Does simple stunning work like in movies?

In action and agent movies, targets are often stunned by a simple cloth, and become unconscious in seconds. Does it really work like that?

CHCl3 (chloroform) does not work in real life as it does in the movies. The victim will hold their breath, scream, thrash around due to adrenaline. It is difficult to dose the substance, but it is enough for a longer slumber. Deep breathing and a soft surface are important. This is not the case with crimes: the victim gets dizzy quickly at best. It must first get into the blood, and then into the brain – click off is not there.

It is possible, but unlikely in the case of crimes. It is much safer to mix the victim with knockout drops or sleeping pills (benzos) (also happens in many sex crimes).

How long does chloroform take to act?

Chloroform is a volatile, non-flammable, colorless liquid which has a sweetish odor. It is heavier than water and hardly soluble in water. It takes about 5 minutes for chloroform to take effect. During this time a possible victim can resist and e.g. hold his breath. After that, the chloroform must be administered continuously to maintain unconsciousness.

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