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What are the different kinds of Cocaine?There are three major forms of cocaine normally used. The pure form, cocaine hydrochloride, is an odorless, white crystalline powder with a bitter, numbing taste. It is also very soluble in water and soluble in alcohol.
Both other forms of cocaine are more volatile, and can be smoked to produce very rapid and intense effects. Freebase cocaine is produced by making the cocaine salt more alkaline and extracting the cocaine from the mixture using an organic solvent, which is often very flammable. Before the cocaine can used, the solvent must be evaporated, often with a high risk of fire and injury.
The last form of cocaine, namely crack cocaine, has recently become more popular. There is no solvent extraction step, which decreases the danger of usage. It is produced by instead mixing the cocaine salt with an alkaline solution, which is then dried and sold in the small lumps that form. Crack cocaine is named after the cracking or popping sound it makes when it is heated, usually in a small pipe.
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