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Getting Chocolate Wasted is a Real Thing

By Sydney Cook
Posted On Jun 09, 2016
Getting Chocolate Wasted is a Real Thing

 

Every day we learn something new – from your search history being able to determine your health to our favorite sunscreens killing the coral reefs – but today, I think we’ve reached the unthinkable.

Partygoers are turning to a new drug to sweeten their festive experience. The selected substance hails from the exotic tropics and is more common than we might think – raw cocoa aka chocolate.

Recently cocoa has transcended into a super food, but now ravers are welcoming it as the sweetest party drug there is. You read that right! Clubbers are drinking, eating, and even snorting cocoa throughout Europe’s basement bumping clubs in lieu of traditional intoxicants like alcohol and club drugs including molly, cocaine, and ecstasy.

Along with the strobe lights and electronic dance music at Lucid, a monthly dance party in Berlin, partygoers are indulging in cocoa-spiked, honey, agave, and cinnamon drinks. Morning Gloryville is known for their substance-free rise-and-shine raves from London to New York and stocks its bars with cocoa-infused drinks and cocoa pills. And possibly the most bizarre form, a Belgian chocolatier, Dominique Persoone, even invented a special $50 snorting device to encourage a faster fix.

*waits for the turning point*

Well, Dr. Catherin Kwik-Uribe, director of research and development for Mars Symbioscience, told Ozy.com that while cocoa does contain mood-enhancing compounds such as anandamide and phenylethylamine, the amount is much too low to have any direct influence on mood and cocoa snorters are probably experiencing a placebo effect. There is not much research revealing what such chocolate intake does to the brain besides the release of endorphins, which fuels feelings of euphoria.

Dancing until dawn with just a buzz from raw chocolate sounds like G-rated fun. And it is! Skepticism aside, these sweet escape parties promote a positive, healthy environment for participants to separate themselves from the troubles of reality.

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Though this alleged chocoholism seems to be less harmful than alcohol and drugs, some experts believe the unusual practice of snorting chocolate is risky. Dr. Jordan Josephson, an ear, nose, throat, and sinus specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York told Live Science, “Snorting chocolate powder is not safe because the powder is perceived by the nose as a foreign toxic substance.”

Some other flaws include a possible stomach ache and potential weight gain from consuming too much. As of now, snorting the sweet stuff seems to be the most risky, but as always, moderation is key.