Cocaine and ecstasy pills have always been a part of the hardcore club scene, but now club kids in Europe are turning to a new type of “nose candy” — in the form of cocoa powder.
According to the Daily Mail, there’s a rave party in Berlin that keeps the beat going into the early hours of the morning courtesy of raw chocolate in the form of a drink, pill or powder.
The “Lucid” party at Alchemy & Eros in Berlin is allegedly a chocolate-fueled rave that has bitter Balinese cacao — fused drinks on their menu, according to the news site Ozy.
When snorted, users get a rush of endorphins that produce a more natural high. Some people have said that snorting cocoa is replacing other popular drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy.
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, flavavnol — a compound substance found in cocoa — can improve cognitive function and blood circulation.
The effects of snorting raw cocoa could make these effects more pronounced and could cause the sensation of feeling high.
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While partygoers claim they are getting high on cocoa, The Independent claims snorting cocoa does not produce any hallucinogenic side effects and the perceived effects are a placebo.
Apparently, people have been getting high off chocolate for years. In 2007, Dominique Persoone created a device called the “Chocolate Shooter” that allows users to snort the perfect hit of the sweet brown powder. In a video, Persoone claims that mixing the chocolate powder with mint and ginger "really opens up your nose." He says he created the device for a Rolling Stones party in 2007, according to the Daily Mail.