Cocaine vs. Heroin

Cocaine vs. Heroin — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Cocaine and Heroin

Cocainenoun

A colorless or white crystalline alkaloid, C17H21NO4, extracted from coca leaves, sometimes used in medicine as a local anesthetic especially for the eyes, nose, or throat and widely used as an illicit drug for its euphoric and stimulating effects.

Heroinnoun

A white, odorless, bitter crystalline compound, C21H23NO5, that is derived from morphine and is a highly addictive illegal narcotic. Also called diacetylmorphine.

Cocainenoun

(uncountable) A stimulant narcotic, derived from cultivated plants of the genus Erythroxylum, in the form of a white powder that users generally self-administer by insufflation through the nose.

Heroinnoun

A powerful and addictive drug derived from opium producing intense euphoria classed as an illegal narcotic in most of the world.

Cocainenoun

(countable) Any derivative of cocaine.

Heroinnoun

a narcotic that is considered a hard drug; a highly addictive morphine derivative; intravenous injection provides the fastest and most intense rush

Cocainenoun

a narcotic (alkaloid) extracted from coca leaves; used as a surface anesthetic or taken for pleasure; can become powerfully addictive