The Rise of Pink Cocaine

Pink cocaine, also known as tucibi or tusi has been making its way into headlines with the recent case developing around hip-hop mogul, Sean Diddy Combs. It’s been alleged that he had it smuggled into the states on a private jet for personal use.  But what exactly is pink cocaine and what dangers do its consumers face?

What is Pink Cocaine?

The drug was originally formulated by chemist Alexander Shulgin often referred to as the “Godfather of Ecstacy.”  He wasn’t the original inventor of MDMA, commonly referred to as ecstasy. However, about 65 years after its initial invention in 1912, he rediscovered the compound and advocated for its potential as a treatment for mental health issues in the 70’s.. He made it very clear that he never believed psychedelics should be used recreationally, but fought to have them studied for potential use in therapy. 

By the 1980s, companies overseas began marketing this drug as a sexual enhancer, aiming to improve libido, erectile dysfunction, and impotence. It was then sold under various brand names such as Performax, Erox, and Nexus.  It is without question that these pills skyrocketed in popularity. Simultaneously, pink cocaine emerged in the United States, but was being mainly produced in illegal labs across different states.

It wasn’t until 1995 that the US Drug Enforcement Agency reclassified the drug as a Schedule I controlled substance due to recognizing its lack of acceptable medical use and high potential for abuse.

The pink cocaine that is now being circulated is a far cry from the drug Alexander Shulgin formulated.  Pink cocaine is a synthetic opioid that ironically has very little, if any, cocaine in it. It is primarily a psychedelic party drug made from a combination of MDMA, ketamine, methamphetamine, cocaine, opioids, and/or new psychoactive substances.  While the drug combination varies, one thing is consistent: pink food coloring. Hence the name, pink cocaine. 

Because of its cocktail of psychedelics, people often take it with the hopes of experiencing euphoria or an enlightened sense of state.  This is why it is gaining popularity amongst partiers and celebrities alike.  But we must ask ourselves, at what cost?

The Dangers of Pink Cocaine

Even though Pink Cocaine was originally created with good intentions, the formulation we see now comes with serious health consequences.  When consumed, pink cocaine functions as a regulatory substance, impacting neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are pivotal in regulating mood and perception. The stimulant nature of the drug can increase heart rate, blood pressure, and cognitive alertness, while also triggering sensations of euphoria and intensified sensory perceptions. Nevertheless, excessive use or impurities in the substance may result in negative effects on mental health and overall physical condition.

Physical side effects of the drug may include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Dehydration
  • Kidney Damage

Pink cocaine also may cause serious psychological side effects including:

  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Delirium
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Paranoid
  • Violent Outbursts
  • Insomnia

Is Pink Cocaine Addictive?

While some may try using pink cocaine with the intention of using it once or twice, they should be aware of how addictive the substance actually is.  In a recent study, they found that it had addictive properties similar to that of methamphetamine. Even just one use of the drug can lead to a long-term struggle with addiction because of its psychoactive properties and the likelihood of tolerance buildup. Individuals might develop a reliance on the drug to experience the sought-after euphoria, which can result in chemical dependency and a heightened susceptibility to addiction.

As tolerance develops, users may find themselves needing higher doses to attain the same level of intoxication, thereby elevating the danger of overdose and other adverse outcomes. It’s essential for users to recognize the addictive nature of pink cocaine to comprehend the potential ramifications of their substance use.

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