'Snortable chocolate that gives ecstacy-like buzz is being marketed like a drug', US senator claims

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Food and drug regulators are being urged to review a “snortable chocolate” powder that is reportedly being marketed like a legal high.

US Senator Charles Schumer said there are too many unanswered questions about the inhalable food product and asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to launch an investigation.

The New York Democrat said the new product, called Coco Loko, has “no clear health value”, and that he can’t think of “a single parent” who would think of allowing their children to use it.

The bizarre treat promises feelings of well-being, ecstasy-like euphoria and a rush of “motivation that is great for partygoers to dance the night away without a crash,” according to the company’s website. 

Mr Schumer said in statement: “This suspect product has no clear health value,” adding: “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.” 

Marketed as “raw cacao snuff,” Coco Loko, produced by Orlando, Florida-based company Legal Lean, includes cacao powder containing caffeine.

Manufacturer Legal Lean Co. doesn’t detail other ingredients online, but according to local reports, Coco Loko also includes common energy-drink ingredients. 

The FDA said it hasn’t yet determined whether it has authority to regulate snortable chocolate. 

Legal Lean Co., which sells Coco Loko online for $19.99 for a 3.5-gram in, did not return a call seeking comment. 

Founder Nick Anderson has said he didn’t consult any medical professionals but believes Coco Loko is safe. 

He said he developed it from snortable chocolate that’s circulated in Europe in recent years. 

“There’s really no negative publicity, so I felt we’re good to go,” he told ABC on Thursday. 

Doctors have said they’re not certain what the effects of inhaling chocolate might be.

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