Poppers (Amyl / Akyl / Butyl Nitrate) are a liquid drug normally sold in small bottles that can give you an instant high when inhaled, poppers are also know by other names including Amyl Nitrate, Butyl Nitrate, Room Odourisers, Aroma’s, Leather Cleaner and by some of their more common brand names, including Liquid Gold and Rush.
Are Poppers Legal?
Yes, In the UK it is generally Butyl Nitrate which is generally available for sale, however they cannot be sold for the purpose of hence they are sold as room odourisers rather than inhalants.
Poppers are not currently controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act, so it is fully legal to possess them, However Amyl Nitrate is controlled under the medicines act, so should only be sold by Licensed Shops.
Poppers recently avoided being out-lawed under the new Psychoactive Substances Act (2016) after a last minute u-turn by ministers.
Who Uses Poppers?
In the past Amyl Nitrate (Poppers) were used to treat people with heart conditions and Amyl Nitrate is still used today in the treatment of Cyanide Poisoning via small inhaled doses of Amyl Nitrate followed by intravenous Sodium Nitrate and Sodium Thiosulfate.
The use of poppers has very strong links to the LGBTQ community, and especially to gay males, due to the drugs ability to help facilitate anal sex and it’s heightening of sexual arousal and orgasms.
The use of Poppers during sexual activity has grown rapidly in recent years with people of all ages, races and sexual orientations using Poppers.
A study of british medical students showed 10 percent reported using poppers at least once.
So to answer the question we should pretty much anyone and everyone from all kinds of backgrounds, lets face it during the UK governments recent debates on the banning legal highs several MP”s including Tory MP Crispin Blunt admitted to using them, It was in part down to several MP’s coming out as users that Poppers escaped the ban.
Are Poppers Safe?
Poppers are usually used recreationally and create a pleasurable euphoric feeling but some people can find the experience unpleasant and disorientating,
Effects and Side Effects.
Poppers are primarily a vasodilator which means they expand the blood vessels, having dilated the blood vessels they can cause:
- A sudden drop in blood pressure
- An Increased Heart Rate
- Warm Sensations Through the Body
It is a combination of these that gives poppers their signature short lived euphoric feeling, however if blood pressure drops too low it can cause fainting or loss of consciousness.
Poppers also relax the muscles around the anus, and some people say that they even increase the pleasure from anal sex, however poppers are well known for reducing the ability to get an erection due to the causing the blood pressure to drop.