What is Pink Cocaine?

  1. A new lipstick that plumps your lips.
  2. A parfum from a French designer.
  3. Name of a new paint for a girl’s nursery.
  4. None of the above.

Here’s The Real Answer

Pink cocaine is a slang term for a synthetic phenylethylamine 2C-B drug that has no medicinal value unlike cocaine that can be used in anaesthesia and as a stimulant and is a Schedule II drug.  It’s NOT cocaine, which is plant-derived hydrocholoride. It’s similar to Ecstasy (MDMA), methamphetamine and amphetamines.  It’s a stimulant that’s primarily used in raves, clubs, and party scenes.

Popular in South America, this pink powder can be snorted or taken in pill form.  Pink Cocaine goes under the street names of Bromo, Toonies, Tucibi, Spectrum and Nexus.  “Tuci” is reputedly under Columbian control (cartel) in Buenos Aires where it is mostly snorted for a quicker “high.”  In Colombia and Europe, it’s taken mostly orally.

There is no regulation for production of pink cocaine and it’s often mixed with other substances such as MDMA, caffeine, amphetamines, Ketamine or FENTANYL.  Because of these unknown factors, it’s hard to know what dose you are taking due to cutting it with other chemicals or unknown drugs.

It’s History

It was developed in 1970’s by a Harvard chemist Alexander Shulgin in Europe.  Later, in the 1980’s, it came to the United States and was sold as a libido enhancer as well as a treatment for erectile dysfunction.  In 1995, it was classified as Schedule 1 controlled substance and was deemed as having a high potential for abuse. It was manufactured in secret labs.

It’s Effects

Pink Cocaine reacts with the body’s serotonin’s system.  It peaks after two hours, but can last 4-8 hours.  Its side effects include:

  • A rise in heartbeat.
  • In smaller doses, there is an increase in sensual acuity and mild euphoria. Taken with LSD or Ecstasy, its effects are enhanced.
  • In larger doses, it causes rapid heart rate, nausea, vomiting, mild to severe hallucinations and heightened agitation.

In higher doses, Pink Cocaine may:

  • Cause respiratory depression.
  • Seizures of excited delirium that’s defined as signs of confusion, agitation, violence, hyperactivity, hyperthermia (dangerously high body temperature).
  • Kidney damage.
  • Fatal cardiac arrest.
  • Overdoses can result from a “party pack” or “banana split,” street terms.

Pink Cocaine is highly addictive.  The treatment for its abuse is detox, medication, and assisted recovery.  It is an expensive drug that is popular with high society Colombian citizens.

However, this party drug is making its way to the United States where it is sold outside discotheques, raves, and party places.

Sources:  U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration – About Synthetic Drugs.  https:rrtampa.com>QA

Wesley Cullen Davidson

Wesley Cullen Davidson

Wesley Cullen Davidson is an award-winning freelance writer and journalist specializing in parenting. Currently, she is targeting her writing about recovery to parents whose children have substance abuse disorders.


  1. Mindy Schanback on July 30, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    What great information.

  2. Wesley Davidson on July 30, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you! I had not heard of this drug until I read about its presence in clubs, raves, and party scenes.

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