Drug use is one thing usual, and is not reserved for the youngest. This habit is not new either, because since ancient times humans have used all kinds of psychoactive substances. For example, the Mayans are known to have used mushrooms, peyote, and ayahuasca centuries ago.
The effects of drugs can be pleasurable and lead to hallucinatory and, in some cases, hallucinogenic experiences; however, these substances are generally harmful to health or pose high risks and can have negative consequences in a consumer’s life. In this article we will focus on a substance known as a popper.
What is the popper?
Medicines are generally divided into three categories based on the effects they produce. They can only act as stimulants, depressants, or hallucinogens (called psychedelics). Very few substances have mixed effectsAnd these can be described as stimulating hallucinogens (eg, ecstasy or ketamine) or depressive hallucinogens (eg, cannabis).
Depressive medications make people feel relaxed and calm, and generally slow their heart rate and breathing. They include alcohol (in high doses), tranquilizers, heroin, or cannabis. hallucinogens they distort reality people use these substances in different ways: their sense of movement or time may be impaired or they may suffer from sensory distortions (for example, visual or auditory) and hallucinations. They include LSD or mushrooms.
Stimulants make the consumer feel alert and energized. In turn, blood pressure rises and vasodilation occurs. This group includes cocaine, amphetamines and the popper.
The term popper is commonly used and is used to refer to a wide range of psychoactive drugs which include, among some active ingredients, rental nitrites or amyl nitrite. They are consumed by inhalation and are intended for recreational use. This drug too known as liquid gold, bananas, snappers, rush and other trade names such as Stud or Locker Room.
Characteristics of this substance
The most common type of popper is one that contains amyl nitrite, Which is often confused with amyl nitrate which is used as an additive in diesel fuel, where it acts to improve ignition by accelerating the ignition of the fuel. However, the popper may also contain isopropyl nitrite, 2-propyl nitrite, isobutyl nitrite, butyl nitrite and annuity nitrite.
The term “popper” began to be used after the popularity of some of these chemical compounds when they were used as drugs. For example, amyl nitrite has been used medicinally for its vasodilator and stimulant effect for the treatment of angina pectoris.
What are the effects of the popper?
Although this drug is rarely used today to treat heart problems, poppers continue to be consumed. As a medical use, amyl nitrite is still in use to treat cyanide poisoning.
As a recreational substance, the popper produces stimulation and vasodilation very quickly when inhaled, as well as a feeling of euphoria and sexual desire. At a time it causes the sphincters to relax, and is therefore known as a sex drug the “gay drug”.
In summary, its effects are:
- It produces a rapid increase when inhaled, In which the attention and control of the body is lost.
- Libido increases.
- It produces a state of well-being and pleasure.
- It relaxes the sphincters and promotes erection in men.
- It causes pleasant perceptual distortions.
- Inconsistent language and slow reaction time.
The pleasant effects of the drug occur soon after taking it and last for a short time, only 2 or 3 minutes. However, side effects can be long lasting, And may include: nausea, dizziness, headache, redness of the eyes, congestion of the face and neck, loss of appetite, nosebleeds, tachycardia, hypotension and trouble breathing.
Popper can also be used in addition to other designer drugs, such as LSD and ecstasy, which can cause more intense sensations and effects, but also serious risk of poisoning.
A popular drug among the gay community
Amyl nitrite was first synthesized in 1844 by Antoine Jérôme Balard and was popularized as a treatment for angina pectoris by Sir Thomas Lauder Brunton. But it only began to be used as a recreational drug in the 1960s, initially in the gay community, as this group realized that this drug helped them feel good mentally and physically, increasing their sexual arousal and promoting the practice of anal sex, which is less painful and more pleasant.
So the poppers are largely used as recreational drugs, especially in the gay scene, And are usually inhaled directly from small bottles. It is a cheap and easy to buy drug, often sold as an air freshener or as a sexual enhancer.
A recent survey examined the use of this drug in homosexuals. Apparently, while the use of other substances like glass methamphetamine, ecstasy, and ketamine has declined in recent times, popper and cocaine use has remained stable.
This psychoactive substance became a part of the gay scene in the most successful moments of disco music, ie the 70s, and was very popular in the 80s and 90s. However, heterosexuals consume it. also for its effects. Studies show that in the UK 14.9% of students and 12.8% of medical students have used the drug recreationally. In addition, in this country there seems to be great concern for recent increase in inhaled drug use in adolescents, among them, the popper.
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