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Drug use is now quite common, especially among young people. Although in some cases they can be a certain pleasure or fun, they usually cause very harmful effects on health.
The Popper is a drug that is also known as "liquid gold", "bananas", "snappers" or "rush".
It is very common in party environments, being especially popular within the gay community, although at the time it was used as a drug.
If you want to know more, in this article, I give you information about Popper: what it is, its types, and its effects.
What is popper?
Popper is a liquid drug containing amyl nitrite that is administered by inhalation. It causes a sudden high and acts as a sexual stimulant.
Specifically, it is a psychoactive drug that has harmful effects if ingested regularly. Currently, it is the second most-consumed drug after cannabis.
In this article, you will see the classification of drugs according to the WHO and their effects. Read on to learn about the effects of Poppers on the human body.
Types of Poppers
There are multiple types of Poppers. The main ones are the following:
- Amyl nitrites: it is the oldest and currently one of those with the most powerful effects. The effects take longer to appear but last longer.
- Pentyl nitrites: these are the best known and the ones that are sold the most. Its rise is more immediate and it is a little slower for its effects to wear off.
- Isopropyl Nitrite: This is the purest formula of the Popper and is very powerful.
- Mixed formula: new types have been created that arise from combining the previous three: butyl nitrite, isoamyl nitrite, isopentyl nitrite, isobutyl nitrite, and 2-propyl nitrite.
What effects does the Popper cause? When inhaled, the effects of the Popper come on very quickly. Let's see what they are:
- It produces a stimulation in the person and a vasodilator effect. The person feels euphoric and with a high sexual desire.
- It relaxes the sphincters, which is why it is also known by the names "sex drug" and "gay drug." In addition, it favors the erection.
- The high effect, in which control over the body and our behavior is lost.
- The ability to react decreases and the person's language begins to be incoherent. These effects only last 2 or 3 minutes, as opposed to the secondary effects that it causes.
It is sometimes mixed with ecstasy or LSD to enhance its effects on the body. All these effects occur because, contrary to widespread myths, they do have effects on the nervous system. In this article, you will find more information about the effects of drugs on the nervous system.
Popper Side Effects
Next, we will see the secondary effects of the Popper:
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Redness of the eyes.
- Loss of appetite.
- Vasodilation produces hypotension and tachycardia.
- When ingested through the nose, it causes nosebleeds.
- It can cause loss of consciousness and diarrhea.
- Increased aggressiveness.
- In the long term, it can cause irreversible retinal damage that will cause vision loss, as well as erectile dysfunction.
- If consumed orally, it can cause blindness, brain damage, organ failure, and can even be fatal.
- Another effect that can be caused is methemoglobinemia, that is, the blood stops transporting oxygen.
- In the long term, an allergy to this drug can also develop.
- They cause great tolerance. In a short time, they stop having an effect and more quantity is needed to obtain the desired effects.
Regarding its addiction, it has not been seen that it causes withdrawal syndrome, although it can generate a certain dependence by associating better quality of sexual relations with the consumption of this drug.
Today there are great defenders of this drug since its consumption is not associated with work or family problems as it would happen with high consumption of alcohol or other types of drugs.
Medicinal uses of Popper
Formerly it was used as a medicine for different types of ailments, such as angina pectoris. However, its use is becoming less and less due to the risks. It is currently only used for cyanide poisoning.
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