It’s 10 p.m. on a Thursday, and I just cleaned my toilet, organized my beauty products, and scrubbed the bathroom floor. I’m blaring the type of upbeat songs you’d hear in a SoulCycle class. I’ve put off deep-cleaning my bathroom for months, but earlier today I got an IV vitamin drip, and now I’m dancing and smiling as I clean. Despite my euphoria, a thought circles over and over in my head: Isn’t this how people act on cocaine?
To be sure, IV vitamin drips are a far cry from illegal drugs. (And I’ve never tried cocaine, so I can’t make a fair comparison.) Rather, the drips include a mix of vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, and minerals inserted intravenously. Celebrities such as Rihanna, Madonna, and Simon Cowell have touted their benefits, and IV vitamin bars are popping up all over the U.S. To test the trend, I booked drips at two shops in town, Drip Drop IV Vitamin Bar and IVitamin.
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