Crack Pipe

crackpipeA small clear pipe

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The photographer – asked me to remove the copyrighted image, however it depicts a crack pipe.

which is used to smoke the various kinds of crytalized drugs (primarily the uppers such as crack cocaine and crytal meth).

the “rod portion” is generally about 1/2 inch in diameter, and about 2 to 3 inches long

(the open end of the rod is obviously the end you “smoke” out of). The “bowl” is about the size of a gumball, is hollow,

and has a small hole on top. Your “drug” sits inside the bottom of the bowl, you heat the bottom of the bowl with your lighter or torch,

the crystalized chunk will melt, and there you get your smoke!

For meth, let it cool off and harden back up into a blob first, then reheat it and smoke.

Crack is a lower purity form of free-base cocaine that is usually produced by neutralization of cocaine hydrochloride with a solution of baking soda

(sodium bicarbonate, NaHCO3) and water, producing a very hard/brittle, off-white-to-brown colored, amorphous material that contains sodium carbonate, entrapped water, and other by-products as the main impurities.

The “freebase” and “crack” forms of cocaine are usually administered by vaporization of the powdered substance into smoke, which is then inhaled.

The origin of the name “crack” comes from the “crackling” sound (and hence the onomatopoeic moniker “crack”) that is produced when the cocaine and its impurities (i.e. water, sodium bicarbonate) are heated past the point of vaporization.

Pure cocaine base/crack is easy to smoke because it vaporizes smoothly, with little or no decomposition at around 98°C, which is below the boiling point of water. The smoke produced from cocaine base is usually described as having a very distinctive, pleasant taste.

In contrast, cocaine hydrochloride does not vaporize until heated to a much higher temperature (about 197°C), and considerable decomposition/burning occurs at these high temperatures. This effectively destroys some of the cocaine, and yields a sharp, acrid, and foul-tasting smoke.

Smoking or vaporizing cocaine and inhaling it into the lungs produces an almost immediate “high” that can be very powerful (and addicting) quite rapidly – this initial crescendo of stimulation is known as a “rush”.

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