8 Ball of Cocaine: What You Need To Know

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What is an 8 ball of Cocaine?

An 8-ball of cocaine (otherwise known as ‘crack’ or ‘coke’ on the street) refers to a measurement of cocaine for purchase.

The weight of an 8-ball is approximately an eighth of an ounce. In grams, the weight of an 8-ball is 3.5 grams.

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How much does an 8 ball of Cocaine cost?

The 8-ball of cocaine price varies. Among other factors, how much it costs depends on:

  • where you live
  • the demand for crack in the area,
  • the purity of the cocaine being sold

There have been studies and surveys conducted to determine the approximate price for an 8 ball of cocaine. It ranges wildly depending on the above factors.  Some studies show that it costs between $60 and $80, while others show that an 8-ball of coke is as much as $350-$560.

Cocaine is sold in various other amounts too. Here are some more dollar figures for alternative common cocaine weights:

  • A quarter gram costs between $25-$50
  • A gram costs between $50-$100
  • An ounce of cocaine can cost between $400-$1500

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Why do people buy and consume Cocaine?

Cocaine is a stimulant drug. It speeds up the Central Nervous System, causing the user to feel pleasant side-effects. Although it is one of the most dangerous substances available today, people continue to abuse it in order to feel happy, relaxed, and to escape from reality. Although cocaine use has become illegal, and companies such as Coca-cola stopped using cocaine a century ago, cocaine is still sold on the street and black market. Unfortunately, it's still relatively easy to obtain.

If the user repeatedly tries but fails to stop using cocaine, or the people around them are negatively affected by the cocaine use, it would be classified as a substance abuse disorder or a cocaine addiction.

Once someone is addicted to cocaine, medical drug detox treatment and rehabilitation are needed to assist the person in minimizing the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Addiction treatment will be guiding them towards abstaining from the drug long term.

To learn how cocaine is made for recreational use, read our online resource on this topic.


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Why take this much Cocaine?

You may be wondering why people take that much cocaine. When cocaine is used recreationally, it produces many pleasant short-term effects. Dopamine, the positive hormone in our brain, gets released. Dopamine causes the user to feel light-headed, energetic and euphoric. This often leads to the user getting addicted. Once addicted, the user will use any means to get more of the substance, in order to prolong the pleasant effects. An 8 ball of crack is a large amount and is usually used a bit at a time. Some people buy an 8-ball to share with friends and acquaintances. There have even been reports of people taking the full amount in one day in order to maximize the short-term immediate effects. This is extremely dangerous and can cause overdose.

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Is the term 8 ball used for other drugs?

This term can be used for other illicit drugs, in addition to cocaine. It is commonly used to reference an 8 ball of methamphetamine (meth), and malt liquor- specifically the Olde English 800 brand.


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8-ball Cocaine side effects

What you should know about 8 ball of cocaine is how unhealthy it is for your body. There are many negative long-term side-effects from prolonged crack misuse, many which are irreversible. Examples include:

  • Cardiovascular issues, including increased heart rate, irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure and a decrease in body temperature.
  • Eye and nasal issues, like blurred vision or vision loss, pain in the nose, throat, and lungs.
  • Intestinal issues, including the gastrointestinal tract and perforation of the bowels.
  • Neurological issues such as psychosis, hallucinations, anxiety, paranoia, brain damage, impaired judgement, irritability or aggression, muscle twitches or tremors, and agitation.

Learn more about cocaine and crack addiction

The Real Price of an 8 Ball

Overdose is unfortunately very common among cocaine abusers. This usually occurs when people ingest more cocaine than their current level of tolerance allows. The more one develops tolerance, the more is needed to feel the pleasant side-effects, and the more cocaine the body can handle, the less likely an overdose will occur. When an addict miscalculates and consumes more cocaine than that amount, it may lead to an overdose and can be fatal.  
Using cocaine regularly can easily lead to addiction, overdose, or death, and will almost certainly impact your relationships, finances, and quality of life. This is a high price to pay.

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An 8-ball of crack is a very large and possibly fatal amount of cocaine. If you or your loved one is suffering from cocaine abuse disorder or cocaine addiction, reach out for help. Attempting to cease drug abuse yourself is extremely difficult and disheartening, and the rate of relapse is very high. Reach out to Avenues Recovery, a professional rehab facility that can stand behind you and guide you toward complete recovery and happiness once again.

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