While energy drinks like Red Bull have become popular, new “anti” energy drinks have hit the market and offer the opposite effect. Rather than pepping up the user, the drink promises extreme relaxation. Being sold under brand names like Drank anti-energy, Unwind, or Mary Jane’s Relaxation Soda, the drink offers effects similar to a homemade drug mixture known as Lean or Purple Drank which contains codeine-laced cough syrup. The new anti-energy drinks are being marketed as “extreme relaxation beverages.”
The glamorization of “syrup” and its inebriating effects in recent songs and videos has triggered a rise in popularity of a dangerous drink mixture called Lean. Lean, sizzurp, or syrup, are street names for the intoxicating and addictive drink. It’s not new; abuse of this drink has been around for years, but users should be aware of its potentially dangerous effects.