Melatonin is a valuable natural hormone that can be instrumental in the treatment of sleep disorders. Some people also use melatonin to manage drug withdrawal symptoms, particularly those related to insomnia. However, snorting melatonin, just like any substance, is dangerous and should be avoided.
Side Effects and Risks of Snorting Melatonin
Our brain’s pineal gland naturally produces the hormone melatonin. It helps regulate daytime and nighttime sleep cycles with circadian rhythms. It is most commonly bought over the counter as a pill and also comes in a sublingual (under the tongue) form.
Melatonin may be employed to relieve withdrawal symptoms from nicotine, alcohol, and benzodiazepines (benzos). Because of its secondary use in mitigating unwanted withdrawal effects, some people may choose to ingest melatonin nasally by snorting, also known as insufflation.
Why Would Anyone Snort Melatonin?
A person might decide to snort melatonin if they are using it to treat anxiety, depression, or symptoms associated with alcohol or benzo withdrawal and detox. While melatonin does appear to have a positive link to the treatment of anxiety before surgery, it is not a commonly prescribed sleep aid for this purpose.
Snorting a substance comes with a more rapid intake of it as well as enhanced effects. An individual who previously abused drugs or understands that crushing a pill will make it work faster or more intensely might do so. It may increase hasten the onset and increase the desirability of effects.
In truth, snorting melatonin is harmful to nasal tissues and other parts of the body. It is not clinically shown to be an effective method in achieving any effects that outweigh the risks involved. It is most effectively taken sublingually or in pill form. Individuals who decide to snort melatonin may take it in combination with other sedatives or central nervous system (CNS) depressants, which can have potentially hazardous outcomes.
Effects of Snorting Crushed Melatonin Pills
People that snort drugs may experience adverse side effects over the long term. While it may be a relatively ineffective method of intake compared to safe alternatives, snorting melatonin may induce very unpleasant and potentially damaging physical effects due to introducing foreign substances into the nasal cavity.
Snorting any foreign substance can damage the respiratory system, making it challenging for the individual to breathe easily. Nasal membranes are delicate and are very vulnerable to injury. As these get damaged, they cease to function normally, and normal respiratory actions can be compromised.
Other physical effects of snorting crushed melatonin may include the following:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Throat damage
- Ear pain
- Facial pain and swelling
- Nose bleeds
- Congested/runny nose
- Nasal cavity/septum damage
- Damage to nasal passages
- Mouth ulcers
- Difficulty speaking
- Shakiness and dizziness
- Elevated heart rate
Is Melatonin Addictive?
Melatonin is not known to be habit-forming, addictive, or produce physical or psychological dependence or withdrawal symptoms. This is why it is believed to be preferable to many other sleep aids. Individuals may regard melatonin positively because there are very few adverse effects when used properly, mainly because it doesn’t create a tolerance or sleep “hangover” in those who take it. Moreover, it does require a more significant dose after repeated use to achieve the desired effects.
Because melatonin can be used safely in a controlled manner, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate these supplements as strenuously as some other over-the-counter medications. However, melatonin abuse, especially as a self-medication or recreational substance, can still have adverse side effects.
Getting Help for Drug Abuse and Addiction
Individuals who use drugs or supplements through unsafe methods such as snorting may have a burgeoning substance use disorder. Melatonin is not safe to ingest intranasally, and its use with other drugs or alcohol can have unwanted consequences. Taking risks with medications and supplements can result in work issues and strained social relationships.
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