Cocaine is a stimulant that makes guys feel good by stimulating the ‘feel-good’ chemicals in the brain, like dopamine.
Though not specifically a ChemSex drug, cocaine is commonly used by gay men socially and when having sex. Cocaine comes from the coca plant in South America and usually comes as a powder, as crack (small rock formations), or as freebase (crystallised powder). It is also known as coke, Charlie or blow.
Most guys snort cocaine by smoothing the powder out in lines and snorting it with equipment like a rolled-up bank note, a snorter tube or a pen. For some, snorting cocaine can be painful and it can damage your nostrils. This can be dependent on how fine, or rough, the powder is. Crack, or freebase, tends to be smoked through a glass pipe or from a sheet of foil. Others inject coke or crack (this requires an acidifier for injecting) by first dissolving it, then injecting it into their veins. However, this can lead to addiction. Injecting is risky because cocaine can be mixed (cut) with other chemicals or powder which can clog up in your veins, to prevent this from happening, you can use a filter.
The effects of cocaine, like other stimulants can make you feel alert, happy, excited, wide awake, confident, self-assertive and very horny. Cocaine can make you feel more confident when flirting with other guys and even lead to you having sex with guys you wouldn’t normally have sex with.
A lot of guys use coke when they are having sex because it makes them feel confident about themselves. It can also help in areas where guys have a lack of self-confidence with the sex they have. In addition, cocaine can affect the sex you have in the following ways:
Though cocaine is a widely used drug, it does have several downsides to it, some of which can affect your health.
Those who have underlying metal health problems find that using cocaine can bring them to the fore. In addition, feelings of anxiety, paranoia, tiredness or depression, during or after their use of cocaine can often occur.
There is no evidence of cocaine reacting with HIV medication. It is important to be aware, however, that side effects from cocaine may make other issues you experience more acute, such as mental health and wellbeing. Cocaine can also reduce your appetite which could become an issue for guys who take HIV medication with food. Some guys can also forgot to take their meds when high on coke or having a comedown afterwards.