This was no. 2 in our series; How Do You Take Yours? We looked at Cocaine, and asked the people that used it, how they preferred taking it and why, and gave some useful harm reduction tips for everyone!
This BP article was brought to you by A&E Lifestyles, a BP partnership in drug taking & drug investigating!
While the BP ‘knowledge’ tends to come from hundreds of combined years of experience of opiate, coca use and loads of pharmaceuticals (and that’s just the crew!), these days, drug taking for the enthusiast is changing. It’s broadening out, it’s becoming consumer savvy, it’s becoming mainstream. Nowadays, we aren’t so attached to one drug anymore, it’s a pill for this, then a smoke for that, then a whole pharmacopoeia of drugs for the come downs. We are learning how to use our drugs, we want to know more about them and what they do and what are the safest ways of taking them. The West has created a pill culture – and drugs are out there by the bucket load. This issue, BP looks at cocaine – and A&E are asking you “How do you take your coke?”
Cocaine is used by such a diverse group of people, probably because it lends itself to being snorted, smoked, injected, freebased, chased, chipped, drunk, or blown up an orifice somewhere, and as such, many of us will have a preference of our own. A (of A&E Lifestyles prefers to have it via injection and mixed with brown in a speedball, while E prefers to have the coke first, then the brown!). The emergence of crack has added more dimensions to what the phrase ‘using coke’ actually means. But as anyone who’s had a coke habit will tell you, no matter which way you take it, consistent, regular use of coke/crack can lead to a whole host of problems – the combo of no food, sleep, come down drugs and paranoia can lead to some serious shit , compounded by the potential health problems due to the method by which it’s administered. A&E spoke to a few coke fiends to get their views on using it their way and have collected some good harm reduction tips to remember – whichever way you use it. (This focuses on cocaine in all its guises except crack -although we do look at freebase and smoking tips -crack kinda needs its own article these days!