Gasoline Sniffing: Effects and Dangers of Huffing

Gasoline Sniffing: Effects and Dangers of Huffing

Gas sniffing often starts as an experiment or a temporary escape from everyday problems; however, this pattern of behavior often leads to addiction.

People who huff gasoline do so by putting a rag soaked in gas over their mouth or nose (huffing); collecting gas in a plastic bag and inhale it (bagging), or simply by sniffing it directly from the canister or a bottle (sniffing). Some users even drink alcohol along with their sniffing routine to enhance the effects of

Some users even drink alcohol along with their sniffing routine to enhance the effects of gas.

Once a person inhales the gasoline, it enters their lungs and then blood stream, through which all the dangerous substances are being transferred to the brain and other organs.

What are the effects of sniffing gasoline?

The effects of gasoline sniffing include slow reflexes, hallucinations, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, speech problems, extroversion, and coughing. Due to high levels of hydrocarbons, gasoline acts as a central nervous system suppressant. Another dangerous ingredient in gasoline is lead, which induces hallucinations. A gasoline “high” will begin 1-5 minutes after huffing gasoline.

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What are the dangers of huffing gas?

Gasoline sniffing can have many short- and long-term damaging effects on person’s body. Dangers of huffing gas include breathing problems, brain damage, immune system problems, heart, liver, and kidney damage, headaches, arrhythmia, seizures, coma, cancer, and death. Toxins from gas tend to accumulate in a user’s body which can result in major health problems.

Gasoline can also cause sudden sniffing death syndrome or SSDS. SSDS is usually caused by inhalant abuse—in this case, gasoline—which leads to irregular heartbeat and consequently, death.

From a social perspective, gasoline sniffing affects one’s relationships as well; due to their dependency on toxic fumes, a gasoline abuser is not able to maintain their social interactions or perform well at work. Furthermore, negative behavioral patterns may surface such as exhaustion, aggressive demeanor, and paranoia, which can lead to unemployment and consequently, financial problems.

What are withdrawal symptoms of sniffing gas?

Gasoline withdrawal symptoms tend to be mild. Most common withdrawal symptom related to sniffing gasoline include:

  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hand tremors
  • Nervousness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Lack of appetite

What are withdrawal symptoms of sniffing gasoline?

Treatment and Recovery

Needless to say, abstaining from huffing gasoline completely is the only solution for a person addicted to gasoline. Treatment and recovery are based on building a strong support system.

The user has to commit to the cause and change their life completely. This includes finding new ways to cope with everyday problems.


Most gasoline abusers as well as people huffing other household liquids are people from lower socioeconomic classes. According to studies, some gasoline sniffers have a history of alcohol or drug abuse, so gasoline, in essence, is their last resort. Finding a new and healthy coping mechanism can be a great challenge for users, as well as professionals who provide counseling. Building a strong support system is the key to a successful recovery.

Even after one quits sniffing, in some cases the damage on his/her organism is already done. That is why it is of paramount importance to recognize a gasoline abuse problem.
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Gasoline Sniffing: Effects and Dangers of Huffing

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  • What are the effects it can make after a month?

  • My Granddaughter huffed gas and her behavior has changed she gets in trouble at school and there is no reasoning with her. She is only 11.

    • Hallelujah! He is the ONLY way to totally be delivered from ANY addiction. I was delivered from meth 34 years ago! And still going strong. God bless you forever!

  • I do it daily @ night…!
    Now i cant stop
    I think this will be the reason of my death….!

    • Please find something else
      Anything else
      This is going to kill you if it has not already
      Get drunk
      Smoke weed

    • hey man you can get treatment just talk to friends or family because you can change your life you just have to want to quit your life means more than a can of gas

    • Bro I used to do it all the time allegedly and would have fun but the next day when you wake up allegedly you really just question why did I even do that

    • I love the smell of gas coming out the lawnmower or some vehicles exhaust. But I know it’s dangerous to just sit there and breath in such toxins. I use to notice this coughing I kept catching fir no reason until I looked up Has sniffing addictions and it made me realize I can’t be doing that anymore.

  • I have a classmate who is so addicted, he soaks his clothes in gas before the day starts so he can smell his clothes all day. He’s 17 now and hopes to be able to one day sniff jet fuel by the age of 20.

  • Just had effects from sniffing gasoline… I just loved the smell….got very sick this am and decided to stop sniffing right away…will going out to get fresh air help? How can I get better?

    • Once will not f**k you up long term
      If you continue to use and cannot stop, ,you will die
      Lead poisoning, overdose, or heart lung and kidney failure are likely with long term use

  • I huffed gas when I was around 10 or 11. I remember hallucinating that aliens were talking to me and I pissed my pants. For the next few days I felt “off” and I thought I caused myself irreparable brain damage. I’m now 25 years old and I will NEVER huff gas ever again

    • My sistes and I and some close friends huffed gas one time and we all got dejavo about the same thing at the same time, it happened twice, I’ll never forget it. You definitely hallucinate too, I thought i was in a mario world but everything looked mean so to speak. The last time I huffed gas though I swallowed my tongue, or so it seemed and I haven’t touched it since and never will again either..

