A recent study out of the University of Colorado Boulder has addressed the key components of cocaine’s affects on the brain. The research, which builds upon past research out of the university, suggests that cocaine not only blocks the brain’s ability to reabsorb dopamine, but also triggers an inflammatory response in the brain as a result of binding to glial cells. This combination of excitatory effects are associated with feelings of pleasure and reward; scientists are also confident that this new finding will help to further drug research to fight addiction.

Click here to read the full study from Science Daily.