Antoine Jerome Balard developed amyl nitrite for the first time in 1844, but Sir Thomas Lauder Brunton promoted its use as an effective treatment for angina pectoris. However, in the 1960s, its popularity started growing in clubs as one of the recreational drugs, especially in the gay community. People discovered that amyl nitrite helped them relax physically and mentally, increased their sexual arousal, enhanced orgasms and made anal sex easier.
An overview of poppers
Amyl nitrite is the commonest type of poppers that people inhale. Most of the inhalants confuse it with the amyl nitrate, which is a different chemical with different effects. Some of the users may refer to the poppers as liquid gold poppers, heart medicine, and butyl nitrite or room deodorizer. They used the drug for the first time in 1960s. at that time, amyl nitrite entered the market in glass capsules as a heart medicine.
People popped or cracked the capsules to release the chemical content. As we have stated, “room deodorizer” is one of the common names that people use to refer to the poppers but that does not mean that you should start using it as a deodorizer in your home. Such usage would be harmful. They are also not suitable for people with heart problems unless the physician advises you otherwise.
How they are used
Even though doctors do not prescribe amyl nitrite as a treatment for heart problems today, they prescribe it as a treatment for cyanide poisoning. People are using the drug recreationally too, particularly in the gay scenes – they typically use it as fumes, which they inhale from very small bottles. Actually, poppers are inexpensive and easier to find. Many suppliers sell them as room deodorizers, but the usage comes with risks.
Poppers offer intense effects that last for a few seconds or minutes and therefore people use them along with other designer drugs. The purpose of this use has nothing to do with sex. They use it to enjoy the immediate rush or the intense relaxation sensation, euphoria, dizziness, intoxication and mood elevation.
The effects of poppers
After inhalation, poppers might cause vasodilation or dilation of the blood vessels. As a result, the blood pressure reduces. After inhalation, they can cause euphoric effects for several minutes therefore loosening the inhibitions of the user in addition to increasing the sexual pressure. People use them as preparation for sex because they relax the smooth body muscles, especially those that surround the blood vessels. They also causes dizziness, increased heart rate, lightheadedness and warm sensations in the whole body.
The side effects of poppers
The risk for dependence on poppers is very low, but they still come with many side effects. The side effects vary from allergic reactions to severe life threating methemoglobinemia, which is an abnormal increase of haemoglobin in the user’s blood. One of the major concerns relates to how they react with other drugs. A quick example, when coupled with Cialis, Viagra and most other erectile drugs, they can reduce the blood pressure to unsafe level. And because they reduce inhibitions, the users are likely to engage in unsafe sex.
Because poppers cause widening of the blood vessels inside the brain, they are known to cause headaches. Their inhalation can cause breathing difficulties and allergic reactions. Some people also complain about pressure in the eyes after poppers increase the fluid levels in eyes.
Who uses them?
The use of the drug among gay men is high today. A more recent study that examined the usage of drugs among the gay population showed that the use of drugs like ketamine, ecstasy and crystal meth reduced in the 2000s, but the use of cocaine and poppers has remained stable among the people.
Other people who use poppers are those who engage in sex marathons, which involve the participants having sex for several hours at a time. The use of poppers was high in clubs, crave scenes and disco halls of the 1970s, 80s and 90s. In the United Kingdom, around 12.8 percent of the medical male students and 6.3 percent of the female medical students have used the poppers recreationally.