EMPTY YOUR POCKETS
Can’t feel your face? Then you might have just taken some high grade cocaine. Accelerated heart rate, dilated pupils, teeth gritting and a euphoric feeling of invulnerability are some other physical effects that accompany the queen of all party drugs.
The history of this notorious stimulant goes all the way back to ancient times when the indiginous peoples of South America were grooving in the Amazon and chewing on Coca leaves. “Erythroxylum Coca'', the plant from which cocaine is derived from, and contains many vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, potassium, vitamins C, B1& B2 and fiber. It was German chemist Friedrich Gaedcke who first isolated the cocaine alkaloid from the plant. From there, cocaine was used in medicines, anesthetics and even in Coca Cola.
Cocaine’s popularity took off in the mid 20th century as the choice recreational substance for musicians and artists. To this day, it is consistently polled as the second most popular recreational drug behind marijuana.
Just as Disco was the forefather of Techno, Cocaine can be seen as the predecessor to MDMA. “Coke” or “blow” is the original club companion that made it possible to party all night and into the next morning. Cocaine has been the subject, theme or inspiration for techno tracks such as Jeff Mills “Cocaine”.
Coke may not be the number one drug of choice on the techno scene today, but it can usually be found at many raves and festivals.
Cocaine can be ingested orally, smoked or inhaled through the nasal cavity in its most popular powdered form. A loud, crowded, frantically lit dance floor can be a challenging way to consume the drug. This isn't the pill we’re talking about here. A rave is not the place to cut up some lines, take out a straw and start sniffing away.
Many ravers prefer to use a snuff “bullet”, a small, concealable container usually made of metal or glass. With this, you can ration small hits as discreetly as putting on chapstick. If you don’t have a bullet, or it's just not your style, another option is using the restroom to take bumps with a small spoon or house key. Bumps are usually preferable in the rave scene as a fast, efficient way to give you a boost and keep the party going with the other stuff you have in your system.
The effects can be felt immediately, and can last anywhere from ten minutes to two hours. Which leads to the main problem with coke. Coming down. Paranoia, anxiety and emotional depression can hit like a sledgehammer when you crash. That’s why regular cocaine users spend much of their time (and money) doing more coke. Trying to chase the high long after the party is over is a fast track to addiction.
Coke’s sinister reputation also creates images of crime and violence in the minds of many. Almost universally outlawed, cocaine carries stiff penalties for possession and distribution. And the ruthless nature of the cocaine underworld makes you wonder who might have died so you can take this bump in the port-a-potty.
When taken alone, it can cause serious health risks, such as heart attack seizures and getting your ass kicked. Those risks are compounded when taken in combination with XTC, Ketamine, Alcohol and other party drugs. The typical drugs of rave culture are dangerous
enough on their own. But when you add cocaine into the mix, you create the potential for a hard crash on the dancefloor and in life.
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