07 Mar Cocaine History And Its Effects?
Cocaine is one of the most popular drugs of use, particularly in the party scene. Its highly addictive mentally. Cocaine use often progresses from the party scene to everyday use as the high that is produced is very seductive and addictive to some. People are able to communicate more freely on it as its high is euphoric and can give lots of energy. It this wise it is a very alluring drug to people who may have trouble in these areas of life. Cocaine is often romanticised in movies and pop culture as a coveted and desired drug. It is more expensive than most drugs and its addiction is very costly.
A history of cocaine.
Cocaine is made from the coca plant. The coca plant originates from South America, possibly first growing in the Amazon. It has been used for centuries as a stimulant by labourers in theses regions. Chewing leaves gave workers a ‘buzz’ as chewing the leaves stimulates the system. This meant they could work longer and harder. It gives a false energy.
In the mid to late 19th century cocaine was isolated from the coca plant and was initially used medicinally. Cocaine has a numbing effect and so was hailed as a wonder drug. It was also used in coca cola from around 1886 to 1901. It had a short but controversial life span on the shelves because its popularity caused widespread addiction across many classes. Around 1914 laws were made in America to prohibit the sale of cocaine and opium products. Along with cocaine, heroin was a popular drug having been fairly recently discovered as a medicinal drug as well.
In the 1980s crack cocaine was widely used and it was incredibly addictive. Very easy and cheap to get a hit, it created a major problem in the US which still rages on today. Crack cocaine is synthesised from cocaine.
Although more costly, cocaine is a widely used drug in Australia, particularly in Sydney.
If you have any questions about the use of cocaine and what to watch out for, please contact one of our intake coordinators on 1300 88 7676.