Cocaine is an illegal stimulant that speeds up the workings of the brain. Long-term cocaine use can lead to depression, psychosis, and heart problems among other issues.
Cocaine is a stimulant which means it raises the heart rate and blood pressure. From one to three minutes after taking cocaine, the person has an intense feeling of pleasure called “a rush.” The “rush” or euphoria occurs because cocaine taps into the brain’s chemical reward system making the user feel good. This feeling can last for at least 15 minutes or even longer. Cocaine also affects the brain’s reward center.
The reward center releases special chemicals called neurotransmitters. Cocaine releases neurotransmitters, which tell the person’s brain that they feel good. When tolerance to cocaine is developed it takes more and more to achieve the same euphoric feeling again. It is reported that 1,800 Americans experiment with cocaine for the first time each day.
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