'Snortable' Chocolate: Is This Energy Booster Safe?
A new drug-free product called Coco Loko that claims to boost energy and increase motivation is now available in the United States. It contains raw cacao powder and ingredients often found in energy drinks—taurine and guarana—and is designed to be inhaled through the nose. The short- and long-term health effects of Coco Loko are unknown, and it has not been evaluated by the FDA.
Snorting any substance can irritate the nose, throat, and lungs. It’s not clear if this product is absorbed into the bloodstream, but substances that are snorted tend to take effect faster than those that are digested. Also, taurine and guarana have been associated with adverse health effects, including elevated heart rate and high blood pressure.
Surprisingly, this isn’t the first go-round for snortable chocolate. More than 10 years ago, a chocolate maker in Belgium developed a device to snort chocolate powder. Most medical experts strongly discourage snorting or putting anything in the nose that isn’t prescribed by a doctor.