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Nitrous oxide – also known as laughing gas, NOS or nangs  – is a colourless gas that has been used to provide sedation and pain relief during childbirth and minor dental procedures for more than 150 years.

Medical nitrous oxide is usually inhaled, mixed with oxygen, through a small mask that fits over your nose. It is occasionally combined with another anaesthetic gas as well as medical oxygen and administered through a tube placed down your throat to provide sedation during surgery.

Medical nitrous oxide is sold in large cylinders to registered dentists and doctors, and it can only be used under their supervision.

Nitrous oxide is also used in as a propellant to make whipped cream. It is sold in small canisters which are available in some catering supply stores; they can also be bought online.  These 8g canisters cost around $15 for a box of 10.

Nitrous oxide has been used as a recreational drug since it was first discovered in the late 1700s.

These days most users release the contents of a single nitrous oxide canister into a balloon and inhale it from that for a short-lived high. It’s common to see used balloons and empty canisters lying on the ground at events such as music festivals.

Unlike many other drugs, nitrous oxide cannot be manufactured in a DIY situation. Because it has to be stored under high pressure in canisters nor can it be easily adulterated with other drugs.

No drug is completely safe. But the consensus among drug experts, including David Newcombe, of  University of Auckland’s Centre for Addiction Research, is that using nitrous oxide is a lot less dangerous than using many other drugs, including alcohol.

“Nitrous oxide has way less potential for harm than alcohol,” he says. “There are some harms that can come with using it, but it has a relatively low potency and the effects dissipate quickly.”

One of the biggest potential harms come from inhaling the gas straight from the canister. It is released at a very high pressure, which can put a user at risk of a frostbite-type burn.

Newcome says that using nitrous oxide for a long period of time or without getting fresh air may also cause someone to become hypoxic – lacking in oxygen – which in very rare circumstances can cause a heart attack.

According to Drug Foundation programme lead, Emily Hughes, other possible harms of nitrous oxide  include:

She says in rare cases, regular users can become deficient in vitamin B12. However, this can be easily treated with supplements.

Newcombe and Hughes’ views about the relatively low risk of using nitrous oxide are borne out by figures released by Canterbury District Health Board under the Official Information Act in April 2021. They showed that in the previous two years only three people attended a hospital emergency department due – “at least in part”  – to nitrous oxide use. Another four people were admitted to hospital during that time, of whom three had experienced adverse effects from nitrous oxide used in a clinical setting. The fourth had intentionally tried to poison themselves using the gas.

Neither Newcombe nor Hughes see nitrous oxide as a gateway drug.

“I would doubt very much that people would use nitrous oxide then go on to use something like P,” says Newcombe.

He says that unlike other drugs, including alcohol, regular users are also extremely unlikely to become dependent on nitrous oxide.

According to Hughes, nitrous oxide appeals to a different group than those who use more  dangerous substances that are inhaled, such as butane.

“NOS provides quite a short-lived high. If you want to go out and party for hours and hours then NOS is not going to get you there.”

It is legal to sell canisters of nitrous oxide for food preparation purposes. However, a warning issued by Medsafe in April 2021 pointed out that nitrous oxide which is sold for the purpose of inhalation is classified as a prescription medicine, and thus subject to the provisions of the Medicine Act 1981.

The warning pointed out that those who sell the canisters for inhalation could be prosecuted for illegally selling a prescription medicine and either jailed for up to six months or fined up to $40,000.

Most people working in the field do not  support tighter regulation of the sale of nitrous oxide canisters.

Newcombe says that he is more concerned about harm reduction.

“We can’t stop people from using drugs, but they should be used in the safest possible way which means it’s important people don’t do things like inhale nitrous oxide directly from the can.”

Hughes agrees.

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Immediate effects

The effects may start to be felt immediately and can last from 2 – 3 minutes; some effects may last up to 30 – 40 minutes.

