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Not Exactly Pleasant
Inhalants - Acetone
Citation:   chickenpower. "Not Exactly Pleasant: An Experience with Inhalants - Acetone (exp113029)". Jan 31, 2021.

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12:45 I was sitting on a bench outside university when I decided to inhale acetone from a little bottle I bought at a supermarket the day before. I was trying inhalants for the first time. I opened the bottle and I huffed directly from it. I obviously didn't want to get into a condition of hypoxia, so I carefully inhaled from the bottle and then I took long breaths of clean air after each time I inhaled. I huffed approximately ten times and I was starting to feel the effects.

I was feeling mentally and physically messed up. If I tried to stand up, my head starts spinning strangely, in unexpected directions, so I didn't feel so stable on my feet. Heart was beating faster and I could hear its beats in my chest. I was feeling very intoxicated: my hands started tingling, I started sweating, breath was really slow and deep. Sometimes I felt spikes of anxiety, which contributed to worsening the tingles, now on my arms, on my jaw and ears. Sedation was intense, I felt physically heavy and weak; while mentally slow, sometimes my thoughts seemed to stop. Sometimes I tried to stand, just to see if I could manage to make my blood stream flow easier, but standing was not an option. I let my heavy body on the bench and I hit it hard with my back, but I felt nothing.

13:15 I looked at the sky and I felt pretty dizzy. I searched online for some vasodilator substances that could help me with my bothersome increasing tingles, and I found out that ginseng can help, so I stood up and I went to the coffee maker. Walking was not so difficult, but even the easiest physical effort, like taking stairs, was really hard to accomplish. Moving around and ginseng really helped me: I became calm and my tingles stopped. My vision was a little blurred, and I was feeling strong lightheadedness. I got a little bit nauseous and I was starting to feel some physical discomfort. Sometimes I still felt acetone smell in my nostrils.

14:05 Effect are starting to slowly fade out. I am feeling a little dizzy, nauseous, slow, drowsy. Active interactions with my classmates are difficult. Mentally I am feeling tired.

16:10 Intoxication is stronger than ever. I feel cognitively fine, but my body is a mess: I feel shivers, my heart beats faster, I'm profusely sweating, feeling faint, I'm afraid I'm going to pass out. I need to go to the toilet. I try to keep myself calm, because even the slightest emotional swing produces extreme discomfort on my body, especially on my heart, and it only makes me feel lightheaded and anxious, in a loop.

16:25 I finally manage to get to the toilet. Urinating, washing my hands in cold water and drinking really helped me feeling better. Body discomfort has almost completely disappeared.

17:40 Now I am almost completely fine. My muscles are weak. I feel serene and I want to sleep.

Physical stress after inhaling acetone was hard to bear for me, and the cognitive and physical effects are not worth the pain it follows.

Exp Year: 2019ExpID: 113029
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 24
Published: Jan 31, 2021Views: 2,388
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