Medical experts have raised concern about a snortable chocolate offering a high “similar to ecstasy” that has hit the market.
Coco Loko, from the Legal Lean company in Florida, is selling for $19.99 (£15,50) online.
A description on the website reads: “A sudden rush of serotonin will produce an elevated mood and state of euphoria similar to the feeling of ecstasy.
“This is the feeling that will make music sound better and overall happiness.”
Nick Anderson, Legal Lean owner and CEO, said he did not consult with medical experts before selling the product.
He got the idea after the craze hit parts of Europe a couple of years ago.
He told Good Morning America: ‘I didn’t consult with any medical professionals, I basically just saw what was going on with Europe. There was no health issues, it’s been out two, three years, everybody seems fine, it’s very popular.
‘There’s really no negative publicity so I thought we’re good to go.’
But very little is known about the product and what possible side-effects snorting chocolate could have.
Asked if the product is safe, Dr Jennifer Ashton said: “In medicine and science we like decades ideally, or many many years, tens of thousands of patients — we just don’t know, that’s the short answer.
“But to be clear, when there are stimulants involved, we know that there can be physiological effects on the body.
“It can increase the heart rate, it can increase blood pressure, obviously it can give a jolt of energy, and potentially — if you’re talking about high doses — these can be significant.”
According to the Metro, a spokesperson for the US Food and Drug administration said: “The FDA will need to evaluate the product labeling, marketing information, and/or any other information pertaining to the products intended use.”