Pink powder is a drug that has recently become popular. But the use of drugs is not new, it is an ancestral practice. For example, native tribes already consumed coca or peyote leaves as part of their cultivation.
Today, many psychoactive substances are consumed by individuals from different social groups. From classic forms like heroin or cocaine to synthetic drugs of contemporary times, the vast repertoire of effects of these substances has made them used in many contexts. Over the years, new attractive substances appear: Krokodil, flakka, bath salts …
Pink powder: the drug of the upper class
While heroin is the drug used by the marginal classes, cocaine has always been associated with the wealthy, because it is an expensive drug (at least in developed countries). In recent years, another drug seems to have burst into the upper class, which is Pink Powder, also known as Tucibi (2CB), Pink Cocaine, Venus, Eros or Nexus).
Pink powder is a synthetic drug with psychedelic effects, and according to consumers, it alters all the senses and changes the perception of the world with visual and thought hallucinations. In some cases, the uncontrolled imagination causes terrible fear or panic attacks, just like LSD. This drug appears to combine the hallucinogenic effects of the latter substance with the euphoric and energetic effects of MDMA: the person notes a very pleasant climb for one’s own body, a feeling of exaggerated strength and intense nervousness and excitement.
Stimulating effects appear at low doses, while hallucinogenic effects occur after consumption of high doses of this product. The duration of these effects is between 4 and 8 hours. Knowing this, it is curious that her name is Pink Cocaine, as the consequences of using this drug have little to do with cocaine hydrochloride. The only similarity between the two drugs is in the appearance, that is, the powder presentation. Now the pink powder has a high addictive power comparable to that of other psychoactive substances such as methamphetamine.
Properties of pink powder
Pink powder is a synthetic drug (also called synthetic or designer) that is characterized by its manufacture by chemical processes, usually in clandestine laboratories. These drugs originated in the 1970s in the United States.
This is how Pink Powder was born, when its creator, Alexander Shulgin, first synthesized it in 1974. This drug (2C-B or 4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenylethylamine) is a 2C family psychedelic phenylethylamine. Shulgin discovered more substances in this family (2C-I, 2C-T-2, 2C-T-7, 2C-I) but the pink powder is the most common.
There are different types of designer drugs: those that mimic the effects of opiates (for example, New Heroin), cocaine substitutes (for example, Crystal caine), or substances with original and innovative effects (ecstasy or LSD). Pink powder is part of the latter group.
The dose of pink cocaine varies between 16 and 24 mg, and is usually consumed in powder form., Presented in bags. However, it can also be consumed in the form of tablets or capsules.
Negative consequences of its consumption
This drug is very dangerous and the health consequences of its use can be devastating. Problems arise both in the short term and in the long term. Anxiety and panic attacks are common due to the emotional intensity caused by the hallucinations, which is also the case with LSD or MDMA.
In the long term, the problems can be: severe anxiety attacks, disorientation, depersonalization of extreme fatigue, Depression and psychotic disorders. Difficulties and problems arise not only with the health of the user, but their home environment also suffers from the consequences of this drug.
Law enforcement is aware of the seriousness of this drug
The alert is maximum among the police in different countries to be able to reduce this public health problem. In Colombia, police in Medellín recently arrested a Alejandro Arbreda Uribe, alias “Alejo Tucibí”, Known as the biggest trafficker of this substance. As part of this operation, Colombian authorities also arrested 13 other people in the towns of Cali and Ipiales and on the island of San Andrés. They were all part of the same drug trafficking ring.
The dissolved gang transported the drugs from Colombia to other countries in South America, the United States and Europe. His modus operandi was to send the drug to human couriers, which then reached the countries of destination.
Spain is no exception
The consumption of this drug has also spread throughout Spain and, in fact, the police of this country also carried out operations to put an end to the illegal trafficking of this substance. This is something to be expected, given how dangerous it can be to circulate a substance with serious and partially unknown effects on the streets.
In July 2016, Spanish police made nine arrests during a raid in the city of Madrid. Eight of the nine detainees were Colombian citizens.