Purple drank, also called lean and many other names, is an illegal narcotic beverage, usually prepared from prescription-strength cough syrup mixed with a hard candy and hard drink. The concoction originally originated in Houston, TX, and has become extremely popular among the hip-hop culture or those that live in the south or the north. The name itself refers to the fact that purple drank is made of cough syrups.
Lean is highly addictive and has been blamed for causing many medical problems. According to many users, the sweet syrup has a bitter taste, but in fact tastes like cough syrups as well. Many claim that it can cause drowsiness and insomnia while others say that it can cause a feeling of euphoria. The combination of the sweet syrup, caffeine, and a stimulant has made lean a very powerful stimulant.
Purple drank lean is not illegal to consume; however, many individuals do report experiencing the same negative side effects of alcohol and illegal substances. The sweet syrup and caffeine contained in this beverage has been known to cause headaches, insomnia, dizziness, and even convulsions. In addition to these effects, it is also said to cause memory loss, irritability, depression, and hallucinations. Some individuals also claim to experience nausea, cramps, and vomiting after consuming this drink.
Many experts have theorized that this type of beverage may contain a combination of caffeine and cough syrups, which is why it has been linked to serious health issues including hypertension, heart palpitations, seizures, and high blood pressure. One study found that lean is extremely addictive and could have severe and long-term effects on the brain. Because of this, most people who use this type of drink are forced to give up at some point because it becomes difficult to maintain a healthy life. However, some people continue to abuse the habit because they believe it makes them feel better, or it is just a “hobby” for people who live in a certain geographic location.
Since the popularity of lean is increasing, there are also many people trying to get around the law by labeling their drinks as “lean,” “leaner,” or “lean tea.” Even though purple drink does contain a combination of stimulants, it is still considered a controlled substance, meaning that it can be taken legally only under doctor’s supervision.
Although it may be a controlled substance, there are still a lot of advantages to using lean. For instance, the sweetness of the syrup makes it more attractive to many consumers, especially young adults looking for a quick way to relax.