Monday, March 12, 2007

Medical use for cocaine?



Besides being an extremely addictive and dangerous narcotic, cocaine has some medicinal use. Cocaine has been used as a local anesthetic for eye and nasal surgery. Besides being an anesthetic, it also is a potent vasoconstrictor (constricts the blood vessels around the area where injected [eye or nose]). The vasoconstriction helps reduce bleeding and the systemic circulation of cocaine (into the heart, specifically).

More recently, the use of cocaine as an anesthetic for eye and nasal surgery has diminished, and has been replaced by other local anesthetics. These newer (and safer) local anesthetics have to be combined with a vasoconstrictor in order to do the same effect as cocaine.

Pharmaceutical grade cocaine is available in a 4% solution for injection. Studies comparing cocaine to other local anesthetics most often reveal that newer local anesthetics are more effective in reducing pain during surgeries and safer. It is generally accepted by the medical community that the use of cocaine for medical procedures should be limited. However, the need for it to be available is still there.

30 Comments:

At 7:06 AM, Blogger ixnay said...

No, the need for a need is there.

Coca-Cola gets it's modern-day cocaine-free leaves for flavouring from a business called Stepan Company, which extracts the cocaine from the leaves, sells the leaves to Coca-Cola, and sells the cocaine for legal medical purposes to Mallinckrodt pharmaceutical. Stepan is the only company legally permitted to import Coca leaves into the United States.

Cocaine may not be the best anesthetic agent, but it is cheaper and there is a large supply inherent in Coca-Cola's purification process.


Its likely that a switch to artificial flavoring from "natural" flavoring would be perceived negatively by the public, as they will be mistaken in thinking that artificial is necessarily better for you. If they knew it was supporting a market that perpetuated cocaine's continued medical proliferation, perhaps they could be convinced otherwise.

As the world's largest beverage company and the world's most recognizable brand, Coca-Cola means a lot to the economy in more ways than one. If a company like Coca-Cola were to go down, buyer confidence across the board would drop like a stone, and alter trade agreements between countries, not to mention the loss of jobs. This would be a very nasty blow to the US economy. (Pun intended)

Pull the plug, at your peril.

 
At 7:09 AM, Blogger ixnay said...

sorry I meant to say

"..the public, as they will likely be mistaken in assuming that artificial is necessarily worse for you."

 
At 4:18 AM, Blogger Paul said...

With the usage of medical cocaine loosing popularity and the Coca Cola company increasing sales world wide there is a disturbing hole in the math. Where is all the unused cocaine going?

Also, A number of lawsuits have been issued in relation to its allegedly monopolistic and discriminatory practices, some of which have been dismissed, some of which have caused The Coca-Cola Company to change its business practices, and some of which have been settled out of court. It has also been involved in a discrimination case. There have been continuing criticisms regarding the Coca-Cola Company's relation to the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy as well.

Coca Cola is not a company I am proud to say is American. The only reason Coca Cola has so much money to fund their advertising campaign is through kick backs on illegal drug trafficking.

Pull that plug and maybe America won't be consuming 50% of the worlds cocaine.

 
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At 2:52 PM, Anonymous sherry.smead@yahoo.com said...

i am in severe pain and have been for years i don't use cocaine now because it's illegal but when i did use it i was free from pain. i believe i should be able to be free from pain and wish the government would let me practice my rights to pursue happiness

 
At 2:10 PM, Blogger JustBloggin said...

How is it that only one company, that happiness to work with one of the largest companies in the world, has the right to import, and extract, bottom line Cocaine.
Now I always look at the market as being a big invisibility cloak for all of the un-watched madness and cartel work. The fact of the matter is, I thought this country was although, (not founded), but eventually brought to, equal rights, in that, pursuance of happiness, and all of that Mumbo-Jumbo. Now if we really can pursue happiness, why can't we all import and extract coca leaves and sell it to coca cola and Mallinckrodt, I mean, at least it'll make it easier for the government to sell their speedballs and ki's of coke to the innocent population that just wants to feel good, then go around just to bite their ass with an arrest for controlled sch. II substance. Thanks America

 
At 12:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 1:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guy who wrote the article got to be on something..... Imposible to know if it was cocaine or any other substance, but he was high for sure.

 
At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really do not understand why people use or deal drugs. It can kill you! What positive outcome would there be out of that? There is no excuse for such behavior and I'm disgusted that people still think that drugs should be legal, just because they want the government to "let them pursue happiness". Get A Grip.

