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Snorting Cocoa

The Latest Drug Craze Among Young Adults: Snorting Cocoa

There are a multitude of drugs around the world that individuals use and abuse. Different trends of use rise and fall.  But there are also unconventional substances that people will use in attempts to get some effect.  There has been a multitude of these types of substances, from paint thinner and aerosol to nutmeg and Smarties candy.  In a new trend, people have been snorting cocoa, a substance that a vast majority of Americans have ingested every day, which is the main ingredient of chocolate.

Upon initial consideration, one may think that someone would do this because of the sugar high, but that is not the case.  Base cocoa typically contains no sugar, but rather the high or euphoria obtained is produced from the chemical makeup and properties of the base substance.

This interesting use of cocoa was first reported around spring of last year.  It had initially begun to gain increasing popularity within Western Europe in a multitude of clubs.  Several different clubs had started holding regular cocoa-fueled parties in which individuals would spend their night snorting cocoa and dancing the night away.

The Effects Produced By Snorting Cocoa

According to reports, the effects that cocoa produces include a rush of endorphins into the bloodstream which brings about a feeling of euphoria, and then the magnesium hits, which de-tenses the body, and relaxes the muscles.  According to various reports, raw cocoa can have a variety of health benefits when ingested, including cardiovascular and stimulate brain power.  According to advocates of this practice, raw cocoa is far more potent. The effects of snorting cocoa are quick, short-lived in comparison to many drugs, and last only around 15 minutes.

The direct effects of cocoa on the brain are subtle compared to many other drugs of abuse, but they stimulate similarly, namely influencing and increasing the neurotransmitter dopamine within the brain.  Research has also displayed that cocoa controls the production of serotonin, a chemical which is responsible for mood regulation.  There are a couple of other components of cocoa that are said to have an influencing effect, which is anandamide and phenylethylamine.  But according to Dr. Catherine Kwik-Uribe, research, and director of Mars Symbioscience, which is a science-based department of the Mars candy bar company, these chemicals are found only in negligible amounts, and so would have no mood altering properties, which likely makes the good feelings of cocoa more of a placebo effect.

Snorting is not the only method that many individuals are employing the powder.  It is also frequently consumed through the means of drinks or pills as well.  This practice of using cocoa has become so popular, that many prefer it over alcohol, cocaine, or ecstasy.  In fact, a few of these venues that have cocoa type parties prohibit alcohol and illegal drugs.  Being that cocoa is legal, and has subtle mood-boosting effects, the parties are more centered around socializing and as a way amplify the effects of the electronic and hip hop music being played.

Seeking Help for Drug or Alcohol Addiction

There are many drugs out there that can produce very severe addictions, which often require individuals to seek treatment to overcome.  Here at Best Drug Rehabilitation, we help thousands to overcome their addiction every single year and would like to do the same for you or your loved one.  We tailor a unique program to every single individual that comes into our facility, and this helps to treat the overall addiction.  Give us a call today, and our staff will answer any questions that you may have about our program.

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