Physical effects may include:

If a large amount of nitrous oxide is inhaled it can produce:

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Nangs, whip-its, chargers, bulbs, Nos, laughing gas – whatever you call Nitrous Oxide, there’s probably a lot you don’t know about this substance loved by dentists, pastry chefs and doofers alike. Nitrous is legally available to purchase, but it is illegal to use it to get high (although anecdotal reports suggest eating whipped cream can lead to feelings of euphoria, elation, and nausea...)

Perhaps you don’t know much about nangs at all – you might’ve just seen the empty steel cartridges littering a dance floor, heard a distinct screeching sound coming from someone’s tent, or naively thought that your fellow party-goers who seem to be blowing up a lot of balloons are just working on their campsite decorations.

Although in our circles it’s primarily known as a party drug, nitrous oxide has been used since the 1960s in race car engines, since the 1930s to make whipped cream, and the since the 1840s as a painkiller and anaesthetic in dentistry and surgery. But even further back in history, nitrous oxide was first used in the 1790s by the British upper class... where they’d huff bags full of it at “laughing gas parties”! That’s right – nitrous oxide was being used recreationally for more than 40 years before it was used for anything else!

While nitrous oxide is on the World Health Organisation’s List of Essential Medicines, which details the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system, recreational use is not necessarily safe. There are some potential harms which you should know about, to make sure that you’re looking after yourself while partying.

There are two ways that people can get nitrous oxide – in small ‘cream chargers’ or ‘bulbs’, and in larger medical gas cannisters (which look like a scuba tank).

Cream chargers are designed to be used with whipped cream dispensers, often referred to as ‘nanganators’, and can also be used in smaller hand-held ‘crackers’.

The gas cannisters are used by surgeons and dentists to administer nitrous oxide to patients, as a painkiller or to sedate them. The cannisters, when used recreationally, may have a breathing mask attached to them which you put over your mouth/nose, or more commonly are used to fill balloons with nitrous oxide.

There are two main reasons why people release the nitrous oxide into balloons. Firstly, nitrous oxide is stored under pressure both in cream chargers and cannisters, meaning that when it is released, it will come out FAST and will be freezing cold. This can cause some serious damage to your lungs if you inhale it directly, so when using hand-held crackers and cannisters it’s always important to inflate a balloon with the nitrous first.

The second reason is that nitrous oxide isn’t processed (or ‘metabolised’) very well by our bodies - on average, less than 0.01% is metabolised every time you have a nang. This doesn’t mean you’re missing out on 99% of the high though – it just means that your body doesn't need to break it down for it to affect you. People often breathe the nitrous oxide in and out of a balloon to maximise the effects of doing it.

Because nanganators have a metal cylinder where the gas is cracked into, you can let it cool down in there and then slowly release it into your lungs without needing to use a balloon.

Because nitrous oxide is only minimally metabolised (processed), people often repeatedly breathe their hit in and out of a balloon to get the most out of it.

Obviously, none of us like the idea of drugs going to waste. However, if you are going to use a balloon to maximise the effects of the nang, you need to think about that other super important gas – oxygen.

Breathing in and out of a balloon on repeat means that you are going to be depriving yourself of oxygen, which can cause some serious damage. Oxygen deprivation, also known as hypoxia, can occur very quickly. Your reflex to breathe is triggered by a build-up of carbon dioxide in your lungs, not a lack of oxygen, so you might not realise you’re becoming oxygen deprived as you won’t necessarily have a build-up of carbon dioxide in your body telling you to breathe.

Oxygen deprivation can be serious! Some of the potential effects include problems with your memory, as well as loss of bodily control and organ damage. If you’re standing up while you have it, you could collapse.

If you’re going to be breathing nitrous in and out of a balloon, you should make sure that you’re still getting sufficient oxygen. Instead of simply breathing in and out, in and out, in and out until you can’t anymore, you should try get some oxygen in between breathes.

