Amyl Nitrite is a depressant which means it slows down the messages travelling between the brain and body. Classified as an inhalant, it belongs to a class of drugs known as Nitrates, which also includes Butyl Nitrite, Isobutyl Nitrate and Nitroglycerine. Amyl Nitrite is a vasodilator and vasodilators are medicines that cause the blood vessels in the body to dilate and the involuntary smooth muscles to relax.
Amyl Nitrite is used medically in some cardiac procedures, including treatment for cyanide poisoning, as well as for angina.
Recreationally, it is used to enhance sexual experience or to experience a general sense of pleasure. The effects are felt within 30 seconds of taking the drug, and last for around 2-3 minutes.
Amyl Nitrite is an extremely flammable oil that is clear in color and is commonly inhaled from a small glass bottle. It typically has a distinct smell similar to dirty socks. Historically, Amyl Nitrite has been primarily used among the gay community. This trend is still common; however, it has also become a common ‘party drug’ that is used more widely.
There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.
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