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Crack High – The Features And Effects

Crack High Effects

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Crack is a highly addictive form of cocaine. People on crack tend to find the drug incredibly difficult to avoid after just one use. This is because of the crack high being intense and fast affecting. But how long does a crack high last? And what are the features of the high that make users want to come back for more, again and again?

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Crack High Overview

Crack is a heavily cut form of cocaine, that is usually mixed with various other ingredients such as baking soda or even rat poison. The substance is highly addictive and getting high on crack stimulates the user so quickly they often take several doses in a night. Due to it being so addictive, crack has become increasingly popular among people.
So, how does smoking crack make user feel and how to tell if someone is smoking crack?
Because it takes effect so fast and stimulates the user, the drug makes them feel a euphoria like many have never felt before. This leads them to go back for more. In addition to that, the drug makes users more sociable. The lack of inhibition a user has when on crack is something many find liberating. Due to the feeling of liberation, many users will continue to look for the first time high, again and again. However, they will never quite find it as they will build up a tolerance to crack as they continue to seek out smoking the drug from a crack bong.

Despite this, a crack high has many other features other than euphoria, and a lack of inhibition. Other features may include:

  • Aggression
  • Jitters
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Insomnia

Crack High Feelings

Before taking crack, many people are unsure of crack high effects and what a crack high is like. So what happens when one smokes crack? Smoking crack, like any of drug, creates side effects that make the user feel different things. When it comes to crack, there is more than one way in which a high can go.
The main two types of high are:

  • Euphoria – This is when the user feels confident and generally content during there high. They may even feel untouchable. That is when the euphoric high becomes a particular danger as the user can easily harm themselves due to feeling invulnerable.
  • Paranoia – A paranoid high is another common effect of crack. Paranoia usually goes hand in hand with aggression and anxiety. In this case, the user can be mentally unstable and dangerous to themselves and those around them. They may feel like people are acting only to spite them.

As well as these two main types of crack high, users may also experience substance-related desires. These may include:

  • The desire to smoke more of the drug – The drug is both physically and psychologically addictive so even after one dose a user will desperately seek out more.
  • No desire to sleep – Whether the user has a euphoric or paranoid high, insomnia is very likely. This is because the substance is a stimulant and essentially sends the body into overdrive.
  • No desire to eat – Users are usually too excited and jittery to even consider eating. Most of their thoughts are towards getting more of the drug.
  • The need to drink a lot – Dehydration is a common side effect of taking the substance; therefore users need to drink more during the use of the drug.
It is vital to mention that recreational use of crack is considered an abuse and can be legally prosecuted.

Crack After the High Effects

Crack highs are relatively short-lived and usually last up to 30 minutes at the very most. This means crack after effects set in fairly quickly and before they know it, the user is on a crack comedown. Crack withdrawal is caused by the body having to readjust to what was put into the system and has suddenly left it.
So how long does crack stay in the system?
Although the drug takes a while to leave the body entirely, it takes the body even longer to readjust. The drug can stay in the system for 4 days. This causes some after effects and dangers to the user.
Common after high effects include:

  • Insomnia or broken up sleep – Stimulants make it difficult to sleep
  • Headaches and migraines – Often down to dehydration and lack of food eaten
  • Irregular heartbeat – The stimulant exaggerates the pulse during use, so it takes a while to adjust
  • Anxiety, paranoia, and jitters – Due to the fear and mental effects the drug causes
  • Depression – When undergoing any withdrawal, the users’ mood gets particularly low because of the body having to readjust. It is even more so the case with stimulants.
  • Sensitivity to light and sound – This links to the anxiety and dehydration both caused by the drug.
  • Irritability and agitation – Withdrawal causes changes in moods and makes people shorter tempered
  • Little to no appetite – The user will gradually regain appetite as the drug leaves their system. Until then they tend to remain focuses on the substance.
  • Dehydration – Although many users want to drink a lot during their high, they often get caught up in the euphoria and end up dehydrated.
  • Cravings for the drug – Crack is hugely addictive, and users nearly always want more.

These effects are a danger to the user, especially if they are unaware of how and what they are dealing with. After a high, it is important to try to rest and regain a normal lifestyle to lessen the effects. This also means it is vital to avoid those cravings for more of the drug and instead fight through the withdrawal symptoms.

Many people will find going through withdrawal of any kind difficult alone, so if possible, ensure one has a medical support or at least the support of family and friends. This will help to reduce the danger.

Crack – Getting Clean

Many users will struggle to go through withdrawal alone, especially if their addiction to crack has been ongoing for a while. However, it is possible, and there are a few ways to make it easier on oneself.

The most common forms of treatment for drug abuse are inpatient treatment centers and outpatient treatment. These treatments cater to the needs, with each one offering slightly different services. There are also other options for treatment, such as group therapy, psychotherapy, and counseling. Whichever treatment form one chooses, it is a step in the direction of recovery.

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Isaak Stotts

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Isaak Stotts, LP

Isaak Stotts is an in-house medical writer in AddictionResource. Isaak learned addiction psychology at Aspen University and got a Master's Degree in Arts in Psychology and Addiction Counseling. After graduation, he became a substance abuse counselor, providing individual, group, and family counseling for those who strive to achieve and maintain sobriety and recovery goals.


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  • Jill
    Where in Baltimore can I go to a support group for women like me that have found out their partner has been using crack?
  • Drea
    I am going through the same thing idk how to deal I am just checking ready to give up. I can’t do the mood swings
    • Eric
      Try Maryland Addition and Recovery Center, they have support groups.
  • Michael Tesh
    I used to smoke crack cocaine i had fits when i couldn’t get it it’s horrible i’m now clean for about 8 months now 😀
    • Tiffany Garrett
      Hang in there, stay strong and pray for more and more strength. For you.