How Long Does Cocaine Stay in Your System?

Mar 26th 2020

Depending on what kind of drug test you take, cocaine generally only stays in your system for a couple of days. When taking a saliva drug test, cocaine will stay in your system for about 2 days. If it's a urine drug test, it will stay in your system for up to 3 days.

If you are a hardcore cocaine user then you are looking at upwards of 2 weeks for cocaine to stay in your system. [1] The only legit long term test for cocaine is a hair follicle test. With a hair test, cocaine can still be in your system for as long as 90 days to a full year, if not longer.

Types of Cocaine Screening Drug Tests

Blood Test ----Up to 1 day
Hair Test ----90 days to years
Saliva Test ----1 to 2 days (depending on the size of habit)
Urine Test ----1 to 4 days (depending on the size of habit)


What Impacts How Long Cocaine Stays In Your System

Certain factors can influence how fast your body gets rid of cocaine as well. Drinking while using cocaine is one thing that slows down the process of cocaine leaving your system.

Other factors are a person's weight, metabolism, how often they use, how much they use, and any health problems they may have.

Cocaine is broken down by your liver, so any liver disease is a huge factor in how fast the body breaks it down.

  • Drinking alcohol: Alcohol can "bind" cocaine and impede its excretion.
  • Being overweight: Benzoylecgonine can be stored in fatty tissue.
  • Being inactive: Cocaine is excreted faster in an active person with a better metabolism rate.
  • Not drinking water: Water can speed up the excretion of cocaine metabolites.
  • Too much caffeine: Caffeine can also impede the excretion of cocaine.
  • Chronic use: Cocaine accumulates in the body, so the more you use, the longer it takes to be excreted. [3]

Side Effects of Cocaine Use

Circuits involved in stress become increasingly sensitive, leading to increased displeasure and negative moods when not taking the drug, which are signs of withdrawal.[4]

Regularly snorting cocaine can lead to loss of sense of smell, nosebleeds, problems with swallowing, hoarseness, and an overall irritation of the nasal septum leading to a chronically inflamed, runny nose.[4]

At the same time, users can also develop sensitization, in which less cocaine is needed to produce anxiety, convulsions, or other toxic effects.[4]

Cocaine can lead to increased irritability, restlessness, panic attacks, paranoia, and even a full-blown psychosis, in which the individual loses touch with reality and experiences auditory hallucinations.[4]

Available Drug Screening Kits for Cocaine Detection

Cocaine - 1 Panel Dip Card Drug Test (Detects Cocaine)

5 Panel - Urine Drug Test Cup (Detects Cocaine, Marijuana, Opiates, Amphetamines, Methamphetamine)

5 Panel Oral Saliva Drug Test (Detects Cocaine, Marijuana, Opiates, Amphetamines, Methamphetamine)

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[1]. American Addiction Centers. (2019). How Long Does Cocaine Stay in Your System?

[2]. Drug Rehab. (2019). How Long Does Cocaine Stay in Your System?.

[3]. Verywell Mind. (2019). Cocaine Detection Times May Vary in Different Parts of Your Body.

[4] National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016) What Are the Long-Term Effects of Cocaine Use? NIDA

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