Dangers of Cocaine Cutting Agents
Learning how to cut cocaine is something most drug dealers do, and there’s a good reason for that. After learning how to cut cocaine they can mix their products with additives, some of which may just be fillers, and others of which can be dangerous or toxic, and as a result, they can increase their profits.
Learning how to cut cocaine may be beneficial for drug dealers and their bottom line, but it can be extremely risky for people who use their drugs because they don’t know what is actually in the cocaine they’re using.
There are different forms of cocaine sold on the street including a fine, white powder which is known as snow, powder, and blow in slang terminology. This type of cocaine is often cut with other substances in order to increase profitability. There is also freebase cocaine. The freebase form of cocaine is heated and then smoked.
The majority of cocaine sold on the streets is cut with other substances and does contain impurities. The ultimate objective of cutting cocaine is to add weight or to change the effects of it, and ultimately to sell less cocaine and get the most possible amount of money. It’s estimated that the cocaine people buy on the streets usually has no more than a 50% purity level.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association published a report showing that cocaine purity sold as a powder on the streets ranged from 20 to 95% in purity, and with crack cocaine the purity level is usually anywhere from 20 to 80%.
There is so much variation in the purity of cocaine, and also what it’s cut with that it makes it even more dangerous than it otherwise is. There is really no way to determine if the cocaine you purchase has other things added to it.
So, what is cocaine usually cut with? When dealers are wondering what to cut cocaine with, there are quite a few options. Some of the additives most commonly used for cutting cocaine include laxatives, caffeine, creatine, and laundry detergent. Sometimes boric acid is used for cutting cocaine, as are local anesthetics.
These items are selected as agents for cutting cocaine because they come in white powder form, so it’s essentially impossible to determine if they’ve been added to street drugs. These are known as visual additivities or dilutants, and they’re called this because their primary objective is to make it appear as if someone is buying more cocaine than they actually are. These substances aren’t intended to change the overall effects of the drug.
The cocaine cutting agents listed above aren’t necessarily harmful, but they can eventually be over time and cause additional health problems beyond the risks of the cocaine itself. For example, if you’re regularly ingesting laundry detergent it can build up in the arteries and cause blockages that affect the liver, brain or heart.
For example, there may be other stimulants used as cocaine cutting agents, such as not only caffeine but also methylphenidate and amphetamine. These are drugs that since they act as stimulants as cocaine does, can cause the effects of the drugs to be more noticeable, even when there’s less of the actual cocaine.
Local anesthetics can include things like procaine and lidocaine, and they have a numbing effect, and they don’t taste any different than cocaine, which is why they’re often used to cut cocaine.
It’s also possible that dealers are cutting cocaine with other illegal drugs too, which changes the effects of the cocaine or heightens these effects.
Some of the other illegal drugs used for cutting cocaine include marijuana, LSD, and PCP. Also commonly used to cut cocaine is heroin, and when cocaine and heroin are combined together it’s known as a speedball.
Also used for cutting cocaine is something called levamisole, which is used to kill parasites and deworm animals. This substance is included because it does have effects similar to a stimulant and it’s inexpensive.
If you were to ask a drug dealer the best cut for cocaine, they would likely say something that looks, smells and tastes like cocaine, and also that adds weight to the product they’re selling.
There is no way for people to determine what’s truly in cocaine when they buy it on the streets, and they’re ultimately gambling in a very dangerous way, which is just one more reason not to use drugs bought on the streets.
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