Cocaine and other illicit substances have long-fueled the European nightlife scene, but now, thanks to a handful of events throughout the region, club kids are beginning to give the term “nose candy” a more literal meaning.
According to the Daily Mail, people in Berlin and other European cities have starting snorting lines of cocoa powder in place of traditional stimulants and psychedelics like coke and ecstasy. Raw cocoa—which is chocolate in its purest form—can be taken as a pill, powder, or drink, and supplies users with a rush of endorphins, providing a more natural high. Some European events, like the Lucid party at Berlin’s Alchemy and Eros, have even nixed alcohol from their menus altogether, favoring chocolate powders instead.
“We have local artisans and culinary adventurers serving various high vibe medicines such as raw Cacao, super-food smoothies, herbal concoctions, vegan cuisine and much more,” the club told the Daily Mail.
What Cocoa Does To You:
It first provides a rush of endorphins into your bloodstream which can fuel feelings of euphoria, especially when coupled with dance music.
The chocolate also contains high amounts of magnesium which relaxes your muscles.
A recent study by London’s Kingston University on cyclists also found that chocolate can make you go faster and further.
It is thought that epicatechin, a plant chemical particularly abundant in dark chocolate, gives the body a boost by widening the blood vessels.
This speeds oxygen supply to the muscles, allowing them to make the most of the precious fuel.
In 2007, Belgian chocolatier Dominique Persoone created a device called the “Chocolate Shooter”that allows users to snort cocoa powder. The contraption was created to help liven up a Rolling Stones party that year.
“The mint and the ginger really tinkle your nose,” he told Reuters last year. “Then the mint flavor goes down and the chocolate stays in your brain.”
“I’m not the bad boy promoting drugs, not at all,” he added. “Life is boring. Let’s have fun.”