Lean is a mixture of codeine and other ingredients, such as soda and candy. It is sometimes called purple drank or sizzurp. Several rappers have promoted lean as both a recreational drug and a source of creative inspiration.
However, lean can be deadly in high doses, and chronic use may lead to codeine addiction.
Keep reading to learn more about lean, including its effects and how it can be both addictive and deadly.
Lean is a very sweet drink that blends soda with cough syrup containing codeine. Some formulas also add candy or sweetening syrup. Users may also mix in promethazine, which is an antihistamine that may strengthen the effects of codeine and make a person feel relaxed and sleepy.
High doses of codeine and promethazine can induce hallucinations and vivid dreams or nightmares. Many users take the drug specifically for this reason. They feel that the hallucinations support creative thinking.
Purple drank dates back to at least the 1990s. Its public birth took place in the music scene, with musicians including Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, and the hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia reportedly using or singing about the drug.