The Truth about Poppers – Check out the forums as well as my horror story!
Diagnosed with an aquired Brain injury after sniffing Jungle Juice Poppers. If only I realised the dangers associated with them. The company who make them (locker room media) won't even reply with what chemical was in their product
But French points to one important distinction between those drugs and inhalants. “The long-term use of inhalants leads to irreversible damage to the brain,” he says, adding he has never seen long-term nicotine use cause such damage. “It certainly can damage the lungs because it’s taken in by through smoke. But there’s no doubt, the pathology people have seen this for years and years, that people who abuse inhalants for a long period of time, they have irreversible brain damage.”
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Are Poppers Dangerous? Are Poppers Neurotoxic? Can poppers affect my Vision?
Chances are you probably don’t need a website to tell you that something you inhale from a small bottle is harmful. Perhaps you enjoy it. Perhaps you know it’s wrong but you have come to depend on it every time you have sex and without it, sex is not… well sex. Perhaps it’s gotten to the stage where you are masturbating to porn while sniffing this drug, taking in dangerous amounts of a toxic poison into your system.
If you have ever in the past tipped the contents down the toilet or discarded the bottle and said no more – you know deep down that it’s wrong and harmful… But once again you keep coming back to it and you keep telling yourself that there is no danger involved and that the majority of articles you’ve read online stating that there is a potential for brain damage or other serious effects and potential death simply aren’t really true… you are just inhaling from a bottle…. It’s amyl nitrite you say and it’s been used for over a century to treat Angina… This is the same drug that was used by doctors to treat Angina.
You then hear that there are other nitrites out there in the ‘chemical world’ and you question what nitrite you had in your bottle. You hear that people are starting to loose their vision and the ability to focus on text with a certain different type of nitrite – but you keep telling yourself that the companies who make these products would have your health as their priority and wouldn’t sell you a chemical that would do you harm.
You see the small label saying ‘not for human consumption’ and you know that that’s them covering themselves in case something was to happen. You come across an article that mentions that the Australian government did a test on store bought poppers and found that the labels were found to be misleading and had different chemicals in some of the bottles compared to the CAS number listed. You start to get nervous about what your sniffing but every time you ask your community about the dangers involved you have people telling you that they have done it for years without any issues – you hear of some even wearing a gas mask because they like being under the influence of poppers for long periods of time. When you see anyone that speaks out against poppers suddenly you have a community that becomes very hostile, angry and abusive – they get attacked that anyone would put something out there damaging or concerning about poppers.
After all poppers comes in as the third largest drug used by the queer community, just behind Alcohol and Cigarettes and that taking it away or threatening to label it as anything such as toxic is an attack on the queer community themselves – almost like it’s a civil rights issue. You presume that this drug is not like other Inhalent’s that you’ve read about but you pause and question why governments would want to ban it and schedule it in the same class as some of the harder drugs like cocaine and ecstasy.
You attempt to contact one of the manufacturers such as Lockeroom Media who are famous for ‘Jungle Juice’ one of the most popular room deodorizers to ask what they put in their products but instead they ignore you asking you to contact the distributor. You question whether or not they really believe that their customer base consists of queer people who have an obsession with polishing their leather harnesses in night clubs, an ongoing nostalgic use of VCRs, and wanting their home to smell like a pungent volatile substance such as dirty socks.
You then begin to loose a little bit of faith in humanity when you begin to realise that maybe these companies know what guys get up to with their product and the damage it does to them both physically and mentally but they continue to sell the products with their disclaimer knowing the sole reason people are buying them is to get a high. It takes a special kind of person to work for a company like that knowing the harm that it does yet continuing to tell yourself that it’s being used to clean those VHS tapes that everyone still has even though your packaging suggests that it’s got nothing to do with leather or VHS cleaners.
Next time someone you know wants to take a sniff out of a bottle with mysterious contents think about this website but more importantly tell them about this website. This website will be regularly updated and we are looking for doctors, medical professionals as well as people that have used ‘poppers’ to get in contact with us and share their stories / lend their expertise. Let’s just call it what it is and stop trying to defend a drug that this community is for some reason so protective about yet these companies are trying to warn people about. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any stories or reports you have that can be added to this website.
