Brown-Brown: What Is Brown Cocaine?

The brown cocaine drug use problem is sweeping across many American cities. The drug is a mix of smokeless gunpowder and cocaine. Unfortunately, due to its higher potency, it can cause overdose and death.

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Various forms of cocaine are involved in illicit drug use, including brown cocaine, freebase, and cocaine hydrochloride.

Brown cocaine, or brown-brown, refers to cocaine or amphetamines mixed with smokeless gunpowder.

Nitroglycerin, a vasodilator, may be present in this powder, allowing cocaine to move more quickly through the body. People believe this results in a more immediate high.

However, all forms of cocaine abuse lead to negative side effects and a host of health risks. Fortunately, there are many treatments available for cocaine addiction.

The Process Of Making Brown Cocaine

To produce brown cocaine, cocaine is first mixed with amphetamines and powdered gunpowder. Brown cocaine is typically a combination of powder cocaine, amphetamines, and nitroglycerin.

In this combination, nitroglycerin acts as a vasodilator, allowing for quicker absorption of both substances into the bloodstream.

This drug cocktail has been linked to severe health problems, including stroke and heart attack.

The name brown cocaine comes from its appearance due to the color of the gunpowder added to regular cocaine.

Usually, brown cocaine is combined with an amphetamine for increased potency and decreased onset time.

What Brown Cocaine Looks Like

Unlike white powdered cocaine, brown-brown is a dark shade of brown (like crack cocaine). It comes in powder form. But the powder is not as fine in texture as pure cocaine.

The illegal drug has a slightly chunky appearance compared to finely ground white or powdered cocaine, and it can appear as tar-like rocks or crystals.

Cutting Agents Used In Brown Cocaine

Cutting agents used to cut cocaine include baking soda, baking powder, baby powder, sugar, talcum powder, and laundry detergent.

Other possible brown cocaine cutting agents include cornstarch, flour, or cereal.

How Brown Cocaine Is Abused

Brown cocaine can be snorted or shot into a vein by injecting it directly into your bloodstream via a syringe.

However, brown cocaine also wears off quickly and may lead to a sudden cocaine crash because of its fast-acting nature.

Effects Of Brown Cocaine

Brown cocaine use can raise the heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature because it acts on the central nervous system.

People who use cocaine tend to sleep less, eat less, and have more energy and focus than those who do not use the drug.

Cocaine can also cause gastrointestinal issues, such as abdominal pain or nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

People who abuse cocaine may be more talkative and more confident in their abilities and feel happier with their lives.

Dangers Of Brown Cocaine Addiction

Brown has more or less the same dangers as regular cocaine. It has a high risk of abuse, physical and psychological dependence, and poses numerous severe health risks to users, including the potential for death.

Cocaine can cause an array of adverse effects such as:

  • psychosis
  • heart disease
  • respiratory failure
  • seizures
  • overdose

Treatment Options For Cocaine Abuse

Though widely used, cocaine is a highly addictive drug with severe side effects that may lead to the need for long-term treatment.

The good news is that there’s hope for people with a cocaine addiction. It’s one of the few chronic diseases you can completely put into remission with the right treatment and long-term care.

There are no FDA-approved medications to treat cocaine addiction, but there are various treatment options, including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs, support groups, and behavioral therapy.

Find Cocaine Addiction Treatment At Bedrock Recovery Center

If you or your loved one has a brown cocaine addiction, it is crucial to find a drug rehab center.

These facilities provide treatment for mental health disorders and substance use disorders to help people recover.

Bedrock Recovery Center provides many resources that are vital to helping you or your loved one on your recovery journey.

At our drug rehab center, you will receive medical care and psychological care to achieve sobriety.

Contact Bedrock Recovery Center to learn more about our cocaine treatment programs.

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Cocaine and Psychostimulant-involved Overdose Deaths Disproportionately Affect Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
  2. Drug Enforcement Administration — Drugs of Abuse, A DEA Resource Guide
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse — Cocaine

Written by Bedrock Recovery Center Editorial Team

© 2024 Bedrock Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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