>Gay 101. Poppers

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Ok so many of you will have heard the term poppers or know them by their chemical name Amyl Nitrite.

Not to be confused with Amyl Nitrate, Amyl Nitrite is a different little beast.

It’s quite common around the Gay scene to see boys using Amyl. Some use it to enhance sex, others use it for a rush on the dance floor.

What ever you do with it, it seems most people consider it to be relatively harmless. Is this really the case?

I should point out now that I am not a medical professional and that you should not see this article as the definitive answer on this topic. If you are concerned about it’s use then you should speak to a Doctor.

I can however offer a little advice based on my own experience.

Inhaling Amyl relaxes the smooth muscles throughout the body including the sphincter in the anus. This is why many Gay men use it to enhance sex. The relaxation of these smooth muscles causes the blood vessels in these muscles to dilate resulting in increased heart rate and the warm rush and excitement you feel around your body.

The feeling of being sexually aroused is enhanced.

It is unclear whether there is any direct effect on the brain.

Possible Side effects.


Firstly you should know Poppers are illegal in some parts of the world.

Poppers if over used can bring on the holy mother of all headaches. It can burn if spilt on the skin and cause coma or death if ingested.

Some individuals may experience erectile problems.

Poppers have been linked to increased risk of Glaucoma and loss of vision.

The feeling of euphoria and increased “horniness” can also lead to more risky sexual behaviour. Make sure you put on a condom before you whiff your poppers.

Poppers can also interact with some medications including Viagra which can have negative health effects. If you are using medications then you should speak to your Doctor about the dangers of mixing them with Amyl.

so there you have it.

If you want to learn more speak to your Doctor or you can look online. There is a lot of information on the internet about the subject. There are also a lot of conflicting opinions.

Educate yourself and make informed choices, thats the best way.

http://www.guide4living.com/drugabuse/inhalants-effects.htm

http://www.urban75.com/Drugs/drugamyl.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poppers