What Are The Differences Between Methamphetamine & Cocaine?

Methamphetamine and cocaine, also called meth and coke amongst many other nicknames, have similarities, but they also have their differences. Both drugs are incredibly addictive, and have ruined the lives of thousands upon thousands of people and their\ families. The psychological dependence the drugs create for people makes getting off them very difficult, and leaves a high rate of relapse in their wake. If you’re curious as to their similarities and differences, the following is a side-by-side comparison:

  1. Stimulants – Both drugs are stimulants, but cocaine is also used as a local anesthetic. Because of the stimulating effects, and the eventual psychological lack of empathy they cause, they have been used in wars dating back to 1200 AD. Coca leaf consumption has been traced to the Inca tribe in South America, and methamphetamine was used by soldiers in World War II by Nazi Germany.
  2. Where They Come From – Cocaine is derived from the coca plant, and after tedious processing, it is turned into cocaine. Dealers will often cut the drug with other substances, such as talcum powder, cornstarch, powdered milk, and even amphetamine, caffeine, and procaine (an anesthetic similar to cocaine). Meth is a synthetic drug created in laboratories using other amphetamines, and/or several ingredients in cold medicines. The meth “cook” will use these ingredients and combine them with drain cleaner, battery acid, antifreeze, or lantern fuel.
  3. Where They Are Used – Meth has a high prevalence of abuse in Hawaii and western states, especially urban areas of California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and Arizona. Cocaine’s geographic pattern varies, however, its use is markedly higher in large metropolitan areas.
  4. The Highs – Cocaine’s high is relatively short, lasting about 20 to 30 minutes and leaving the body in an hour. Meth’s high is much longer, lasting anywhere from 8 to 24 hours, and leaving the body in about 12 hours.
  5. Physical and Psychological Effects – Both drugs induce anxiety and irritability, and they also increase heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and can cause death. Chronic abuse of either drug may lead to psychotic behavior, accompanied by paranoia, violence, hallucinations, and mood disturbances. Typically, violence is more common amongst meth users. Those users who can’t finance their habit, will often resort to frightening behavior in order to keep their high going.


The end result of meth or cocaine abuse isn’t pretty. Both drugs can change a person, and treatment is the best way to leave that life behind, and uncover who you really are. If you want help, The Lakehouse Recovery Center has the solution. Meth and coke may have stolen your happiness and your life, but we can show you how to get them back. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) 762-3707). You can recover, and you can get your life back. Call today.



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