Get high with household items

By The Recovery Village Editor Megan Hull Reviewer Jenni Jacobsen Updated on01/15/20

Teen drug abuse doesn’t just involve illicit drugs like marijuana, cocaine and heroin. In fact, youth may use household items that get you high and experience dangerous effects just like they would from commonly abused illegal drugs. Some of the most common household items teens use to get high include whipped cream cans, dusters, glues and adhesives, nutmeg and cough syrup.


Whipped Cream Cans

A whipped cream high may seem unusual, but teens can use this product to achieve a buzz. According to news reports, teens may inhale compressed gas from a canister of whipped cream because the process creates a short-lived high. They may also purchase “Whip-its,” traditionally used to charge whipped cream dispensers, and inhale the nitrous oxide in them to become high. This process can be deadly, as it can block the brain’s oxygen supply and harm the heart. It can also create neurological consequences and result in lasting brain damage.


Teens and inhalants are a cause for concern, with a national survey showing that 1.6% of 12th graders, 2.4% of 10th graders, and 4.6% of 8th graders have used inhalants in the past year. In addition, 8.7% of 8th graders, 6.5% of 10th graders and 4.4% of 12th graders have used these drugs during their lives.

Air dusters, typically used to clean computer keyboards, are an example of an inhalant that teens may abuse. Teens may huff these products through their mouths to feel a rush. However, computer dust cleaner high can create unpleasant side effects, such as violent outbursts, hallucinations, lack of self-control, nausea and even loss of consciousness. Huffing air dusters can also result in death due to suffocation, choking, trauma, oxygen deprivation or irregular heart rate.

Glues and Adhesives

Teenage inhalants may also include glues and adhesives that teens sniff to achieve a high. Experts report that teens may begin sniffing glue or adhesives and then progress to huffing or bagging to achieve a stronger high. With huffing, teens soak a cloth with glue and hold it over their mouths, and with bagging, they fill a bag with glue and repeatedly breathe in and out of the bag.

A toxic chemical called toluene is responsible for the high associated with sniffing glue. Toluene activates the brain’s dopamine system, which is associated with pleasure and reward. Toluene creates a high similar to alcohol intoxication and produces effects such as euphoria and excitement, eventually leading to psychological dependence with continued use. Large doses can also cause hallucinations, delusions and a feeling of disorientation. Over time, glue sniffing can damage major organs, such as the heart, brain and kidneys.


It is also possible for teens to achieve a nutmeg high at home. One case study involved a 13-year-old girl who put nutmeg inside gelatin capsules and was seen in an emergency room after she exhibited bizarre behavior and experienced hallucinations, nausea, gagging and blurred vision. Experts report that these effects associated with nutmeg are likely a result of the body-transforming chemicals in nutmeg into compounds similar to stimulant drugs like amphetamines.

Cough Syrup

Cough syrup abuse can be a concern among teens. According to Stanford Children’s Health, cough syrup often contains a chemical called dextromethorphan (DXM), which can cause hallucinations and altered perceptions in high doses. DXM can make teens feel as if they have left their own bodies and produce dangerous side effects like panic attacks, seizures, paranoia, and elevated blood pressure. Continued abuse of high amounts of DXM cough syrup can result in psychosis.

Teens may also abuse prescription cough medicines that contain codeine and promethazine by mixing them with soda. According to experts, teens drinking cough syrup in this form may have been inspired by musical artists who have glorified this process.

Teens can become addicted to cough syrups and other household products with continued use. The risks of addiction can be especially strong with items that can be obtained at home since it is so easy for teens to access them.

If your teen is demonstrating signs of teen drug abuse and you suspect he or she is using household items to obtain a high, teen drug rehab may be necessary. Signs such as changes in behavior, poor grades, lack of interest in previous activities, mood swings and withdrawing from friends and family may indicate that your teen is in need of treatment. If treatment is necessary, The Recovery Village has locations around the country to meet your family’s needs. Contact a representative today to obtain additional information.

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Warning: It is incredibly dangerous to use household items to get high. If you’re considering this, call our Crisis Line. We’re here to listen: 888-854-3911

The dangers of drug abuse and the risks associated with the desire to get high don’t just exist outside the front door. Properly maintaining the health and well-being of teens and children includes what’s going on inside the house.

Today’s modern home is filled with items that contain chemicals, compounds, vapors, fumes and other undesirables. Many of these are ingredients your children can use to get an easy high on the cheap. While the combination of easy access and low price may seem appealing, getting high on household items carries serious health risks, not the least of which is sudden death.

Most of the household items that get you high exist in four rooms: the bathroom, the kitchen, the garage and the office. Let’s start with the bathroom, the room that quite possibly holds the greatest danger, a danger that lurks behind a behind a door that can’t be locked.

The Trouble With Cough Medicine

It’s no secret the medicine cabinet contains items that are very dangerous if used incorrectly. While most of us are especially vigilant in keeping prescription medicines out of the wrong hands, are we as careful with more everyday items like cough and allergy medicine?

New data shows that about 3.1 million people in the United States have used over-the-counter (OTC) cold medicines to get high at least once in their lifetime. This trend is especially prevalent among 12 to 25 year olds. Surprisingly, that’s almost two times more than those who have tried methamphetamines.

The abuse of cough syrup has been a problem for decades. Dextromethorphan (DXM), a compound found in more than 70 over-the-counter cough medicines, was first approved by the FDA more than half a century ago for OTC use. DXM is safe and has no side effects when used in small doses.

Unfortunately, when taken in large quantities DXM produces an extremely disorienting high. As a result this common ingredient has become a popular alternative to more expensive street drugs.

The effects of DXM can typically last up to 6 hours. This will vary depending on how much DXM is ingested and if there are other substances ingested with it. When combined with alcohol or stimulants, DXM is even more dangerous.

In many cases products with DXM also contain other compounds, such as acetaminophen. When taken regularly in large amounts, acetaminophen can severely damage the liver.

At high doses DXM has been compared to phencyclidine, or PCP. Both are considered dissociative substances that can cause the user to feel detached from reality and have what is akin to an out-of-body experience.

When DXM is abused at high doses for a prolonged period of time, it can result in a mental condition called chemical psychosis. In this state the user loses all contact with reality and may require immediate hospitalization to prevent harm to themselves or others.

In addition to the mental dangers of DXM, expect the following physical side effects:

  • Fluctuating body temperature
  • Heavy sweating or cold sweats
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Extreme paranoia
  • Seizures
  • Decreased motor skills
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Elevated heart beat
  • Drowsiness

As modern medicine becomes more complex, teens are able to access these products in increasingly diverse ways. There are now alternatives to just drinking the syrup. DXM is available in capsule, pill and powder forms.

The combination of ease of access and diverse delivery method has made cough syrup especially dangerous. In 2008 alone there were almost 8,000 emergency room visits as a result of deliberate DXM overdose.

Unfortunately, cough medicine isn’t the only OTC medicine that should be closely monitored. Allergy medicine also contains compounds that are especially dangerous if ingested in high doses.

Allergy Medicine Abuse

Antihistamine abuse has been rising right alongside cough medicines. Allergy medicines represent yet another front in the battle over household items that get you high. Products such as Benadryl contain a powerful antihistamine called Diphenhydramine, a compound that is used at normal doses to treat non-nasal symptoms of allergic reactions.

One of the common side effects of normal Benadryl use is drowsiness. This sedation effect is intensified when the drug is taken in large doses.

One Reddit user described getting high on Benadryl this way:

“You will enter a realm where you will see things that are not real and have absolutely no mechanism for determining what’s real and what isn’t. There is no introspection here. There are no cool textural marks … an impending sense of doom will mark your trip.”

