Ok so SWIM
has cracked maaaany cartridges of nitrous
over the past few years. he's probably done somewhere between 100 and 200 canisters, but honestly who knows at this point right? its probably more
I've been somewhat confused over the issue of whether or not nitrous use with just a cracker and balloon, or a whipped cream dispenser, is bad for you. I have had numerous discussions and arguments with people over this. I've read a fair amount of literature on the subject and I feel like a lot of the arguments contradict each other. Some sources say that nitrous is absolutely terrible for your brain, and that inhaling any substance is terrible, etc and so forth. There are reports of Olney's lesions being a possibility of brain damage caused by Nitrous and other dissociatives
. There are reports of it causing people to lose control of their limbs, have incontinence problems, and even the possibility of psychosis. But this is from chronic use - hundreds of cartridges a week - not a 50 box every couple of months as a party favor. other sources say that it's close to just holding your breath, which can be bad if you do this for too long...leading to blue lips and cheeks :
SWIM's experience tells me that a heavy night of nitrous, like 20 whippets to himself, can give him a good hangover in the morning, but thats about it. And anyone who has done nitrous knows that a heavy night of drinking is much more taxing on one's brain than a night of involving a few whippets. But I have seen definite habits form in some friends with nitrous use too, and too much of anything is bad, so I have my doubts of its safety, even in small recreational doses. This causes me to continually question the issue.
My questions are:
How much nitrous is too much? At what point is the nitrous oxide
, not the oxygen deprivation, causing brain damage or something thereof? We have all heard of the seriously damaging effects of nitrous addiction and chronic abuse (Thank you Steve-O), but what about just some low dose recreational use?
How bad is the oxygen deprivation aspect of breathing in and out of a balloon for one's brain and body? and again how much is too much? as many people are very skeptical of inhaling anything.
and lastly, compared to say a heavy night of drinking, how does a night of doing 10 whippets compare, neurologically?
Basically, how 'bad' is nitrous oxide for you? Is it really that dangerous?
Thank you for hopefully clearing up this debated issue, and i apologize in advance if there are threads like this one already.