When volatile substances are inhaled into the body, the vapours take a tour of the body very quickly and the effects can be in place within a few minutes.
From inhalation, the vapours go into the lungs, where they are passed into the blood stream, from here they are spread all over the body via the heart, including the brain. Due to how quick this process takes place, intoxication can be rapid and the psychoactive intoxication lasts only a few minutes, however, it remains in the system for days.
Effects of VSA
The effects of using solvents are severe, there is a high risk of accidents due to the chemical imbalance of the brain, the ability to dynamically risk assess in hindered and therefore the user does not recognise danger. This chemical imbalance can also lead to unconsciousness, convulsions, vomiting and hallucinations.
Most users report a disturbed sleep pattern and nightmares, which also has the knock-on effect of being tired and withdrawn.
Sudden Sniffing death is perhaps the biggest risk of solvent abuse, this is an oversensitivity to adrenaline in the heart. Adrenaline is naturally produced in the brain and flows through the body, including the heart, the oversensitivity can last for days and does not require much adrenaline to prove fatal. Unfortunately, when the heart stops due to sudden sniffing death, it is very unlikely that it can be restarted again.
Long-term effects include damage to sight, the brain, central nervous system, hearing, liver, speech, kidneys, lungs, bone marrow and the heart.