This certainly doesn’t sound like a positive experience. Antihistamine drugs carry great risk when ingested in high doses, whether for the first time or repeatedly.

Beyond heavy sedation, antihistamine abuse comes with the following side effects:

  • Elevated heart rate
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Double vision
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry mouth

These side effects are merely the short-term consequences of abusing antihistamine medicines. More long-term side effects include glaucoma, seizures, an enlarged prostate and cardiovascular disease.

Ensuring the medicine cabinet is a safe place for teens and children comes with keeping a close eye on the drugs within. Utilize the following practices to make sure OTC drugs aren’t a household threat:

  • Keep a close eye on how much medicine is in each bottle.
  • Don’t buy extra OTC drugs just for the sake of “stocking up.”
  • Don’t allow children or teenagers to have possession of OTC drugs.
  • Be open about the dangers of abusing OTC drugs.

Along with OTC medications, mouthwashes and perfumes should also be closely monitored. Products like Listerine and many popular perfumes and colognes contain ethanol, which can be very dangerous when ingested in large doses.

The Emerging Drug: Bath Salts

There are two types of bath salts available. The first is the kind used in a relaxing bath and the second is the kind sold on the street. Unfortunately, both varieties look very similar and carry similar ingredients. Since the terms are the same from street to home, it might be easy for teens to hear the term “bath salts” and decide that whatever is beneath the bathroom sink is safe to get high on.

Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Ingesting bath salts, whether by snorting, eating or smoking, is incredibly dangerous, whether it’s the real or illegal variety.

Many bath salts contain a compound called mephedrone or methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV). These compounds produce a meth-like high that could have severe side effects.

Though many of the chemicals used to make bath salts are now heavily regulated, the risk remains. Always make sure bath salts are safely tucked away and their levels monitored.

With the bathroom secured, it’s time to move on to other areas in the house. The kitchen, quite possibly one of the happiest places in the home, contains as many culinary delights as it does potentially dangerous household items.

Eating Nutmeg to Get High

Nutmeg can add the perfect touch to holiday eggnog or warm apple pie. While winter’s favorite spice is always sure to bring holiday cheer, danger lurks in unsuspecting places. Nutmeg abuse was common in the early 1900s and wasn’t much known until the Internet age provided it with new exposure.

Nutmeg contains myristicin, a natural compound that can produce hallucinogenic effects if taken in doses of around five teaspoons. The appeal quickly wears off when one realizes the high can last up to two days and comes with some nasty side effects.

Within 30 minutes of a large dose expect:

  • Severe gastrointestinal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Tingly skin sensations

When taking large amounts of nutmeg, it may take hours for auditory hallucinations to kick in. This could result in increased overdose risk if the user thinks they haven’t taken enough.

If nutmeg was a surprise, the kitchen dangers don’t end there. You may be surprised to learn that items you cook with, outside of cooking sherry and wines, contain large amounts of ethanol.

Vanilla Extract Contains Ethanol

The spice cabinet contains another item to watch for: vanilla extract. Though it may be a crucial ingredient in many a breakfast or dessert, the bottle of vanilla extract contains approximately 35 percent ethanol by volume, which is more than many alcoholic beverages.

Though ethanol in large doses produces side effects very similar to its cousin, alcohol, it carries much greater health risk. Large amounts of vanilla extract, food colorings or any other kitchen products that contain ethanol carry serious side effects ranging from gastrointestinal pain to respiratory distress.

The physical signs of ethanol intoxication include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Flushed skin
  • Hypotension
  • Vomiting

The final kitchen dangers combine with household items in the garage and office space. This next category of everyday items used to get high is one of the largest and, quite possibly, one of the most dangerous.

The Cheap and Deadly High: Inhalants

Alongside OTC medications, inhalants represent the largest category of everyday items used to get high. Inhalant abuse is the intentional breathing of a gas or vapor for the sole purpose of getting high.

Recent data shows that the following age groups have abused inhalants at least once in the past year:

  • 10.1% of 8th graders
  • 5.6% of 10th graders
  • 1.5% of 12th graders

Inhalant abuse carries the greatest danger at the younger ages. Since these products are so readily available within the household, they are especially dangerous to toddlers and teens.

Unfortunately, there are over a thousand household products that can be used as inhalants. These products transcend any one room and are quite varied.

Common household items that are used as inhalants and are extremely dangerous include:

  • Nail polish remover
  • Canned air
  • Rubber cement
  • Spray paint
  • Paint thinners
  • Felt-tip markers
  • Air fresheners
  • Butane
  • Cooking spray
  • Whipped cream cartridges or cans

Almost any product that is in a pressurized container can be used as an inhalant. Products such as glue, markers, and rubber cement may not be pressurized, but they still produce powerful vapors that are extremely dangerous when inhaled.

Even though many of these products have different ingredients, they all produce similar effects. Expect limited brain function, decreased motor skills and slurred speech.

Other common side effects of inhalants include:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Gastrointestinal pain
  • Violent mood swings
  • Numbness
  • Decreased motor skills
  • Tingling of the body
  • Nausea
  • Hearing loss
  • Slow reflexes

Serious and potentially irreversible side effects include liver, kidney, bone marrow, nervous system and brain damage. Inhalants also produce high levels of anxiety and paranoia.

Inhalants interfere with the body’s cardiovascular system and carry significant dangers for the heart. Where prior heart conditions may exist, the use of inhalants can result in the worst possible consequence of all: Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome (SSDS).

Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome is heart failure that results from stress or strenuous activity after abusing inhalants. Research has shown the chemicals in the inhalant can cause the heart to become highly sensitive to the effects of a sudden surge of adrenaline.

This is why an extremely elevated heart rate is one of the first, and most dangerous, symptoms of inhalant abuse. Generally the user will have been startled or has engaged in rigorous activity immediately following inhalant abuse. Once the surge of adrenaline hits an already excited heart, collapse and sudden death could follow.

Keeping a close eye on such a large number of potentially harmful household items isn’t always easy. The second step in keeping your children safe is noticing any potential warning signs that signal they could be getting high on household items.

Know The Warning Signs

Many household items that get you high carry similar physical side effects. These side effects can be obvious evidence of household item abuse. Always keep an eye for common physical side effects such as dilated pupils, sweating and flushed cheeks.

In addition to the physical signs, watch for the following behavioral clues:

  • Sudden defiance
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Constant irritability
  • Change in personal hygiene
  • Loss of appetite
  • Strange chemical smell

Also take note if your teen begins to become socially withdrawn from family or close friends. One thing to remember when monitoring children for household item abuse is not to react in a way that would exacerbate a potential health risk.

If you encounter someone who is high on a household item, react carefully and keep the following tips in mind:

  • Remain calm and don’t raise your voice.
  • Don’t excite or argue with the abuser.
  • Calmly ask questions to determine what was used and in what amounts.
  • If the person is unconscious, call for help and begin CPR.
  • If the person is conscious, be sure to keep them calm and, once recovered, seek help.

Remember, it’s never too early to talk to your kids about the dangers of using household items to get high. Anyone can say “oh my kid would never do that,” but do we really know?

What If My Child Has Used Everyday Items to Get High?

Many of these products are now sold online in their pure forms. Monitoring your child’s Internet use is more important than ever considering the ease of access it provides to those looking to get their hands on dangerous substances.

In many cases these products can be just as dangerous to toddlers and small children who do not know any better, let alone to teenagers trying to get high. Ensure these products are properly stored and that their levels are constantly monitored.

If your child is using any of these items to get high, staging an intervention is the first step in getting them help. The professionals at 12 Keys are here to help you plan and carry out a successful intervention.

If you or someone you love is getting high on household items, look for one of the best rehab centers to get help. 12 Keys Rehab can help your or loved one get back on track. Our experienced and compassionate staff is ready to take your call.

