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While on a flight home following a wedding this weekend, I was able to check out the badass movie War Dogs, which, at its core, is about two guys becoming international arms dealers, re-selling guns and weapons to the U.S. government. It's pretty awesome, so it's highly recommended.
That said, the film shows the main characters snorting a fair amount of cocaine, which made me wonder, "Hmm... what is it that Hollywood actually uses to mimic the drug?" After some research, I was able to find out.
According to a 2016 article from The Independent, actors are snorting a substance called "inositol."
While powdered milk or baking soda were used to fake coke in the past, inositol seems to be the more popular choice these days—and the effects are actually kind of similar to what the real boog sugar might give, albeit, much less intense.
That's because inositol is a vitamin B powder that's been linked to real cocaine as a cutting agent, giving users a bit of an energy lift—call it a Cocaine Light, if you will.
In fact, per The Independent piece, the substance is so similar to the real thing that it caused Mickey Rourke to have a little bit of a freak out while on the set of his 2008 film, The Wrestler, believing that the energy powder wasn't good for his "anxiety issues."
Although inositol isn't nearly as harmful as actual cocaine, the fact that actors are asked to snort something up their noses is always a little sketchy. That said, here's your friendly reminder not to experiment with the stuff as an alternative of your own.
So, the next time you see someone going to town cutting and snorting lines in a movie, now you know what they're consuming—a powdery, 5-Hour Energy, essentially.
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