      • Hey i feel related to that one person kiled infront of me i runed away from that place and said to some people mudered at that .they come and seen nothing at that place they thouhght am mad

  • Try enjoying life the sun, sky, grass, flowers, people that care, church, exercise,
    get a hobby, make a friend you know hook up,

  • I get in my hand every few days i pull into the gas station and there gas trappedninbthe nozzle from the last customer and if im getting gas for sure.. i pray whtas lett on my hand and smell it.. burns my nostrils and I love it.. is this huffing.. smelling it in the car from the back of my hand.. smells so dam good.. but is this huffing

    • This is not as damaging as the huffing described above that produces a “high”
      What you are getting is similar to when you smell gas from a lawn mower or other type of machinery
      The amount of fumes you are inhaling is much much lower than the amount inhaled by abusers
      It is still not healthy and I advise minimal exposure because lead can build up in your body and cause poisoning and possibly death

  • I was a habitual and daily Huffer (gasoline) for 9 years. I now have an enlarged liver and no energy whatsoever. I believe that comes from my inability to take a good breath of air. Sometimes I feel that I will pass out or that I’m not breathing oxygen. It has caused me sleep onset paralysis where I wake up paralyzed and see demonic entities in my sleep. It has caused me central apnea due to the damage cost to my brain stem, I stop breathing and require a CPAP machine. I haven’t done anything if the sort in 8 years and still suffer from long term effects. I wish I could take it back, but I can’t.

    • I got addicted to huffing when I was 15, I’m now 36, my brain hallucinates 24 7, I’m constantly surrounded by evil entitys, I also experience madness, major depressive disorder and chronic anxiety, 26 years of psychiatric hell, shit and misery, f**k sake no human being deserves this, I blame the fact of having no parental supervision or anyone else who didn’t notice or intervene, past 4 months I’m using emeramide to remove the possible lead from my brain but not even sure if its working or if that even is the cause.

  • For some reason to which I still haven’t been able to get to the bottom of, I seem to have developed this habit of sniffing straight from the car!

    I’ve never had an issue with substances in the past and just tried this one day on a whim as i was transferring some fuel from a Jerry can into my bike.. First it was simply sniffing the fumes from my motorbike when filling it up, but now I’ve evolved to actually sniffing petrol straight from my car as well (again usually at a tank refill). I’ve a plastic water bottle cut in half that I use as a tool to seal the petrol tank opening, so I’m almost ‘extracting’ the fuel.

    Strangely, I’ve tried the other forms of inhaling, (huffing from a petrol soaked sock) and sniffing directly from a petrol can – but neither of them seem to have any effect on me.

    Anyone have any ideas why this is?

  • How many huffs does it take to cause a high

  • I am 22 and i have been huffing gas since the age of 10, about a half a gallon or more daily, my bones feel like im about 70 the pain is so bad it seems like huffing is the only way to sooth it. But i do not regret my decision and when death finds me i will rejoice.

  • I dont consider it an addiction in my case but it does help me relief my self… I do it be cause of the hallucinations… there in my shed I have met multiple celebrities.. talked to them, I did even fight Zac Efron. I have friends and I am loved by my parents but having those hallucinations keeps me asking for more. I get to be some sort of superhero and have even been made up new superheroes that arent even out yet. Its kind of weird, but I just realy enjoy it

  • If your still suffering long term from huffing you can get a drug called emeramide that removes lead from the brain, Iv had 26 years of psychiatric hell, Shit and misery all from huffing, I hallucinate constantly, I have madness, major depressive disorder and chronic anxiety, I don’t know for certain if this drug will cure me it’s been 3 months on it so far, psychiatry can’t fix me so it has to be lead, even as I write this post I’m hallucinating and experiencing madness, it’s a living hell.

  • I huffed gas when I was in my young teens. I assume it was leaded gas, since it would have been around 1970. We used to put a hose into a car gas tank and breath the fumes. I remember feeling like I was the only person on the planet. I don’t remember how many times I did it, but probably not more than 20 times or so. I have always been concerned that I damaged myself. The kind of thing that can’t be fixed. I will always wonder what would have been different, if I never huffed. But even without the gas, there was the pot, and the acid, and the alcohol. Now I’m 61. Still smoke weed daily, drink a couple beers a week, but that’s about it. The two things that haunt me are the gas huffing and smoking pot since an early age. I think doing these things, especially during adolescence, changed the rest of my life. It’s all history now. I have regrets, but have done ok. But I will always wonder what could have been.

  • I’m 14. I was huffing gas and In big amounts and I zoned out for 1 sec or something . Anyways I start to see big flashes of white light and my whole body was numb (not high)And I tried to move but I couldn’t and I passed out I woke up like 5 sec later and I could see the white flashing lights again but brighter. I was able to get up and I just started running . I think I was abt to die because if the flashing lights . I almost passed out or died and that why I stated running . (What does it mean if you see white flashing lights)

  • May God be with your friend

  • I sniffed gasoline fumes straight from the tractor gas tank not allowing any oxygen in. I would take many deep breaths and then lay on the ground and spin. Many days in a row. I was maybe 15 then and now I’m 65. I feel I’ve been affected by it already 30 yrs ago I started to get fears, paranoia, anxiety and many terrible uncontrollable thoughts! Sad

  • i am 28 and do this still but not on daily basis…i only have neurological syncope and nothing else i sniffed deodrant ,petrol, nailpolish remover, dettol fumes……any idea how long it will take to cause death

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