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Mark Sherman

Mark Sherman

Austin, TX

University of Texas at Austin

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Hi there! Yes people are really doing it. There were two festivals in Berlin and London since October hosted by Lucid- a rave company that has a monthly rave around Europe (http://www.lucid.dance/calendar/). Furthermore, culinary innovators, such as Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck in England, are also offering cocoa by nasal inhalation as part of their culinary experience. It has also been embraced by chocolatiers such as Dominique Persoone of the Belgian-based The Chocolate Line, who has invented a device for using chocolate as an inhalant (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAgu34bpT6c). . As per your second question, there are more several other biochemically active molecules in raw cocoa such as theobromine, N-oleoyl-ethanolamine, and N-linoleoyl-ethanolamine. These molecules act by reducing blood pressure, slowing the rate of breakdown a brain neurotransmitter, or act as a neurotransmitter (See link below). While the use of phenylethylamine may produce similar euphoric-like effects, there is not as much literature suggestive that this compound alone could cause changes in microbial communities. . (https://s3.amazonaws.com/academia.edu.documents/40055348/doi101021pr900607vpr900607v.pdf?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAIWOWYYGZ2Y53UL3A&Expires=1514572522&Signature=YbGPT7CSPmIpc9CNSCHdFxFxJoQ%3D&response-content-disposition=inline%3B%20filename%3DMetabolic_Effects_of_Dark_Chocolate_Cons.pdf) - Mark
Dec 29, 2017
Does snorting raw cacao change the bacteria that live in your sinuses?
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Thank you! I agree. The nasal ecosystem is under-investigated and the ramifications this new usage of cocoa is unexplored. The use of snorting cocoa appears to be interpreted by media as controversial and potentially harmful, however the majority of scientific literature suggests that cocoa is beneficial and can act similar to a prebiotic or probiotic for human gut systems (see link of review below). This proposed study could help to provide insight on the types of microbes that are promoted by nasal inhalation of cocoa. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3566565/pdf/fphar-04-00011.pdf Thanks again for your support! Mark
Dec 29, 2017
Does snorting raw cacao change the bacteria that live in your sinuses?
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