Chemical substance used to "cut" (adulterate, lace) illicit drugs with something of less worth than the drug itself thus increasing the dealers profit.
Street drugs are commonly cut with substances such as mannitol, inositol, and lactose in order to increase the volume.
There are also pharmacologically effective additives, which should partly associate the user a better quality of the drug (i.e. lidocaine), partly counteract undesirable side effects. What kind of cutting agent is used depends on the drug:
|cocaine||lidocaine, phenacetine, caffeine, procaine, paracetamol, acetylsalicylic acid (sometimes also ephedrine, amphetamine, methamphetamine)|
|MDMA (ecstasy)||amphetamines, ketamine, caffeine, atropine. Attention, sometimes also poisoness pollutions!|
Recently, not only powdered drugs are stretched, but also parts of plants, particularly cannabis. The leaves are dusted with microscopic glass balls (diameter from 10 to 20 µm) - often already in the growth phase so that they infiltrate into the plant - but generally adhering to the surface. The aim is obviously an increase in weight. In one case even metal lead was found.