nitrous oxide

Drugs

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.
Gavin Butler
3.8.19
Restaurant Confessionals

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.
Anonymous
5.24.17
The VICE Guide to Right Now

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.
River Donaghey
12.15.16
How Scared Should I Be?

How Scared Should I Be of Whippits?

Just take it easy with that stuff.
Mike Pearl
8.26.16
How Scared Should I Be?

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.
VICE Staff
Mike Pearl
8.26.16
Stuff

How Nitrous Oxide Inspired Early Psychedelic Literature

A conversation with author Mike Jay on nitrous oxide's remarkable history.
Patrick Lyons
7.23.16
Stuff

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.
Ethan Shone
3.31.16
Film

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.'
Victoria Turk
3.4.16
Narcomania

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.
Max Daly
7.14.15
Stuff

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?
Joe Bish
6.9.15
News

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.
Amelia Abraham
5.29.15
Science

We're Eating a Hole in Our Ozone

Nitrous oxide's impact on the ozone makes it our biggest threat right now, but without nitrogen fertilizers, the world couldn't eat.
Kaleigh Rogers
4.28.15
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