Crack cocaine has a bitter taste. The bitter taste of crack may come from the solvents used in its production, such as baking soda or ammonia.
Crack cocaine is a form of cocaine that comes in crystal form. It is a powerful stimulant drug that comes from the coca plant, native to South America. If you suspect a family member or loved one is smoking crack, there are other ways to identify the drug without tasting it.
How Crack Cocaine Gets Its Taste
Crack cocaine can be made by mixing powder cocaine with water and either baking soda or ammonia. This mixture is then boiled to make a solid known as freebase cocaine, which is then dried to create crack cocaine crystals.
The ingredients used in making crack may contribute to its bitter taste.
The cocaine powder used to make crack cocaine may also contain talcum powder, flour, fentanyl, amphetamines, and other additives. These additives may end up in crack cocaine, lending their own tastes to the drug.
Other Ways To Identify Crack Cocaine
If you find a white, crystal-like substance in the possession of a family member or loved one, it may or may not be crack cocaine. There are other characteristics you can look for to determine if the substance you found is crack cocaine.
Unlike pure cocaine, which comes in a white powder, crack looks like a white or off-white rock or crystal. It can give off the smell of burnt plastic when it is smoked.
Crack cocaine is often smoked with a pipe, while cocaine is usually ingested by snorting. Drug paraphernalia used to smoke crack includes glass pipes, light bulbs, and steel wool.
Signs Of Crack Cocaine Abuse
Crack cocaine use may not be appealing for its bitter taste, but rather for the fast-acting, euphoric high and other desirable effects of cocaine. Since crack cocaine is illegal, smoking crack is a form of substance abuse.
Crack cocaine can lead to visible side effects on your physical and mental health. Dilated pupils, constricted blood vessels, high blood pressure, breathing problems, psychosis, increased heart rate, and severe cravings can all be signs of illicit substance use.
If you see these signs in a family member or loved one, contact Northeast Addictions Treatment Center for a cocaine addiction treatment program that fits your specific needs.