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Addiction to the smell of petrol?

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by Hiraeth, May 5, 2015.

  1. Hiraeth

    Hiraeth Active Contributor

    I know many people who love the smell of petrol to the point where they even step out of their cars when the tanks need refilling! This sort of addiction, if I may call it so, cannot even be blamed upon an individual. No one chooses to like the smell of petrol any more than one chooses to enjoy the scent of a jasmine. Fortunately or unfortunately the fumes of petrol make me nauseous so I don't see the attraction. But I have known people to sneak in vials of oil and sniff them from time to time.

    I wonder, since nothing substantial is really going inside the body, what are the effects of sniffing petrol or kerosene and such oils? Do any of you have an affinity for petrol?
  2. juno

    juno Community Champion

    A lot of kids sniff nail polish and glue as well as petrol. It does give you a high and I think that is why they do it. It is not just the smell, but the toxic chemicals give you a happy feeling in the brain. The thing is chemicals like petrol are worse than other drugs like marijuana. So, if you are looking for a cheap and accessible fix, you are really hurting yourself a lot and causing brain damage.
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  3. katherine25

    katherine25 Senior Contributor

    I remember when I was a kid a lot of the other kids used to sniff permanent markers. It was never because of the smell but because people told them they would get a high off of it. Although, I do know a lot people who find the smell of gas appealing, I'm not sure what it is about it but its very common.
  4. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    It was the same for me as a kid as it was for @katherine25 -- kids would sniff permanent markers to seem cool, and for the same reasons that people were told they would get high off it. Here where I live there was a serious problem a few years back with people sniffing paint fumes - so much so that you can't buy a spray can of paint these days without producing an ID to prove you are of age.
  5. Clairelouise84

    Clairelouise84 Senior Contributor

    Oh my god that's gross! I despise the smell of petrol, it makes me wretch! I always have to go in and pay at the petrol station and walking through the station I am holding my breath like a lunatic because if I breath in I will hurl and look even more weird!
  6. 6up

    6up Community Champion

    That is true but it is very dangerous. We do not need hydrocarbons in our bodies and they are very toxic. You needed advice at the first time you noticed that you wanted to smell petrol over and over. Avoid refuelling if that affects you. Talk to somebody else to do it instead. Alternatively you can talk to your doctor who will tell you how dangerous this is.
  7. rightct

    rightct Community Champion

    I like it from the bottom of my heart. In fact, I've developed some sort of reflex from it, meaning that whenever I put gas in my car, I tend to slip my finger in the fill spout, take a bit of gas and put it at my nose. But I don't actually do it deliberately, and I don't know how I even managed to develop such odd habit, haha.
  8. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    I do hate the smell of petrol and never will be addicted to it or even just like it.
    I personally do not know anyone who have such addiction. It will be really dangerous to smell petrol on a regular basis.
  9. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    I think it can be the smell and also, have known people who tried this when younger and they sort of did it because others tried it and also was addicting as well. Petrol can, be something which can cause breathing problems and also the lungs can be affected as well. I think that, people need to think that the consequences can be something which can not be changed and also bad as well for the health and the family of the person. Talking to the doctor can be a good thing and also, getting help otherwise leaving it too late can cause problems and also not a good thing as toxins in the body can cause a person to turn bad.
  10. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    It's really not an addiction though is it, it's just something that someone enjoys doing. I doubt that they become agitated and jittery when they haven't smelt it for a while. It does smell weirdly nice but best avoided.
  11. gracer

    gracer Community Champion

    I don't personally know anyone who has an amusement with petrol but in my case I really hate the smell of petrol. Whenever I am at a gas station I would usually cover my nose while the tank fills up. The smell is irritating so I really can't imagine how others could take the smell of it.
  12. amethyst

    amethyst Community Champion

    I am one of those people who like the smell of petrol. When I was a kid we had a community garage where people parked their bicycles and motorbikes. Often the motorbikes leaked a bit of petrol which was absorbed into the cement. I couldn't get enough of that smell. It didn't give me a high, but it gave me very strong, positive sensations, even to a point of happiness. The same goes for fresh tar and oil paints. I simply love the smell of those things. But I don't go out of my way to find them.
  13. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Community Champion

    Sniffing petrol sounds odd, but I don't doubt many people is addicted to doing this. Some others like the smell of gasoline, but what I have seen more commonly done is sniffing paint thinner.

    Even worst, supposed to be a poisoning substance if ingested, there are people who mixed this latter with beer or spread it on food.

    I witnessed the above about two years ago when suffering from Internet addiction, I was doing really bad after a blackout left my home without power for a whole day, hence thought to take a walk outside to calm down.

    Walking time is always great, not just help you to stay fit but contributes with your overall wellness without needing to exercise insanely.

    However being tired of walking to nowhere I had to rest for a little bit stopping at a public park where I saw how a group of teenager were smelling bottles of pain thinner to later add some to their beers and sandwiches before walking away.

    That day I understood that could be worst things that having no power and no Internet; having no sense of the damage one can inflict to oneself doing barbarian things to keep an addiction up.

    After this, I don't longer care at all spend some hours without Internet or without electricity if this happens because worst things may happen to addicts, whatever their addiction is.
  14. JonnyMacdonald

    JonnyMacdonald Community Champion

    Here in Canada our aboriginal population has a big issue with gas sniffing. They add a little petrol to a cloth and inhale and I guess it gets them really high and kills a lot of brain cells.
    Perhaps this is what you are talking about? God made gas for motors not people my friend I suggest you stop right now before it gets you in trouble.
  15. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    The smell that chemicals like petrol give off can make people high. They sniff it for that reason. All the popular drug alternatives were already mentioned but paint and rugby glue also generate the same high. Where I'm from, a number of street children sniff rugby glue just to stave off hunger pangs. It's a sad reality. Most of them end up committing crimes.
  16. kylerlittle

    kylerlittle Community Champion

    I wouldn't really call it an addiction but I do know it can make you high and you can feel the urge to wanting to sniff it continuously because it does smell good. It becomes an addiction if it takes over your life.
  17. Sudarsan

    Sudarsan Active Contributor

    My Love has also got a terrible habit of smelling the petrol of my bike. I used to always wonder why she'd always want to sniff on it. At one point, I used to wonder if she was really addicted to it, but then it was just one of her fantasies. She wasn't ever addicted to it. But whenever she was with me, she just always loved to smell petrol. But, I never understood why.
  18. whitenoise

    whitenoise Senior Contributor

    Oh god, I thought I am the only one who actually likes the petrol smell! It's super tasty in my opinion, but only to smell of course. I don't know even why but it's just a good smell to sniff. About the effects I don't know if there is any
    collateral effect going on but I bet it's not that healthy either.
  19. kylerlittle

    kylerlittle Community Champion

    Haha, we all do. I don't know if there are any effects either but sniffing it way too close and too much might have an affect though.
  20. whitenoise

    whitenoise Senior Contributor

    Which one if I may ask?