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Nitrous - Harm Reduction Guide ๐Ÿ’Š




NITROUS


LAUGHING GAS
NITROUS OXIDE

All information sourced from DanceSafe.org

  1. WHAT IS NITROUS?
  2. HOW IS NITROUS USED?
  3. WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF NITROUS?
  4. WHAT IS THE DOSAGE OF NITROUS?
  5. HARM REDUCTION TIPS FOR NITROUS.




WHAT IS NITROUS?





  • Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is a gas that has been used both as a mild anesthetic in combination with oxygen for over a century, and safely recreationally since the late 1700s.

  • It is classified as a dissociative anesthetic.

  • Nitrous is legally available for over-the-counter sale, although in many states it is illegal to sell nitrous to a minor.









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WHAT IS NITROUS? 





  • Some states also have laws against inhaling nitrous for the purpose of intoxication as well as possession of nitrous with the intent to inhale, and a person caught using it recreationally could face misdemeanor charges.

  • Nitrous is most commonly sold in small canisters for use in making whipped cream (Hence the name โ€œwhip-itsโ€, although it is also found in tanks of various sizes.)









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HOW IS NITROUS USED?





    • Nitrous is always inhaled.

    • Users are reported to inhale the gas directly
      from a tank or else dispense it first into balloons.     














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WHAT ARE THE
EFFECTS OF NITROUS?





  • A lungful of nitrous oxide results in the temporary loss of motor control and a โ€œdissociatedโ€ psychological effect, where sensations and perceptions become disconnected.

  • Uncontrollable laughter is also common, which is the reason that โ€˜Laughing Gasโ€™ is a common nickname for Nitrous Oxide.

  • Users report an otherworldly mental state, and may experience mild audio and visual hallucinations.








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WHAT ARE THE
EFFECTS OF NITROUS?





  • The effects come on immediately and usually last less than a minute. Repeated inhalations of nitrous oxide can extend and intensify the experience.

  • Visual effects are generally associated with open eye visuals having distortions of the area around you and vision of a purple or grey-blue hue.

  • Some individuals lose consciousness entirely under the influence of Nitrous Oxide.









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WHAT IS THE
DOSAGE OF NITROUS?





  • Every individual reacts differently to every chemical. This information is intended to describe the range of dosages others report using and should not be construed as a recommendation of any sort. Individuals can respond very differently to the same dosage. What is safe for one can be deadly for another.












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WHAT IS THE
DOSAGE OF NITROUS?





  • Nitrous is generally inhaled by the balloon full. Although it is accurately controlled during medical use, without expensive equipment, there is no way to measure the โ€˜doseโ€™ of a gas being administered.

  • One whip-it cartridge is contains eight grams of nitrous oxide.     












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HARM REDUCTION
TIPS FOR NITROUS





  • Nitrous can produce an immediate loss of motor control. Stay seated if you are going to inhale nitrous. There have been many injuries and a few deaths from people who have fallen down after inhaling nitrous oxide.

  • Your brain needs oxygen! Brain damage and suffocation can result from inhaling pure nitrous for an extended period of time due to hypoxia.










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HARM REDUCTION
TIPS FOR NITROUS





  • Always have a sober sitter. People have died from falling forward on to pillows (or bags from which they are inhaling) after using nitrous.

  • Nitrous can be extremely cold when it comes out of the tank or dispenser. Cold gas can burn the skin as well as the lips and throat. Dispensing the gas into a balloon and allowing it to warm up before inhaling it can reduce this risk.










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HARM REDUCTION
TIPS FOR NITROUS





  • High pressure levels in the tank or dispenser can shoot the gas out at a dangerously fast speed and damage the lungs. Again, it is safer to inhale from a balloon than from a tank or โ€˜crackerโ€™.

  • Nitrous can be psychologically addictive. While rare, many people have become addicted to nitrous and other dissociatives.

  • The regular use of nitrous can cause long-lasting numbness in the extremities and other neurological problems.







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HARM REDUCTION
TIPS FOR NITROUS





  • The regular use of nitrous can deplete the vitamin B12, and has caused serious (but rare) complications in individuals with lower than average B12 levels.

  • Nitrous is considered one of the safest anesthetics in a surgical setting.












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