Pink Cocaine: What To Know About 2C-B

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Pink cocaine is a party drug that resembles a pink version of powdered cocaine, but which actually has no relation to cocaine hydrochloride. Even though it is not actually cocaine, pink cocaine still comes with a variety of potential side effects and risks.

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Pink cocaine, also called 2C-B, is a synthetic substance that was sold in the 1980s as a sexual enhancement drug. It could be found under the brand names Nexus, Performax, and Erox.

In 1995, 2C-B was labeled as a Schedule I drug, meaning that it has a high potential for dependency and abuse and no medical use.

Though not an actual type of cocaine, in recent years, Colombian drug trafficking cartels have been involved in the sale of 2C-B marketed as pink cocaine.

What Is Pink Cocaine?

Pink cocaine is a synthetic hallucinogen that is usually a mixture of two or more of the following drugs:

  • ketamine
  • MDMA/ecstasy
  • amphetamine
  • mescaline
  • 2C-B (phenylethylamine)
  • cocaine

In rare cases, pink cocaine is white powder cocaine that has been dyed pink.

Pink cocaine typically comes in tablet form and can either be taken orally or by crushing up the tablet and snorting it through the nose.

Street names for pink cocaine include bromo, toonies, tucibi, and venus.

Where Pink Cocaine Comes From

The first instances of pink cocaine known were as a designer drug made by the American chemist Alexander Shulgin in the 1970s. His drug was called “pink powder”.

In recent years, pink cocaine has seen a rise in renewed popularity in the United States as well as certain countries in South America like Colombia, Argentina, and Uruguay.

Side Effects Of Pink Cocaine Use

In small doses, pink cocaine can cause mild stimulation and euphoria. In higher doses, the drug takes on psychedelic properties and can produce powerful and scary hallucinations.

The drug is also known to have side effects similar to those experienced with stimulants and amphetamines.

Side effects of pink cocaine can include:

  • rise in heart rate
  • rise in blood pressure
  • increased libido
  • mild euphoria
  • mild to severe hallucinations
  • heightened senses
  • heightened agitation
  • nausea
  • vomiting

What’s The Difference Between Pink Cocaine And Regular Cocaine?

The biggest difference is that pink cocaine is a synthetic drug that reacts to the body’s serotonin system, while regular cocaine is naturally produced by the coca plant.

Because they are different drugs, they can come with different side effects and risks as well.

Does Pink Cocaine Come With A Higher Risk Of Overdose?

As pink cocaine is a relatively new drug, there are few instances of overdose deaths from people taking it and more research and data is needed on the subject.

One of the biggest problems with pink cocaine, however, is that the consumer never truly knows what they are buying.

If a person were to buy pink cocaine that contained dangerous additives or which was laced with fentanyl, the chances of overdose would increase dramatically.

Signs of an overdose on pink cocaine may include:

  • extreme anxiety or agitation
  • high blood pressure
  • high body temperature
  • excessive sweating
  • hallucinations
  • confusion
  • seizures

Treatment Options For A Cocaine Addiction

Most treatment programs for cocaine addiction will begin with a period of medical or observational detoxification.

Withdrawal is often one of the biggest obstacles a person faces during recovery, and medical detox allows a person to go through withdrawal comfortably and safely.

After detox is complete, a person will usually enter inpatient or outpatient treatment, where they will have access to a variety of therapies and treatment approaches.

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