Why is cocaine so addictive?
Cocaine is a strong central nervous system psycho-stimulant extracted from cocoa leaves typically combined with hydrochloride to produce the common salt, white powder form of the drug. There are three methods of ingesting cocaine, which include: snorting, smoking or free basing, and injection with a needle.
Cocaine works by increasing levels of dopamine, a chemical in the brain that creates pleasure. In a normal brain, dopamine is released and binds to the dopamine receptors, the brain then using special dopamine transporters recycles the dopamine. A person’s brain that is inhibited with cocaine will block the recycling process causing a build-up and constant firing of dopamine in the brain, leaving the user with euphoric and pleasurable effects.