The aim of this website…
To present the community who use poppers with an idea of some of the risks involved with using this drug and it’s consequences. Essentially we are not able to stop anyone from using a drug however by attempting to educate people about the dangers involved with using this drug you can at least walk away debating whether the brief high is worth it. It’s also been an observation of mine that there are a lot of queer young males that are starting to consume this drug due to peer pressure as well as being under the pretense that it is not harmful whatsoever. There are also many people online that have had serious harmful effects after using this drug and want to warn others such as eye issues, skin issues, mental health issues, addiction issues, nervous system issues as well as potential brain damage. At some point the queer community decided that they were OK with companies selling them solvents for them to inhale and to this day that right and those companies are protected by the one community that they are harming.
Looking back in history there was a time when we didn’t understand the consequences that some of our habits had on our health such as smoking, but over time we learnt that it can cause lung cancer and a whole host of other issues.
Is it possible that we actually don’t understand the impact that these poppers can have on us either? What makes it even harder is that pure amyl nitrite might not have a lot of the concerning side effects that the newer nitrites have and might be safer however when you have to go and purchase from a sex store, how do you know what you’re actually getting in your bottle? How much integrity do you think these companies have that sell you this cleaner to clean your VHS tapes with or your leather? What purity is the product they are putting in? What quality control methods are being used? What type of amyl are you getting? Are you getting other harmful and toxic chemicals as well? Do you think the people who work at these places would use their own products? Do you feel as though the company is supplying isopropyl nitrite as their main ingredient in poppers knowing it will be inhaled that they could give a warning about it that it can cause foveal maculopathy? If you were in business yourself – would you continue selling a product that you know is being abused but not giving any other warnings? Furthermore, if you had a customer contact who was enquiring about the type of chemical in your product as their doctor is asking about it and the company ignores you for over 5 months without revealing any information, how much faith and trust would you have in this company? What would they be hiding? What are they afraid of?
On the Canadian Government’s health website located here – it also mentions the serious danger with using these poisons as well as here on the TGA website in Australia where it does mention that inhaling the product is toxic.
The brain is one of the most amazing ‘super computers’ in the galaxy and controls everything from your thoughts, your moods, your feelings, your drive, your senses, your movement, your sleep. Do you think we really understand the impacts of what this drug can have on our system? If there was a small chance (10%) that you could harm yourself by doing this drug, would you still take the risk? How important to you are your eyes? What if you couldn’t read the text in front of you because you had inhaled a bottle of amyl and you’ve had trouble focusing on text ever since. The amount of people that have made contact with us regarding these issues is amazing but sad. Some have said they have been attacked by members of the queer community over warning about the dangers of amyl as well as having their contents removed or censored. Shouldn’t you at least be aware of the consequences or dangers associated with it and hear from other people before you question whether you want to risk your health? If you told a GP that you were doing poppers, do you feel that they should warn you or discourage you from doing a drug? What makes it different from inhaling any other other chemicals like Glue or nail polish remover?
When I see doctors on YouTube as well as scientists and researchers saying that there is really not much harm that can be caused by inhaling a product to get high, it makes me very sad that this advice is being delivered to a new young generation of young men who would try this out purely based on the presumption that it is safe. You know exactly what your medical practitioner would say if you were inhaling fumes from a bottle you bought from a sex shop without knowing for sure the quality of contents or where it came from. There are many documented cases of the dangers of what inhaling this drug can cause, as well as the dangers of Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome.
What are Poppers?
The term poppers refers to a few street drugs that are snorted or inhaled. Although amyl nitrite is the most infamous of the chemical formulas, poppers are not exclusively this molecule, and in fact, many people confuse amyl nitrite and amyl nitrite. The chemical amyl nitrite is an additive to fuel, and like other industrial chemicals abused as inhalants, it can cause a brief, intense, and dangerous high; amyl nitrite, on the other hand, was developed to treat angina or chest pain related to heart disease. However, amyl nitrite is also abused for nonmedical reasons, specifically as a party drug that initially became trendy among the queer community.
