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What Are Poppers Inhalants?
The term poppers is commonly used to describe various types of psychoactive chemical drugs like amyl nitrite and alkyl nitrites etc. If you want to know what poppers are inhalants then you will have to go through this write-up until the end.
Amyl nitrite, usually misunderstood as amyl nitrate, is one of the most commonly used poppers inhalants. It is also known as butyl nitrite, liquid gold, room deodorizer and heart medicine due to its positive effect in different situations.
History of poppers as inhalants
In the 1960s, amyl nitrite was known as poppers for the first time. At that time this drug was earlier used as a medicine for heart problems. It was sold in the form of capsules that release chemicals when they were popped or cracked. However, before using poppers to treat your heart problem you should consult your physician first. Similarly, to deodorize your room you should not open a bottle of poppers in your room as it can be harmful to the entire environment as it may not be as effective as expected.
How to use poppers?
Now, when you know what poppers are inhalants then you must know how to use them. Though amyl nitrite is rarely used today to treat heart problems still it is used as a medicine to treat poisoning caused by cyanide.
Poppers are widely used by gay people as recreational drugs. They inhale the fumes of poppers directly from their bottles. It is easy to get poppers at a very affordable price as they are available in the market as sex enhancers or room deodorizers.
But it is risky to use them without consulting a physician. Poppers are normally used in combination with other joyful drugs like LSD etc. as their intense effect can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. The use of poppers cannot be linked with sex but they can increase the intense sensation of desire for sex, dizziness, relaxation, intoxication, and elevation of mood.
Effects of inhalant poppers
- Widening the blood vessels with warm sensations
- Reduce the pressure of blood with lightheadedness, fainting, and dizziness
- Relaxing sphincter of the anus
- Increase the heart rate abnormally
Side Effects of inhaling poppers
- Damage skin around the lips and nose
- Respiratory allergic reactions like sinusitis
- Increase pressure in the eyes
Who can use poppers?
In 1844, amyl nitrite was synthesized for the first time and was popularly used to treat chest pain caused by an inadequate supply of oxygen to the heart muscles. But in 1960, it was recognized by gay men as a drug that can be used for recreational purposes as it helped them feel physically and mentally relaxed, increase their sexual excitement, enhanced orgasm and made anal sex less painful and easier.
But during the 2000s, the use of some of the poppers like ecstasy, ketamine and crystal meth has decreased among gay people. Today they use cocaine and a few other poppers during their sex marathons where they have to enjoy sex for several hours at a stretch. Today poppers are popular among teens as recreational inhalant drugs.