You can now snort chocolate powder- but should you?
A new product called ‘Coco Loko’ has hit the shelves. It’s an ‘infused raw cacao powder’ that you snort.
The company behind the product, Florida-based Legal Lean, says it’s a safe drug-free way to reach “a state of euphoria similar to the feeling of ecstasy."
It’s completely legal. But is it safe?
“It's just an activity we probably don't want to be encouraging,” said the Director of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, Keith Boesen.
Boesen said eating chocolate has proven health benefits. But snorting it can produce short-term side effects like runny nose and burning eyes.
It can also cause more serious issues.
“It is also possible to inhale deeply enough that these particulates get past the filtration system in our nose and into our lungs,” he said. “Our lungs were designed to exchange air. They don't really like it when they get particulates in there. So people can develop an infection as well.”
‘Coco Loko’ has also gotten the attention of Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). This week, he called for an investigation into the product. It is not FDA-approved.
“They advertise that it's similar to ecstasy. What kind of product should be on a candy shelf that's similar to ecstasy,” he stated.