Poppers are the various alkyl nitrites used primarily for recreational purposes through direct inhalation. The most inhaled poppers include amyl nitrite, isobutyl nitrite and butyl nitrite. Individuals around the world have used amyl nitrites for a very long time for medical purposes and mostly in treating angina and as a cyanide poisoning antidote. Amyl nitrite and many other nitrites used in over the counter products like video head cleaners and air fresheners are inhaled to enhance sexual pleasure.
Inhaling nitrites relaxes all the smooth muscles which include the vagina and the anus sphincter muscle. This causes dilation of the blood vessels a situation that leads to a sudden drop in the blood pressure, increase in the heart rate, production of a heat sensation and excitement that lasts for some minutes.
Individuals have used alkyl nitrites as club drugs and/or to enhance their sexual experience. The euphoria, head rush, giggling and controlled laughter, and some other sensations which may result from the drop of blood pressure are associated to increased sexual desire and arousal. Meanwhile, the vagina and the anus sphincter muscles facilitate easier penetration. Furthermore, research has reported that poppers inhalation can enhance and also prolong orgasms.
Anecdotal evidence shows that both genders can find poppers usage experience pleasurable. However, the experience is not universal. There are some men who report that poppers may lead to short term erectile problems.
Amyl nitrite causes a non-specific smooth muscle relaxation, which result in coronary vasodilatation and reduced systematic vascular resistance, ventricular preload and the after load. Sir Thomas Launder Brunton who was a Scottish physician is associated with amyl nitrite usage in angina pectoris treatment.
The Medicine Act controls Amyl nitrite. Even if its possession is lawful, its supply may be an offence. Some other nitrites are available in most consumer products which include the room odorants and leather cleaners. Further, you can easily get them from sex shops, shops for selling drug paraphernalia; sell them as room aromas, and clubs. In addition, isobutyl nitrite is classified in class 2 carcinogens which make its retail sale prohibited.
High doses of nitrites can cause a very rare disorder called methemoglobinemia and mostly in people predisposed to the condition. Research has also suggested that using Viagra with nitrites may lead to a decreased blood pressure a situation that can cause stroke, fainting, and even heart attack. Since poppers leads to pressure increase in the eyeballs, any user with glaucoma takes an additional risk.
Furthermore, there is suggestion that improper use of amyl nitrites can cause immune system weakening although any damage is usually undone within a few days of stopping the usage. There are some other additional risks which include burns if it gets into contact with the skin, headaches, loss of consciousness and itching or red rashes around the nose or mouth.
Can you use amyl nitrites in conjunction with tobacco, food or alcohol? You should not use poppers with some medications used at or around eating time. In addition, there are some foods that you should not eat while using poppers to prevent interactions. Using poppers with alcohol, tobacco can also lead to interactions. Therefore before using poppers, you should consult your doctor.