Once a Superfood, Now a Popular Party Drug

Multiple pods on cacao tree
Multiple pods on cacao tree

This food was once considered a “superfood” all around the world. This raw powder can be found at any health shop and even some specialized grocery stores. It’s perfectly legal and it’s sweet. As of late, it’s taken the place of alcohol and some illicit substances like Molly and ecstasy in many parts of Western Europe. It’s only a matter of time before we see this craze hit America. You may know it as cacao.

People who use it say it can transform you into a “can’t stop, tweaked out” Energizer bunny. Apparently the cacao can be snorted, drunk or ingested causing a surge of endorphins into your bloodstream, which in turn gives you that euphoric feeling. Your muscles feel relaxed, losing all tense notions due to the massive release of magnesium.
Raw cacao has a lot of flavanols that increase blood circulation and stimulate brain power, according to a recent study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The effects of cacao are subtle and in no way the same as having an acid trip. In truth, pure cacao is not actually a drug although it does have mood-enhancing compounds. Nonetheless, it’s good to know just in case you suddenly see bags of cacao in your home. Someone might be doing a bit more than just making some chocolate milk.