ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – A high school principal in Ann Arbor is warning parents and students about the dangers of something called the “cinnamon challenge.”

It’s a trend that’s been making the rounds online and involves trying to swallow a teaspoon of cinnamon in less than 60 seconds.

Huron High principal Arthur Williams told WWJ Newsradio 950 at least one teen had to be hospitalized for several days after trying it.

“This is quite surprising because … you know, this is something that’s readily available in just about every home. You know, that something that’s in our everyday lives could be that dangerous,” Williams said.

Williams said kids find it thrilling.

“They do it just for a buzz, you know, a high … get kicks off of it,” he said.

Health professionals say the cinnamon challenge can cause coughing, choking, vomiting and can starve the body of oxygen.  It can even cause  pneumonia if the spice gets into the lungs.

Comments (6)
  1. Christian Erickson says:

    The cinnamon is only dangerous if you inhale it…. If you are going to try the cinnamon challenge, make sure to cover your throat with your tongue, and chew the cinnamon to stimulate your saliva glads to moisten the cinnamon. And always have people there with plenty of water just in case something happens.

    Cinnamon is actually very healthy for people to consume. Rich in antioxidants and has antibacterial properties.

    I’ve successfully done the cinnamon challenge when I was in high school, and I can assure you there is no ‘high’ from doing it. There’s nothing in cinnamon to give somebody a high, and the cinnamon challenge is in no way shape or form, a form of substance abuse. It is only dangerous when it gets into the lungs. (just like ANY OTHER FOOD)

  2. L.D. says:

    I think the fellow in this story is thinking of ‘nutmeg’. Cinnamon has no ‘high’ to it. Nutmeg, in the right quantity does. But if anyone wants to get a buzz from nutmeg, just let them. They won’t do it again.

  3. Mike says:

    They do it just for a buzz or high?!?! Please, give me a break.
    They do it because they’re challenged by their friends. The videos of this on youtube are hilarious, and it’s good for a laugh at your friend’s expense.

  4. Sam says:

    I almost can’t believe what I just read. Listen I am 23 and well out of high school and am aware of the “cinnemon challenge.” It is impossible to swollow a spoonful of cinnemon in 30 seconds or at one time at all. That is why this is a thing. Someome thought it would be funny to challenge a friend to try to do it on camera either for money or more likely just braging rights and he obviously looked rediculous when he tried which was funny for everyone but him. The principle of the school is rightly scared that one of his kids inhaled some of the spice and ended up in the hospital and was so baffled by the whole thing that he just assumed that they were getting high, and why not.. but the person who wrote this article for f’ing CBS was just stupid in posting this article – obviously without doing any research at all – just to scare parents. Everyone who sees this article is going to think before anything else “oh my, the kids are getting buzzed off of spices now! I’ll need to lock up my cinnemon next time I make snickerdoodles.”
    For real though, It wouldnt have even been that hard to look into this, he already wrote that it was on youtube, hell it was on a show on Comedy Central which I wont name because I enjoy it and dont want some ignorant grass roots campaign to start and knock it off the air. How about focusing on real problems, real drugs – not cinnemon, nutmeg, salvia, and gummy bears soaked in vodka – and focus on the herion epidemic in south-east Michigan, the meth epidemic all over the west side of the country, and the perscription pill epidemic in every school everywhere. This is a joke

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