The story started out from a co-worker who said that her friend in Missouri read a story about a kid in Ohio who tried to get high on cinnamon and had to go to the hospital.
Like most Internet stories, part of it is true.
The Cinnamon Challenge seemed simple in itself: eat a teaspoon of cinnamon and go a minute without swallowing water. A high school freshman from Michigan (not Ohio) was hospitalized with an infection and a collapsed right lung. And the challenge isn't designed to get anyone high.
Eating a teaspoon of cinnamon without water or other beverage is not a healthy thing since cinnamon dust can be problematic for those with breathing issues.
Eating cinnamon with water or other beverage is a healthy thing since cinnamon is good for those with blood sugar issues.
Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties; contains manganese, dietary fiber, iron, and calcium; may significantly lower LDL, total cholesterol, and triglycerides; and can enhance memory.
The catch is that cinnamon can be toxic in large doses. Cinnamon is good for you, and it tastes good. The Cinnamon Challenge won't harm most people, is a little strange, and can harm some people.
Sprinkle cinnamon on desserts and yogurt. Make cinnamon toast. Pour some cinnamon on your breakfast cereal. Have some in your coffee or hot chocolate.
Cinnamon will not get you high but can rescue you from blood sugar lows. Just sprinkle it all around.