Articles tagged with Cocaine Effects

Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is a highly addictive drug. It works in the same way as heroin and nicotine by tapping into the brain's natural reward (dopamine) pathways. The drug binds itself to the proteins in the brain that are responsible for transporting the dopamine. As a result, the dopamine builds up in the synapse to create a "high." You experience pleasure every time you take it and a distinct lack of pleasure once it wears off, thus reinforcing the compulsion to take more.