Poppers are liquid chemical substances formerly known as alkyl nitrites. Originally most poppers, usually consisted of amyl nitrites. Today, isopropyl nitrite tends to be more commonly used instead. Poppers are usually sold in small bottles, either 10ml, 15ml or 30ml bottles, in the form of liquids that produce a vapor. Poppers are not sold for human consumption.
Isopropyl Nitrite and Alkyl Nitrite’s are legal in the United States, so you are able to buy them online and in most adult stores or sex shops, or gay book stores.
What are poppers exactly? Poppers are sold legally in shops and online as solvent cleaner. And, should not be inhaled. Also, poppers are sometimes found in adult stores or sex shops, and occasionally in clubs.
What happens if poppers are inhaled?
When poppers are inhaled, they open up blood vessels, increase blood flow, and frequently reduce blood pressure while increasing heart rate. So, users often report getting warm sensations and euphoria sensation, as well as relaxed sexual prowess. And, some even report getting a dizzying ‘head-rush’. Also, a sort of high in other words.
Some people suggest poppers as having a hallucinatory effect and action on the brain. However, the ACMD (Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs) ruled, they only had an indirect effect on the brain, because their direct action was to increase blood flow. So, the effects of poppers on blood vessels in the brain should be considered to be incidental and unimportant as these lie outside the blood-brain barrier.
Not withstanding, poppers have been used as inhalants by the general public recreation-ally since the 1970s. Hence they are labelled for other uses mainly because, it is illegal to advertise them for human consumption.
As well as giving a head rush or high sensation, they are also well known to relax muscles in the vagina and anal sphincter. So for many users of these products they are mainly used for their muscle relaxing effects. Some believe poppers facilitate and enhance anal and vaginal sex. Users claim that poppers help prolong or intensify erections and increase libido and sex drive.
What are the risks ?
There is a small risk of death if inhaled or swallowed. Poppers could cause methaemoglobinaemia. (Methaemoglobinaemia is a rare condition in which the haemoglobin iron is in the oxidized or ferric state and cannot reversibly bind oxygen. If severe, this condition leads to hypoxaemia and death.) However, very few deaths have ever been reported.
Furthermore, in 2011 the ACMD reported that there were no plans to ban poppers. Because misuse is not seen to be capable of having harmful effects sufficient to cause a social problem.
So, the general rule is that if you have heart or blood pressure problems, poppers can be dangerous to your health. This is because of the way they lower blood pressure and increase heart rate, and for similar reasons, it’s a very bad idea to take them whilst also taking Viagra.
What else could happen?
Some people think or feel reliant on poppers in order for them to perform sexually, but they are NOT actually physically addictive. What does commonly happen as an unwanted side effect is a pounding headache. They can also make some people feel sick or very dizzy, or even faint. They can cause chemical burns if you spill the liquid on your skin and do not wash it off with water quickly enough.
In the case of gay men using them to enhance sex, note that the use of poppers in unprotected anal sex has been associated with not only increased sex drive and sexual behavior but also increased possible HIV transmission because your brains focus is partly impaired and distracted. However, the ACMD also said that “These potential concerns are relatively rare.”
They are however, very flammable, so you should always be extremely careful and never keep or use them near any type of naked flame.
Even though poppers in general are not illegal and can be purchased rather easily, they are not risk free. If you miss use them by over-use them, it’s possible it could cause vomiting, or trouble breathing, and excessively low blood pressure and fainting.
Misuse of these products with Viagra or Cialis may be fatal. As the Buyer you assume all risks and liabilities with the use of these type of products at all times.