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We didn't really think things could get any more ridiculous (or ill-advised) than the Tide Pod Challenge, but, a las, it seems we may have spoken too soon. After coming across a pretty eye-opening article regarding people smoking bug spray, we have definitively decided that the end of the world is not just near, it's here.
Given the number of drugs in existence, it continues to seem odd that people are ingesting household products for a buzz. We're not suggesting that street narcotics like Crystal Meth are any safer, but, the effects of smoking bug spray seem to go beyond the general description of "high" and enter into a scary territory.
As we've shown you in the video above, there are plenty of creative ways people smoke pot, but, c'mon people, doing so with bug spray is just stupid. Anyway, for those wondering more about the harmful trend, we answer a few questions about smoking bug spray.
What Does Smoking Bug Spray Do?
According to the Pensacola News Journal the effects of smoking bug spray are zombie-like, described as, "Users writhing on the ground, wide-eyed and struggling to breathe. Standing but moving in slow motion. Sweating. Convulsing."
Indianapolis firefighter Scott Lebherz, who has dealt with individuals high on bug spray explained that it's a cheap high — you can buy a bag for about $20 and it gives the user a 45-minute, zombie-like high that leaves them nearly catatonic. By "bag" Lebherz is referring to marijuana, spice, or tobacco already laced with bug spray. Some people even use banana peels. All of these are commonly referred to as "KD" on the street.
What's In Bug Spray?
According to the government agency, MedlinePlus most bug repellents contain DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) as their active ingredient. DEET is one of the few insect sprays that works to repel bugs. It is recommended for preventing diseases that mosquitos spread. Some of these are malaria, dengue fever, and West Nile virus.
OK, so, considering bug spray has the chemical ability to combat malaria and West Nile, is there any question that it can cause harm to your health? Please, for a moment, consider what bug spray is meant to do to a bug and then think about your brain. Come on, people. Everyone just needs to step away from the household supplies in 2018 and keep it movin'.