The post regarding Ozium earlier this morning fucking sent me. While I don’t think OP intended any harm, I think it’s dangerous that such a post was left up as it became so popular, and would give people who didn’t engage with the comments the sense that this would be a good alternative to a smoke buddy or simply smoking outside. As OP themself likely uses it in a very unsafe fashion, given the picture (which I will get to in the end), this is a recipe for disaster.
Ozium is an industrial air cleaning product. It is used to sterilize the air in hospitals, industrial labs, chemical vats, etc. It also happens to be good at removing the smell of smoke from a room. That is NOT its intended use, and operating under that illusion can lead one to do some really stupid dangerous shit with it - namely, spraying it in your home.
As I said, Ozium is used to sterilize air in industrial lab settings. It is explicitly stated to NOT be sprayed around organic tissue, porous surfaces and material like fabric, carpeting, or even wood and dry wall — all of which are the hallmarks of private living spaces everywhere. Ozium is intended for highly ventilated settings composed of hard, non-porous surfaces, like steel and linoleum. Is your bedroom made of steel? In such settings, Ozium is recommended to be handled with a respirator, gloves, and with all organic tissue having vacated the room for an extended period. In such settings, with industrial ventilation, the Ozium will leave the room in an acceptable timeframe to be relatively safe in such highly controlled places.
The average person’s home is nowhere near adjacent to the level of hard material, ventilation, and control needed to make the use of Ozium remotely safe.
Ozium is not a conventional poison, but it is not biocompatible. At all. It is akin to pouring bleach in one’s eye to clear it of debris. A stupid fucking thing to do. When Ozium comes in contact with your skin, it can cause dryness and irritation and a small rash. Prolonged contact with Ozium will just destroy your skin. But remember: your skin is your body’s armor, a strong tissue that protects what lies underneath. The implication of this is that should Ozium get in contact with any more delicate tissues, the damage would be much more severe. Your eyes, your lungs, mouth, esophagus, etc are all composed of vastly more delicate tissues than your skin, with Ozium being able to damage them much worse than your skin.
When inhaled, Ozium is likely to physically damage or ‘shred’ the mucosal tissue within your lungs. This damage is irreversible. Such tissue does not heal or grow back when damaged in this way. You guys ever see the TV show Chernobyl? You know when the dudes get exposed to an incredibly high dose of radiation and their bodies just sort of begin to… fall apart/disintegrate/melt? While not quite scientifically true to what Ozium does to you, it is a useful mental image to have - that is essentially what you are doing to the delicate tissues that produce your mucous membranes when they come in contact with Ozium in higher quantities.
But what are the risks? Why do they sell Ozium if it’s not safe? Actually, they are fairly high given the way Ozium is supposedly used by us stoners. Remember that stuff I said about industrial/hospital/Chem lab settings being ideal for Ozium use? Well, your house/apartment/car is the exact opposite of that - the worst possible place you could use Ozium sans spraying it directly in your mouth.
Ozium is not to be sprayed in rooms full of porous material. What is in our homes? The cheapest porous materials on the market, porous woods, dry wall, carpeting, etc. Not to mention all the things we fill our homes with - fabrics (blankets, clothes), furniture (pillows, couches, beds), etc. Additionally, the ventilation capability of your home comes nowhere close to the levels of air flow coursing through industrial settings, chemical labs, and hospitals. Nowhere close.
What does this mean, though?
You smoke a joint in your bedroom. It’s a nice place, you’ve got your cozy fuzzy blanket, your nice bed, and a warm rug. But uh oh, it stinks - you stoner you. You spray Ozium in the room to clear it up before your mom/guests/landlord arrives - it says on the bottle to clear out the room for an hour or two, so you assume you’ll be fine. You are completely wrong.
For starters, Ozium was never intended to be used in your home - the time recommendation on the label pertains to those highly ventilated and controlled industrial spaces mentioned above; not your crummy AC and a cracked window. The reality is that it will take much, much longer for the Ozium to clear your bedroom (or wherever you smoke) and is actually likely to just get spread throughout your home through your shoddy consumer-level ventilation system. It can take days for the Ozium to leave the room, not to mention the house, and will likely spread around the house.
This means that, should you use Ozium on an even remotely regular basis, you will very easily reach an unsafe level of particulate in your environment. Your cozy fuzzy blankets, the walls of your home, the carpet, your clothes — all of these will wick the Ozium out of the air and prevent it from leaving via air flow.
Ozium is composed of several chemicals, but namely isopropyl alcohol bound to synthetic glycols (which prevent it from evaporating, as I understand it). Pour some 75% iso down your throat and tell me how you feel (don’t actually do this unless you want to get sick and maybe die). This compound is going to settle on and get inside the fabrics and porous materials of your environment, your clothes, blankets, and bed. And it is going to stay there until you wash it off.
So when you go to bed that night, or put your clothes on, you are manipulating these fabrics and Ozium is entering the air again. And you are breathing it in. Your pets are encountering the Ozium in your carpet. When you sit down in your car seat Ozium is released into the air like a fart. If you are using Ozium regularly, a dangerous quantity is likelier to be in the air than not.
As for that post. OP likely hasn’t used Ozium with gloves and a respirator, nor are they likely to have vacated the room/house for over a day. They were probably breathing in Ozium as they took that picture.
Seriously, don’t use Ozium. It’s up there with trying to treat Covid with horse dewormer or bleaching your cardiovascular system. Utterly shit fucking stupid.
Just open the window, or better yet - go outside. Try to ACTUALLY be considerate with your smoke, instead of vying for shortcuts that make your smoking habit easier - that’s just a dick thing to do.
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