Cocaine High Effects: What Does it Feel Like?

Cocaine High Effects: What Does it Feel Like?

In 2017, an estimated 29% of American adults used cocaine at least once in their lifetime.1

In 2017, an estimated 29% of American adults used cocaine at least once in their lifetime.1 While some people may only try it once in college because of peer pressure, others are frequent users who can’t help but use it on a regular basis and eventually need cocaine addiction treatment to stop. Even though it is illegal, cocaine has some people coming back for more and many others just want to try it. So, what does taking cocaine actually feel like and what are the effects?

What Are the Immediate Effects of Cocaine?

When a person takes cocaine, they will soon experience the effects of the initial high. For some people, this is might be an enjoyable experience, but for others, it can be much more negative experience than expected. Especially as people use cocaine more frequently, their high tends to become much less pleasurable and much more concerning.

While the high can be different for everyone, some common immediate effects of cocaine use include:

  • A euphoric rush from the sudden increase of dopamine
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Hypersensitivity and mental alertness sometimes leading to paranoia or anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Increased energy and hyperactivity
  • Stronger desire to be social and more talkative
  • Inflated self-confidence or feelings of superiority
  • Stronger emotional responses
  • Possible hallucinations


How Long Does A Cocaine High Last?

These feelings are fleeting. The exact amount of time that someone will experience the cocaine high effects depends on a variety of factors such as the person themselves, the cocaine amount, and the way it was ingested. Typically, a person will start to feel the effects almost immediately, but it will only last for a few hours. Many people may choose to chase their high with more cocaine in order to avoid withdrawal because especially when a person is addicted, withdrawal is extremely uncomfortable. Just ask anyone who has undergone a drug detox.

Although the initial cocaine high effects may be enjoyable, the rest is not. Withdrawal, dependence, and addiction can all lead to big problems. Even if you think it is just once, experimenting with drugs can quickly lead to addiction, and the long-term effects of cocaine can be life-threatening, so it is better to quit while you are ahead.

If you or a loved one struggles with drugs, alcohol, and/or poor mental health, you can get help. Our South Florida behavioral health center assists people in these battles so that they can have a happier and healthier future. Learn more about our various programs and how we can help by calling 561-220-3981.



  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse – Cocaine Brief Description


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