It should look a bit more like: Breath in the nitrous, hold for a few seconds, blow it back into the balloon, have a few breaths of fresh air, and repeat 2 or 3 times. If you find that this is too complicated for you, you’re probably already high enough.

Most, if not all, brands of cream chargers contain a dark oily substance, which we think is grease left over from the manufacturing. If you use a nanganator, you can see this grease if you run your finger around the inside of it, or you might notice a yellow stain on the nozzle or inside the dispenser. This is another reason why people use balloons – some of it will end up on the inside of the balloons.

There are also reports of small particles of metal being released when nangs are cracked – these can be tiny and only felt when touching the grease but can be up to three millimetres long.

No one wants a 3mm shard of stainless steel in their lungs, so if you’re going to use nangs you should always try filter them. If inhaling directly from a nanganator, you should breathe in through a piece of fabric, like your shirt, a bandanna, or a handkerchief.

If you prefer to use a balloon, you are still able to filter your nangs with a piece of fabric fixed to your nanganator or cracker. Have a look at our step by step guide across the page.

Believe it or not, the most common injury that comes from using nangs is falling over! Nitrous oxide can lead to an immediate and complete loss of bodily control, and you may or may not pass out as well.

For this reason, you should only do nangs while sitting down. There have been countless injuries from people collapsing after inhaling nitrous oxide – there are even some reports of people dying as a result of collapsing (where they’ve fallen and hit their head).

Vitamin B12, also known as cyanocobalamin, is an essential nutrient that is our bodies use to make red blood cells, repair body tissue, and keep our nerves healthy.

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Nitrous oxide (street name nangs, hippy crack, whippets or whippits) is a gas which can induce euphoria, hallucinogenic states and relaxation when inhaled. Nitrous oxide is a neurotoxin and excessive use can cause long-term neurological damage.

First recorded in the 18th century at upper-class "laughing gas parties", the experience was largely limited to medical students until the late 20th century when laws limiting access to the gas were loosened to supply dentists and hospitals. By the 2010s, nitrous oxide had become a moderately popular recreational drug in some countries.

Increasing recreational use has become a public health concern internationally due to the potential for long-term neurological damage following excessive use. Recreational users are often unaware of the risks associated with excessive use. Possession of nitrous oxide is legal in many countries, although some have criminalised supplying it for recreational purposes.

Nitrous oxide is used recreationally as inhalation can induce euphoria, relaxation and a hallucinogenic state. Long-term or habitual use can lead to severe neurological damage.

Since nitrous oxide can cause dizziness, dissociation, and temporary loss of motor control, it is unsafe to inhale while standing up. So part of safer use can be to inhale it while seated, because there is a decreased risk of injury from falling. Inhalation directly from a tank poses serious health risks, as it can cause frostbite since the gas is very cold when released. For those reasons, most recreational users will discharge the gas into a balloon or whipped cream dispenser before inhaling.

It is not known if nitrous oxide causes drug dependency but its use can be habit-forming. Death can result if it is inhaled in such a way that not enough oxygen is breathed in. While the pure gas is not acutely toxic, it inactivates vitamin B12, with continued use causing neurological damage due to peripheral and central demyelination. Symptoms are similar to B12 deficiency: anemia due to reduced hemopoiesis, neuropathy, tinnitus, and numbness in extremities. While vitamin B12 supplementation is unlikely to prevent neurotoxicity, it is recommended as a first-line treatment when combined with abstinence. Pregnant women should not use nitrous oxide recreationally, because chronic use is also teratogenic and foetotoxic.

Inhaling industrial-grade nitrous oxide is also dangerous, as it contains many impurities and is not intended for use on humans. Food grade nitrous oxide is also not meant to be inhaled; the bulbs commonly have industrial lubricants from their manufacturing process on and in them. When the bulb is punctured, these solvents can aerosolize, introducing unknown particles into the gas. These lubricants commonly leave an oily residue on the bulb "cracker" or inside the whipped cream dispenser.

