Chemistry: And you thought 'Six Feet Under' was morbid.
By Melissa HantmanPosted 01.23.2002 at 6:19 pm 0 Comments
Many drug users flirt with death, but now some are inhaling it. The new craze: marijuana cigarettes soaked in embalming fluid, then dried and sold on the street for $20 apiece.
Shuddering at the thought? So are morticians and drug abuse counselors. Embalming fluid is a compound of formaldehyde, methanol, ethanol, and other solvents. It can burn the eyes and nose fiercely. Can it also deliver a high?
Not according to psychiatry professor Julie Holland of New York University. "Embalming fluid is so flammable, it wouldn't survive in a joint."