Joe Rogan forced to backtrack on claim new Coca-Cola's laced with cocaine
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During the episode, released on 23 August, Rogan spoke to Dave Mustaine and gave listeners a brief history of the beverage.
The conversation cropped up when Mustaine brought up Coke changing its formula and people getting annoyed about it.
Rogan responded by agreeing, noting: "That didn’t make any sense… Do you know the whole story behind Coke and one of the reasons I think they changed it to new Coke?"
What follows isn't accurate, but, to be honest, it wouldn't be the first time Rogan's said something that wasn't exactly correct. Watch below:
He told Mustaine: "New Coke, the Coke that you have right now; not new Coke, the flavour. But the Coke that’s available in 2022 – is made with cocaine. They process cocaine. They take out all the cocaine and that’s part of the flavour of the Coke formula. This is like fact."
Rogan dug deeper, continuing: "It sounds like conspiracy theory. It sounds like conspiracy theory. But if you find the company in this country, that processes the most medical, [and] pharmaceutical cocaine, is the same company that supplies the…"
While Rogan continued to insist that what he was saying was true, he appeared to backtrack later in the episode, saying the Coke available today 'doesn’t have cocaine in it, but the original Coca-Cola had cocaine in it'.
So, a bit confusing to say the least, and if you're wondering whether Coca-Cola actually has cocaine in it, the company released a statement on their website answering just that.
It said: "No. Coca‑Cola does not contain cocaine or any other harmful substance, and cocaine has never been an added ingredient in Coca‑Cola."
Sounds pretty definitive if you ask us.
While Coke you can buy today certainly doesn't contain cocaine, USA Today reported that the original formula did.
Mark Pendergrast, author of For God, Country and Coca-Cola, says: "If the company responded to attacks by telling the truth, they would be admitting that the drink did once have cocaine in it.
"The implication would be that they had removed it because it was harmful, which might even open the door to lawsuits. Besides, it was unthinkable to admit that Coca-Cola had ever been anything but pure and wholesome."
LADbible has reached out to Coca-Cola for comment.