Nail polish remover and hallucinations
Type of Spiritual Experience
There is quite a bit of anecdotal evidence on the Internet that the acetone in nail polish remover causes hallucinations. From the reports the girls in beauty salons are apt to suffer occasionally if acetone based removers are still used.
Rather than provide these reports, we have decided to show the scientific background to this - something of the cause and effects
A description of the experience
CNS Drugs. 2012 Nov;26(11):927-35. doi: 10.1007/s40263-012-0001-6.
Volatile substance misuse : clinical considerations, neuropsychopharmacology and potential role of pharmacotherapy in management.
Garland EL1, Howard MO.
- 1Trinity Institute of the Addictions, College of Social Work, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA.
Volatile substance misuse is among the most prevalent and toxic forms of psychoactive drug use, and often results in highly deleterious social, psychological and medical consequences.
The prevalence of this pernicious form of substance misuse owes in part to the fact that volatile substances of misuse are ubiquitous in the environment. Commonly misused commercial products include
- shoe polish,
- nail polish remover,
- butane lighter fluid,
- gasoline and
- computer duster spray.
National samples of volatile substance misusers tend to exhibit high rates of psychiatric problems and antisocial behaviour.
In addition, cognitive impairments and affective dysregulation are often observed among these individuals.
Volatile substances exert their complex neuropharmacological effects on dopaminergic, glutamatergic, GABAergic and serotoninergic receptor systems, as well as on cell membranes and ion channels. Concomitantly, pharmacotherapies for volatile substance abuse might profitably target a number of mechanisms, including reward circuitry in the brain, symptoms of craving and withdrawal, neuropsychiatric and emotional impairments that promote volatile substance abuse, and cognitive enhancement to rectify deficits in executive function.
This review details the modes of use, subjective effects, epidemiology, adverse consequences, neuropsychopharmacology and drug treatment of volatile substance misuse, and discusses the potential role of novel forms of pharmacological intervention for this oft-overlooked public health threat of epidemic proportions.