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Also known as:

  • coke
  • Charlie
  • C
  • snow
  • blow
  • a toot
  • Bolivian/Peruvian/Colombian marching powder

What is cocaine?

Coke is a powerful stimulant made from the leaves of the South American coca shrub. It makes the brain release its natural ‘feel good’ chemical dopamine.

Coke usually comes as a powder. It’s often cut with impurities such as baking soda, sugar, amphetamines or painkillers.

Coke is normally divided into lines on a smooth surface, then snorted through a straw or rolled up banknote. Other ways of taking it are smoking it or rubbing it into the gums or arsehole.

What’s the attraction?

A hit comes on fast, usually within a minute, making you feel exhilarated, alert, full of energy, confident, sociable, talkative and physically strong. It stops you feeling hungry or tired and kills pain.

Effects last for up to half an hour if you snort it and less if you smoke or inject it.

Sex on cocaine

Both cocaine and crack can make you feel physically strong, horny, more sexually aggressive or confident and with more stamina for longer sessions. Your sense of touch can be heightened, and you might get longer, stronger orgasms.

As your inhibitions are lowered, you might be more likely to have unsafe sex.

Cocaine’s painkilling effects can lead to rougher sex, making your cock and arse sore or bleed. You might not notice this damage but it makes it easier for HIV, hepatitis C and other infections to be passed on.

Problems getting a hard-on, difficulty coming and a lower sex drive can be other side effects, especially if the dose is big or you take it for a long time.

Rubbing coke into the arsehole will make it numb and irritate the skin. This makes it more likely someone will pick up or pass on infections, including HIV.

Rougher, longer sex sessions mean there is more risk of condoms breaking, so putting a fresh one on after fucking for about 30 minutes is recommended.

Last reviewed: 24/08/2018
Next review: 24/08/2021