The Role of Chemistry in History

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April 28th, 2008 · 4 Comments ·

Introduction, Chemistry, How It Works, Physiological Effects, Health Risk, Crack Epidemic, Crack on Black Crime, Crack Killed the 80s and 90s, History, Crack in America, References

Crack cocaine is a derivative of powered cocaine, made by dissolving cocaine powder in water, adding baking soda, and boiling the mixture until a solid base separates from the solution. This process does not change the chemical composition of thImage:Crackspoon.jpge active cocaine alkaloid, but it does change the manner by which it may be ingested.

Chemical Composition: C17H21NO4

Formal Chemical Name: (IUPAC):

(1R,5S)-methyl 8-methyl-3-(phenylcarbonyloxy)-8-azabicyclo[3.2.1]octane-2-carboxylate

Molecular Mass: 303. 353

A crack molecule is comprised of 17 carbon atoms, 21 hydrogen atoms, 1 atom of nitrogen, and 4 oxygen atoms. There are six double bonds within each molecule, and the rest of the bonds are single.

Chemical Structure:


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