Here's a very random introduction. I heard the term, "dirty Sprite" (it's some rap album/slang term) on a YouTube advertisement. I Googled "dirty Sprite", and it's apparently a recreational drug: codeine syrup in Sprite lemon-lime soda. People allegedly get high off of it, meaning the opiates in codeine is metabolized properly. My question is, how does harsh acidity of the Sprite (pH of 3.4-3.8 if you trust Google) not interfere with the codeine structure and mitigate its metabolism?
Then, this turned into a meta philosophical question: how does the acidity of the stomach, which is more acidic than Sprite, not interfere with not only codeine, but other substances?