In 2023, a Portland, Oregon couple became unable to walk due to spinal nerve damage caused by the recreational use of nitrous oxide.

From 1993 to 2016, only 30 death certificates in England and Wales mentioned nitrous oxide. Of those, 6 were in the 17-year period from 1993 through 2009, and 24 were in the 7-year period from 2010 through 2016.

In 2018, an Ohio University freshman died of asphyxiation as a result of nitrous oxide ingestion from whipped-cream chargers, allegedly as part of a hazing ritual.

In 2020, a fifteen-year-old Irish boy died after ingesting nitrous oxide, leading to Ireland's Health Service Executive classing it as a dangerous drug.

Inhalation of nitrous oxide for recreational use, with the purpose of causing euphoria or slight hallucinations, began as a phenomenon for the British upper class in 1799, known as "laughing gas parties". English chemist Humphry Davy offered the gas to party guests in a silken bag, and documented its effects in his 1800 book Researches, Chemical and Philosophical which investigated "nitrous oxide, or diphlogisticated nitrous air, and its respiration". Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge described the effect as "like returning from a walk in the snow into a warm room".

During the 19th century, William James and many contemporaries found that inhalation of nitrous oxide resulted in a powerful spiritual and mystical experience for the user. James claimed to experience the fusing of dichotomies into unity and a revelation of ultimate truth during the inhalation of nitrous oxide. The memory of this experience, however, quickly faded and any attempt to communicate was difficult at best. James described a man who, when under the influence of the gas, claimed to know the secret of the universe.

Until at least 1863, low availability of equipment to produce the gas, combined with low usage of the gas for medical purposes, meant it was a relatively rare phenomenon that mainly happened among students at medical universities. When equipment became more widely available for dentistry and hospitals, most countries also restricted the legal access to buy pure nitrous oxide gas cylinders to those sectors. Even so, its use in parties continued, with gas provided by medical professionals or restaurant workers, and by other legal or illegal sources.

A report from Consumers Union report from 1972 (based upon reports of its use in Maryland 1971, Vancouver 1972, and a survey made by Edward J. Lynn of its non-medical use in Michigan 1970) found that use of the gas for recreational purposes was then prevalent in the US and Canada.

As of 2019, the gas enjoys moderate popularity in some countries as a recreational drug. Nitrous oxide has the street names hippy crack and whippets (or whippits). In Australia and New Zealand, nitrous oxide bulbs are known as nangs, possibly derived from the sound distortion perceived by consumers.In China, recreational nitrous oxide use is on the rise and has become a social issue.

In the United Kingdom, as of 2014, nitrous oxide is estimated to be used by almost half a million young people at nightspots, festivals and parties. Officials in Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Thames Valley had reported increasing numbers of discarded whipped-cream chargers being found.

Recreational users generally use 8 gram (¼ oz) containers of nitrous oxide "whippets", which they use to fill balloons or whipped cream dispensers. The gas is then inhaled from the balloon or dispenser. This is necessary because nitrous oxide is very cold when it undergoes adiabatic decompression on exit from a canister; inhalation directly from a tank is dangerous and can cause frostbite of the larynx and bronchi.

Supply of nitrous oxide for recreational purposes is illegal; however, it is permissible to supply it for cooking and baking purposes. As a deleterious substance, the supply of the substance for the purposes of inhalation can result in a two-year period of imprisonment.

The canisters are commonly referred to in Australia as nangs.

Usage of nitrous oxide is currently still legal, although the governing coalition is attempting to add the gas to the list of drugs prohibited by the Opium Law. On 12 June 2020, the proposal to add nitrous oxide to List II of the Opium Law was brought into online consultation, allowing the public to contribute "ideas or suggestions" relating to the ban. The government aims to bring the proposed ban into force on the 1st of January 2021. In anticipation of the proposed ban coming into law, around 90 municipalities have introduced local bans of the substance.

