Legal Highs Still Cause Lows!
People will do anything for a quick high! Two of the latest legal highs are flower seeds and chocolate; yes, I said flower seeds and chocolate! I realize that it’s hard to believe but think about the illicit drugs that people are using, and it shouldn’t be too far a reach to see the truth here.
First, let’s look at flower seeds. People are chewing three different types that I know of Sleepy Grass, Blue Morning Glory, and Hawaiian Baby Woodrose. It seems that these seeds, when chewed, create a high similar to LSD. Doing this can cause very extreme psychotic side effects, vomiting, flashbacks, paranoia, and impairment of hearing, sight, and sense of time.; a number of individuals have been hospitalized from doing this.
Home Depot and other garden supply stores have pulled these items from their sales floors. These seeds contain lysergic acid amide or LSA; this is a hallucinogen with similar properties to LSD. If a person should purchase these seeds, that is legal, removing or extracting the LSA from the seeds is not legal. These seeds can be very dangerous and lead to very dangerous behaviors, leave the buzzing to the bees.
Now for the chocolate shooter! People are snorting chocolate for a high that lasts for approximately fifteen minutes. When they first tried to snort chocolate they found that it was too dry, so they improvised. After experimenting, someone came up with the mix of mint, ginger, and chocolate and a gadget that shoots it right up your nose! They also use other ingredients like bacon and onions, amongst other things that they mix with the cocoa powder. They are also popping cocoa pills and drinking it to achieve an energy blast for clubbing and other events.
The physiological effects are much less intense than illicit mind-altering substances such as MDMA; however, scientists claim that the cocoa releases a wave of endorphins similar to morphine regarding pleasure. You get a surge of endorphins into the bloodstream, increasing acuity and fueling the euphoria. Then magnesium relaxes your muscles as it floods through your body and flavanols increase circulation and stimulates brain power, according to a recent study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Apparently, raw virgin cacao is extremely potent! It is not safe to snort; it can cause all kinds of physical problems, as can anything that you put up your nose that you shouldn’t. It can get into your lungs and cause grave consequences. When you watch people use the shooter, they always seem to have a streak of chocolate on their nose, not pretty!
You have to wonder what’s missing in people’s lives that they are always seeking to get high! The truth is, life is hard, especially these days, with all of the craziness going on in the world. We all have to realize that people are dying from getting high every few minutes and our children are watching us as adults. Our children copy what we do as adults; too many young lives have been lost to drugs recently. Maybe we should spend more time with our children sharing hot cocoa instead of trying to get high on it. Perhaps we all need to set a better example and plant the seeds in the ground and fewer of our children.
Rev. Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D.