Cocaine is a highly addictive odorless white powder derived from coca paste. Individuals can use it by snorting it up their nose, rubbing it on their gums, or by dissolving the powder and injecting it into their blood streams. It can cause hypersensitivity to sound touch and sight, mental alertness, irritability, as well as extreme energy. Using cocaine repetitively can cause long term changes to your brain, which can lead to addiction. When your brain begins to adapt to certain doses of it, you begin to do higher doses to achieve the same level of effects previously reached. The use of this drug can lead to overdoses and side effects of these include heart attacks, seizures, and strokes.
After learning about cocaine and the effects the drug has on the body, I became curious as to how the drug is actually made. The process that goes into forming this substance is very strenuous and dangerous. Chemicals such as bleach, chlorine, and sulfuric acid are used in the process of making this drug. This video shows some of the process occurring in the jungles of the Amazon.