Discovered during the thirteenth century, diethyl ether commonly referred to as ether-is a volatile liquid resulting from dehydration of ethyl alcohol by sulfuric acid.




Diethyl ether, also known as ether and ethoxyethane, is a clear, colorless, and highly flammable liquid with a low boiling point and a characteristic smell. It is the most common member of a class of chemical compounds known generically as ethers. It is an isomer of butanol and is a common laboratory solvent. It has been used as a general anesthetic afterwhich recreational inhalation of the drug caught on.

Recreational use of diethyl ether was portrayed in the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, based on the book of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson. Its effects are described in detail by the main character as the narrator - "It makes you behave like the village drunkard in some early Irish novel. Total loss of all basic motor function. Blurred vision, no balance, numb tongue. The mind recoils in horror, unable to communicate with the spinal column. Which is interesting because you can actually watch yourself behaving in this terrible way, but you can't control it." He also says that "there is nothing more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge."