Popular names ‘coke’, ‘sniff’, ‘charlie’, ‘white’, 'snow', 'c', 'yay'
What is it?

Cocaine is a drug that increases the body’s functions and reactions (stimulant). It comes from the coca plant, grown mainly in South America, and goes through a range of chemical reactions to produce cocaine.

Sought after effects
  • sense of euphoria
  • increased wakefulness
  • increased confidence
Undesired effects
  • anxiety
  • increased chance of stroke and heart attack
  • ‘comedown’ (usually depressed and tired feeling) as effects wear off
What does it look like?

Cocaine is a white powder, of pearly appearance in its purer forms.

How is it taken?

Snorted: usually divided into lines and snorted (insufflated) via rolled up paper or ‘bumped’/’keyed’ i.e. small amount sniffed

Swallowed: swallowed (ingested) by ‘bombing’. A ‘bomb’ is prepared by wrapping individual doses in cigarette paper.

Injected: can be dissolved in water and injected.

Smoked: Smoking in a joint (rare as easily burns out).


Snorting or swallowing is the more gentle method of ingestion, and the onset of its effects more gradual. The onset of injected cocaine is very fast, taking only a few seconds to reach the brain, and is very intense.