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Are Whippets Bad For You?

Also Known As: whip-its, hippie crack, nitrous oxide



Short answer

Although one or two whippets may not cause any damage, abusing them can lead you down a road to many severe and unwanted side effects. It's best you avoid whippets entirely.



Long answer

So, your friend hands you a bottle of whipped cream and tells you to inhale it. He tells you that it's perfectly safe and the "high" is going to be awesome. Should you do it?

Powering that whipped cream can is compressed nitrous oxide, a globally abused recreational drug. Those who abuse it will tell you it produces an almost orgasmic feeling throughout the entire body. However, it is important to understand what abuse of nitrous oxide can do to you and your brain. Apoptosis, or the death of brain cells, is the most common side effect. Although it is more common with children and the elderly, anyone who abuses nitrous oxide is at risk of brain cell loss, and specifically cells in areas that control memory and learning.

Neurons in the brain use a material called myelin to cover and protect them. Because nitrous oxide misconfigures the body's ability to use vitamin b12 (a vitamin essential for myelin's existence) those who inhale the gas are prone myelin damage. In turn, brain function is slowed down and in rare cases can completely stop. This is a condition known as myeloneuropathy. On top of slowed cognitive function, myeloneuropathy is known to cause movement problems, a general weakness throughout the body, difficulty controlling the bladder and dementia.

To make matters worse, clinical research shows nitrous oxide can increase the risk of heart attack, slow bone marrow production, and cause nausea. It's also a good idea to note pressurized nitrous oxide can disperse at freezing cold temperatures. Many hospital visits include frost bite on the face, damaged vocal cords, and a damaged throat.


Possible short-term side effects

  • difficulty moving
  • suffocation
  • frostbite

Possible long-term side effects

  • myeloneuropathy
  • apoptosis
  • brain damage
  • slowed bone marrow production
  • heart attack
  • dementia

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Written by Kathan Natrajan | 12-28-2015

Written by Kathan Natrajan
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