A new social media trend has users participating in a challenge that involves recreational drug use. Like the Nutmeg Challenge or Food Coloring Challenge, the TikTok “Vitamin C Challenge” might not seem harmful at first glance. However, a closer look reveals a viral trend that could encourage users to push the limits of their drug abuse.
The Vitamin C Challenge differs from other viral trends in that it doesn’t involve following an elaborate routine like dance challenges or health trends. Videos simply show users consuming packets of Emergen-C — a harmless vitamin C supplement.
These TikTokers aren’t just trying to stave off the common cold, however.
“Supposedly if you take this before you smoke [marijuana], you’re supposed to get extra high,” said one user at the start of their video, before drinking a bottle of Emergen-C mixture.
Cut to a few minutes and, presumably, a few tokes later: “It worked,” the user tells the camera with a glassy-eyed grin.
The challenge has been picking up steam on TikTok since January, according to Hashtag Hyena. However, the concept of intensifying a marijuana high using vitamin C dates back many years. While it’s unclear how the myth originated, it may be related to similar ideas of mangoes intensifying the high from smoking marijuana.
That said, The Bluntness reports that any enhanced effects from eating mangoes are likely due to compounds called terpenes — not related to the fruit’s vitamin C content. Moreover, Drugs.com lists no interactions, dangerous or otherwise, between marijuana and vitamin C.
Still, participants in the challenge largely claim that the mixture works in intensifying the high of marijuana. Furthermore, many recommend the trick for heavy, daily users who have built up a tolerance to the drug’s effects.
According to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, regular marijuana use in teens can impair brain function, and is often associated with decreased school performance and dropping out.
For more on the world of TikTok trends and challenges, check out Parentology’s guide here.