1859 – first effects of amyl nitrite (poppers) on the human body was noticed by doctors in europe. the first effect noticed was the flushing of the skin around the neck, which the later discovered was due to vasodilation.
1867 – doctors discovered that the vasodilatory effects of amyl nitrite was causing the smooth muscles to relax, which was found to be beneficial to patients with heart pain. poppers were subsequently used as a treatment for patients suffering from angina pectoris.
1937 – marketed as a prescription drug in the united states.
1959 – medical professional claim 100 years of use of amyl nitrite for medical purposes without fatality of casualty.
1960 – after an fda (food and drug administration) study supports the safety of amyl nitrite, amyl nitrite becomes available over the counter without prescription.
1961 – subsequent to reports that amyl nitrite is being purchased over the counter by healthy young people and used as a recreational drug, the fda reinstate the prescription requirement.
1969 – first poppers are sold commercially in los angeles containing isobutyl nitrite and first brand name is trademarked: locker room.
1977 – reports in “the wall street journal” and “time magazine” claim that the use of isobutyl nitrite – poppers – as a recreational drug has become big – $50 million a year – business. the article reports that the popper fad began among homosexual men as a way to enhance sexual pleasure, but “quickly spread to avant-garde heterosexuals” as a result of aggressive marketing. a series of interviews conducted in the late 1970s revealed a wide spectrum of users, including construction workers, a “trendy East Side nyc couple” at a “chic nyc nightclub”, a los angeles businesswoman “in the middle of a particularly hectic public-relations job” (who confided to the reporter that “I could really use a popper now”) and frenetic disco dancers amid “flashing strobe lights and the pulsating beat of music in discos across the country.”
1979 – the first major study of the use and effects of alkyl nitrite as a recreational drug is published. It is called “isobutyl nitrite and related compounds” is published by in san francisco
1983 – two studies are published suggesting a link between poppers and the incidence of karposi’s sarcoma in AIDS sufferers.
1984 – national jewish center for immunology and respiratory diseases claim they have discovered a link between the use of poppers and contracting HIV.
1985 – new york state bans the sale of nitrite odorants “as drugs” to prevent the spread of aids.
1987 – new england journal of medicine issue a report about aids and the use of poppers – concluding that the research “failed to support previously reported associations between the use of nitrites and an elevated cyrtomegalovirusantibody filter or karposi’s sarcoma.”
1988 – section 8 of the consumer product safety act, banned the manufacture for sale, distribution in commerce, or importation of various forms of “butyl nitrite.”
1990 – congress amends the law to also ban “volatile alkyl nitrites that can be used for inhaling or otherwise introducing volatile alkyl nitrites into the human body for euphoric or physical effects.” the law includes an exception for commercial purposes – defined to mean that poppers can be sold as video-head cleaners, polish removers and room odorizers – just as long as they are not advertised to be used recreationally.
2000 – 5000 scientists and physicians meet in south africa to collectively produce “the durban declaration” which states the case that aids is caused by the hiv virus – not poppers, declaring that the evidence is “clear-cut, exhaustive and unambiguous, meeting the highest standard of science”.
a reader asked me to research and explore poppers. here it is!
what are poppers?
poppers are an inhalant drug usually found in the form of a liquid chemical (a nitrite) sold in a small bottle. commonly, the chemical is alkyl nitrite, although other nitrites like amyl nitrite (and butyl nitrite and isobutyl nitrite) have also used been used. nitrites dilate the blood vessels and allow more blood to get to the heart.
how are poppers used?
poppers are usually sniffed straight from the bottle. although there are other methods occassionally used – Master and i used to have a small vial filled with popper-soaked cotton that i’d wear around my neck when W/we went out dancing.
the bottle is placed at the nostril opening, while the other nostril is closed shut by a finger. the aroma is then inhaled, held for a few seconds and released. one sniff (or inhale) and you can feel the effects. the effects don’t last long and fade after a couple of minutes.
it is important to be careful with poppers. they are highly flammable – with stories of people mistakenly lighting cigarettes that have been dipped in poppers and burning off their eyebrows and burning themselves or others.
what are the effects of poppers?
** they give a head-rush high that lasts a couple of minutes
**they have been reported to have short-lived effects on sexual experience, specifically that they may make an orgasm feel like it lasts longer; may make an erection feel stronger (although some men have trouble getting an erection after sniffing poppers); and may make it easier for some people to have anal sex by helping to relax anal sphincter muscles (hence the reason bottoms often use them in fisting scenes)
what are the risks of poppers?
**taking poppers is potentially dangerous for anyone with heart problems, anaemia or glaucoma (an eye disease).
**they can cause your blood pressure to drop to a dangerous level, so you shouldn’t take them if you have problems with your blood pressure, are on any blood pressure medication, or if you are taking viagra.
**you can die due to injury to red blood cells and reduced oxygen supply to vital organs or if swallowed
**they’re highly flammable.
**they can cause nausea, headache, and disorientation
**chemical burns to body tissues – with the development of a rash around the nose and mouth, and/or irritation of the nose and throat (i had this happen around my nostril once. it’s not very attractive…)
i recommend EXTREME caution if using poppers in a bdsm scene. i sometimes use them when master wants an intense session playing with my hole (it loosens me up and lowers inhibitions), however, there have been a few times i’ve been quite sore then next day because i was not able to properly judge the limits on poppers. additionally, tops should NOT use poppers in a scene where they hold the control – fisting or flogging someone while high is very dangerous because you’d be unable to properly read the warning signs from the bottom. Master never uses poppers in a scene and reserved them for more vanilla situations, such as breeding me or using my mouth hole.
NEVER USE POPPERS WITH SELF-BONDAGE PLAY
i was listing to this song for some reason this week and, you know what, it’s actually a really well written song when listened to in its entirety. just saying.
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