The Difference Between Meth and Cocaine




Meth and cocaine are both psychostimulant drugs, which means that they have mind-altering effects. Both may come as a white powder, and they are also compared because they have almost the same effects. Meth and cocaine also have a high potential to be abused.


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Still, they have many differences. For one, methamphetamine is man-made, while cocaine is derived from plants.

Both can produce euphoria and a surge of confidence. However, cocaine has a strong initial high that doesn’t last long. Meanwhile, meth can give you almost the similar high, but the effects can last for up to 16 hours. This is why cocaine users often need to use the drug more often than those who use meth.

Comparing Meth and Cocaine

Other differences of meth and cocaine are as follows:


  • Stimulant
  • Man-made and may be mixed with toxic substances and household chemicals.
  • Smoking creates a long-lasting high
  • Only 50% of the drug is metabolized in the body within 12 hours
  • Creates a surge of dopamine in the brain as well as block dopamine re-uptake
  • Clinically used for ADHD, narcolepsy, and weight loss


  • Stimulant and local anesthetic
  • Derived from plant
  • Smoking creates a short-lived high
  • 50% of the drug is metabolized right after 1 hour
  • Creates high by blocking dopamine re-uptake
  • Used as a local anesthetic in surgery

To sum up, these are the two major differences of the two drugs. Both are still highly addictive and still dangerous.

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