What Household Items Are Used to Get High?

Are you concerned that a friend or loved one is abusing household items to get high? Click here to learn what common household items are typically abused.

Someone with a healthy mind will see cleaning or food products for their intended purposes — to keep your house clean or provide sustenance for the human body.

But someone with an addiction will see these household products as a way to get high.

When drugs are difficult to score or someone can’t afford their costly addiction, they may turn to simple household items as a way to satisfy their addiction. Or, they will use these common household products as a way to have “fun” with their friends.

There are other ways to get high without using drugs, and these ways are just as severe. In this article you’ll learn about some common household items that can be used to get high.

This is a very common spice. But if it’s ingested in large quantities, you can get high. And the quantities aren’t as large as you would expect: five teaspoons creates that high.

The high comes from the ingredient myristicin. The high is so strong, it can last several days.

So why hasn’t the average nutmeg consumer received this high? It’s unlikely you’ll ever need five teaspoons of this spice; nutmeg has a strong flavor, and it’s often used sparingly to give dishes and desserts a kick.

Getting high off of nutmeg comes with these side effects: rapid heart rate, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Nutmeg (or myristicin) is also not a habit-forming drug, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be concerned.

Robitussin/Cough Medicine

Have you ever heard of robotrip?

This is when consumers ingest a large amount of cough medicine to receive a hallucinogenic high. The brand most commonly used is Robitussin, which is where the name ‘robotrip’ comes from. NyQuil is also used for this purpose.

The hallucinogenic experience comes from the ingredient dextromethorphan or DXM.

This item is commonly used by the younger crowd who want an easy way to hallucinate without finding psychedelic mushrooms or LSD. You hallucinate on DXM for approximately six hours.

The hallucinating properties in DXM are powerful; however, robotripping comes with severe side effects.

The most common ones are nausea, sweating, vomiting, anxiety/paranoia, decreased motor skills, elevated blood pressure, and sedation. Consuming too much DXM can result in death.

Consuming too much DXM can result in a mental condition called chemical psychosis.

Pharmacies are cutting down on giving out cough medicine. While the products are still accessible, they usually require permission from a pharmacist and identification.

Allergy Medication

When you take too many antihistamines, you experience a sedating effect. Most drug users combine allergy medication with prescriptions drugs such as Xanax or Valium for a more intense high.

When taking antihistamines as a recreational drug, you experience symptoms such as sedation, confusion, elevated heart rate, nausea, double vision, dry mouth, and loss of appetite.

Symptoms of long-term use include cardiovascular disease, seizures, and glaucoma.

Hand Sanitizer

Because of the high amount of alcohol, drinking hand sanitizer is a way for teenagers to get drunk. The amount of alcohol in a bottle of hand sanitizer is equivalent to five shots of liquor.

It’s best to educate people on the dangers of consuming hand sanitizer because this comes with serious health risks.

These include memory loss, blindness, diarrhea, and internal organ damage. Hand sanitizer can also cause alcohol poisoning.


Ingesting large amounts of mouthwash is another way to become intoxicated due to its large amount of alcohol.

Ingesting mouthwash is common amongst teenagers to get drunk before they’re old enough to drink.

But mouthwash is also abused by alcoholics. Recovering alcoholics also ingest mouthwash to curb withdrawal symptoms, but some also relapse and start their addiction over by consuming mouthwash.

It’s easy to cover up; your breath smells like you just brushed your teeth rather than drank a lot of liquor, and a bottle of mouthwash looks less questionable than a bottle of whiskey.

However, ingesting mouthwash is more harmful than drinking liquor. The reason why is mouthwash is made with denatured alcohol or methyl alcohol. Both are unfit for human consumption.

When you consume these dangerous types of alcohol, you suffer symptoms such as blindness, organ failure, and even death.

Mouthwash also contains hydrogen peroxide, which is also unfit for human consumption. Side effects include gastrointestinal damage, upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.


This type of drug use is in a broad category. You mainly see inhalants used in the form of whipped cream cans (commonly called whip-its) and paint cans.

Other inhalants include computer cleaners, hair spray, spray deodorant, paint thinner, insecticide, and lighter fluid.

They’re habit-forming but are mainly used amongst friends at parties. The high comes from the release of nitrous oxide. When breathed in, you receive a temporary high.

Other forms of inhalants are used to ingest the scent. These include mothballs, permanent markers, nail polish remover, rubber cement, gasoline, propane, and helium.

However, using whip-its and other inhalants causes a fatal syndrome called Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome (SSDS).

Other common side effects include numbness, headaches, muscle spasms, gastrointestinal pain, violent mood swings, nausea, hearing loss, and decreased motor skills.

Helium Balloons

Inhaling the helium from balloons have always been the silly thing to do when you’re at a party. You inhale a seemingly harmless substance, your voice becomes high-pitched and funny, and then the high wears off.

However, consuming too much helium is deadly.

Like the other inhalants, these helium balloons contain nitrous oxide. The nitrous oxide causes a rush of euphoria, while the helium changes your voice. When helium and nitrous oxide are combined, the consequences can be fatal.

Severe symptoms include heart attacks and blackouts.

Most people think inhaling helium balloons is safe because they compare it to laughing gas administered before an operation.

Laughing gas is administered by a group of professionals who know safe dosages. It’s impossible to know how much helium and nitrous oxide is being consumed at a party.

Don’t Get High with Household Products

Household drug use is just as dangerous as abusing illegal drugs. These products are used to clean the home, act as decoration, or used for consumption sparingly.

They may produce euphoric effects, but they also come with deadly consequences. If you notice a particular item on this list is constantly running low, someone in your household may be abusing it to get high.

Spot the warning signs and get them the help they need before serious harm is done, our clinic treats all kinds of substance abuse and addiction.

10 Household Items You Never Knew Could Get You High

There are a lot of people looking to get high for many reasons. But with all the laws in place that are intended to restrict your access to certain controlled substances, you might be seeking alternative ways to catch a buzz.

Believe it or not, there are plenty of household items that get you high. These are common items that probably never crosse your mind. Let’s take a look at a few of the more interesting ones.

There are plenty of illegal ways to get high. But did you know that you can get high with many items you legally own and have lying around the house? Learn more about 10 household items that get you high.

1. Whipped Cream Aerosol

Go look in the refrigerator. Odds are pretty high (pun intended) that you have a can of whipped cream in there for topping off your favorite deserts. As delicious as whipped cream tastes on apple pie and chocolate ice cream, it can also provide you with a nice buzz.

Inhaling the nitrous oxide gas from these canisters can provide a few minutes of euphoria. Though safe enough in small doses, this method of getting high can be risky due to a lack of oxygen.

2. Video Head Cleaner

The good news is that video head cleaner provides a cheap rush. The bad news is you might need to live in the 80’s to get your hands on some.

The other beds news is that abusing video head cleaner is bad news. You might be expecting an awesome head rush of amyl nitrate goodness, but in reality you will feel like your head got slammed in the car door while someone boils your blood vessels in a microwave oven. No bueno!

3. Nutmeg

The odds are pretty strong that you’ve got some nutmeg in your spice cupboard. It’s a common spice that is used in a million recipes. What you might not have guessed is that if ingested in large enough quantities, it can get you high.

How much does it take? Only about five teaspoons.

The magical ingredient is called myristicin, and the high is strong enough to last several days. Be advised that this high does come with a few side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, rapid heart rate, and even diarrhea. The good news is that nutmeg is not a habit-forming drug…just proceed with caution.

4. Robitussin

This one probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but ingesting large amounts of most any cough medicine produces a hallucinogenic high.

