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Crack cocaine is the crystal form of cocaine. Most people recognize the drug as in a powdered form but it can also be smoked. It provides a short but extremely effective high and is also called the most addictive form of cocaine. The high normally lasts for less than an hour but even after that, the drug remains detectable. In whatever form it is consumed, cocaine is still cocaine so the detection time remains the same.
How Long Does Crack Stay in Your System?
Many types of testing techniques have been introduced over the past decade which makes it easier to detect cocaine. Even though cocaine metabolizes within 3 to 4 hours, it is detectable for up to 3 to 4 months. That is an incredibly high detection period. For the people who smoke crack once in a while, cocaine can be detected in their urine for 12 hours. For the more chronic users, cocaine can be detected in the urine for 4 to 5 days. The elimination of metabolites, however, is a lengthier process and it can take up to 20 days to remove from the system. If alcohol is ingested along with cocaine, the metabolites become even harder to remove and can take up to 25 days to fully eradicate from the system.
Crack is no longer detectable in the blood after 8 hours. If a small amount is taken and given that a person has a quick metabolism, the detection window can drop to as little as 2 hours.
Crack can stay in the hair for months or even years. This depends on the amount of dosage taken, the length of the hair and the amount of time the user smokes crack.
Crack can also be detected through sweat and saliva. It can be detectable even after several weeks of smoking crack.
How Long Does it Take to Eliminate Crack from Your System?
Smoking crack has a short-lived high. That is the reason users tend to accelerate their use of the drug. Furthermore, some forms of crack are more potent and stronger than other forms of cocaine because when you smoke crack, more of the elements that make up cocaine burn up and enter your system. Increased usage can damage the body’s metabolism rates and can make your body more prone to the negative effects. Some other factors that determine the amount of time it takes to eliminate crack from your body are height, levels of intake, the status of health and body weight. The amount of alcohol and caffeine you take also determines how long it takes to get rid of crack from your system.
To conclude, crack cocaine is one of the forms of cocaine which is crystalized and can be smoked. Different types of cocaine effect the body is different ways. Crack cocaine initially has a stronger high than powdered cocaine and can be more difficult to get rid of. Other factors such as alcohol and caffeine intake, weight and levels of intake can also determine how long crack cocaine stays in your system.