Drugs - Cocaine (COC)
Cocaine (benzoylmethylecgonine) is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that
comes from the leaves of the coca plant. It is a stimulant of the central nervous system, an appetite suppressant and a topical anesthetic and is extremely addictive because of the way it affects the mesmolimbic reward pathway.
Possession, cultivation and distribution is illegal in nearly all parts of the world, for non-medicinal and non-government sanctioned purposes.
Cocaine may appear like a powder or salt, in compressed or rock form, or dissolved/infused in liquid format. It’s characteristic white powder appearance may be common, but is not the only colour or medium cocaine may be found in. Generally, cocaine can be taken orally, through insufflation (nasal consumption), through injections, inhalation, and in some cases by anal or vaginal insertion.
Cocaine is also known as any one of the following street names, according to Health Canada:
- nose candy