The Neurotoxicity of Poppers
Any drug that changes how blood flows through the body puts the brain at risk of damage. In addition to damage to the cardiovascular system, liver, and kidneys, poppers are very neurotoxic. One study from 2016 reported that three types of alkyl nitrites – butyl nitrite, isobutyl nitrite, and isoamyl nitrite – reduced the ability of rodents to perform tasks involving learning and memory. When mice were given these drugs, they were unable to learn information about a water maze, and they were also unable to remember important information when reintroduced to the maze.
Since poppers have been abused by adolescents, queer, and young adults for several decades, medical researchers have evidence that abuse of these drugs can cause irreversible brain damage. The cerebral cortex and cerebellum are the areas most affected, so sensory processing, movement and balance, vision, learning, language, mood, and cognition are greatly harmed.
The exact mechanisms that lead to brain damage from abusing poppers are complex, but sudden, rapid opening of blood vessels, quick changes in blood pressure, and the speedy introduction of damaging chemicals can all quickly damage areas of the brain by starving it of oxygen. This drug is toxic to many organs in the body, but it is especially neurotoxic.
All chemical formulas of poppers are vasodilators, meaning they relax or widen the blood vessels to allow better oxygen flow through the body. Some of these chemicals increase heart rate, too, leading to increased risks such as sudden sniffing death syndrome. We stand side-by-side with the makers of the popper companies stating that these should NOT be used for human consumption as they are extremely dangerous. We just want to let people know of the dangers of inhaling this product and we know that the companies know the danger because on one of the manufacturer’s website (Locker room Marketing) it states the following;
Not for human consumption. Flammable. Keep away from open flames. Keep out of reach of children. No smoking. In case of fire:use water for extinguishing fire. Keep container tightly closed. Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product. Use only outdoors or in well-ventilated area . Wear protective gloves/clothing/eye protection. Wash hands thoroughly after handling. Do not inhale. If on skin:Remove immediately all contaminated clothing, rinse skin with water. If swallowed:rinse mouth. If inhaled: remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. Call physician if you feel unwell. Store in a well ventilated space. Keep cool.
Wow – Talk about a warning, It really covers everything here. They really don’t want you coming in contact with the liquid or the fumes and even go so far as saying you should be wearing gloves. Thanks for letting us know guys and warning us of the danger in the product. I guess this means that if we clean our VHS tapes (Seriously?) or use it to clean our leather (Surely there are cheaper options) that we should really be doing this outside in a well ventilated area. However it then appears that for the people who use it as a room deoderiser because they prefer the smell of dirty old socks as opposed to lavender and strawberry fields that it probably is not a very good idea as it needs to be a WELL ventilated area. Once again, just re-read the above warning… Is this something you really want to be inhaling? On the lockerroom Marketing webpage they have 27 different varieties of leather cleaners. One would have to wonder why one company makes so many different formulas for cleaning leather if that is the sole reason for selling a product!
Types of Chemicals Considered PoppersThe slang term poppers comes from the original version of the prescription medication amyl nitrite, which was available in ampules that were popped open so the gas could be inhaled. Amyl nitrite, nitrite, and alkyl nitrite have been used as angina medication since they were first developed for this use in 1844, but they have also been illicitly abused drugs, especially among the queer and club culture, since the 1970s. The chemicals in this family can cause a “rush,” a rapid-onset euphoria that can lead to brain damage and problems with circulation. However in recent years more and more countries due to the danger are replacing the somewhat safer original chemical with more dangerous nitrites that are causing further and more disturbing issues. Simply have a look through our Forums which is only catered for health orientated posts – at some of the many vast amounts of people who have developed issues and problems after using poppers. When you read through the forums one disturbing issue is the idea that many people are unsure of what poison they have sniffed and some have gone as fair as making their own nitrite acid themselves in the hopes of making it as pure as they possibly can to prevent any complications.