The key ingredient needed for the high is called dextromethorphan, and it’s hallucinogenic properties are powerful. The side effects of this experience are anxiety, paranoia, elevated blood pressure, and vomiting, among others.

While cough medicines like Robitussin are still available at any pharmacy, purchasing them typically requires ID and permission from a pharmacist.

5. Licking a Toad

The Colorado River Toad might not exactly be a household item, but licking them is still perfectly legal and will definitely provide a seriously hallucinogenic high.

These psychoactive amphibians live in the Southwestern United States and have skin and venom that contain chemicals that when ingested can be crazily hallucinogenic. Especially if you milk it fresh from the glands and smoke it. Talk about a wild trip!

6. Mouthwash

It’s no secret that mouthwash contains a large amount of alcohol. Enough to get drunk if ingested in large enough amounts. It’s intoxicating enough that recovering alcoholics can fall back into their addiction by consuming mouthwash.

But be aware that the alcohol in mouthwash is not the same as in liquor. It’s made from methyl alcohol or denatured alcohol, making it unfit for human consumption. These types of alcohol can cause organ failure, blindness, or even death.

The thing about getting drunk from mouthwash is that it’s easy to cover up. After all, your breath will smell like you’ve just brushed your teeth instead of smelling like you’ve pounded a bottle of whiskey.

7. Helium Balloons

You’ve probably sucked helium from a balloon at a party to make your voice sound high-pitched and silly. This a fun gag, but be careful because in reality ingesting too much is deadly.

Helium contains nitrous oxide, a gas that causes a euphoric rush. Just keep in mind that helium and nitrous oxide is a deadly combination, and consuming them can have fatal consequences.

If you want to know exactly how fatal, we are talking about blackouts and heart attacks. So keep in mind that though sucking helium to get high and act silly might be fun temporarily, it’s not a safe activity.

8. Computer Cleaning Duster

This is another bad idea that will definitely provide a wild hallucinatory experience, if it doesn’t end up killing you. This compressed gas can cause a drunk-like state but could also ultimately kill you by hypoxia by pushing the air from your lungs. We suggest you skip this high and use it to clean your keyboard instead.

Just say’n.

9. Mulberries

Yes, that’s right. Don’t be deceived by this innocent-looking little fruit. It’s actually quite intoxicating.

The fact is that by eating copious amounts of mulberries, you’ll not only get to enjoy a tasty treat, you can also get mildly intoxicated. This is due to the white sap produced by the unripe fruit and green plants.

Just be prepared to barf it all up after you’ve eaten so much, because tummy no likey.

10. Hand Sanitizer

Can you think of anything more unappetizing than the thought of swallowing hand sanitizer? Believe it or not, the alcohol content in a bottle of this product is equivalent to about five shots of liquor.

Do we even have to mention the health risks? Ok, they include internal organ damage, blindness, and alcohol poisoning. This is one buzz you should definitely take a hard pass on.

Using Household Items That Get You High

Most homes are full of household items that get you high, but these household highs aren’t the best idea in the world. Each of them come with rather substantial side effects you might want to avoid.

It’s pretty easy to figure out how to get high at home. Just keep in mind that your body is better off doing without. Be smart, be careful, and dunk your head in a tub filled with ice water before ingesting something not fit for human consumption.

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What Are the Newest Ways Teens Abuse Substances?

Though teenagers have abused drugs and alcohol for a long time, how they do it has evolved over the years. While alcohol and cigarettes may have been popular in the 1950s, and marijuana or LSD in the 1960s, these days, adolescents are discovering new ways to abuse common substances like alcohol, as well as non-traditional substances like cough syrup or the propellant in aerosol cans.

In this article, we’ll explore more of the current trends of teen substance abuse, including:

  • Alcohol.
  • Prescription medications.
  • Over-the-counter substances.
  • Household items.


Of all the substances adolescents abuse, alcohol is the most common: teens and young adults consume 11% of all alcohol in the U.S.1

And some of the new ways teens are abusing alcohol are somewhat bizarre:2-4

  • Smoking alcohol: This practice involves pouring alcohol over dry ice, which is then inhaled directly or through a special DIY vaporizing kit. Although it may look like a game to teens, smoking alcohol can be deadly. When it is inhaled, alcohol goes straight into the bloodstream, which theoretically could allow the user to become intoxicated more quickly than drinking. Frequently, when people drink too much alcohol, vomiting occurs. This natural reaction helps to expel any alcohol remaining in the stomach, thereby minimizing further absorption and lowering the likelihood of overdose. However, when alcohol is smoked, it bypasses the digestive tract altogether. Blood alcohol levels may rise rapidly, and teens may be at greater risk of overdose and alcohol poisoning.
  • Eyeballing vodka: Eyeball shots are an extreme way to get drunk by pouring vodka or other kinds of alcohol straight into the eye sockets. The corrosive nature of vodka can cause abrasions on the cornea and scar them and contribute to serious eye infections or vision loss.
  • Butt chugging: This dangerous practice involves using funnels or enemas to deliver alcohol directly to the rectum. Butt chugging can result in more rapid-onset, dangerous levels of intoxication than drinking since it bypasses first-pass metabolism by the liver.

Prescription Medications

>Prescription medication abuse is a fast-growing problem for teens: for kids 14 and older, they are the third-most abused substance after alcohol and marijuana.5 These drugs are often obtained from relatives and friends or even by theft.

Some of the prescription medications teens commonly abuse include:6

  • Opioids: Prescribed for pain relief, some of the most common opioids include codeine, Vicodin, and OxyContin. Several recent studies found that half of heroin users reported using prescription opioids before they started using heroin.
  • Stimulants: Medications for ADHD like Ritalin and Adderall are prescribed in capsule or tablet form and are intended for oral use. Those who abuse these drugs may crush the pills and inject or snort the powder in an attempt to speed the onset of or otherwise amplify the effects of the drug. Stimulants are sometimes abused by students who want to improve their performance at school. Although they may improve temporary alertness, there is little evidence that they improve academic functioning for people that don’t have a medical condition.
  • Benzodiazepines: Valium and Xanax are sedative-anxiolytic medications that are prescribed for the short-term management of anxiety. They can cause a loss of coordination and sleepiness and, when taken in excess or over extended periods of time, can lead to severe physiological dependence and withdrawal when the teen tries to quit using them.

Over-the-Counter Substances

Some over-the-counter medications have mind-altering properties when taken in ways other than their approved use. You might think that over-the-counter or prescription medications are safer than illegal drugs; however, some of the drugs in your medicine cabinet can be as dangerous as illicit drugs and put users at risk of adverse health effects.6 Common over-the-counter medications teenagers abuse include:7,8

  • Cough syrup: Also called Robotripping, drinking cough syrup is a worrying trend among teenagers. One active ingredient in certain cough syrups is dextromethorphan (DXM). Some teenagers drink multiple bottles of these cough syrups to get high, which can produce dissociative effects.
  • Cough syrup and alcohol: When alcohol is added to the mix, Robotripping can be even more dangerous. Adding alcohol leads to dizziness or sleepiness and may increase the risk of a fatal overdose by depressing the central nervous system, a chief danger of which is the slowing or stopping of the heartbeat or breathing.

Household Items

You can lock the medicine and liquor cabinets to prevent teenage drug abuse, but teens may also use ordinary household products to get high. Common items like computer cleaning aerosols, hand sanitizer, and even pantry items like nutmeg are leading to increased emergency room admissions in some areas of the country. These substances can be hazardous when consumed and may cause:9

  • Organ damage: Inhalants can damage the kidneys, heart, and lungs.
  • Weakened immune system: This can make you more susceptible to getting sick.
  • Brain damage: Inhalants can interfere with oxygen delivery to your brain, which can lead to brain injury and associated issues such as vision or hearing problems and seizures.
  • Coma: Using inhalants can cause loss of consciousness and even coma.
  • Sudden death: Inhalants can result in death from suffocation or catastrophic heart rhythm disturbances.

