Ok, I understand this sounds ludicrous but people are claiming you can get high by snorting chocolate:

Unlike alcohol, meth, cocaine, speed and even drugs like LSD and psilocyben [sic], the newest thrill, popping up in night clubs and raves around the world, is chocolate.

This is repeated elsewhere like in these YouTube videos.

We already addressed whether eating it has any effect.

Is it true?


The effectiveness of cacao as a psychological elevator hasn’t been established yet, but, according to the following sources it appears there is evidence to support the assumption that snorting chocolate gets you high:

  • Exactly how effective cacao is at getting people high has not yet been established, although there are a number of reasons why it might work. For starters, it contains endorphins as well as a chemical called tyrosine, which is a precursor to dopamine. Since both endorphins and dopamine are natural neurotransmitters known to induce feelings of pleasure, it’s unsurprising that people have been reporting that snocolate helps to elevate their mood.

  • Cacao is also rich in antioxidants such as epicatechin, which increases blood flow to the brain and the muscles, giving people both a physical and an emotional kick that could help them dance for longer. Since epicatechin has also been shown to protect neurons and improve cognitive function, this is clearly a preferable option to other dance-fueling substances like cocaine and MDMA, even though cacao is unlikely to match the high generated by these drugs.



  • The chemistry behind cacao’s buzz is that it contains endorphins as well as tyrosine. Tyrosine is a precursor to dopamine, which fuels the body’s pleasure/reward system. The dopamine receptors in our brains are also the same system that opioid-related drugs, including heroin and Oxycontin, react with for their intoxicating and addictive properties.

  • Both dopamine and endorphins produce pleasure, so the reported effects of chocolate powder sniffing causing euphoria are not without merit, or science to back them up. While the practice hasn’t been scientifically researched for safety, “snocolate” as it is now being referred to certainly isn’t cocaine or heroin, and as widely accepted as chocolate is in modern culture, it isn’t likely to go away anytime soon.


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    We might need a definition for 'high' because this doesn't seem to be describing that. A 'chocolate buzz' and a high seem to be different experiences. – Oddthinking Feb 17 '17 at 0:31
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    Also, your links are only to the domains, so they aren't terribly useful. – Oddthinking Feb 17 '17 at 0:35
  • And one of them is a link to the Daily Fail. – Mark Feb 17 '17 at 1:00
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    Ok, @Joe, I am about ready to disengage here, because we are just repeating ourselves. (1) I CAN'T read the article you are talking about, because you have not provided a link to the article. Please do so. (2) The question is "Does snorting chocolate make you high?" The section you have quoted answers "Does snorting chocolate cause harm?" – Oddthinking Feb 17 '17 at 7:53
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    ??? There is no subtext. There is nothing to read between the lines. I have explained exactly what I mean, repeatedly. I am moving on. – Oddthinking Feb 17 '17 at 8:48

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