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The smell of sharpies...?

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by leahx132, Nov 25, 2015.

  1. leahx132

    leahx132 Member

    Hey guys. So recently, a friend of mine admitted to getting high on smelling sharpies (those permanent markers). I can see how you can get high from it since it smells so "weird", but my friend is literally the only person I know who is into this kind of stuff.

    Is there anyone else that knows a friend or relative that are addicted to this kind of stuff? It's just really odd to me.
  2. dkelly

    dkelly Active Contributor

    Wow this sounds pretty curious. I understand the idea of liking peculiar smells. I remember when I was a child I like the smell of gasoline when we were at the gas station. I remember an aunt commenting that that was a sign that I could become addicted to something. :rolleyes: Whatever. Are sharpies really able to make you high? That's worth researching.
  3. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

    I don't know anyone who is addicted to taking that kind of stuff, but I am aware that some people do like to smell certain things or chemicals. I myself like the smell of paint that I inhale it when I pass by a house that's being built or renovated.
  4. Dwayneu

    Dwayneu Community Champion

    It's pretty common. I actually love the smell of permanent markers as well, fresh paint too. Another big one is the smell of the paper in new books and magazines, there's just something so captivating in it. I wouldn't call it an addiction or abuse, though, your friend may be an odd case.
  5. anorexorcist

    anorexorcist Community Champion

    I haven't heard of sharpie smelling addiction, but I recognize that their smell can be a little bit strong and almost dangerous, but I'm not really sure if you can get high by smelling it, but I guess that you can. Where I live it's kind of common see prople getting high on inhalants such as glue, so I guess that is possible.
  6. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Doesn't make sense to me. If you search it there are pics of people with a sharpie up to their nose. Lol Really? Its like a weird fetish. Toxic and causes acute to chronic health problems. Damage to heart, lungs, kidneys, lungs, and brain. Personality changes, cognitive function, memory impairment and slurred speech.
    Not too terribly smart. Do we really need sharpies if this is what they do? Can we just imagine we have these in schools around kids.
  7. mayasupernova

    mayasupernova Active Contributor

    Oh I guess I can say I am guilty. I love smelling those, but I have not noticed any change in my behavour, nor does it makes me see weird things or hallucinate. I do not spend my days smelling them, but occasionally if I will get the hold of one, I would first enjoy the smell, then I would use them to write.
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  8. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    It's not uncommon for someone to like an odd smell. I have always loved how sharpies, gas fumes, and acetone smelled. It's a problem if the person in addicted to it, though. I have never met anyone who was so "passionate" about this. It is also kind of weird to get high by smelling a sharpie. Try to help your friend quit, I don't know about the dangers of it, but I'm sure it is not very healthy.
  9. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    I think this is really odd too. The smell of sharpies are terrible, why someone would want to inhale this is something I can't understand. The way some people get high surprises me. This is really the first time I heard about this, but you learn something new everyday. I think your friend should stop doing this it could cause brain damage or something.
  10. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    That's not an entirely unusual thing. I know of people who like smelling paint or marker pens. The strong smell produces a certain high. I think, though, that it's not so much on the high as it is about the smell. Don't worry. The smell's effect won't be as potent as when you snort highly addictive drugs like cocaine, marijuana or heroin.
  11. Juanpeace

    Juanpeace Active Contributor

    A lot of people get addicted to solvents or adhesives like the "Rugby" brand. This is the first time I heard about being addicted to marking pens or "Sharpies". Prolonged use can inflame the respiratory tract. Brain cells may die in the long run from sniffing solvents. This is the drug of choice by many street children as it is easy to gain access to these than expensive drugs.
  12. irishrose

    irishrose Community Champion

    Inhalents can vary from paints, to cleaning chemicals, and even Sharpie markers. It is possible to become addicted to inhalents, because they can make a person feel high. However, they can potentially cause brain damage, not to mention damage to your respiratory tract, as they aren't meant to inhale on purpose or frequently. Let your friend know that his behavior is dangerous and could cost him his health. Help him to stop using inhalents, be encouraging and persistent.
  13. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    I think I heard someone before saying that she like the smell of it. But not to the extent that she become addicted to it. So I think this is really not rare but some do not just let anyone know about it.
  14. GettingBetter

    GettingBetter Senior Contributor

    I love the smell of markers too but I had no idea you could get high off them? I think it must be only certain kinds of them. I have noticed some art and drafting markers have a really strong scent.

    Anyone remember the kids markers that came in a variety of fruit scents? I love those! I have had scented colored pencils too. I believe all those are non-toxic.
  15. endoftherainbow

    endoftherainbow Active Contributor

    I thought the smell was nice but if I was around it too much I'd start to get dizzy, and that's when I realized it was bad for me. I wouldn't advise anyone to do anything with them other than to use them as markers to write on paper or color things with. It is not intended for any other use, and can be dangerous if used in the wrong way. I'm not sure what it would be about it that people wanted other than the smell, but it's probably a good idea to stay clear of it and not let the fumes get to you so you don't have to worry about it later.
  16. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    I guess sharpies have a smell tat some people might actually like, but I have yet to met someone into this in person ;) I used to like to smell glue when I was younger, but markers never did a thing to me to be honest. I guess sharpies could give you a buzz, because they are permanent markers, but there definitely are stronger smelling markers out there.