Nitrous Oxide Inhalant
January 26, 2012 by staff
Nitrous Oxide Inhalant, Demi Moore was hospitalized this week after a scary episode reportedly involving inhalation of nitrous oxide. Box of whip-it nitrous oxide canisters Whip-its: The high you can buy at Wal-Mart.
While most people use nitrous oxide canisters to make whipped cream, partyers inhale them for a brief, euphoric high.
Reports that actress Demi Moore, hospitalized earlier this week for a “seizure” and shaking, had inhaled the gas may spur more people to try the cheap buzz. Nitrous oxide is characterized as an inhalant, used by those who like to “huff” chemicals.
People can buy canisters online or in the kitchen supply aisle of stores. Balloons filled with the gas are often sold in the parking lots of concerts. Some just extract the gas out of cans of Reddi-Wip.
A quick flash is often accompanied by dizziness, lack of coordination and slurred speech. Since the effect is so brief, users tend to inhale again and again, increasing their feelings of giddiness.
“Essentially, you’re depriving the brain of oxygen,” said Bobby Alexander, a social worker at Realization Center, a drug and alcohol rehab center in New York City. “It’s an immediate, short-term high. Long-term use can definitely lead to brain damage.”
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