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How Long Does Cocaine (Coke) Stay in Your System

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  • 16th December 2016

What is Cocaine

Cocaine, colloquially known as coke, is an addictive recreational drug used widely across the country and indeed, the world.

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How long does cocaine last in your system

The duration for which cocaine stays in the system depends on the method of administration as mentioned below:

Method Half-life Duration of stay in the system
Orally ingested 48 minutes 4 hours 24 minutes
Nasally administered (Snorted) 1 hour 15 minutes 6 hours 53 minutes
Intravenous (IV) 42-54 minutes 3 hours 51 minutes to 4 hours 51 minutes

Once cocaine is metabolized, two metabolites, benzoylecgonine, and ecgonine methyl ester are created. Their half-lives are 5-8 hours and 3.5-6 hours respectively. Benzoylecgonine is expected to be removed from the system after 27½-44 hours , while ecgonine methyl ester will take around 19¼ -33 hours.

Please note that the above timeframes are on average, in reality, certain variable individual factors must be taken into consideration. These factors include:

  • Age
  • Body mass
  • Workout levels
  • Water intake
  • Diet
  • How long cocaine is being used

How long is cocaine detectable in urine, blood, saliva and hair for a drug test

Urine 2-4 days
Blood 12 hours to 4 days
Saliva 12 hours to 4 days
Hair Up to 90 days

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