Legal Lean, a small company that promotes “natural relaxation & peace of mind,” has conjured up the latest way to get high—and it’s made of chocolate dust (and no, that’s not code for angel dust). This snortable snuff is concocted with raw cacao, gingko biloba, taurine, and guarana, which probably sound familiar due to their inclusion in popular energy drinks. The result? A 30-minute to hour-long endorphin and serotonin rush that the brand compares to a runner’s high and ecstasy-like euphoria. It also claims to give users a sense of calmness and reduce stress and anxiety.
Seems too good to be true—or legal? Your skepticism can be justified by the fact that this questionable new product is not FDA-approved. “In reaching that decision, FDA will need to evaluate the product labeling, marketing information, and/or any other information pertaining to the product’s intended use,” spokesman Peter Cassell said in an email to The Washington Post.
And, not to our surprise, even doctors don’t seem fond of it. “There’s no data, and as far as I can tell, no one’s studied what happens if you inhale chocolate into your nose,” Dr. Andrew Lane, director of the Johns Hopkins Sinus Center, explained to The Washington Post. “There are a few obvious concerns. First, it’s not clear how much of each ingredient would be absorbed into the nasal mucus membranes. And, well, putting solid material into your nose—you could imagine it getting stuck in there, or the chocolate mixing with your mucus to create a paste that could block your sinuses.”
Instead of looking for weird uses for your favorite midnight snack, check out these 5 Ways Chocolate Can Help You Lose Weight—where the only side effect is a slimmer you!