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Nitrous Oxide: Good or Bad?! [Oct. 6th, 2007|07:16 pm]
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Poll #1067118 Nitrous Oxide: Good or Bad?!

Is nitrous oxide (N2O) good or bad?

Laughing Gas rocks. I'll tell you all about it:
12(70.6%)
NOX is death. Lemme break it down:
5(29.4%)

Thank you for taking my poll and commenting.
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From: thesmorphoros
2007-10-07 01:09 am (UTC)
Oh, I thought she was talking about dental work.
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[User Picture]From: tristan_moore
2007-10-07 01:16 am (UTC)
Ditto! Its been 10 years since I've had Nitrous but damn I still remember that high!
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[User Picture]From: litch
2007-10-07 03:25 am (UTC)
I enjoy the hell out of it, but I too frequently have religious experiences for religions I don't subscribe to when I do a lot of it.
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[User Picture]From: tristan_moore
2007-10-07 03:24 pm (UTC)
why do I get the impression some of you peeps get this shit outside of a dental setting?
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[User Picture]From: luxcanon
2007-10-07 04:44 pm (UTC)
Soda chargers, aka "whip-its" are for sale OTC, ostensibly for use with beverage and dessert prep

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[User Picture]From: tristan_moore
2007-10-07 05:00 pm (UTC)
Looks like something off of an exotic porn site. Tempting once I think about being on an airplane for that trip to china but I think the altitude and language learning curve will be enough strain on my brain cells
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[User Picture]From: luxcanon
2007-10-07 05:25 pm (UTC)
Let me go on record as saying that I believe exotic porn is definitely healthy
and I would be delighted to share links if necessary.
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[User Picture]From: ladyoscar
2007-10-07 05:04 am (UTC)
It's of course important to make sure one gets enough oxygen.
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[User Picture]From: luxcanon
2007-10-07 02:29 pm (UTC)
Nitrous Oxide is a central nervous system depressant. When combined with hypoxia (which kills brain cells by depriving them of oxygen) it is a killer. It will get you high in the short term and stupid in the long term. Also peripheral neuropathy is a potential serious problem, most especially for those individuals who suffer from other chronic conditions. Turning your nervous system off and damaging it is not what a Good Drug should do.

It won't kill you to try it a couple of times but I think this shit is bad news and should be one of the first drugs you leave behind when you grow up.
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[User Picture]From: tristan_moore
2007-10-07 03:26 pm (UTC)
Must be why some dentists don't offer it anymore. The last time I went to a dentist that offered laughing gas was 10 years ago. My current and previous dentist did not. When I asked about it, they said that some people die from it so the liability is too much.
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[User Picture]From: enheduanna
2007-10-07 05:17 pm (UTC)

These are great links.

From http://www.justsayn2o.com/nitrous.dangers.html

Overuse of Nitrous

This 36-year old electrical engineer came to the emergency room complaining that he was unable to walk. Symptoms had begun 4 days earlier with 'pins and neeedles' in both feet that gradually worsened and ascended to involve the knees and the fingertips. With worsening of the paresthesias (-no sense of touch or pain-) he noted difficulty in maintaining proper control of the movements of his arms and hands and trouble in walking. He also reported the sensation of electric shocks through his back and legs upon flexion of the neck. He denied bladder or bowel impairment but he had been unable to have an erection for the past week. His past medical history was unremarkable except for occasional abuse of alcohol in the past. However he denied any drinking of alcohol for the past 8 months.

For recreational purposes he had inhaled two to three boxes of nitrous oxide, each box containing 24 cartridges, practically every day for the past six months.

When first seen his general physical examination was completely unremarkable. The neurological examination showed hyperesthesia and hyperalgesia in the lower extremities up to the knees. He had severe bilateral sensory dystaxia and could only stand with support.

Intramuscular B12 injections were started and during the following days his hematological status inproved, (-apart from neurological symptoms, the functional B12 deficiency caused by N2O also produces megaloblastic anemia,- ed.) although his neurological condition continued to deteriorate. The paresthesias ascended to the nipples and he developed fecal and urinary incontinence. (- stuff deleted-)

Four weeks later he began to improve and four months after the onset of the symptoms, and his last use of nitrous oxide he could walk with some hesitation and had completely regained bowel and bladder control and sexual function (-stuff deleted-).
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[User Picture]From: luxcanon
2007-10-07 05:28 pm (UTC)

Re: These are great links.

This 36-year old electrical engineer came to the emergency room complaining that he was unable to walk. Symptoms had begun 4 days earlier with 'pins and neeedles' in both feet that gradually worsened and ascended to involve the knees and the fingertips. With worsening of the paresthesias (-no sense of touch or pain-) he noted difficulty in maintaining proper control of the movements of his arms and hands and trouble in walking. He also reported the sensation of electric shocks through his back and legs upon flexion of the neck. He denied bladder or bowel impairment but he had been unable to have an erection for the past week.

Peripheral Neuropathy is teh SUCK.

The worst part about it is that since the CNS is a naturally attenuating system, peripheral neuropathy will nearly always progress to a serious level before it is noticed and recognized as such.

Ask a diabetic who has let their condition go for a few years.
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[User Picture]From: enheduanna
2007-10-07 04:55 pm (UTC)
I think if you are asking, you already know the answer. Most things are okay in moderation and on a rare occasion, not for daily use. I love you.
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[User Picture]From: aethyrflux
2007-10-09 01:50 pm (UTC)
similarly, how often do really want to do a hard reboot with your computer?
sometimes, it can help you break out of an unproductive loop...
but it isn't the method you would want to depend on all of the time, is it?
as with most substances, i recommend experimenting with a reasonable dosage (with proper precautions) & then reducing it over time.
one may even learn how to achieve a similar state of cosmic reset, at will!
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[User Picture]From: luxcanon
2007-10-11 11:01 pm (UTC)
Get a Mac, and you won't have to do Nitrous anymore.
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From: laughing_cloud
2007-10-08 09:18 pm (UTC)

B-12 oxidation is one risk

http://www.general-anaesthesia.com/n2o.htm
http://www.drdrew.com/Topics/article.asp?id=1214

Chronic use is not a good thing and many experts classify nitrous as highly addictive. Like booze, it'll kill brain cells. Occasional, responsible use can be fun or even sacramental. William James had divine visions under its influence. Several of the gentlemen of the Pneumatic Institute, an old nitrous fellowship, lived to be lucid octagenarians. Use very occasionally and buffer your system with B-12 and some sort of anti-oxident like green tea when you do.
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