NOS – Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide

  • image-1

    Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas that is commonly used for sedation and pain relief but is also used by people to feel intoxicated or high. It is commonly used by dentists and medical professionals to sedate patients undergoing minor medical procedures. It is also a food additive when used as a propellant for whipped cream and is used in the automotive industry to enhance engine performance. Nitrous oxide is classified as a dissociative anaesthetic and has been found to produce dissociation of the mind from the body (a sense of floating), distorted perceptions and in rare cases, visual hallucinations.

  • Common Names

    Laughing gas

    Nitro

    N2O

    NOS

    Nangs

    Whippet

    Hippy Crack

    Buzz Bomb

    Balloons

    image-1
  • image-1

    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.

Side Effects of NOS

  • image-1

    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Nitrous Oxide affects everyone differently, based on:

    • The amount taken
    • The user’s size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time

    Copied
    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Nitrous Oxide affects everyone differently, based on:

    • The amount taken
    • The user’s size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time

  • The following effects may be felt almost immediately and can last for a few minutes:

    Euphoria

    Numbness of the body

    Sedation

    Giddiness

    Uncontrolled laughter

    Uncoordinated movements

    Blurred vision

    Confusion

    Dizziness and/or light-headedness

    Sweating

    Feeling unusually tired or weak

    Sudden death

    Copied
    The following effects may be felt almost immediately and can last for a few minutes:

    Euphoria

    Numbness of the body

    Sedation

    Giddiness

    Uncontrolled laughter

    Uncoordinated movements

    Blurred vision

    Confusion

    Dizziness and/or light-headedness

    Sweating

    Feeling unusually tired or weak

    Sudden death

    image-1
  • image-1

    Long-term effects:

    Memory loss

    Vitamin B12 depletion (long-term depletion causes brain and nerve damage)

    Ringing or buzzing in the ears

    Incontinence

    Numbness in the hands or feet

    Limb spasms

    Potential birth defects (if consumed during pregnancy)

    Weakened immune system

    Disruption to reproductive systems

    Depression

    Psychological dependence

    Psychosis

    Copied
    Long-term effects:

    Memory loss

    Vitamin B12 depletion (long-term depletion causes brain and nerve damage)

    Ringing or buzzing in the ears

    Incontinence

    Numbness in the hands or feet

    Limb spasms

    Potential birth defects (if consumed during pregnancy)

    Weakened immune system

    Disruption to reproductive systems

    Depression

    Psychological dependence

    Psychosis

NOS Overdose

Mixing NOS with other drugs

  • image-1

     

    There is no current evidence demonstrating that mixing nitrous oxide with other substances increases health risks. However, it is possible that combining the gas with stimulants and other drugs places additional pressure on the heart, increases blood pressure and may disrupt heart rate. Anecdotal evidence suggests that combining nitrous oxide with other drugs such as cannabis, ketamine, LSD, magic mushroom and salvia can cause intense dissociation. 

  • Mixing Nitrous Oxide and Alcohol can cause:

     

    Confusion

    Feeling heavy or sluggish

    Reduced concentration

    Loss of body control

    image-1


The effects of taking NOS with other drugs including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.