How Long Does Cocaine Stay In Your System (And Why)?

Exact Answer: For up to 2 to 3 days  

Cocaine is a type of drug which is obtained from leaves. Cocaine can be consumed in different ways. Some people prefer to inject it in their veins and few others inhale it directly. While these are the procedures for intake, you cannot consume them. Cocaine is still not legal in Indian, in fact in many countries across the globe.  

Cocaine is taken for various reasons. A few among them are, to lose the sense of reality, to get an instant and peaked level of happiness, increased level of sexual arousal, or even agitation or frustration. It is easy to find out if someone has consumed cocaine because their pupils get dilated, there is an increase in your heartbeat and your body temperature increases.  

Cocaine is very addictive. It prepares you for the drug even after your first ever intake. It’s hard to get hold of yourself after consuming it.  

How Long Does Cocaine Stay In Your System?  

Type Of Test Until When Can It Detect Cocaine In Your System?  
Saliva Test  It can detect cocaine in your system for up to 2 days 
Urine Test It can detect cocaine in your system for up to 3 days because a urine test is way more sensitive than a saliva test.  

The effect of cocaine will remain in your body for a few minutes to a few hours but it can be detected in your system for up to 3 days. This is why people get caught when taken to a drug test. Though the sense of euphoria and high fades away, the traces of the drug remain in your body, which can be detected from sensitive tests.  

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It is believed that the effect of drugs in the body comes down to half of what it is originally after every two hours. It is a little different from cocaine. The effect of cocaine comes down to 75% in an hour or two. Therefore, it takes about two to three days for your body to eliminate the traces of the drug from your body.  

Studies also suggest that the euphoria and its effect on a person vary depending from person to person or sometimes the quality of your drug. It is said that high-quality drug shows its effect soon but also goes away soon.  

The way a person injects cocaine does not play a role in the existence of the effect of the drug in a human’s body. Inhaling, injecting, or taking it in other forms are all the same when it comes down to the effect the drug has.  

Why Does Cocaine Stay For So Long In Your System?  

Many factors make the drug stay in your body for longer or sometimes even shorter. The high the drug gives lasts for 1 hour or sometimes 90 minutes and can go away after a good sleep. But studies show a surprising stat that its effect can show up in the blood for up to 90 days.  

For instance, the amount of drug your intake plays a huge role. The heavier the consumption is, the longer the effect and the sense of euphoria. Each person has a different level of tolerance. For example, some people might not have heightened sensation even after consuming a huge amount of the drug while some people might get trippy and high, and their body will refuse to let the effect go away even if they have consumed just a small amount.  

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The functioning of your kidney and liver are also something to look at when dealing with the effect of cocaine. In the earlier days, when you have just started to consume the drug, your body might not give any harmful signs. As days go by, the drug starts to affect your body parts, which in turn results in your body not being able to remove the drug and its traces quickly.  

Conclusion 

Regular use of cocaine can result in death. People that consume cocaine are said to have more dangerous and traumatic death compared to people that take in other drugs. Cocaine was once used to give local anesthesia to people. Sigmund Freud, a famous psychologist also used cocaine to get testimonies from his patients.   

Any use of cocaine was then gradually banned given its bad side effects. Withdrawal from the drug can be very hard as it results in depression, nightmares, and various kinds of aches and pains. Anybody that decides to take in the drug should do it out of their interest with a steady mind because though the drug gives a state of relief for a few minutes, it is said to affect you badly after.  

References 

  1. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/coa.13834
  2. https://www.drugsand.me/en/drugs/cocaine/
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