Cocaine

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1. What is an example of a psychological dependency on cocaine?

  • Urges to use cocaine when they're in specific surroundings or socialising with friends
  • When the user's body adapts to cocaine and cannot biologically function without it
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2. Cocaine modifies the action of which neurotransmitter?

  • Noradrenaline
  • Adrenaline
  • Dopamine
  • Endorphin

3. How does cocaine work?

  • It inhibits the reuptake of dopamine & other neurotransmitters
  • By mimicking endorphins
  • It blocks the release of dopamine

4. What is an example of a long term consequence of cocaine?

  • Increased sex drive
  • Disturbances in heart rhythm & heart attacks
  • Low blood pressure
  • Increased concentration

5. How does tolerance work in regards to cocaine?

  • Tolerance takes around 6 months to build up
  • Users are able to reach the same high every time as their inital experience
  • The brain becomes less sensitive to cocaine and natural dopamine production
  • Tolerance does not develop at all

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