Cocaine is either injected or smoked to get high. Medical use of cocaine is extremely rare these days due to the high rates at which it is abused. Under the Controlled Substance Act, cocaine is considered to be a schedule II drug. This means that there is very high potential for cocaine to be abused and lead to a physical and mental dependence for it, meaning that its medical use must be limited substantially.
There are two primary forms that cocaine comes in: a salt form where the substance is water soluble, and this can either be snorted or injected; as well as a diluted form where it is mixed with a variety of other substances, such as anesthetics and sugars.
When in the water insoluble form, the cocaine base can become processed with other substances such as baking soda, water, and ammonia. All it takes is for this mixture to become heated, and it can become a substance that can be smoked.
The effects that cocaine has on the user vary depending on how much of it is taken in and the method of consumption that is used. When cocaine is either injected or smoked, it will enter very quickly into the brain and bloodstream, and as a result, the high period will last as shortly as fifteen minutes, but it will still be stronger than if it were congested another way.
The high period that results from cocaine occurs because cocaine increases dopamine levels and give the user an enjoyable experience. However, it is also dangerous because it can shut off the signal between neurons and also because cocaine stops the dopamine from being reused, resulting in strong build up and amplifying the signal of the dopamine. This will disrupt communication in the brain, and gives the sensation of being high.