What is Freebasing? Here's All You Need to Know

What is Freebasing? Here's All You Need to Know
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Tripboba.com - Freebasing is a method which can improve a substance's potency. Generally, the term is used in relation to cocaine. But, certain drugs, including nicotine and morphine, can also be freebased.

The drug can't be heated and smoked due to its chemical composition. Freebasing shifts its structure in such a way that it is both smokeable and more potent.

Here's what more about freebasing you need to know.

Disclaimer: Tripboba condemns any illegal drug abuse, those include illegal drug trade or drug trafficking. This article is purely aimed to provide knowledge, rather than encouraging the readers to do any harm.

What is Freebasing?

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If you wonder what it feels like to freebase, the answer can be found on this page. You can also read the possible risks caused by freebasing.

People who prefer freebase instead of powder cocaine mostly claim that the effects of freebasing are more intense and relatively come sooner compared to powder cocaine. In addition, it’s similar or sometimes faster compared to injecting it.

As a matter of fact, freebasing creates a powerful rush, followed by a high feeling that lasts longer. As soon as a person inhales it, they will feel a warm rush through their body. People often think the sensation is similar to an orgasm.

The effects of freebasing usually can be felt within 10 to 15 seconds throughout the inhalation.

What is the difference between smoking crack and freebasing?

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In the 1970s, ether (a chemical compound) was used to “free” the base from any additives or impurities found in traditional coke. This is where the term freebasing comes from.

Then, any source producing heat, like a lighter or torch, was used to heat the freebase to allow the user to inhale the vapors. But, as time goes by, this method is no more preferable, considering taking a lighter or blowtorch to the ether leads to an explosion. You know, ether is a highly flammable liquid.

Thus, smoking crack becomes a safer method after so many accidents were caused by freebasing. Crack cocaine is made by using sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to remove hydrochloride from cocaine. The end part of this is crystal rocks that can be smoked through a pipe.

Why is it called smoking crack? It's because there is a crackling sound produced by the rock when it’s being heated.

Nowadays, both of the terms, “freebasing” and “smoking crack”, are almost always used interchangeably.

Freebasing Side Effects

There are some side effects of freebasing. It includes euphoria, hypersensitivity to sound, sight, and touch, irritability, paranoia. For physical side effects, those who do freebase will possibly have dilated pupils, nausea, irregular heartbeat, and so on.

Freebasing can even cause several health risks that can be fatal. Here are some health risks of freebasing that you need to know. 

1. Long-term Health Issues

Addicted to freebasing or any long-term use of any form of cocaine can cause long-term health issues. For example, it can increase the risk for movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, or cognitive impairment, including memory loss and reduced attention span.

It also includes headaches, weight loss, nosebleeds, and chronic fatigue. Heavy use of freebasing can also cause permanent lung damage over time. Freebasing basically has severe health risks that should be taken into consideration.

2. Bloodborne infections

Smoking can cause burns, cuts, and open sores on the lips. As for freebasing, if you happen to share a pipe with someone else, there is an increased possibility that you will experience risk for bloodborne infections, such as hepatitis C and HIV.

3. Heart problems

If you have high blood pressure or a heart condition, freebasing can be a threat to your life. It is due to the fact that cocaine, in any form, is a powerful stimulant that can cause serious effects on your heart and every part of your body.

4. Overdose

It's been a common thing that overdose on cocaine often happens. There is around 20% of drug overdose cases in the US, according to 2017 data, that involved cocaine. So many people die from cocaine overdoses each year.

The risk of overdose is even higher when people combine cocaine with other drugs.

Disclaimer: Tripboba condemns any illegal drug abuse, those include illegal drug trade or drug trafficking. This article is purely aimed to provide knowledge, rather than encouraging the readers to do any harm.


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