroxide, in a process to convert cocaine hydrochloride (powder cocaine) into methylbenzoylecgonine (freebase cocaine).

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Cocaine

Crack

Legal status Controlled (S8) (AU) Schedule I (CA) Class A (UK) Schedule II (US) Controlled (S8) (AU) Schedule I (CA) Class A (UK) Schedule I (US)
Dependence Liability High High
Administration Topical, Oral, Insufflation, IV, PO Smoking
Introduction (from Wikipedia) Cocaine (benzoylmethylecgonine) is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. The name comes from "coca" in addition to the alkaloid suffix -ine. It is a stimulant of the central nervous system. Crack cocaine is a solid, smokable form of cocaine. It is a freebase form of cocaine that can be made using baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) or sodium hydroxide, in a process to convert cocaine hydrochloride (powder cocaine) into freebase cocaine.

edit Difference between ingesting crack and cocaine

The common method of ingesting crack is smoking. It is refined by removing hydrochloride salt that is present in the street form of cocaine. It is said that crack makes a crackling sound when smoked.

Cocaine is usually inhaled in powder form through the nose. This is also called snorting, and may damage the mucus membranes. Another method of consuming this highly addictive drug is intravenous injection. Injection gives an instant and intense high but has inherent risks. Cocaine can also be smoked, swallowed or taken as a suppository.

edit Appearance and characteristics of crack vs cocaine

Cocaine in its purest form is a white, pearly product. Cocaine appearing in powder form is a salt, typically cocaine hydrochloride (CAS 53-21-4). Street market cocaine is frequently adulterated or “cut” with various powdery fillers (such as baking soda; sugars, such as lactose, dextrose, inositol, and mannitol; and local anesthetics, such as lidocaine or benzocaine) to increase its weight. Adulterated cocaine is often a white, off-white or pinkish powder.

The color of “crack” cocaine depends upon several factors including the origin of the cocaine used, the method of preparation – with ammonia or baking soda – and the presence of impurities, but will generally range from white to a yellowish cream to a light brown. Its texture will also depend on the adulterants, origin and processing of the powdered cocaine, and the method of converting the base. It ranges from a crumbly texture, sometimes extremely oily, to a hard, almost crystalline nature.

In purer forms, crack rocks appear as off-white nuggets with jagged edges, with a slightly higher density than candle wax. It resembles a hard brittle plastic, in crystalline form (snaps when broken). A crack rock acts as a local anesthetic, numbing the tongue or mouth only where directly placed. Purer forms of crack sink in water or melt at the edges when near a flame (crack vaporizes at 90 °C, 194 °F).

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May 13, 2014, 9:29am

Yes lil bro u can die from an overdose or heart attack if more than what your body can take is snorted consumed... I'd suggest you tell mom or dad or both make sure you let them know u want them to not tell it was u that saved his life... but in case u get cold feet and don't tell on him. Thhe following instructions are IN CASE OF AN OD AKA OVERDOSE...
HOW do u know if he's having a overdose(OD)
He's shaking
White foam coming out of his mouth
Uncouncious
White eyes cold body and
High blood pressure... note he won't realize he's about to get od`d(overdose`d) when an of strikes it strikes w no warnings or symptoms.
You need to know that u must act QUICKLY Be calm don't get paranoid or u won't be able to think straight
1. If he is on the floor roll him to his side don't let him lay on his back
2. Call 911 and as soon as the operator answers say paramedics to "your address" than say COKE OD ABOUT 0.3GRAMS AT ONCE MALE STATE HIS AGE . SAY YOURE 12 AND THAT YOUR PARENTS ARE AT WORK. AND IMMEDIATELY HANG UP THE PHONE THEY WILL CALL BACK RIGHT AWAY IGNORE THE CALL CHANCES ARE THAT THE AMBULANCE WILL BE THERE WITHING 3 TO 5 MINUTES.... IGNORE THE PHONE
4.Throw him in the shower with hot water HOT NOT BOILING IF STEAM STARTS TO COME OUT ITS TO HOT JUST DROP IT DOWN A LITTLE BIT. NO NEED TO UNDRESS HIM HE NEEDS HEAT AS HES IN THE SHOWER SLAP HIM BACK AND FORTH DONT BE A AFRAID OF HITTING HIM TO HARD I PROMISE U HE WONT FEEL A THING AND JUST KEEP DOING IT TILL U GET TIRED OR PARAMEDICS ARRIVE

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April 19, 2014, 4:24am

can u die from cocaine my bro is using

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May 10, 2014, 2:15pm

can you grind crack and smoke in a rolled cigarette?

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April 12, 2014, 2:24am

I am on crack now

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