 
At 5:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"ice loves coco", says dickchelsea lately

 
At 1:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen i was in a horrible car accident like it will be 7 years this july 4th but im fine its just lack of confidence i have, so in new areas either i have someones arm to hold on to or i dont go out by myself, i do have a cane but im trying to give it up but right now i lost mine so but when i use cocaine i walk into a room like i own the place, but not on it i walk like framkstine always reaching out for things, trying to grab on to something. and from the accident my brain does not tell my left leg to bend at the knee, but on it is so does, and i feel great, Is their any way to get it procribed to me? Im so not gunna share it. it will be all for me, any ideas? Let me know, okay thanks ill just talk with my docter about this! schould i say anything special to my doctor?

 
At 4:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. Your doc won't give you cocaine. But u can sure get it from your neighborhood dope dealer. It's awesome. I love it. It makes us feel like we're on top of the world............. Until you're snorting an ounce every two days, stealing from your family, lying, cutting the hell out of it with baking soda and trying to sell the bunk cut up shit too buy you another ounce for 600$. Yes people drugs are awesome the first few times you use them. But try being a junkie. Been there done that. Grow up. It's not worth it in the long run. I say these things out of personal experience not to be a preacher to anyone. The worst part of it all besides the things I've already mentioned is coming down off of the stuff. Or running out after your quarter or eight ball is gone and trying to go to sleep. It sucksss. O and car accident lady. There are medical treatments such as physical therapy to help you and also maybe a psychologist would help you a lot. Just don't get hooked on the stuff. But, the beginning of the discussion is absolutely true about coca cola and their doings.

 
At 6:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say screw it...you only live once so just live it up. You do drugs good for you. If you don't hey more power to you. Reality is that all drugs kill you prescribed or not. You can be taking medication for depression and one of the symptoms are a stroke.

 
At 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are all crackhead mother fuckers

 
At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Live in St.Louis, I've been INSIDE the Mallincrodt facility, (I filled their vending machines) & its SERIOUS security in that bitch! They have a painted yellow line for ppl to follow thru the facility, & if you walk away from it the alarms sound and your DONE! I know the coke is in there somewhere, not to mention the PURE Oxycodone powder(oh how I want a ziploc full of them both) one day I will conquer the odds & rob them clean! Power to the People!

 
At 4:24 PM, Blogger jon76 said...

The anonymous person that said the huge penis thing,is a little loser that says that because he has a dick the size of my pinky toe U SOUND LIKE UR SUCH A LOSER!!!!!!MORON

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger jon76 said...

Hey anonymous why don't u just shut up if u have nothing to add other than smart ass remarks,get a life loser

 
At 4:27 PM, Blogger jon76 said...

Also moron there are people out there whom need some drugs to live IE:Medicinal weed,ur too uneducated to be saying what u r saying

 
At 4:32 PM, Blogger jon76 said...

@Sherry,I can understand where ur coming from,I know that pain and I totally agree with you there is medicinal reasons for it and u should be allowed to be pain free.It is losers like "Anonymous" that abuse the system any way they can and ruin it 4 all else!

 
At 4:33 PM, Blogger jon76 said...

oh ya we are all crack heads too???Type that away tough guy,LOVE to c u in person maybe I could beat some sense in to u haha

 
At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try other opiates for ur pain. Btw we r all dying. Might aswell have fun. Its other ppls choice if they do coke. Dont dis

 
At 11:46 AM, Blogger John Tackett said...

Jesus how did you figure out how to use a computer to even get this far you :&;@

 
At 8:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like to take about a $20 of coke I get from the guy on the corner of avenue A on the lower east side and mix it with 2 bags of heroin I get delivered to my apartment (upper east side) from a nice young Puerto Rican fellow (I believe he's from the Bronx)and mix them both in a large table spoon, heat them together over the stove...Not too hot! Then pull them up in a BD brand "super sharp" 1cc insulin syringe and fire that naughty little mixture into the vein on my let arm. Now be prepared for lift off because it's quite a ride. Have a garbage pail close if you're new to it because it can make you sick at first. But gee wizz... It sure is something! But remember...Drugs are bad...mmmkay.

 
At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No don't smoke the shit fucker

 
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At 10:04 AM, Anonymous ITP Guy said...

Anyone know if it coke helps blood platelets? I recently have been diagnosed with ITP and I came across this: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10814631

Need help by Friday...going to a bachelor party and I'm looking for a green light but I'm open

 
At 4:42 PM, Blogger Jesse Will said...

That was funny as hell...lmfao

 

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