What is the laughing gas?

Nitrous oxide is a chemical connection between nitrogen and oxygen. This connection is called in chemistry nitrous oxide (N2O). Nitrous oxide is traditionally used as an anesthetic (at the dentist) or as a whipped cream syringe. In addition to these functional ways, the nitrous oxide is also used for recreational purposes such as to make ourselves laugh. The laughing gas is used in most cases at home. Read all about under the “How to?” section.

What are the risks?

Such as for other type of drugs is also true for the nitrous oxide: do not make a habit of using it! Usually the use of laughing gas comes without problems. However, there are some risks that you need to assume.

Never use the gas directly from the cracker! Always make sure that you release the gas in the balloon before using it! If you do this, you do not risk to freeze your lips, mouth or respiratory tract!

These are the risks that you have to be aware of:

·         Nausea
·         Headaches
·         Dizziness
·         Frequently used, the higher the risk of reduced fertility

The laughing gas is not physically addictive. A mental addiction on the other hand is theoretically possible.

What is a normal dose?

The recommended dosage is a laughing gas cartridge per balloon. Most people use one balloon. The more balloons you use, the higher the risk of a headache or hangover is. It is therefore highly advisable to use a limited number of balloons!

Is the laughing gas illegal?

On King’s Day (in the Netherlands for example) and on other several holidays, the nitrous oxide can be easily obtained. However, this is officially illegal, but it is tolerated up to some limits. For example you cannot sell it to anyone under the age of 18. On the other hand, products that need nitrous oxide are legal and freely available.