by Countable | 7.10.17
There’s a new "drug" on the market, and it’s perfectly legal. It’s called “Coco Loko” -- snortable chocolate powder mixed with powerful, natural stimulants.
According to medical experts, Coco Loko can lead to blocked sinuses, snoring, sleep apnea, heart attacks, strokes and other health risks. The fact that this product remains unregulated and easily accessible has alarmed the medical community, parents and Congress.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has demanded that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) closely regulate the powder. Schumer calls the cacao powder "cocaine on training wheels" and say that it is marketed as a drug.
"I can’t think of a single parent who thinks it is a good idea for their children to be snorting over-the-counter stimulants up their noses," Schumer said. “This suspect product has no clear health value.”
Coco Loko is being promoted as a drug-free way to get buzzed and party. Besides cacao powder, the product contains the stimulants ginkgo biloba, taurine and guarana. According to Coco Loko’s website, the effects of a snort will last from 30 minutes to an hour, and "will produce an elevated mood and a state of euphoria similar to the feeling of ecstacy."
One supply of Coco Loko, which has only been on the market for a month, costs $19.99. This is a price that children can easily afford, which has only further raised the concerns of parents and lawmakers.
The chocolate snuff is labelled as a "dietary supplement," and this is not a category reviewed by the FDA for safety or effectiveness. Many dietary or medical products seek the “dietary supplement” classification to avoid FDA oversight and get their products to the market faster.
The FDA told the Washington Post that before it makes a decision on regulating Coco Loko, it will need to evaluate the product’s labeling, marketing, and intended use.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has also said it’s "not aware of any agency concerns related to chocolate inhalants."
So should you put down that Red Bull and do a line of Coco Loko?
While additional research needs to be done, doctors are already voicing concerns about huffing chocolate. Andrew Lane, director of the Johns Hopkins Sinus Center, told the Washington Post that "no one’s studied what happens if you inhale chocolate into your nose," but that there are serious concerns about the impact of chocolate in your sinus cavity. If solid material were to get stuck in your nose or the chocolate were to mix with your mucus it may create a paste that could block your sinuses.
More, Lane says that the medical community has raised numerous concerns in the past about the health effects of energy drinks, including heart palpitations and a rise in blood pressure. These effects could be exacerbated if a stimulant is inhaled instead consumed orally because it will have faster access to your bloodstream.
Doctors and lawmakers have remained silent on how or if injuries related to snorting chocolate will be covered by the Affordable Care Act or any potential GOP replacement.
*Is snortable chocolate a gateway drug? Should the FDA evaluate "dietary supplements"? Do you think the government should get involved in this issue or do you think the Free Market will solve the problem? Tell your reps. *
-- Josh Herman
Written by Countable
I understand that drugs are a serious problem that must be dealt with but regulation has proven to be ineffective. We have a pain problem, not a drug problem. Fix healthcare, lift regulations on drugs and give prescribing doctors more authority to prescribe these substances to addicts. It's worked elsewhere. It will work here. Cease the failed war on drugs.
The age old question: Should the government keep stupid people from doing stupid things? I don't have an answer. It works sometimes, but makes things worse in others.
I think the issue here is not the particular product but the fact that it has remained totally unregulated simply by calling itself a "dietary supplement". I think what we need to do is find a way to regulate dietary supplements so they are put through safety and product testing like medication. I think we could also look at recategorizing "dietary supplements" into a specific form under the FDA or USDA. I believe there are far too many products, foods, dietary supplements, etc. that are sold to the American population with hidden products in them. For example the fact that not all Quaker Oats are gluten free, and many contained wheat.
Are you f reeking kidding me? We have a serious issue with big pharma turning us into drug addicts and THIS is what dems choose to pick at? SMH
Are you kidding me? What people won't do to destroy their bodies? And where are their parents? This is a PARENTING PROBLEM NOT A GOVERNMENT PROBLEM! It's called SELF RESPONSIBILITY!
Leave chocolate alone
What will they think of next? It is ridiculous that anyone would package this product as a powder that is snorted instead of as a bar, drink, or concentrated powder intended for mixing. Why would anyone do that? Because it is a marketing ploy that is probably targeting the young and impressionable. Spoiler alert... If you've seen the latest season of Orange Is the New Black, you should realize there is a possibility for this to go horribly wrong.
Just shut up! Really?!? This is absurd. If people want to do lines of earthworm excrement, let them. I have some nice dog brownies in my backyard they can have, too. The government doesn't need to regulate every damn dumb thing people decide they can do for or to themselves. Darwin has a career for a reason: to put idiots making poor choices in their place. They now have a vested interest because someone awhile ago decided that the government wasn't just there to defend us from enemies but to protect and coddle us. Well, now they are a major insurer, too, and have an interest in running your life to cost them less (so they can waste more on pork barrel spending).
If people are going to be that STUPID...I guess they could snort mud or gasoline if they are so inclined. Let the manufacturers be sued by the victims in the court system, quit running interference on what you assume is going to happen. We can assume anything is harmful if abused.
While I get that this could've problematic for the idiot who chose to use it, is this the best use of congressional time? Seriously? With all the chemicals that are being dumped into our crops, our environment and even fed to those pathetic factory farm animals, someone is actually spending time trying to regulate snortable chocolate? Let's do some real work with some national significance.
Okay, one day when Trump is not literally destroying our country, let's talk about this. Until then, stop adding legislation to stop a bloody nose when someone leg is cut off.
Is there not something important the Congress and Senate could be doing such as gaining back the trust of the American people or working on reuniting this country rather than trying to regulate the intelligence of people? Put a warning label on it like everything else and get back to work.
It's cocoa. Please don't embarrass me as a dem. Besides I thought we are more liberal than this. Why don't you fight for laws that keep none violent offenders out of prison.
The war on drugs has been a total and complete failure. This won't help either.
People put that crap in their noses? Why am I surprised? I'm not a fan of nanny states No matter how hard we try we can't fix stupid or legislate intelligence
Oh for Pete’s sake. We have bigger issues than worrying about people who want to self destruct snorting coco puffs. Let Darwinism work and clear out the gene pool.
Holy crap now I want some Coco Loko! Don't regulate it!
We have a pain problem, not a drug problem. Fix healthcare. Cease the failed war on drugs.
Anything that can harm kids should be regulated by the government. Adults can make their own decisions as long as it won't harm others. Use that a your guiding rule and you won't go wrong.
Amazing. First I thought it was just chocolate, now I realize that other stuff is mixed in with it. People can be so self-destructive and stupid. Can it be regulated? No, of course not. This is really stupidity times at its most elevated level.