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Neuropsychological effects of formaldehyde use.

Abstract

This study compared five individuals who intentionally ingested formaldehyde (possibly laced with PCP) in marijuana cigarettes to a control group on measures of cognitive ability. Formaldehyde, a major component in embalming fluid, is legal to purchase and possess and has become popular due to its euphoric properties. In significant doses, the chemical is a neurotoxin. The effects of inadvertent exposure are fairly well known, but the effects of intentional ingestion have only recently been investigated. In addition, there has been little research on the effects of formaldehyde use specific to intellectual ability and cognitive intactness. The results of this study indicate intentional ingestion may cause a decline in neuropsychological intactness, as measured by performance on the Shipley Institute of Living Scale.

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  • Authors

    Marceaux JC, Dilks LS, Hixson S

    Source

    Journal of psychoactive drugs 40:2 2008 Jun pg 207-10

    MeSH

    Adult
    Brain
    Cannabinoids
    Cognition Disorders
    Drug Synergism
    Fixatives
    Formaldehyde
    Humans
    Intelligence
    Male
    Marijuana Abuse
    Neuropsychological Tests
    Phencyclidine
    Phencyclidine Abuse
    Problem Solving
    Street Drugs
    Substance-Related Disorders
    Thinking
    Vocabulary

    Pub Type(s)

    Controlled Clinical Trial
    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    18720671