Yellow Cocaine: What Is It?

Yellow cocaine refers to any kind of cocaine that is yellow in appearance. It is associated with many health threats, however, there are treatment programs available to help you recover from cocaine addiction.

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Dr. Langdon M.D.

Medically Reviewed By: Kimberly Langdon M.D.


Cocaine is an illicit and harmful drug that often leads to addiction. There are a wide variety of forms of cocaine, including yellow cocaine.

What Is Yellow Cocaine?

So, what is yellow cocaine exactly? Yellow cocaine isn’t a particular kind of cocaine. Instead, cocaine can sometimes appear more yellow than white based on a few factors.

When it comes to powdered cocaine, the color may indicate the presence of cocaine cutting agents. White cocaine, such as what appears in movies or other media, is not typically the purer form of cocaine.

Cocaine in its natural form, prior to being cut with adulterants or diluents, may be more yellow or brown in appearance. Adding cutting agents, such as baking soda or laundry detergent, is often what makes cocaine more white in appearance.

On the other hand, crack cocaine can also be yellow. Simply put, the yellow hue of any form of cocaine may indicate that it is higher in purity.

Where Yellow Cocaine Comes From

Because yellow cocaine is not any particular form of cocaine, it can come from a number of places.

Most cocaine comes from South America, specifically Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru, as these countries have plenty of coca leaves, the plant cocaine is made from.

How Yellow Cocaine Is Made

Yellow cocaine is made by extracting cocaine hydrochloride from the leaves of the coca plant. After the chemical is extracted, it is put through chemical treatments to turn it into cocaine.

Almost all cocaine found on the streets is impure, meaning it is mixed with a variety of diluents or adulterants.

As far as crack cocaine goes, the process is the same in addition to adding baking soda to the powder and boiling it in water to form a solid.

Characteristics Of Yellow Cocaine

There are not really any specific characteristics of yellow cocaine as it can vary greatly. However, it may have a distinguishable smell.

For example, some yellow cocaine can have a scent similar to overripe bananas or even nail polish.

Cutting Agents Used In Yellow Cocaine

The possibilities for cutting agents used in yellow cocaine are endless. Common cutting agents for cocaine include talcum powder, baking soda, flour, amphetamines, and dangerous substances like fentanyl.

However, it is important to note cocaine can be cut or diluted with nearly anything, so you never really know what you are putting in your body.

How Yellow Cocaine Is Used

Much like other forms of the substance, yellow cocaine has more than one method of use, each associated with different health risks.

When in powder form, the most common way to use yellow cocaine is by snorting it or inhaling the powder through your nose.

Another way to use yellow cocaine is by smoking it. However, this can really only be done if the drug is crack cocaine, due to the different composition and texture.

To smoke crack cocaine, the drug has to be heated up in order to produce vapors. From there, the vapors are inhaled through the mouth.

Effects Of Using Yellow Cocaine

Yellow cocaine abuse, like other illicit drugs, offers a list of appealing effects. As a result, it can be easy to become addicted to this substance.

Effects of cocaine mainly have to do with the central nervous system. Common side effects include euphoria, increased energy, increased mental alertness, being more talkative, and a decreased need for sleep.

Health Risks Of Yellow Cocaine Use

While the pleasant side effects of yellow cocaine may make it seem appealing or harmless, it is vital to address the health risks that come along with its use.

Health risks of cocaine drug use may include:

  • dilated pupils
  • headaches
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased heart rate
  • panic or paranoia
  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • hallucinations
  • heart attack
  • arrhythmia
  • vertigo
  • convulsions
  • seizures
  • stroke
  • nausea and vomiting
  • coma
  • infection
  • hepatitis B and C
  • sudden death

There are plenty more hazardous effects of yellow cocaine than pleasant effects. Additionally, the negative side effects are typically unpredictable.

Treatment Options For Cocaine Addiction

Whatever form of cocaine you use, it’s easy to become addicted. If you’re struggling with abusing cocaine, know that there are options to get past your addiction.

You can find a variety of treatment programs for cocaine addiction and more at Bedrock Recovery Center located in Canton, MA.

Cocaine addiction treatment at Bedrock often starts with detoxification and the options of medication-assisted treatment and inpatient treatment, if they’re right for you.

You can also join support groups, try therapy, or learn more about coping without the use of drugs.

Find Treatment For Cocaine Abuse At Bedrock Recovery Center

Recovering from substance abuse is no easy task, but it is possible. If you or your loved one have become addicted to cocaine or other drugs, call our helpline at Bedrock Recovery Center for guidance.

  1. City of New York Health — Cocaine
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) — Cocaine Research Report
  3. U.S. National Drug Intelligence Center — Powdered Cocaine Fast Facts

Written by Bedrock Recovery Center Editorial Team

© 2024 Bedrock Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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