Yeah, we know, cacao is the main ingredient in chocolate, and it’s used in sweet treats like brownies, and brownies sure as hell don’t get you high (unless it’s a special kind of brownie *wink wink*). So you might be thinking, how the hell can something so deliciously innocent be used as a party drug?
Apparently, when ingested, cacao releases a flood of serotonin and endorphins in your brain, making you feel energetic and euphoric, while the magnesium it contains relaxes your muscles and relieves tension, for a delightful full-body “high.” Well, that certainly explains a lot about Willy Wonka.
“Raw cacao is also chock-full of flavanols that increase blood circulation and stimulate brain power, according to a recent study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,” says an article in OZY. So yeah, who needs molly when you can just get tanked from snorting cocoa powder?
In fact, cacao as a party drug is so popular in Western Europe, that it’s a common substitute for alcohol and illegal drugs like ecstasy and ketamine, and there’s even a monthly dance party in Berlin called Lucid, that’s dedicated to getting partygoers high AF off that chocolatey goodness.