Some of the everyday household items that teens abuse include:10-12

  • Spray paint, whipped cream, and other aerosolized items: Abusing inhalants, such as the propellant in cans of spray paint and the nitrous oxide in whipped cream canisters, is highly hazardous. Inhaling these substances can lead to lowered inhibitions, heart arrhythmias, and even death. Inhalant-related death occurs when the chemicals inhaled prevent you from breathing oxygen, effectively suffocating you.
  • Hand sanitizer: Drinking hand sanitizer is becoming popular, yet it’s a very dangerous trend. Hand sanitizer contains ethanol, which is the main ingredient in spirits, wine, and beer. A few swallows of hand sanitizer can intoxicate a teen, but it can also lead to alcohol poisoning very quickly, since they may not realize how much alcohol is really in these little bottles.
  • Nutmeg: This kitchen spice acts as a hallucinogen when taken in very large amounts. Overdoses are on the rise because it takes a long time to take effect and teens don’t realize what amount is dangerous for their bodies.

Even if you lock up your whole house, your teen might still find ways to get high if they want. The best thing that you can do is be aware of substance abuse trends and keep the lines of communication open with your teen. It’s vital to get help for your teen if you believe that they are using household items, prescription drugs, or alternative substances to get high—their health and life may truly depend on it.

So you wanna get high?

How low will some people go to get wasted? Based on these stories, the answer is very low. Here are some of the worst ways you lot tried to get high. Please, let’s not try this at home, shall we?

Smoking an actual banana = new low

The Mix advises you not to try any of these at home. It seems you either get really ill or just feel very stupid.

Loose leaf tea

  • Lab rat: Veds
  • Background: “I was 12 and bored so thought I’d try to smoke something, anything”.
  • Effects: “It was hard to roll, gave me a headache and tasted dreadful, though that might have been because I used ordinary A4 paper rather than Rizlas! But then what does a 12 year old
  • Stupidity rating: 6/10

Antihistamines (only the white bits)

  • Lab rat: Reggie
  • Background: “When I was working as an electrician’s apprentice I picked up a little trick from my boss. We used to buy packets of a non-drowsy antihistamine then proceed to open all the capsules up, separating the colours. My boss figured out (through trial and error I guess) that the white ones were the ‘non-drowsy’ part, (i.e. a stimulant!). We’d then line them up and sniff them through an empty screw driver handle”.
  • Effects: “I’m not sure if it actually worked or if I was just so excited about getting high that I got all worked up. The bottom line is that it burned like hell and made me hyper”.
  • Stupidity rating: 6/10

Various grasses

  • Lab rat: Micky
  • Background: “When I was about 10, I tried smoking dried corn plant leaves and various types of lawn and wild grasses”.
  • Effects: “None of them did anything whatsoever, and the corn leaves are really hard on the throat”.
  • Stupidity rating: 6/10

Bong water

  • Lab rat:The Siddler
  • Background: “I guess you could class this as a pot addict’s desperation measure. I really wanted to get stoned so I thought I’d drink the bong water knocking about in our flat”.
  • Effects: “This did actually succeed in getting me quite high but it also made me violently ill”.
  • Stupidity rating: 8/10
  • Lab rats: Ikbensaai and Edwardo
  • Background: “One Friday, me and a friend decided to try nutmeg. Nothing happened after digesting a couple of teaspoons so after an hour we downed two more each with hot chocolate. Still nothing, so a few more laced hot chocolates followed.”
  • Effects: “Around 11pm we noticed we had been staring at the open fire in my lounge for about two hours. My fellow scientist declared his extreme wastedness, to which I concurred. Two hours later we went to bed, concluding the experiment had been more than successful. But then things started to go awry. I felt very heavy and nauseous and began to hallucinate demons outside my bedroom trying to break in and do demonic stuff to me. I hadn’t eaten anything all day, so I had this extreme volcanic activity going on in my belly; I swear it was like the nutmeg had begun some kind of nuclear reaction. It never hurt though, because of the physical sensation-dulling effect. After a night of this I slept until 10pm the next day (Saturday), when my concerned flatmate woke me for a cup of tea. I had one sip before passing out. On Sunday I woke about 6pm and managed to have a cup of tea and a few bites of toast, before crashing again round 11pm. On the Monday I had to pay my rent so I struggled out of bed and into town. I saw a couple of friends on the road who later remarked that I looked like a (sickly) ghost. The people at the bank were all very nice to me and let me go to the front of the queue. Tuesday I was functional again, but with something approaching a slightly spacey version of an alcohol hangover.”
  • Stupidity rating: 9/10 – nutmeg is poisonous at this dosage!!

Thin air/drug empathy

  • Lab rat: Org
  • Background: “One night I went tripping with a group of friends. We all dropped at the same time and were up for a big night”.
  • Effects: “Got really off it for hours – at least I thought I had. The next day I discovered the tab I thought I’d taken was still in my wallet. I’d taken exactly nothing”.
  • Stupidity rating: 5/10


  • Lab rat: Big Ton
  • Background: “When I was about eight I had a session with an older and far more worldly mate where we lit matches and inhaled the clouds of poisonous gas. I did my bit, I took it in. We did about 6 matches each in the sesh”.
  • Effects: “What a rush! I still have a shadow on one of my lungs! Actually, there was no effect really, but we felt really naughty”.
  • Stupidity rating: 7/10

Coloured paper/hope

  • Lab rat: Hamie
  • Background: “While living in an apartment block of recent pysch out-patients and refugees, a good friend sent me a letter which said almost nothing, but stuck in the middle was a piece of cardboard. It was brightly coloured and had a line of smiling cartoon figures dancing. I immediately took this to be LSD and had half with a friend. We sat down, had a joint and preceded to set the mood – low lighting, mellow trippy music, incense, etc.”
  • Effects: “About half an hour later we both began to ‘feel’ the trip come on, so we had another joint and both expressed how nice it was. Half an hour later we were starting to doubt the strength of it. Two hours later it dawned on us that it was no longer working. This was because the piece of cardboard was in fact a raisin packet. Needless to say it was not psychoactive, but perhaps we were.”
  • Stupidity rating: 6/10

Banana skins

  • Lab rat: Lorna
  • Background: “There was a lot of talk at my school about the possible highs you could get from smoking banana skins though no one seemed to know whether it was true or not. Me and my boyfriend thought we’d put it to the test once and for all one rainy Saturday afternoon. We were bored as hell and his parent’s fruit bowl was full of bananas so we peeled a few skins, threw them in the microwave and waited till they were dry(ish). We then peeled off some of the skin and rolled it up with some tobacco in a rizzla”.
  • Effects: “For a start it didn’t smoke very well at all. I don’t think we nuked it for long enough. Secondly, it tasted like shit. And finally, it just made us feel a bit sick. Still, we told all our mates it worked ha ha ha!”
  • Stupidity rating: 7/10

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Household objects double as drugs

“Addiction is a disease.”

Jamie Drake of the Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission, recently said that her office has seen cases of addiction skyrocket over the last few years, mainly from prescription drug abuse, opioid abuse and heroin.

To help understand the seriousness of the drug problem that is creeping into the county, Drake outlined a few items that can be purchased in the area that look like an everyday household object, but double as drug paraphernalia; as well as popular products today that aren’t obvious drugs but can still be purchased and used to get high.

Drake pulled out a permanent marker and a pen, which to the untrained eye, look like a marker and pen, but in reality are pipes that can be used to smoke drugs.

