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Nos (nitrous oxide)

Nos (nitrous oxide)

Nos (nitrous oxide)

Nitrous oxide, often referred to as “nos,” is a colourless and odourless gas commonly used as an anaesthetic and analgesic agent in medical and dental procedures. It is also used recreationally for its euphoric and dissociative effects.

When used recreationally, nitrous oxide is typically inhaled from small canisters or cartridges that are discharged into balloons, which are then inhaled for a short period of time. The gas can induce feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and distorted sensory perceptions. Some people may experience laughter or giggling, which has led to the term “laughing gas.”

However, it’s important to note that recreational use of nitrous oxide carries risks. Misuse or excessive inhalation of nitrous oxide can cause oxygen deprivation, dizziness, loss of consciousness, and potential harm from falls or accidents. Prolonged and frequent use of nitrous oxide can also lead to vitamin B12 deficiency and other health complications.

In many jurisdictions, the sale and possession of nitrous oxide for recreational use are regulated or restricted due to these risks. It is important to prioritise your health and safety by using substances responsibly and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

If you have concerns about substance use or are seeking help with a substance-related issue, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional, addiction specialist, or local support service. They can provide accurate information, guidance, and support tailored to your specific needs.

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