What can cocaine be cut with?
Cocaine is rarely pure. Cocaine users may think what they are getting is pure cocaine but the truth is it is always cut with something to make it less pure and therefore upping the profit for the cocaine dealer. There are many things that cocaine can be cut with. Here are some of the most common things:
- Baking soda
- Sugars, such as lactose, inositol, and mannitol.
- Local anesthetic, such as lidocaine or benzocaine, which mimics or adds to cocaine’s numbing effect on mucous membranes.
- Cocaine may also be “cut” with other stimulants such as methamphetamine.
What can cocaine be cut with? Baking Soda
Baking soda is merely just another almost unrecognizable powder that can be mixed with cocaine so the user doesn’t know it has been cut. Sodium bicarbonate or baking powder is a white solid that is crystalline but often appears as a fine powder. It has a slightly salty, alkaline taste resembling that of washing soda (sodium carbonate).
What can cocaine be cut with? Lactose
Another major use of lactose is in the pharmaceutical industry. Lactose is added to pills as filler because of its physical properties and low price. Because of this reason it also makes a great thing to cut cocaine with.
What can cocaine be cut with? Inositol and Mannitol
Inositol is used as an adulterant (or cutting agent) in many illegal drugs, such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and sometimes heroin. It is presumed that this use is connected with one or more of the substance’s properties of solubility, powdery texture, or reduced sweetness (50%) as compared with more common sugars. Inositol is also used as a stand-in for cocaine on television.
Mannitol is sometimes used as an adulterant or cutting agent for heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine, or other illicit drugs. In popular culture, when it is used in this manner, it is often referred to as baby laxative. Other places you can find mannitol? Your chewing gum!
What can cocaine be cut with? Lidocaine
Lidocaine is often added to cocaine as a diluent. Cocaine numbs the gums when applied, and since lidocaine causes stronger numbness, so a cocaine user gets the impression of high-quality cocaine when in actuality, the user is receiving a diluted product.
What can cocaine be cut with? Benzocaine
Benzocaine is commonly found, as an impurity in street cocaine. While it gives a numbing effect similar to cocaine on users’ gums it does not actually produce the effects of cocaine
What can cocaine be cut with? Meth
Cocaine cut with meth can make a dangerous mixture. This is especially true for the person who thinks they are just doing cocaine and has never done meth. Meth is much more potent than cocaine and the high is much more long lasting. Cocaine that is cut with meth would be very potent and intense.
Regardless of what cocaine is cut with, cocaine users should be wary. If cocaine is cut with anything that doesn’t mix well with the user it can be highly dangerous.