Nitrous oxide is the substance that’s used to make whipped cream. It’s also known as laughing gas, and it’s an inhalant. People who use whippits to get high can cause serious damage to their health.
Whippits are small canisters of nitrous oxide that are sold in convenience stores, pharmacies and party stores. People often use them to refill whipped cream dispensers.
1. It’s safe
Nitrous oxide, known colloquially as laughing gas, is an inhalant that’s legal and available to use in many medical settings. It can reduce anxiety and provide a calming Nitrous whip, dissociative effect. It’s also used to relieve pain and create a warm, euphoric feeling.
Nitrous is also commonly abused by teens, who call it whippits. They inhale the fumes from whipped cream chargers, or small metal cartridges that hold the laughing gas, to experience an elevated mood and feelings of giddiness, euphoria, and intoxication. It’s illegal to sell whipped cream canisters to anyone under 21, and some grocery stores have begun restricting the sale of these products to prevent recreational nitrous oxide abuse.
Despite the euphoric high that can be experienced, nitrous oxide can have dangerous side effects, including depriving the brain of oxygen and causing frostbite when inhaled directly from the canisters. This is why it’s best to transfer the nitrous oxide from the whippits to a balloon and inhale that instead of directly from the canister.
2. It’s fun
Nitrous oxide is known as laughing gas, and it’s used medically for its euphoric effects. It’s also often found in whipped cream dispensers, where it acts as a stabilizer and propellant. But some people use the canisters and nozzles to get high. These inhalant users are called “whippets” or “whip-its.”
Nitrogen is a highly soluble gas that makes whipped cream foamy when it mixes with fat. It’s similar to the way carbon dioxide bubbles turn soda into foam when you shake a can of soda.
Whip cream chargers contain small metal canisters filled with nitrous oxide, and they’re usually sold at grocery stores or online. People who use whippets transfer the nitrous oxide from the charger into a balloon to inhale it.
Nitrous oxide is a dangerous drug that can cause sedation, dizziness, and hallucinations. It’s important to educate teens about the risks of huffing whippets. The short high they experience only lasts minutes, and huffing multiple times over an extended period of time deprives the brain of oxygen. That can kill brain cells, so teens should be sure to pause and refocus their minds before huffing again.
3. It’s not dangerous
Nitrous oxide is used as a safe sedative during medical procedures. It can reduce pain and induce feelings of dizziness, floating and detachment from the environment. It is a safe and legal substance when used by a licensed health professional.
However, nitrous oxide is sometimes abused as a recreational drug. It is known as laughing gas because it can produce intoxicating effects. It is often inhaled through metal cartridges called whippits. These cartridges are typically sold at gas stations.
Inhaling nitrous oxide can deprive the brain of oxygen. This creates a euphoric feeling that lasts only minutes. Repeated use can lead to addiction.
In order to use a whipped cream charger, first screw it into the top of your dispenser. Once it’s secure, shake the dispenser vigorously for about 30 seconds to a minute. Then, point the nozzle in the direction you want to dispense the cream and push down on the lever. You can then enjoy your whipped cream!
4. It’s addictive
Nitrous oxide is a laughing gas dentists and surgeons use to calm their patients, but it can also be used as a propellant in reusable whipped cream dispensers. In small quantities, it is a stimulant that can cause dizziness and euphoria. It is cheap and easy to acquire. The marketing of larger’more efficient’ N2O canisters and recipes that recommend mixing the gas into drinks help to normalize its abuse.
The short high of nitrous oxide is addictive and invites teens to continue huffing, depriving the brain of oxygen. Oxygen deprivation kills brain cells, and it’s a deadly combination when combined with alcohol or other drugs.
Misuse of nitrous oxide, also known as whippits, is an example of inhalant abuse, and it is more common than many people think. Regular abuse of whippits can result in serious health problems such as permanent organ damage or death. Getting your loved one the treatment they need is crucial. Riverside Recovery of Tampa is here to support you and your family through every step of recovery.