Amyl nitrate is a prescription medication for people suffering from angina. It is also a street drug known as “poppers,” often used recreationally for its sex enhancement effects.
Those unfamiliar with the condition are associated with severe chest pains that can spread to the shoulders, arms, and neck because of inadequate flow to the heart.
- The inhalant relaxes vessels and increases hemoglobin and oxygen to the heart while easing the body’s cardiac workload.
- Personal use of this class of chemicals, without a prescription has been illegal since the 1980s.
- However, they are legal for commercial purposes, such as nail polish remover, video-head cleaners, and room deodorizers.
One popular method is sticking an unlit cigarette into the bottle of liquid, pulling it out, and inhaling the fumes through the tobacco. Unfortunately, it is potentially hazardous because they are incredibly flammable. Unlit cigarettes will not make the chemicals spontaneously combust.
“But you would have to be pretty stupid to do that, wouldn’t you?” writes Adam Lusher, a contributor to the UK outlet The Independent. “Yes. Or drunk. Furthermore, the government has not – yet – banned cigarettes and alcohol.”
- Inhaling is not a risk-free pastime, but many users claim that along with the very brief “head rush” that comes with it, the drug improves sex.
In addition to the vascular rush, they loosen involuntary muscle tissue, making anal, vaginal, and female-to-male oral sex less difficult or uncomfortable. One reason why “poppers” rose to popularity as a sex drug in the gay community first.
According to the Mayo Clinic, inhaling these substances can lead to some adverse side effects, including the following:
- Fast pulse
- Flushing of the face and neck
- Nausea or vomiting
Regular or heavy use, it should be mentioned, might lead to;
- scaly, yellow skin lesions around the nose, lips, and mouth
- slurred speech
- lack of coordination
- unsteady gait
Never consume while using sildenafil and tadalafil, more commonly known as Viagra and Cialis, because both drugs interact with blood pressure and the cardiovascular system. Though a fatal overdose is rare, it is possible, especially for people with heart conditions.
The commercial use stipulation in the law is a loophole because they are available at head shops, sex shops, and most especially online. Labels contain a “do not drink or inhale” warning on these miniature bottles, which are now mostly isopropyl nitrites, are sold under names like;
- “Jungle Juice”
- “Clock Cleaner”
Neither of them are not physically addictive, but anecdotal evidence suggests some users feel dependent on “poppers” to perform during sex.