See more details about Poppers, or Alkyl Nitrites in our new blog.
It is widely known that huffing is really bad for you. Like really bad. Inhaling organic solvents or propellants to achieve a “high” is not new, but these new PRODUCTS being sold as “poppers” and distributed throughout the US, primarily to men who have sex with men, actually contain harmful solvents and propellants and pose the same health risks as huffing.
What are Poppers?
Poppers are usually found in the form of a liquid chemical sold in a small bottle. They are a group of chemicals called alkyl nitrites. Specific alkyl nitrites include butyl nitrite, isopropyl nitrite, isobutyl nitrite and amyl nitrite. They dilate the blood vessels and allow more blood to get to the heart.
Poppers are a liquid chemical (a nitrites), sold in small bottles with brand names like Ram, Thrust and Rock Hard. In the past when nitrites were used to treat angina (chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart) they came in small glass capsules that were popped open and sniffed, hence the name poppers. Poppers are commonly sold as room aromas or deodorizers in sex shops, some clubs, market stalls and online.
How are Poppers Used?
Poppers are usually sniffed from the bottle. Some people prefer to dip a cigarette into the popper bottle and then inhale though the cigarette rather than sniff straight from the bottle.
The effects come on quickly, but don’t last for long and fade after a couple of minutes. There are tons of stories of people mistakenly burning themselves or others or lighting cigarettes that have been dipped in poppers and burning off their eyebrows.
The key effects of poppers can include:
- A short, sharp head-rush like ‘high’.
- Enhanced sexual experiences.
- Chemical burns with the development of a rash around the nose and mouth, and/or irritation of the nose and throat.
- Feelings of sickness, faintness and weakness.
- Death – if swallowed; or if used by individuals with heart problems.
Poppers have a range of effects:
- They give a head-rush ‘high’ that lasts a couple of minutes.
- They have been reported to have short-lived effects on sexual experience, specifically that they may make an orgasm feel like it lasts longer; may make an erection feel stronger (although some men have trouble getting an erection after sniffing poppers); and may make it easier for some people to have anal sex by helping to relax the anal sphincter muscles.
- They can leave some people feeling sick or faint with poor coordination.
- Taking poppers is potentially dangerous for anyone with heart problems, anemia or glaucoma (an eye disease).
Here’s what poppers can do to you:
- They can cause your blood pressure to drop to a dangerous level.
- You can die due to injury to red blood cells and reduced oxygen supply to vital organs.
- You may lose consciousness and could die through choking on your vomit. Using poppers with alcohol can increase this risk.
- Poppers are linked with risky sexual behavior and may lead to catching a sexually transmitted disease.
- They can burn your skin on contact and can kill you if you swallow them. They’re highly flammable.
- They can cause nausea, headache, and disorientation.
Fatal ‘sudden sniffing death syndrome’ has been reported due to development of an abnormal heart rhythm when taking poppers. There are also a number of reports in recent years of cases of temporary and permanent loss of vision in users of poppers.
Mixing poppers with alcohol can increase the risk of reducing the oxygen supply to vital organs, unconsciousness and death
Poppers aren’t necessarily all over the place but they are still dangerous. And they are legal making them even scarier. Anyways we just thought you should know about poppers in today’s news.