When cocaine is taken in small amounts, usually up to 100 mg, it produces feelings of empowerment, self-esteem, euphoria, temporarily decreased need for food and rest, and an unusual rush of energy. It's hijacking your brain's reward system. But how?
Cocaine works by accelerating the central nervous system (CNS). When snorted, cocaine enters the body through the blood vessels in the nose and goes into the bloodstream, where it travels throughout the body and crosses the blood-brain barrier.
In the brain, cocaine prevents the neurotransmitter dopamine from recycling, causing excessive amounts to build up between nerve cells. This flood of dopamine causes the intense high you feel after snorting cocaine, but it disrupts normal brain communication in the process.
So what happens after you snort cocaine? Here are some short term effects of snorting cocaine.
1. Your pupils dilate. A lot.
2. You start having hallucinations.
3. You start feeling a surge in energy and confidence.
4. Increase in body temperature.
5. Indifference to pain and fatigue.
Long Term Effects:
1. Brain Chemical Imbalance. Also an increased risk of dementia.
2. Nose Damage / Anosmia -- You literally cannot smell anymore.
3. "Crack Lung"
(No image available but it includes -- black mucus spit up, wheezing, coughing and chest pain).
Here's some black sputum for you.
4. Sexual Dysfunction
5. Legal Problems / Jail Time