The following products that can be used to get high have been popping up in the region over the last few years:

• Bath salts: Many have been banned, but there are some new combinations that have been released that do not contained the banned substances but are still as harmful if ingested.

• Zan-X: anti-anxiety relaxation pills

• Dust off: canned air

• Love Roses: These small glass tubes that contain a paper rose are typically used as crack pipes.

• K-2: synthetic marijuana that was marketed as an incense.

• Mellow Munchies: Brownies laced with Melatonin.

• 2C-I (Smiles): Combination of Ecstasy, LSD and chocolate. When eaten it causes a speedy charge, as well as intense visual and aural hallucinations that last anywhere from hours to days.

• Gravel: A combination of bath salts, methamphetamine and rat poison that is either snorted, smoked or injected. It causes sores at injection sites, has increased risk of hallucinations and people taking this substance will likely be hospitalized but staff will not know how to properly treat the symptoms.

• Molly: The pure form of Ecstasy that became popular in the mainstream like music festivals and parties in the mid-2000s.

• Purple Drank: A mixture of cough syrup, Sprite and Jolly Ranchers.

• Jimson Weed: A wild plant that also has hallucinogenic properties when ingested. The effects of this weed takes up to an hour to appear so people typically consume large quantities, which can lead to seizures, coma or death.

Drake said that help is available anytime through the Carbon-Monroe-Pike D&A. The toll-free number is 866-824-3578.

For more information, call the Carbon County office at 610-377-5177.

What household item can make you hallucinate?

As others have said, robotripping and benadryl (cheaper than unisom and dremamine as you can pick up a bottle of it at the dollar store).
About benadryl. You will get tired, your limbs will fill heavy, you don’t exactly hallucinate, but it’s possible. You will feel a lump in your throat like you can’t swallow and want to drink something/spit. This carries on into the next day as well as some grogginess. It can be good and relaxing though, particularly if you’re chilling and get some good music on.
About DXM. Get the maximum strength or long acting type. These don’t have the tylenol in them that will mess up your liver. Your first trip should only take 1 large bottle or 3 small bottles. Subsequent trips you will up the dosage as you gain a tolerance and try to get that first trip feeling back again.
It is processed through your GI track. Try to be comfortable and still when you take it. Don’t have a full or empty stomach, empty will make your stomach upset and make you want to vomit, but a full stomach will give you something to vomit up. So maybe like 2-3 hours after eating.
The trip is fucking crazy and you can have a lot of closed eye and sometimes open eye hallucinations. It can be like astral projecting or awake lucid dreaming. If you have a trip buddy, it’s possible to sync up your trips so you experience the same trip.
Everything seems so much clearer after/during like you know the meaning of life and shit.
After you start to come down you may feel cold, start to shake, and will be able to chatter your teeth like a cartoon on demand. You also will have a hard time seeing, well with both eyes. You are unable to lock onto something and form the same image through both at the same time for a while. One eye is stable, two is not. It’s like having two lazy eyes. Afterwards you will be tired and want to sleep. It’s fun as hell, but make sure you give yourself plenty of time (like 16 hours at least) from time you take it to the time you would have to be functional again.
After, for the next few days you will have auditory flashbacks. If you hear the same music you heard during the trip (especially if it’s one album on repeat) your body will recognize it and you’ll get some of the trip feelings back for a while. Kinda cool.
Anyway if you do any of these, don’t over do it. Have fun. Do it in a safe environment and be safe.

20 Ways Teenagers Are Getting High At Home Legally

Most parents worry about their children getting involved with drugs and alcohol at their school. They fear their beloved kids could get involved with the wrong crowd and find themselves dabbling in hard street drugs. Of course, this is a well-known threat. But school isn’t the only place parents should worry about: household highs are a real thing, and a growing problem.

More studies are showing that teenagers are searching through their homes, local grocery stores, pharmacies, online marketplaces, and everyday hot spots to find obscure ways to get high. Let’s go over 20 ways that teenagers have discovered how to get high at home so you can be aware if your teen is abusing these common household substances.

Different Ways to “Legally” Get High

While it’s not legal to misuse these substances, it’s technically legal for kids to get their hands on most of these items. They don’t have to buy the alcohol in your cabinet. Other items are accessible because they can be legally purchased. Some substances commonly used to get “legally” high include:

  • OTC medications
  • Vaping or Vaporizers
  • Synthetic substances
  • Prescription medications
  • At-Home Alcohol
  • Everyday products

Figuring out these “legal” ways to get their fix appeals to kids because there is a much lower risk of getting in trouble with the same end result. Without more obstacles in the way, it’s much easier to get high. These options may also appeal to them as less harmful ways to feel a rush high, since they believe prescription drugs and household items are “safer.”

Risks of Getting High Off Everyday Items

As with any other drugs used by teens, there are many risks involved. These include:

  • Academic struggle
  • Cognitive effects
  • Developmental health issues
  • Mental health problems
  • Relationship issues
  • Lifelong addiction struggles

Finding “Legal” Drugs Online

Today’s teenagers are more tech-savvy than ever. They can figure out how to find just about anything online.

Some “drugs” online that may catch their eye include:

1. Spice

Spice is merely shredded or ground-up material from plants sprayed with synthetic chemicals in order to replicate a high similar to cannabis. Because it is commonly packaged as “incense”, the drug can be sold in convenience stores and head shops. Commonly, this spice is referred to as K2. What’s most dangerous with K2 is that it’s impossible to know exactly what your child is getting. What they get in one order could be wildly different than the next, and using too much of it can cause severe health concerns. Dangerous risks include:

  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Violent behavior
  • Severe vomiting
  • Increased heart rate

2. Salvia

Salvia, a plant native to Mexico, can be smoked to experience its hallucinogenic effects. Teens will often smoke these leaves or put them in a vaporizer. Like the two products listed above, it’s easy to purchase either online or in any head shop.

3. Kratom

Kratom leaves come from a tropical Southeast Asian tree. Used in small doses, it acts as a stimulant. Used in larger doses, it causes sedation. Due to the easy availability of kratom, it’s easy to become addicted.

4. Bath Salts

Bath salts is the common term for synthetic cathinones. It’s a generic term that describes substances synthetically derived from cathinone chemicals. Most commonly, mephedrone and MDPV can be found online. When taken, users can experience effects similar to strong stimulants such as methamphetamine. Tens of thousands of people have gone to the emergency room due to these drugs, and they can lead to incredibly violent and strange behavior.

5. Whipahol

Whipahol is alcohol-infused whipped cream that can be purchased rather easily online, though it’s still illegal for teens to buy and possess. Teens will often go through these cans far too fast and get drunk quickly. This can lead to alcohol poisoning.

Household Highs

While many teens can find ways to get high online, it might not even be that difficult to find household items that will do the trick:

6. Getting Creative with Alcohol

Alcohol is the most popular drug for teenagers to use. While they can’t buy it themselves, it’s not usually too hard for them to find some. It’s easy to take bottles and cans from the fridge when home alone or refill liquor bottles with water after use.

Teens have taken this a step further, however, and found ways to get drunk faster. These are often far more dangerous ways to consume, like smoking alcohol by vaporizing it and then inhaling the fumes.

Alcohol isn’t the only thing teens see as an opportunity to experiment with. There are a number of ordinary items that teens may try to abuse. These include:

7. Keyboard Air Dusters

These aerosol dusting sprays are a basic way for huffers to get their fix. It produces an immediate rush of euphoria to the body and can lead to delusions or hallucinations. When an overdose occurs, it can lead to paralysis, dizziness, loss of inhibitions and decision-making ability, and slurred speech.