Using nitrous oxide for recreational use is called "boffning" as slang. It is not illegal, and whipped cream chargers with nitous oxide can be purchased as kitchen supply. Most retailers have a voluntary age restriction of 18 years for purchase. At festivals or bigger event sales have been stopped referring to "environmental hazardous chemical handling".

Supply of nitrous oxide for recreational purposes is illegal under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. This means anyone found to be selling or giving away nitrous oxide for illicit purposes could face up to 7 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. On March 3, 2023, it was announced that nitrous oxide will be prohibited under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Slang terms used for the canisters in the United Kingdom include balloons, nos, whippits, laughing gas, hippie crack, chargers and noz.

Under United States federal law, possession of nitrous oxide is legal and is not subject to DEA purview. It is, however, regulated by the Food and Drug Administration under the Food Drug and Cosmetics Act. Prosecution is possible under its "misbranding" clauses, prohibiting the sale or distribution of nitrous oxide for the purpose of human consumption (the recreational drug use market). Given the necessity of proving the intent of either buyer or seller in this case, though, such prosecutions are rare.

Many states have laws regulating the possession, sale, and distribution of nitrous oxide; but these are normally limited to either banning distribution to minors, or to setting an upper limit for the amount of nitrous oxide that may be sold without a special license, rather than banning possession or distribution completely. In most jurisdictions, like at the federal level, sale or distribution for the purpose of human consumption is illegal. In California, for instance, inhalation of nitrous oxide "for the purpose of causing euphoria, or for the purpose of changing in any manner one’s mental processes," is a criminal offense under its criminal code (Cal. Pen. Code, Sec. 381b). In most jurisdictions, small N2O cartridges, used to make whipped cream, can be legally purchased by anyone. In some jurisdictions, sales of canned whipped cream using nitrous oxide are limited to adults.

In all US jurisdictions, however, distribution, possession, and inhalation are legal when done under the supervision and direction of licensed medical professional such as a physician or dentist.

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How is it used? The gas is inhaled, typically by discharging nitrous gas cartridges (bulbs or whippets) into another object, such as a balloon, or directly into the mouth. Inhaling nitrous oxide produces a rapid rush of euphoria and feeling of floating or excitement for a short period of time.

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Laughing gas is made up of nitrogen oxide, a natural chemical compound which, at room temperature, is a non-flammable, colourless gas with slightly sweet, almost metallic taste.

Apart from being found in everything from whipped cream cans to race cars, nitrogen is also commonly used as a recreational substance. And it’s not hard to see why; it's legal, cheap, and produces a reliable burst of euphoria.

But how exactly do you go about using laughing gas (or nitrogen)? Read on for simple instructions on how to use nitrogen responsibly.

There are numerous ways to enjoy laughing gas; you can inhale it from whipping cream containers or cooking sprays, but we always suggest using a balloon in combination with a canister and cream charger.

Bypassing balloons and inhaling directly from a canister and inhaling it can freeze your mouth and airways, causing severe harm. Also, when inhaling gas from a canister, the speed is harder to control, meaning you might “overdose” and faint - something you don’t want to do. So, for safe and reliable results, use a balloon.

Simply blow some air in a balloon, hook it up to your nitrogen cartridge and slowly fill the balloon with the gas. Make sure you tightly seal the tip of the balloon so no gas escapes.

Then breathe in some air, place the tip of the balloon in your mouth, release the contents slowly into your mouth, and inhale it. Hold it in your lungs for a few seconds, then exhale like you would a toke from a joint, and repeat.

Make sure to take it easy; while laughing gas creates a funny sense of euphoria, it can also make some people dizzy or nauseous.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where most things that make you feel good have at least some health risks. And laughing gas isn’t excluded from the list. However, it is considered a low-risk substance, meaning it's not as harmful as other substances.

As we mentioned earlier, nitrogen can also make people feel dizzy, nauseous, or even cause vomiting.

Here are some of the other health risks of using nitrogen oxide recreationally:

Here are some basic tips designed to help you minimize the health risks of using nitrogen gas:

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