FDA denies snortable chocolate Coco Loko as
In a bid to curb drug abuse and control rising addiction rates, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned Orlando-based Legal Lean to discontinue marketing snortable chocolate Coco Loko, saying it is an illegal alternative to street drugs which is endangering public health.
The snortable chocolate powder was promoted by the manufacturers as a “food and dietary supplement” to help lift mood, reduce anxiety and give the users a rush of energy. Once inhaled, it triggers an endorphin rush without the side effects of a sugar crash. The FDA found that the unapproved energy supplement made of cacao powder and mixed with other energy ingredients, such as taurine, gingko biloba and guarana, had effects similar to that of morphine and ecstacy. The announcement was made on Dec. 11, 2017, after the agency was requested to investigate by the US Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer earlier in July 2017.
In addition to Coco Loko, the FDA discovered that Legal Lean Syrup contained active pharmaceutical ingredient doxylamine, a type of antihistamine that can be used as a sedative, which could cause adverse reactions in users. According to the agency, products with undeclared drug ingredients can pose serious risks to people with underlying medical conditions, as they may take such substances without knowing their side effects.
In the warning letter, the FDA requested the product’s manufacturers and marketers to immediately stop marketing the unapproved drug products. The agency has given 15 working days to Legal Lean LLC, Arco Globus Trading LLC (dba Arco Globus International) and LegalLeanStore.com to respond and include a statement as to how the issues noted in the warning will be corrected. A failure to take the corrective steps may result in a seizure or injunction, it said.
Use of snortable chocolate fuels illicit drug abuse
Condemning Legal Lean’s products and minors, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said, “Encouraging the use of snortable chocolate as an alternative to illegal street drugs is not acceptable – there are very real consequences to snorting any powder, not to mention the societal dangers of promoting drug abuse.”
While Legal Lean claimed the supplement to boost energy, cause a rush of endorphins and serotonin, and provide a sense of calmness to its user, it failed to back its claim with sufficient research. During its creation, its makers neither consulted any medical professional nor got the substance tested by scientists. Instead, they relied on the product’s successful reception in the European market. The FDA and Asthma UK have issued a warning against snorting Coco Loko as it could potentially trigger deadly asthma attacks.
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