Cocaine has few extremely limited medical uses, cocaine has no other purpose except to
give a cocaine user or Cocaine dependant an intense feeling of pleasure known as a "high."
While this cocaine effect may not seem like such a bad thing, the great number
of physical side effects of cocaine that accompany that high, combined with the
powerful psychological cocaine dependence side effects Cocaine creates, makes it an extremely dangerous drug to take.
As a very powerful stimulant, cocaine not only gives cocaine users more energy,
it makes the cocaine user feel confident and even euphoric, meaning cocaine users are
extremely elated or happy, usually for no reason. This feeling of elation and power
makes cocaine users believe they can do anything, yet when this high wears off, the cocaine user
usually feel upset, depressed, tired, and even paranoid.
Cocaine has a very interesting history: It has gone from being considered a mild stimulant
and then a wonder drug, to a harmless "recreational" drug, and finally to a powerfully
addictive and very dangerous illegal drug. Although cocaine has, in fact, been all of these
things at one time or another, we know it today to be an addictive drug that
can wreck a person physically, mentally, and socially. It can also easily kill people.
Cocaine is extracted from the leaves of the coca shrub (Erythroxylum coca),
which grows Andes Mountains of Peru a second specie Erythroxylum novagranatense is
grown in columbia.For thousands of years, the native populations of those areas chewed
the leaves of these cocaine plants to help them cope with the difficulty of living
at such a high altitude. Chewing raw coca leaves (usually combined with ashes or lime) reduced their fatigue
and suppressed their hunger, making them better able to handle the hard work they had
to do to live so high up in the mountains. By the time the spaniad invaders arrived
and conquered puru,they discovered that giving coca leaves to native workers enabled
them to force the workers to do enormous mounts of work in the gold and silver mine
that were located in high altitudes.
In the middle of the nineteenth century,German physician Albert Niemann perfected
the process of isolating the active part of the drug cocaine and improved the process of
making it. Niemann extracted a purified form of cocaine from the coca leaves, and
wrote about the anesthetic or numbing feeling obtained when he put it on his tongue.
Cocaine then began its inevitable introduction into medicine, drink, and finally drug
abuse. First cocaine was considered by many doctors to be a wonder drug, and they began
prescribing it for all sorts of physical and mental problems. By the 1880s, cocaine
was even added to a very popular "medicinal" wine called Vin Mariani. The famous
Austrian physician Sigmund Freud, who would become the founder of psychoanalysis,
published a paper in 1884 that made many wrong medical claims for cocaine.
Although he would later withdraw his claims, Freud did write at the time,
"The use of coca in moderation is more likely to promote health than to impair it."
In 1888, a soft drink named "Coca-Cola" was developed in America that contained
cocaine and advertised itself as "the drink that relieves exhaustion." By 1908,
however, the makers of Coca-Cola realized their mistake and removed all the
cocaine from it, using only caffeine as a stimulant.
However Severe and heavy overuse cocaine can make the abuser suffer dizziness,
headache, anxiety, insomnia, depression, hallucinations, and have problems moving about.
The increase in blood pressure can cause bleeding in the brain as well as breathing
problems, both of which have killed many cocaine abusers.