Snorting a line or two of cocaine on a weekend out with the boys might seem harmless enough, but recent studies suggest the class A drug can have long-term effects on both your mental and physical well being.
It probably comes as no surprise that cocaine is one of the most accessible and widely used drugs in the world. Cocaine use in America continues to rise every year while the UK’s security minister Ben Wallace claimed earlier this year the UK “is fast becoming the biggest consumer of cocaine in Europe.”
And let’s not forget Australia loves a cheeky snort, with the 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey revealing cocaine as the second most commonly used illegal drug in the country behind marijuana.
Many people aren’t aware the white powder can stay in your system for days, weeks and even months on end, with the long-term side effects of the drug frightening.
Here are a few facts about the short and long-term effects of casual cocaine for you to read over before sorting our your next bag.
As soon as you take a bump your pupils dilate, your heart rate and body temperature increases and your appetite disappears. Coke gives you a euphoric high and makes you feel full of energy, but can also lead to aggressiveness, nausea and headaches.
Taking blow on the weekends will fuck with your sleeping patterns and the short 30-minute high you experience from a line will leave your body craving more. The come down isn’t great either, causing flu-like symptoms that leave most people feeling deflated and depressed.
Cocaine can do irreparable damage to the liver, kidney, lungs, heart and brain. Constantly snorting the white stuff can lead to a collapsed nasal cavity while the drug also increases blood pressure, resulting in a higher chance of succumbing to a stroke or heart attack.
Along with the physical drawbacks, coke plays a major role in mental illness. Someone with a coke habit is susceptible to depression, anxiety, paranoid and even suicidal thoughts. For men, it also plays havoc with your libido, with gents who frequently use cocaine often suffering erectile dysfunction and a decreased sex drive, with the possibility of becoming infertile.
So while you might think your weekly bump isn’t having a great impact on your life, it might be time to reassess your choices.
In the immortal words of Rick James, “Cocaine is a hell of a drug,” and one you might want to take it easy with.