What is the black beauty drug from Russian Doll season 2 and is it real?

Shania Wilson April 21, 2022
What is the black beauty drug from Russian Doll season 2 and is it real?


Season 2 of drama series Russian Doll has wrapped up – and things got strange, to say the least.

The Nadia Vulvokov – or Nora? – storyline has left us with a thousand questions, and we still can’t get over that cringe-worthy make-out scene with Chez.

As you’ll know if you’re a Russian Doll fan, Chez is the boyfriend of Nadia’s mother Nora, and he’s also a frequent smoker and drug user.

Throughout the season Chez is seen taking a substance called ‘black beauty’ – he even offers the drug to his then-pregnant girlfriend. So, what is black beauty and is it a real drug?

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Russian Doll | Season 2 Official Trailer | Netflix

Russian Doll | Season 2 Official Trailer | Netflix

What is the black beauty drug from Russian Doll season 2?

If you tuned in to the second season of Russian Doll, which dropped on 20 April, you may have spotted the small black capsule Chez offered pregnant Nora.

It turns out Chez was actually offering his girlfriend a drug, black beauty, which is taken as a stimulant, before they attempt to steal from Nadia’s grandma.

Black beauty is the street name for a form of amphetamine pill, Merriam-Webster reports, and was famous for its misuse in the 1960s and 1970s, Urban Dictionary states.

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Credit: Netflix.

Is the black beauty drug real?

Although Russian Doll is fictional, the black beauty drug (plural black beauties) is very real. As per the DEA, the drug, along with other prescription stimulants, can legally be used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, when not prescribed and abused for recreational purposes, black beauty is illegal.

Containing amphetamine, the drug can increase confidence, energy and sociability, Emcdda reports. The DEA also suggests taking it can lead to an increase in body temperature, blood pressure and pulse rate.

The black beauty drug has handful of slang names

The amphetamine capsules are known as black beauties in Russian Doll but, according to the DEA, the drug has a handful of other slang names.

The tablets are also known as ‘bennies’, ‘ice’, ‘uppers’ and, perhaps most commonly, ‘speed’.

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Shania is a Magazine Journalism graduate from the University of Derby. Her main passion is rooted in print journalism, however, she also branches out towards social media and is also interested in public relations. Outside of writing, Shania enjoys using social media, reading, and drinking coffee.