Chocolate is fast becoming the number one choice of substance for use at electronic dance music parties.
Welcome the new sweetest rave drug that can be ingested, drunk and even snorted. You’re probably familiar with its common name: cacao.
In this latest incarnation, cacao powder is taking the place of alcohol and illicit substances like Molly and ecstasy in parts of Western Europe. Lucid, a monthly cacao-fueled dance party in Berlin, fixes bitter Balinese cacao into partygoers’ drinks. Morning Gloryville, a rave company that organizes dance parties from London to New York, stocks its bar with cacao drinks and cacao pills. And in perhaps the strangest form, Belgian chocolatier Dominique Persoone invented a special 50 bucks snorting device so you can huff your cacao in powdered form, just like cocaine.
According to a recent study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, virgin cacao is far more potent than you ever imagined. First comes a surge of endorphins into your bloodstream, which increases acuity and fuels you with feelings of euphoria. Then there’s the flood of magnesium, which relaxes your muscles and de-tenses your body. Raw cacao is also chock-full of flavanols that increase blood circulation and stimulate brain power.
Unlike ecstasy, cacao doesn’t make you pay for being happy with an equal part of sadness two days later.