Is NOS Canisters A Drug?

Nitrous Oxide is a dissociative drug that is usually inhaled from a balloon. Nitrous Oxide has been used recreationally for over 200 years. The gas comes in small metal canisters which are put in a ‘cracker’ or a whipped cream dispenser so the contents can be released into a balloon.


The effects of Nitrous Oxide take just a few seconds to kick in and will last from 1 – 5 minutes.

  • Dizziness
  • Euphoria
  • Giggles
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of balance
  • Tight chest
  • Headache


A normal dose of Nitrous Oxide is one 8g canister dispensed into a balloon. Some heavier users will dispense two canisters into the same balloon but this increases the risk substantially. The effects of Nitrous Oxide are so short lived that it’s common to do multiple balloons in a session.

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