What is cocaine?
Cocaine is a naturally occurring drug. It is derived from the leaves of the coca plant, a bush that grows mainly in South America. The drug is obtained by processing coca leaves into a fine white powder.
Cocaine is known by many names: coke, C, powder, snow, nose candy and others. As a powder, it can be inhaled through the nose, i.e. “snorted,” but it can also be dissolved in water and injected into a vein.
Cocaine can also be mixed with baking soda and turned into “rocks” to be smoked. This is called crack cocaine; due to the sound it then makes.