Hippy Crack or Nitrous Oxide (also known as laughing gas) is one of the most recent drugs to be ruled as illegal under the Psychoactive Substances Act. The end of 2017 saw hundreds of people arrested and 50 dealers prosecuted, some of who were jailed.
Originally synthesised in 1772, it had been used for centuries as a pain killer by dentists and doctors, sometimes used during childbirth.
However, more recently, party and festival goers have become more interested in its euphoric effects. Nitrous Oxide canisters, from which gas is pumped into balloons before being inhaled, litter festival sites and town and city centre pavements all over the UK.
Negative Side Effects of Happy Crack
- Difficulty in thinking clearly
- Extreme headaches
Risks of Happy Crack
- Nitrous oxide can cause dizziness or affect your judgement, which might make you act carelessly or dangerously and put you at risk of hurting yourself, particularly in an unsafe environment.
- Unconsciousness or death from lack of oxygen. This occurs when the available oxygen for breathing is effectively pushed out by the nitrous oxide. The risk is greater if the gas is consumed in an enclosed space or if a plastic bag is used that covers both nose and mouth.
- Heavy regular use of nitrous oxide can lead to deficiency of vitamin B12 and to a form of anaemia.
- Mixing nitrous oxide with alcohol is especially dangerous as it can increase the risks associated with both substances and can lead to an increased risk of accidents or death