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Why Are Popper Banned?

What are Poppers?

Poppers are known as the ‘party drug’ of the 80’s and 90’s – but they are still very much in use today. However, unlike in the UK, many countries have banned this legal high from public use.

What are Poppers?

Officially speaking, poppers were created as a ‘room odouriser’ or room aroma. This claim to be a room fragrance still persists to this day. It is because poppers release a pleasant variety of scents when you open the bottle. When this scent is inhaled directly from the bottle, it can produce a light-headedness… but there is a scientific reason for this!

Poppers boost the circulatory system by increasing the level of oxygen in your blood. This has cardiovascular benefits – including (but not limited to) the treatment of erectile dysfunction. This is because the active ingredients in poppers have a very specific effect on the human body.

Poppers are made using different types of alkyl nitrites which have a relaxing effect on the body. They help your body retain some of the oxygen you breathe in, and this oxygenation leads to an excited feeling that can increase arousal, enhance sexual performance, and were repeatedly used throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s in the club scene just for fun!

Can Poppers Cause Side Effects?

They do have side effects but that’s why they made it onto the legal high scene in the first place! Side effects from poppers are almost always mild, cause a head rush, leave you feeling invigorated, and help blood flow. It is these same side effects that help treat some of the causes of Erectile Dysfunction. Other side effects can include headaches and nausea.

Poppers Legislation

If you live in the UK, you can buy them at any online poppers shop. If you live in another country, you will need to check the legality in your area. Strangely enough the purchase of poppers in Germany is not permissible, despite products such as Berlin XXX poppers existing. Among other countries like Canada, Japan and France, poppers are banned. Although they provide a euphoric feeling, a small number of people can have complications after they inhale them directly. This can lead to hospitalisation in only the most extreme cases. More likely it may give you a headache or sinus ache.

Notably, the use of poppers was vilified somewhat because they are known to relax the anal sphincter. This led to them being a popular drug with the gay subculture, which was wrongly vilified throughout the same era as poppers were popular. To this day, poppers are associated with the gay scene.

In these more enlightened times we are realising that there are more than two types of sexuality. We hope this means that we are more enlightened about our highs, too.

Poppers, for example, was invented as a viable treatment for heart problems. Even now it is sometimes used to help men suffering from ED.

Written by Marcus Richards

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