8. Gas or Paint Thinner

Since a red gas can or a can of paint thinner are so easy to find in just about any garage, this is a low-brow but easily accessible way for teenagers to get high at home. Inhaling the fumes from either can is a way to get incredibly intoxicated. It’s important that parents understand this and keep these items out of reach.

9. Nutmeg

Ingesting large amounts of nutmeg is known to create an experience of sedation and hallucinations. Teens have to consume nearly an entire jar of the spice in order to get these effects, but it is possible. When taken, they can experience:

  • Panic
  • A Sensation of Floating
  • Delirium
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

It can also cause the user to be incredibly sleepy for several days.

10. Garden Seeds

While not all garden seeds have this kind of power, Morning Glory seeds do. If teenagers mix a few bags of Morning Glory seeds (about 400 seeds) with water to soak for a few hours, they’ll be rewarded with a psychoactive beverage. This is because there’s a chemical called D-lysergic acid amide, also known as LSA, in these seeds. This chemical is a precursor to LSD and can produce a similar psychedelic effect.

11. Frogs

Kissing frogs won’t lead to a prince, but it could lead to a seriously psychoactive experience. If you live in an area where the Bugo Alvarius toad naturally exists, you should proceed with caution in regards to these backyard amphibians. This toad is also known as the “DMT frog,” as it secretes the 5-MeO-DMT molecule from its skin glands.

When the chemical is used in southwestern “toad ceremonies,” the molecule is extracted, dried, and inhaled. When teenagers try to replicate this, however, they usually just lick the skin of the toad.

While this can lead to an incredibly powerful feeling of intoxication similar to that of DMT, it can also be extremely dangerous. That’s because other chemicals in the toad’s secretions are dangerous to the proper functioning of human hearts. There have been numerous deaths involved in this activity. If you notice your child collecting frogs, you should think twice.

12. Alternative Alcohols

While typical liquors and alcoholic beverages will get anyone drunk, there are some alternative forms of alcohol that will do the same trick:

  • Mouthwash
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Flavor extracts

Ingesting any of these items can be very dangerous due to the other chemicals involved.

13. Fungus

While it’s true that there are psychedelic mushrooms out there, not all of them will merely bring about euphoria. It can be difficult to identify which mushrooms are safe to consume, and teenagers have been known to pick the wrong ones. Some mushrooms are dangerous to the human body and can lead to poisoning and an immediate trip to the emergency room.

14. Whipped Cream

Whipped cream canisters contain nitrous oxide within them, which can be used to inhale and get high. Nitrous oxide is the same thing as laughing gas, but consuming too much of it can cause things such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Shivering
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive sweating

Getting High at Home Unconventionally

Teenagers are known to push the envelope. This is no different when it comes to getting high.

Since there are limitations to getting real drugs for teenagers, these unique alternatives allow for the desired effects without much effort. Some common household highs include:

15. Poppers

Nitrites, also called poppers, are substances that trigger a feeling of dizziness and euphoria when inhaled. These can be hard to find, so they aren’t frequently used. However, when they are used they can easily lead to a trip to the emergency room.

16. Choking

Teenagers have turned to choking in order to get a high. In this “choking game,” teens will take turns choking one another to the point that they cannot breathe and begin to get high. This is extremely dangerous. It can easily cause someone to lose complete consciousness, which can lead to an ER visit or even death.

17. I-Dosing

While this method hasn’t been actually proven to do anything, it’s something teenagers believe in. This “digital high” comes about by listening to sound files that carry certain beats. Supposedly, listening to these can mimic the effects of getting high.

Using Over the Counter Drugs

There are many over-the-counter drugs that can be misused in order to get a desired effect. Among these are dietary supplements, caffeine pills, cough medicines, and sleep aids. These are easy for teens to get ahold of and experiment with in a way that feels “safer” to them than drugs off the street.

Just because they are available to the public does not make them safe, however. There’s a long list of risks associated with OTC drug abuse, including:

  • Accidental poisoning
  • Over-sedation
  • Cardiac arrest

In some states, there are programs set in place in order to limit the purchase of certain OTC items, like cough medicine. Many places require an over-18 ID just to walk out the door with them.

18. Diet Pills

Over the counter diet pills can boost metabolism and decrease appetite. Teens like to use these in order to increase the experience of other drugs. Without a stomach full of good food, the body will more quickly absorb any drugs or alcohol. While this can increase the intensity of their chosen substance, it can also lead to alcohol poisoning or dangerously quick absorption.

19. Caffeine Supplements

Caffeine, when taken in small doses on its own, is not naturally detrimental to health. However, that’s not how teenagers are using it. Pills like NoDoz contain the caffeine equivalent of a few cups of coffee and can be used as a stimulant. Most commonly, teens will use it in conjunction with alcohol or cannabis in order to increase their longevity. Others may crush and snort the pills mixed in with other drugs in order to spice up the experience.

20. Cough Syrup

Cough syrup that contains dextromethorphan, or DXM, is another popular OTC for teens to abuse. When teens drink one or two full bottles of something like Robitussin, they can experience a euphoric high. However, it can also lead to side effects like:

  • Hallucinations
  • Abnormal Heart Beat
  • Sedation


If you fear that your teenagers may be getting high “legally” while at home, there are safeguards you can take to protect them. Keep these items somewhere they can’t find them whether you’re home or away. Being aware of these risks before they could happen is the best way of preventing them. If you suspect an on-going abuse problem it’s important to bring your child to their doctor right away and get professional medical advice immediately.


The Effects and Dangers of K2. American Addiction Centers, 20 July 2018,

12 legal drugs that will give you a psychedelic trip

6. Kava and damiana

Kava and damiana are both herbal supplements and, when used together, can cause a euphoric high. A commenter on the noted that the combination of the two gave him a high that lasted four to five hours. While kava is legal across the United States, damiana is illegal only in Louisiana.

7. Hawaiian Baby Woodrose

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This plant is native to India and found in Africa, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. Hawaiian Baby Woodrose is a member of the morning glory family and its seeds contain lysergic acid amide (LSA), which is chemically similar to LSD. LSA is a Schedule III controlled substance, and it’s illegal to extract LSA from the seeds of the plant. But owning the plant and the seeds are not illegal. The high from Hawaiian Baby Woodrose is widely variant and often unpleasant. A study conducted to look at the drug’s effects on driving abilities couldn’t be completed because of severe adverse effects.

8. San Pedro Torch cactus

Many cacti like the San Pedro Torch cactus contain mescaline, which is a Schedule I hallucinogen and has been illegal in the U.S. since 1970. Still, the cacti are legal to own and grow and the use of mescaline is legal for certain natives. The San Pedro Torch cactus has been used for over 3,000 years as a healing compound and in religious divination.

9. Blue Egyptian water lily

This magical plant is a native to the Nile River and East Africa. It is often depicted in ancient art as a symbol of the sun. The plant contains apomorphine, which is a psychoactive. The dried flowers can be turned into a tea or smoked.

10. Fly agaric

Photo via Mark Freeth/Flcikr

Fly agaric is a mushroom with the iconic red top with white spots—you know, the Super Mario mushroom. Many eat it, and drying it out first can lose effectiveness, according to sources. Though considered poisonous, it is completely legal in the United States.

11. Peyote

Peyote is a cactus that contains mescaline. The Native American Church uses the sacred plant in many of its practices. Although the U.S. government spent many years trying to outlaw native rituals involving peyote, the drug is protected under federal law when part of “bona fide religious ceremonies.” The Schedule I controlled substance is otherwise illegal.

12. Colorado River toad

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The poison of the Colorado River toad, when smoked, can produce a powerful psychedelic high. But obtaining that poison is a lot more complicated. In the states where the toad resides (often in the Southwest), it is illegal to transport the toad across state lines. And in some states, it is illegal to own the toad with the intent to smoke its poison. Additionally, bufotenin, the psychedelic found in the toad’s poison, is a Schedule I drug and is illegal to buy, possess, and sell.

