Would Tony Montana Approve?


Picking up right where I left off last week, I did manage to attend the Rat Salad gig at Rockstarz on Saturday despite feeling rundown from concerts three of the past four nights. It was a decent show- the band consisted of a middle-aged guy on guitar and vocals (he sort of looked like Shaggy from the Scooby Doo cartoons) and much younger guys on drums and bass/vocals (I later found out the bassist was the 16-year-old son of the guitarist). Besides playing Black Sabbath songs, they also performed Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" and "Outshined" as a tribute to the recently departed Chris Cornell, as well as Alice in Chain's "Them Bones" and Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name Of." I enjoyed it, but I was just too tired to stick around for a second set.

The next morning I woke up with a severely sore throat and a headache. That was the start of the entire week feeling lethargic and lousy overall. Well at age 46, I obviously don't possess the same resilience I had at 26. Thus, I was forced to take it easy this week, though I did have enough energy to go out to watch fireworks displays on July 3rd (at Tonawanda's Kenney Field) and July 4th (at downtown Buffalo's Canalside). I do not feel up to writing a lengthy blog post today, but there was one article I read in The Buffalo News on Wednesday (July 5th) I just have to comment on because it is so ridiculous.

According to the article "Snortable Chocolate- Should You?" by The Washington Post's Abha Bhattarai, "Coco Loko, a "snortable chocolate powder being marketed as a drug-free way to get a buzz... created by Orlando-based company Legal Lean, includes cacao powder, gingko biloba, tuarine and guarana, which are found in energy drinks. Nick Anderson, the 29-year-old founder of Legal Lean, says he heard about a "chocolate snorting trend in Europe a few months ago" so when he tried it his reaction: "it was like, OK, this is the future right here."

Never mind the fact that the FDA has not approved this product for use in the U.S. or that the short- and long-term effects of snorting chocolate powder has not been studied, including the possibility of high blood pressure and heart palpitations associated with energy drinks, or inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes, why the hell does our society need yet another "innovative" way to get a "buzz." As if bingeing energy drinks, huffing aerosols or shooting opioids is not enough reckless behavior, let us please add snorting chocolate to the menu. Why not just keep pushing the envelope further into the realm of irresponsibility and mind alteration- how about we insert IV ports into heroin addicts' arms so that they don't need hypodermic needles to inject the drug, start selling pot brownies at all supermarkets, or for the fun of it, how about bars, in addition to selling alcoholic beverages, offer patrons hits of laughing gas to strengthen the buzz?

I am not a prude when it comes to drugs and alcohol. I partake in moderate alcohol consumption and responsible driving. Some drugs are beneficial, and as always in the medical profession, one must way the risks and benefits. But snortable chocolate?- you can count me out and hope this is not the next "big thing" that leads to yet another public health crisis and totally unnecessary self-inflicted wound.

#sorethroat #lethargic #CocoLoko #snortablechocolate #buzz #FDA #energydrinks #aerosols #opioids #heroin #potbrownies #laughinggas

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