What are food products?
Food products are products that you use in your everyday cooking. The general term “food products” can include anything from cooking oil to spices. Since food products are meant for use in food they are safe to consume in the manner they were intended.
Are food products being abused?
YES. Some food products are being abused and used to get high. It is important to note that these products are safe when they are consumed in the appropriate way so it is important to read labels and product information.
What food products are being abused?
What exactly is in whipped cream?
Whipped cream is made by whisking or mixing air into cream with more than 30% fat, to turn the liquid cream into a softsolid. Whipped topping is a non-dairy product made to resemble the taste, texture, and look of whipped cream. Whipped topping normally contains some mixture of partially hydrogenated oil, sweeteners, and other ingredients. When making whipped cream at home, you would, for example, use a mixer set to a high speed to “whip” air into the liquid cream to then create whipped cream. With canned whipped creams or toppings, nitrous oxide gas (Nitrous oxide, also called “laughing gas” is a chemical substance commonly utilized within dentistry and surgical offices for its anesthetic purposes) is used to help dispense the product out of the can while also whipping the cream at the same time.
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Signs of abuse
Different inhalants yield different effects, yet generally speaking, because inhaled chemicals are absorbed through the lungs into the bloodstream and distributed quickly to the brain and other organs, the effects of inhaling can be severe. Within minutes, the user experiences feelings of intoxication and may become dizzy, have headaches, abdominal pain, limb spasms, lack of coordination, loss of control, hallucinations, and impaired judgment. Worse, he or she may even die from a condition known as Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome, which can even occur with first time users.
Long-term inhalant users generally suffer from muscle weakness, inattentiveness, lack of coordination, irritability, depression, liver or kidney damage and central nervous system (including brain) damage. The dangers are real, the side effects are severe and the high is not worth risking your life.
Below is a HELPful way to remember the warning signs of an inhalant abuser:
Hidden chemical-soaked rags or clothes
Eyes and nose red or runny
Loss of appetite or nausea
Paint or chemical stains on face or fingers
Inhalant Abuse Cases Involving Nitrous Oxide
Check out the Inhalant Abuse Blog to read about cases involving nitrous oxide, whippets, and other food product inhalant cases. Search by date, location, or product type. Click here.