Thank you for allowing me an opportunity to answer your interesting question.
The answer is: "Neither"
Technically speaking, OPIATES are drugs derived from the OPIUM POPPY
(Papaver Somniferum). OPIOIDS, on the other hand, are synthetically
produced drugs that have chemical or pharmacological effects on the
brain ?similar? to that of an opiate.
Cocaine does not come from the Opium Poppy at all, but is derived from
the naturally occurring COCA bush, a native species of South America.
This rules it out as being classified as an ?opiate?.
Cocaine is also a powerful central nervous system (CNS) stimulant and
its reaction with the human brain?s opioid receptors do not at all
resemble that of an opiate, effectively ruling out the proper
classification of ?opioid?.
So, in short, cocaine is neither opiate nor opioid, but technically an
ALKALOID derivative of the Coca plant.
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