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Common Household Items That Get You High, Part 2

In part two of this three-part series, we’re talking about the different household items people use to get high. Drug abuse is not just about illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, it can be a problem with products found in your own home. If you would like to go back and read over part one, . If your son or daughter needs drug treatment in Raleigh NC, please call Legacy Freedom today.

It’s important to be aware of the items that are used to get high, especially for parents. Teens are more likely to experiment in unusual ways. They may not think household items will be as dangerous as illegal drugs, but that’s not true. These items aren’t meant for consumption so they can have hazardous and sometimes deadly effects.

Part one covered inhalants such as canned air, glue and whipped cream. In this part, we’ll take a look at products that people eat, drink, or snort in order to get high. Some have been around for a while, such as cough syrups, but some have just recently become popular, like drinking hand sanitizer.

1. Cold Medicine
This is a common, well-known household item abused by teenagers. Dextromethorphan (DMX), the active ingredient in cough medicine, causes a euphoric feeling and in some cases hallucinations when taken in large doses. Some people will drink a whole bottle in order to get the high it produces. It can be bought over-the-counter, but some stores have begun limiting the number of bottles that can be purchased.

2. Purple Drank
This is a variation of using cold medicine to get a high from high doses of DMX. Users mix a concoction of cough syrup, Sprite or Mountain Dew and candy such as Jolly Ranchers. It causes a mild euphoric feeling. It’s also knowns as “Sizzurp” or “Texas Tea.” It was made popular by rappers.

3. Hand Sanitizer
A more recent and pretty unusual product used to get high is hand sanitizer. It contains 60 percent ethanol, which when ingested can equal a shot or two of vodka per ounce. Some people mix it with mouthwash in order to mask the taste. Parents have begun buying foaming hand sanitizer in order to prevent their kids from drinking it.

4. Nutmeg
Nutmeg has been eaten or smoked in order to get high from myristicin, a psychoactive drug found in tiny amounts in the spice. It produces a slight buzz and some say hallucinations. It takes hours to get the full effect and may last for days at a time.

5. Catnip
People have smoked or eaten catnip in order to get high, but it doesn’t always have the same effect as it does on cats. While a cat will act weird and excitable after having catnip, a human may not feel anything. It is usually mixed with marijuana, so any high felt is probably from the THC in the pot.

6. Smarties
An unusual trend among teenagers is crushing the candy Smarties and snorting them. There are many videos online depicting people doing this. It doesn’t actually produce a high. It can cause cuts inside the nasal passage if the candy isn’t crushed finely enough, and there is a supposed risk of getting maggots in your nostrils because of the remnants.

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The Homemade High: A Guide for Parents

Posted on December 21, 2018

by Thaddeus Camlin, Psy.D.

Getting High: 11 Unassuming Household Items Parents Should Watch Out For

A teenage mind determined to get high is a breeding ground for creativity. Everybody knows about the usual suspects: pot, alcohol, dad’s back pain pills, etc. However, there are a number of ways kids can alter their consciousness even when access to the usual suspects is successfully restricted. This week’s article, while far from comprehensive, covers some of the lesser-known ways kids find ways to stimulate their minds.

1. Gas/Paint Thinner

It might not be the classiest way to party, but teen years generally aren’t defined by a refined disposition. Almost every garage has a red gas can and/or a container of paint thinner. It is important for parents to know that inhaling gas or paint thinner is a reliable method of getting extremely intoxicated.

2. Cough Syrup

Not all brands are created equal when it comes to “robo-tripping” (getting high on Robitussin). Check the ingredients of the cough medicine in your cabinet, if it contains dextromethorphan (DXM), then a few fills of the little plastic cup can send a thrill-seeking teen on a heck of a ride.

3. Keyboard Duster

Dust-off is the most well-known brand, but in general, aerosol dusting sprays are a staple in the repertoire of huffing aficionados.

4. Garden Seeds

The story here is morning glory. All it takes is about 400 morning glory seeds, patience to soak them for a few hours, and voila! A psychoactive beverage is created.

5. Nutmeg

If someone in your household has the resolve to ingest something close to an entire jar of nutmeg they will be rewarded with possible panic, delirium, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and a mild floating sensation.

6. The Internet

Most kids know far more about technology than their parents, which is nice when the parent needs help figuring out how to photoshop and upload a selfie to the insta-world. However, figuring out how to setup a VPN, download TOR, and start shopping on the Amazon marketplace for drugs found on the dark web is also a cinch for tech-savvy teens.

7. Backyard Frogs

People who live in areas inhabited by Bufo Alvarius toads are just a spritz of vaporized venom away from an experience with 5-MeO-DMT, arguably the world’s most powerful psychedelic. If your teenager suddenly regains a passion for catching toads, you might be sharing your backyard with Bufo.

8. Hand Sanitizer/Mouthwash

Some kids add salt to separate the alcohol, some drink it straight up, either way, alcohol hits the bloodstream. The same can be said for mouthwash. Consuming alcohol via hand sanitizer or mouthwash is dangerous, but it does happen. Foam hand sanitizer is said to be more difficult to separate alcohol from and thus, might be safer to have around the house.

9. Backyard Fungus

The fungus among us might just be magical. It’s never a wise idea to indulge in indiscriminate fungal feastings, but even the classic, beautiful red presents that pop up under the green Christmas trees after a soft rain – the amanita muscaria – can be ingested in a manner that delivers a psychedelic experience.

10. Whipped Cream

If your Reddi-whip canisters are vanishing and you haven’t been making pies then someone in your house is probably getting high. While sophisticated, bourgeois whip-it connoisseurs undoubtedly look down their noses at the heathens who dare inhale nitrous oxide from a whipped cream canister, teenagers who have yet to arrive in the upper echelons of consciousness-altering will happily suck back the laughing gas from a Reddi-whip can for a gay ol’ time.

11. Benadryl

Or, as someone trying to sound smart would say, diphenhydramine. The little pink and white capsules that come in handy when a parent wants to tame the spirits of an unruly toddler also work for a teenager in a pinch who wants to get high. Most who try this won’t do so again, the “high” is pretty much a bummer, often resulting in scary hallucinations and uncomfortable anxiety.

The 11 items listed above are all potential methods of concocting a potent homemade high. There are also a couple myths worth dispelling about homemade highs. Banana peels are often rumored to produce a homemade psychedelic experience, but this is not true. While there are some psychoactive properties to some compounds in banana peels, the concentration of psychoactive compounds is not strong enough to produce any noteworthy effects.

Poppy seeds are also frequently rumored to be a potential source of an opium high. While poppy seeds can and often do result in false positives for opiates on drug tests, getting high on poppy seeds is rather unlikely. However, if your poppy predilection pushes you to the specific delicacy of Spanish poppy seeds you could very well find yourself accidentally feeling comfortably numb. Spanish poppy seeds have about 100 times more morphine than other poppy seeds. If you are inclined to ingest about 40 grams of Spanish poppy seeds you will ingest the equivalent of 10 milligrams of morphine, which is about equal to a low-level hospital dose.

There’s no way to write something like this article without running the risk of providing some new ideas for thrill seekers and those who are experimentally inclined. However, it is good for parents to know and be aware of some methods of consciousness altering that might be dwelling right in their own backyards or spice racks. The good news is that addiction problems with the items on this list tend to be less common. In general, it is important to keep in mind that research clearly shows that the most successful prevention efforts are individualized and focus more on responsible use rather than abstinence. If you suspect a child or loved one is developing addictive problems effective help is available, and it isn’t tough love.

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