Purple drank is commonly referred to as purple drank lean, and a few other names, as well. The beverage is made from mixing hard candy and prescription-grade cough syrups, with a soft drink. This concoction gained popularity in the urban music or those that live in the south, specifically Houston, Texas. According to sources, the drink gained even more popularity when rapper Nelly was spotted drinking it at one of his concerts. The purple color of the drink gave the rapper the appearance that he was “purple.”
Although many people claim to have first tasting the purple version of this drink, the exact recipe is uncertain. It’s mostly assumed that the purple drank lean or other similar drinks were created by the late Dr. Muhammad Yunus, who developed the cough syrups that contain codeine. This resulted in a concoction that became known as purple drank. Many people credit Dr. Yunus for the creation of the purple drank, but others believe that it was created by accident after discovering that codeine and percodine, both derived from the same plant family as morphine, can produce a euphoric effect when mixed.
Because of its popularity in hip hop circles, many people have tried using the lean versions of the drug. However, the combination of codeine and percodine is very dangerous because many people do not know how much of each to take, and wind up having an accidental overdose. This is often the case with individuals that have taken lean whenever they want to party. There are some that consider the combination of codeine and lean too risky because the levels of each of them can increase suddenly without warning. As a result, many people wind up in an accidental overdose.
In order to be able to legally buy and sell purple drank, there are strict regulations in place that have to be followed. For example, anyone manufacturing, selling, or offering the drink has to be licensed by the state in which they are doing business. If a person is caught violating the regulations, they could face serious charges, including jail time. It should also be noted that distributors of purple drank are not allowed to offer their wares over the counter, because the alcohol content of the product exceeds the legal limit.
Because of all of these stringent restrictions, a great many people are choosing to just create their own version of the lean, home-based beverage. This way, they know exactly what they are ingesting and are able to maintain full control over the exact amount that they consume. There is even a number of recipes available online for those that would like to experiment with making their own creations. In addition, there are plenty of recipes available through book stores and through health food stores.
Regardless of how you make your purple drank, there is no doubt that it can be a very exciting and tasty alternative to the traditional beverage that we are all used to. The health benefits seem to be quite profound as well. While the drink is certainly no substitute for wine or water, there are some people who swear by it, while others say that it is absolutely not recommended. As with anything else, it all really depends on what you are trying to achieve. If you are looking for a fun alternative to drinking a glass of wine or other alcoholic beverage, then this might be something worth checking out.