Snorting Melatonin: Side Effects, Risks, And Dangers

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D. on July 28, 2023

Melatonin is a beneficial natural hormone that can be helpful in the treatment of sleep disorders. Some people use melatonin to manage drug withdrawal symptoms. Snorting melatonin in any form is dangerous and should be avoided.

Snorting Melatonin (Insufflation) Side Effects And Risks

Melatonin is a neurohormone that is secreted by the pineal gland. Naturally occurring in the body, it helps to regulate sleep and circadian rhythms with daytime and nighttime cycles.

You can also purchase melatonin over-the-counter to help with sleep and to ease withdrawal symptoms from nicotine and benzodiazepines. Some people snort melatonin to intensify its effects.

Why Would A Person Snort Melatonin?

People might snort melatonin if they were using it to treat anxiety, depression, or symptoms associated with benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms and detoxification.

People often believe that snorting a drug creates faster uptake and more intense effects. This is generally true for some drugs which can be absorbed through the nasal passage ways.

However, snorting melatonin is harmful to the body and has not been proven to increase the substance’s effects. It is most effectively taken sublingually or in pill form.

People who decide to snort melatonin may take it in conjunction with other sedatives or central nervous system depressants, which can have dangerous results.

Effects Of Snorting Crushed Up Melatonin Pills

Snorting melatonin, in addition to being an ineffective method of intake, may produce very unpleasant physical effects due to the introduction of foreign substances into the nasal cavity.

Physical side effects of snorting crushed up melatonin may include:

  • trouble swallowing
  • throat damage
  • ear pain
  • facial swelling and pain
  • nose bleeds
  • damage to the nasal cavity and septum
  • damage to nasal passages
  • nasal congestion
  • constantly runny nose
  • oral ulcers
  • trouble speaking

Is Melatonin Addictive?

Melatonin is not known to be addictive or cause dependence or withdrawal symptoms. This is why it is considered preferable to many prescription sleep aids.

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People regard melatonin positively because there are very few negative effects when used appropriately, especially since it doesn’t tend to create tolerance or a sleep “hangover” in people.

While melatonin can be used safely in a regulated manner, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate these pills as strenuously as over-the-counter medications.

Melatonin use, especially as a self-medication or recreational substance, can still have negative side effects and be dangerous if used to intensify other drugs.

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Medically Reviewed by
Johnelle Smith, M.D. on July 28, 2023
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