Demi Moore Nitrous Oxide

January 27, 2012 by staff 

Demi Moore Nitrous Oxide, Whippets are in the spotlight now that actress Demi Moore was reportedly hospitalized after using the whipped cream chargers filled with nitrous oxide.

TMZ reported one of Moore’s friends told emergency workers she been doing “whip-its,” after which she experienced seizure-like symptoms and lapsed into semi-consciousness, according to CBS News.

What exactly are whippets? Also known as “whip-its,” “whippits,” and “nossies,” they are steel cylinders filled with nitrous oxide, or “NOX,” which is often used in dentists’ offices before novocaine injections or dental procedures.

According to Dr. Harris Stratyner, regional vice president at Caron Treatment Center in New York, inhaling nitrous oxide causes people to experience a euphoric, dissociated, out-of-body state.

“That’s why they call it laughing gas,” Stratyner told HealthPop. Nitrous oxide is also found in whipped cream aerosol cans and in similar canisters that are sometimes abused. Nitrous abusers sometimes take the canister, empty the gas into a balloon and inhale it.

Nitrous oxide is also used in race cars to boost engine power. “So, you know, it’s a dangerous substance,” Stratyner said.

Inhaling nitrous oxide may cause the user to pass out from lack of oxygen, and may be fatal.

“If you use a lot of it, you’re not going to wake up,” Stratyner says. He says there is evidence that abusing nitrous oxide causes “dark holes” in the brain, in areas that have been deprived of oxygen and brain cells have been destroyed.

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