What Is The Difference Between Crack And Cocaine?

On paper, the only difference between cocaine and crack cocaine is the addition of a single word. Are these terms interchangeable, or is crack the same as cocaine? Let’s take a deeper look into these questions.

What is the difference between cocaine and crack?

Cocaine is a stimulant drug that is sold on the streets as a white powder. Crack cocaine is made from combining cocaine powder with water and baking soda. This mixture is boiled until a solid forms, then cooled. The subsequent rocks may be white, light brown, tan, or cream in color.

Even though these drugs look different, there is no pharmacological difference between them. There are, however, a few things that set these two drugs apart. For one, powdered cocaine is more expensive as it is typically purer (although some dealers may cut the drug with flour, corn starch, or other potentially dangerous additives).

cocaine powder on a flat surface and in a plastic bag

The high that each of these drugs produces is slightly different based on the method of use. Crack cocaine is smoked, producing a short but intense high. Powdered cocaine can be injected, which similarly produces a short but intense high. Snorted cocaine, on the other hand, has a longer onset and duration of effects.

Is crack more addictive than coke?

Both cocaine and crack cocaine are equally addictive. However, since crack cocaine has a shorter high, it has a higher abuse potential as it takes more frequent doses to maintain the desired effect.

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