Crack is a crystallized form of cocaine which is easily smoked. Smoking crack allows it to be absorbed through your nasal passages, which are very close to your brain, and through your lungs. Because of this, smoking crack provides an almost immediate high. Because more and more employers test prospective employees for crack use, and sometimes also test current employees on a random basis, people who use or have used crack want to know: How long does crack stay in your system?
Research has shown that all forms of cocaine, including crack, causes a feeling of intense euphoria. In some ways, however, only a person who has used crack can fully understand what this intense euphoria really feels like. A couple of comments from former crack users might give us a better sense of what a crack high feels like. One former user spoke about a strange feeling creeping up his legs and feeling like there were butterflies in his stomach, followed by the sense that his whole body was buzzing in “pure sensual stimulation.” Another former user wrote: “To kiss the crack pipe fills one with awesomeness. It’s like falling in love.” Clearly, there are both physical and emotional elements of this high and it’s no wonder that the drug is so powerfully addictive.
Most official sources state that the crack high lasts somewhere between five and ten minutes. Some users, on the other hand, write about staying high for a few hours if they have enough crack to continue taking further hits.
How long does crack stay in your system? The ‘half life’, how long it takes half of the drug to be removed from your system, is 15 minutes. In simpler terms, 15 minutes after a person uses crack half of the drug is already out of your system. This is a general rule, but a number of factors influence how quickly crack is actually removed from your system.
There are some things a person can do to increase the rate at which crack is removed from the body. Keep in mind that crack use can be detected long after the drug has been removed from the system.
How long does crack stay in your system? Perhaps a better question would be: How long can crack use be detected? There are different methods of testing for crack use. Because crack itself breaks down so quickly, most tests for crack use look for a metabolite of crack, one of the compounds that crack is broken down into by the body.
While the general rule noted above indicates that crack can be detected in the urine for four days or less, there are some factors which influence that time period. These factors include:
How long does crack stay in your system? While several factors effect the speed at which crack is metabolized by the body, under normal circumstances about half of the drug is eliminated from the body in only 15 minutes. Every 15 minutes after that, about half of the remaining amount is eliminated. Tests for crack use usually test for a metabolite which is created when crack is metabolized. Different kinds of testing can identify crack use for time periods ranging from days to several months depending up the kind of test that is done. It is important to remember that long term crack use causes the drug to be stored in body tissues and this takes longer to be removed from the body.