Inhalants are a class of substances abused by inhalation. These often include those substances which are typically only inhaled when used. The chemical vapors are inhaled and will produce a psychoactive (mind-altering) effect. The high is often very quick to occur and lasts only for a short time. Hundreds of household products (as well as other products) can be abused and fall under inhalants.
There are many different types of inhalants, but we can classify them into four different kinds.
Volatile solvents: These are liquids that vaporize at room temperature. They are found in a multitude of household and industrial products.
Aerosols: These are sprays that contain fuels or solvents.
Gases: These are gases found in household or industrial products as well as medical anesthesia gases.
Nitrites: These are chemical compounds used in medicine for angina and other heart-related symptoms and an antidote for cyanide poisoning. They are often sold as regular pro