Definition of freebase in English:


(also freebase cocaine)


  • Cocaine that has been converted from its salt to its base form by heating with ether or boiling with sodium bicarbonate, taken by inhaling the fumes or smoking the residue.

    • ‘And I've been on coke for 15 years, ending up on freebase.’
    • ‘This type of freebase cocaine makes a crackling sound when heated, so it was named ‘crack.’’
    • ‘Crack is safer and easier to obtain than freebase cocaine because baking soda is used instead of ether to remove the hydrochloride.’
    • ‘The ethnographic study of crack houses and base houses (where freebase cocaine is smoked) has further contributed to understanding the kinds and contexts of drug-related HIV risk that occur in those settings.’
    • ‘Abusers of freebase cocaine, regardless of how they obtain the drug, are far more likely to become dependent on the substance than those who sniff cocaine hydrochloride.’
    • ‘During the past 30 days, how many times did you use any form of cocaine, including powder, crack, or freebase, or sniff glue, or breathe the contents of aerosol spray cans, or inhale any paints or sprays to get high?’
    • ‘Cocaine is usually snorted or swallowed, but can be injected or smoked in the form of crack or freebase.’
    • ‘Among users, about 70% say they have used crack on a relatively regular basis (this essay does not distinguish between crack and freebase, as both involve smoking cocaine).’
    • ‘The method used to form crack allows the freebase cocaine vapors to deeply penetrate into the lungs.’
    • ‘Crack cocaine, a freebase form of cocaine, is administrated mainly via smoking.’
    • ‘Crack is a ready to use form of freebase cocaine which is easily and inexpensively produced.’
    • ‘Snorting any form of freebase cocaine is not recommended because freebase cocaine isn't water soluble.’
    • ‘If people are allowed to smoke themselves senseless on marijuana, why shouldn't they be free to inject heroin or freebase crack?’
    • ‘To a certain extent, smokable cocaine, in the form of freebase had been known for nearly twenty years by experienced cocaine users who produced their own supply.’
    • ‘Everyone was moving on to little cooked rocks; the pieces provided the quick high of freebase cocaine.’
    • ‘Because freebase cocaine is not water soluble, it must be vaporized and inhaled to be absorbed.’
    • ‘The preparation of freebase cocaine involves highly explosive solvents, extensive production time, and specialized equipment.’
    • ‘All can be taken by different routes, including oral, intranasal, intravenous, or smoked (the freebase of cocaine ‘crack’ or methamphetamine ‘crystal’).’
    • ‘A major factor responsible for the dramatic increase in cocaine use is the ability to freebase cocaine and extract essentially pure drug to be smoked as crack.’
    • ‘Unlike the processing of freebase cocaine, converting powder cocaine into crack cocaine does not involve any flammable solvents.’


[with object]
  • Prepare or take (freebase cocaine).

    • ‘The guy burned off his own face while freebasing, and lived not just to tell about it, but to tell jokes about it.’
    • ‘Since crack is a prepared form of freebased cocaine, the user does not have to buy the equipment or be exposed to the explosive chemicals associated with freebasing.’
    • ‘Of course, when he wasn't reading, he was either freebasing or having cheap sex with some girl he met at a cafe.’
    • ‘It was his own addiction that led him to set himself on fire while freebasing cocaine.’
    • ‘Cocaine treated in this way is known as ‘freebase’ and the process as ‘freebasing’.’
    • ‘If you're like me, all you know about freebasing is that it has something to do with drugs, is addictive, and it probably involves a Bic lighter.’
    • ‘In fact, when a person freebases cocaine, or makes crack, they are reversing what is done in the next process.’
    • ‘I mean, granted, Dave is not the most stable person in the world - no one who's done that much freebasing can be, really.’
    • ‘The literature indicates that an ideal drug consumption facility is made up of three sections: a clinical area for injecting, a well-ventilated area for freebasing or chasing the dragon, and an adjacent common room.’
    • ‘He complained about it that night while allegedly freebasing cocaine.’
    • ‘Ironically it was the cocaine that bonded her with her father - dad and daughter freebased together.’
    • ‘Crack is a form that is prepared from freebased cocaine, the cocaine user don't buy the equipment or be exposed to explosive chemicals used with freebasing.’
    • ‘Unlike freebased cocaine, the production of crack does not require the use of a volatile solvent (ether).’
    • ‘Remember to never kiss your significant other immediately after freebasing crack-cocaine.’
    • ‘Some people chew coca leaves, some people sniff the powdered crystalline refined alkaloid cocaine hydrochloride and some people smoke the freebased alkaloid in the form of crack.’
    • ‘Freebasing was quickly replaced by crack cocaine because heating the ether for the freebasing was extremely dangerous.’
    • ‘Cocaine is even more addictive in its freebased form known as crack.’
    • ‘The sight of a computer keyboard or a blank page gave me the same rush that drug addicts get from seeing their freebasing paraphernalia.’