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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Move Over, Levamisole—Cocaine Has a New Favorite Cut

Posted by on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 9:52 AM

... or at least it does in Brazil.

A years-long study by the Brazilian police into the "DNA" of cuts in the country's cocaine found that 11 percent of the bulk product (the "DNA" tests were only triggered after a seizure of more than five kilos) is cut with levamisole.

But thirty-five percent of their bulk cocaine is cut with Phenacetin, a non-opioid painkiller that has been banned in the UK since the 1960s, after it was linked to kidney and bladder cancers. Phenacetin has also been linked to the dissolution of blood cells and necrosis of the kidneys.

In short, it's nasty stuff.

And what's in Brazil's cocaine is probably in North America's cocaine as well—levamisole and other cuts have been found in cocaine-producing countries. But why are the producers bulking up their cocaine before smuggling it, thereby increasing their risk of getting caught? (The game used to be to ship pure relatively pure product and bulk it up with cuts once it was over the border.) There are plenty of theories, but that question still hasn't been fully answered.

The original text in Portuguese is here. An English distillation is here.


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yelahneb 1
Well, that settles that - I'm never going to use cocaine even more now.
Posted by yelahneb on July 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM · Report this

It has never been the case that cocaine was shipped "pure" from the source.


"Unless you work at a Columbian Cocaine lab, your coke is not pure.

In it's pure form Cocaine HCl is incredibly hygroscopic. This means that it absorbs all the moisture it can from the atmosphere. This property leads to the Cocaine HCl being a soft, wet paste.

This paste is then cut, using different materials to decrease the purity of the Cocaine. Products used to cut Cocaine can include the following or even more esoteric crap:


Finally the drug is dried, since it is no longer so pure as to have major hygroscopic properties, and shipped to wherever it's going.

So basically you have to cut coke with something unless you want to ship a wet paste. If you try to ship it wet, the moisture increases the weight and makes it more difficult to handle.
Posted by Robby on July 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM · Report this
Posted by Robby on July 19, 2012 at 10:26 AM · Report this
raku 4
I'll stick with clean, pure bath salts
Posted by raku on July 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM · Report this
Fred Casely 5
I understand malt liquor—sorry, MALT LIQUOR— is an effective antidote.
Posted by Fred Casely on July 19, 2012 at 1:58 PM · Report this
Damn it, why can't they just cut with baking soda like they used to? Seems bananas to murder your customers.
Posted by woof on July 20, 2012 at 7:19 AM · Report this
Well I use to do coke all the time in college, I reconmend if u watch scare face, or horrible bosses one day and think to yourself quote "I think I would like to try some of that cocaine" gather some information this isn't the 80s anymore. Technolgy evoled and so have drug dealers to give you the cheapest high possible regradless to your heatlh. So I reconmend do A LOT OF RESEARCH and think to "yourself should I really do this"? Drugs can be fun but very very dangerous, sometime it only take one line to get some people additive or even worst and coke is a hell of a drug. P.s once u grow up leave all the drugs in the past and if you been clean your whole life keep the record and good job
Posted by ace505x on January 13, 2013 at 5:33 PM · Report this

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