Cocaine is generally a fast acting drug. The high once sniffed, Coke usually takes effect within a minute and the high lasts 10 to 30. However, once cocaine is taken it is broken down by the liver into its many metabolites. These metabolites can last longer than cocaine itself.
These metabolites are detectable in urine, blood, saliva and hair. Due to the fact that they, the metabolites are only produced by cocaine, related narcotics like Crack and other prescription drugs. These metabolites are key indicators or fingerprints for cocaine use. This means, if the metabolite Benzoylecgonine is detected, you better have presented proof of doctor prescription before hand.
Other aspects must also be considered when evaluating the amount of time coke lasts in your system. Factor like, amount used, duration of use and how it was used. As a rule of thumb, I have set a guideline for detectable Cocaine and its metabolites in urine.
Natural Detox Times:
- One time use lasts 2 – 4 days
- Heavy use can be detectable for 1 – 2 weeks
- Heavy Cocaine use along with other drugs can extend detox periods
Hair follicle drug test can detect any drug use for 90 days. This presents a problem for anyone that’s trying to detox. With a hair drug test, the factors like, amount, duration and how a drug was used doesn’t matter. Any drug at any amount once metabolised is trapped in hair follicles. With no easy way to detox hair, the chances of failing a hair strand drug test is high.
There are procedures that can Detox hair strands by rupturing hair shaft or strand and allow detox. These procedures usually are divided into multiple steps and can even take a few days to perform. Once they are completed, the hair shafts are destroyed and usually cannot be revived.
Sweat and saliva can also be tested for cocaine. This methods are usually less reliable due to the body’s quick production and elimination toxins through these fluids. One must usually be under the effects or high at the time to fail a sweat or saliva test. Metabolites are usually only present for a few hours after use.
If you have a problem quitting cocaine, it’s never too late to seek out help. Cocaine is a very addictive drug and many repeat users form addictive habits. Speak to someone you trust about getting help.