nitrous oxide


A Brief, 200-Year History of Humanity’s Love for Laughing Gas

People were using it to get high in the 1700s—long before anyone used it to decorate cakes.


All of the Terrible Things I Learned While Working as a Barista at a Global Coffee Chain

There were mice in the madeleines. There were mice behind the walk-in. There were mice giving birth in bags of powdered frappé mix in the basement.


America Is Currently in the Midst of a Massive Nitrous Oxide Shortage

Which means a lack of canned whipped cream and legal highs this holiday season.


How Scared Should I Be of Whippits?

Just take it easy with that stuff.


What Are Whip Its? The Side Effects and Dangers of Doing Them

Whip Its, also known as “whippits” and "whippets," can put you to sleep, take away pain, and get you high. But here’s what happens when they go wrong.


How Nitrous Oxide Inspired Early Psychedelic Literature

A conversation with author Mike Jay on nitrous oxide's remarkable history.


We Made the Rounds with a Whippits Dealer

Before the UK's Psychoactive Substances Act makes his business too risky to pursue, a British nitrous oxide dealer invited us to accompany him on his rounds.


Psychologists Showed People a Traumatic Film Then Gave Them Laughing Gas

What's a good analogue for real psychological trauma? Watching Gaspar Noé's 'Irréversible.'


Volkswagen Now Faces Possible Criminal Charges for Cheating on Emissions Tests

The US Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that the automaker installed software in its diesel vehicles meant to circumvent clean air requirements.


Why Are London Cops So Worried About Laughing Gas?

For Lambeth council, clamping down on NOS canister litter is an easier win that focusing on the borough's real drug issues.


A Generation of Entrepreneurs Are Being Stunted By Britain's Laughing-Gas Ban

What will become of the young men setting up shop outside East London's night clubs?


In Defense of Poppers

The UK government just banned a ton of "legal highs"—including amyl nitrate, the popular party drug that's actually less dangerous than many alternative substances.