- Amyl nitrite: This inhalant will cause brief intoxication characterized by giddiness, excitability, low inhibitions, and increased sensual awareness. While the chemical may feel good for a few minutes, the outward signs of intoxication can be frightening and harmful. Unsteady gait, loss of coordination, and falling put the person in physical danger while glassy or red eyes, trouble breathing, rashes around the nose and mouth, inflammation of the tissues in the nose or mouth, and nosebleeds can all indicate the type of drug the person abused. Fatigue, intense headache, queasiness and vomiting, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, confusion, and delirium are all risky effects as well. Hallucinations, paranoid delusions, violent behavior toward oneself or others, high blood pressure and rapid heartbeat, and sudden death are all possibilities regardless of dose or tolerance to the drug. Ongoing abuse of amyl nitrite can also cause long-term harm, including brain damage, heart disease, liver damage, and kidney failure. Permanent hearing loss; damage to bone marrow, impacting blood and immune system health; permanently slurred speech; and chronic physical tremors can also limit one’s ability to enjoy life.
- Amyl nitrite: In its prescription form, amyl nitrite relaxes the blood vessels, which allows the supply of blood and oxygen easier access to the heart without the heart muscle itself working harder to keep circulation flowing. However, a nonmedical dose of amyl nitrite can lead to an intense, sudden high that quickly goes away. Abusing the drug like this can cause serious heart and blood vessel problems long-term, and it can cause sudden death from asphyxiation in the short-term.
- Alkyl nitrite: The more common and popular chemical found in poppers these days, this drug can cause a fast and short high with severe side effects. Headaches are the most common side effect associated with alkyl nitrites, but the drug can also cause harm to the heart muscle, damage to several areas of the brain, skin rashes, flushing in the face, restlessness, hearing loss, nausea and vomiting, and even sudden death. Asphyxiation from the sudden inability to breathe due to intoxication is considered an overdose on poppers, and it has killed many people.
- Butyl nitrite: Like the other formulas found in poppers, butyl nitrite causes a fast, intense rush to the head as blood vessels open. The chemical relaxes blood vessels and increases heart rate at the same time, so blood flows faster to all organs and more rapidly delivers oxygen. The head rush from butyl nitrite has, according to some anecdotal reports, changed some people’s perception of time, indicating that the drug may have mild psychedelic effects in addition to the energetic intoxication. Like other chemicals in the nitrite family, butyl nitrite can cause sudden death, and long-term abuse damages the muscles, heart, blood vessels, brain, liver, and kidneys.
Statement's Made Regarding Amyl
Hon Chris Pyne MP
SA AIDS Council
Hon Dennis Hood,
Family First, 19/11/2007
Hon Jillian Skinner,
NSW Health Minister via Clover Moore (Sydney Mayor)
Aust Financial Review 04/07/2008, Review p10
E-evolution/MCV, 29/09/2010, p28
DNA #93, p82
Hon Paul Holloway,
Labor Party, Jul/Aug 2007
Poppers is one of the biggest money maker in the queer community but why isn’t anyone warning more about the danger that is associated with them? With all the advertisements that are out there regarding STD’s and safe sex practices when was the last time you saw a health warning or information on any queer orientated publication about the dangers of sniffing poppers? Where are the warnings about Popper Maculopathy as well as other vision related issues that come as a result of sniffing poppers. If people aren’t aware of these reactions they will be less likely to link their use of poppers with them. Are we standing by and allowing unscrupulous manufacturers to play us for fools while they rake in money by selling us VHS, leather and room deoderisers purely to get around local laws and health and safety requirements? What loyalty did these companies ever show the gay community for us to be so protective against the drug that they make? Let’s call it for what it is – Solvent abuse. One of the worst categories of drugs to get involved with. Please check the forums and the personal experiences for concerns that other uses have had. Please don’t think that sniffing poppers is harmless. One has to question whether these drugs and others are contributing factors to the queer communities higher suicide rate, high rate of depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. May you pause for a second before you decide to use poppers in the future and wonder whether or not this drug is worth the brief moment of bliss you get from being high. This site comes out of a place of love for wanting to warn people about the dangers of a drug that sounds relatively harmless at first but can get you hooked and addicted in no time. Please email us at email@example.com if you would like to contribute to this site.