Snortable Chocolate Raises Health Concerns

A serious warning to parents about a trending article in the Washington Post concerning teens snorting chocolate.

Could it really be done to get a boost of energy, how dangerous could this be?

ABC's TJ Holmes reports:

It's expensive, widely available, perfectly legal, and teens already love it: chocolate.

A new chocolate-based product, Coco Loko, is a powder that users can snort.

The product is actually a blend of cacao powder, taurine, guarana, and other ingredients often found in energy drinks.

The makers claim Coco Loko can produce an “elevated mood and state of euphoria similar to the feeling of ecstasy,” and can give you a steady rush of energy and motivation “that's great for partygoers to dance the night away without a crash.”

The chocolate-snorting craze first showed up in European nightclubs last year, but Nick Anderson, founder of Orlando-based Legal Lean, is now hoping to bring it to the forefront of the U.S. party scene.

Many are now wondering, is it safe? Nobody really knows.

The FDA isn't sure if it falls under it's jurisdiction yet, telling ABC News: “The FDA will need to evaluate the product labeling, marketing information, and/or any other information pertaining to the product's intended use.”

Again, the company behind the powdered substance says it is marketing to people over the age of 18.

Experts say in some part of the world it is getting so popular that some clubs are selling snortable chocolate instead of alcohol.

(This story was originally posted July 6, 2017)

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