Purple drank, also referred to as lean and other names, is an illegal stimulant beverage, manufactured by mixing hard candy and prescription-strength cough syrups with soda and other soft drinks. It first began to be used in the late 1970s in the United States, most notably in Houston. The beverage is commonly known as a “junkie drug” because of the high concentration of caffeine it contains, along with a host of other addictive substances. As well as being highly addictive, the mixture also contains large amounts of the chemical ephedrine.
Purple drank lean is one of the fastest-growing illegal drug beverages in the country, with many users claiming that it produces a euphoric mood, with a corresponding increase in energy levels. The euphoria produced from purple drank can sometimes last up to an hour or longer, causing users to feel exhilarated throughout the entire day. It is often drunk alone but is also combined with other substances, including cocaine and methamphetamine.
Lean and other similar purple drink combinations have been linked with a number of health risks, including dehydration, confusion, heart attack and death. In addition, lean also causes the user to experience rapid breathing, heart palpitations and jitters. In rare cases, lean may also cause the heart to become damaged. Many users also claim that the high that they feel when consuming lean causes them to experience increased levels of sexual stimulation.
Purple drank has been made legal in many countries in recent years. However, the combination of ephedra, caffeine and other chemicals is still not allowed to be sold in Canada. In the US, lean and many other drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine are considered to be “Schedule I” substances, which are illegal to buy and sell.
Lean was first produced in New York City, where it was later discovered and began to spread across the United States. This popularity prompted the creation of lean and many other lean combinations. Since they were made from hard candy, syrup and soda, there is also a high possibility of users unknowingly ingesting the syrup and inhaling the soda, making them liable to abuse them. As well as being highly addictive, they can cause headaches and vomiting, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, headaches and even fainting.
In order to legally obtain lean, most users will pay several hundred dollars for a bag of it, which they can then sell on the street. If they do not want to deal with dealing with a dealer, they can also make their own purple drank the mixture. Some individuals combine the syrup and cough syrup, while others use the mixture to produce meth and cocaine. Others use lean and cocaine in order to create methamphetamine, which they can sell in order to earn money to buy things that they need, such as food and gasoline.