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This is Rens. -And this is Bastiaan.

And welcome... -To our Drugslab.

Wow, my head is boiling. Damn.

147. -I was panicking a little bit.

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Lotte and many others were very curious about poppers.

Oh man, that was loud.

But we're not talking about these poppers, but about the drug 'poppers'.

We have it in our lab, of course.

Look, this is it.

It's a yellow liquid. -And it has a very strong smell.

Usually the active substance is amyl nitrite. You take poppers by inhaling it.

In 1859 it was first used in medicine to combat heart pain.

It came in small capsules that popped when you opened them. Hence the name.

It widens the blood vessels and relaxes the muscles...

causing your blood pressure to drop.

What are the clichs about poppers? -People think of it as a typical gay drug.

It is used a lot in the gay scene, but also outside it, of course.

It relaxes the muscles, so it makes anal sex easier.

It also gives you a short moment of bliss. -And you feel very warm in your head.

Apparently your orgasm gets more intense if you take it just before you come.

Today we'll let fate decide. We're going to spin the bottle...

to determine who gets to take it.

Ready? -Yes.

Yes, you're up.

The belt is on. This is your heart rate.

I've also measured your blood pressure. It's normal, 132 over 69.

Why did we measure this? If you have low blood pressure...

you shouldn't do this, as it lowers the blood pressure, so that's risky.

One good inhalation will make you feel the effect already.

It starts working after 10 seconds and lasts 1 or 2 minutes.

There's no specific dosage to stick to, so just don't do it too often.

And if you get unpleasant side effects, simply stop.

Because there are risks: headaches. -Palpitations.

Anaemia. -Brain damage.

Loss of consciousness, possible fainting.

And since poppers increase the pressure on the eye, you can develop eye problems.

I'm going to take it the most common way. I take the cap off...

cover it so it won't evaporate, put it under my nose...

remove my thumb, inhale and then put the cap back on.

Inhaling directly from the bottle may damage your nasal mucosa.

Also make sure you make no contact with the liquid.

Quickly close the bottle after inhaling, because if you don't and you faint...

you may get some on you, and you don't want that.

I'm going to time how long it takes.

I'm getting really warm.

Wow, my head is boiling.

And I hear my heart beating in my ears.


Is it nice as well?

Nice and warm?

Wow. Hold on.


Shall I cool you off a little?

Do you still feel it? -Yes.


By arms feel really heavy, and my legs as well.

Just here and here.

Now it's starting to feel normal again. Damn, I was so warm.

Is it all gone now? -Yes.

1 minute 33 seconds. Longer than laughing gas.

Wow, intense. -What did it smell like?

It had a very chemical smell.

It was really as if my head was boiling. I felt like my face was all red.

It wasn't really.

You didn't space out or anything? -No.

Poppers relax your muscles, that's why your limbs may feel heavy.

And your heart rate went up to 130.

You said you could hear your heartbeat. -In my ears, you know?

Could you take it again? -Yes. I don't have a headache or anything.

I want to ask you to focus on your sight.

I have a story for you to read out loud while you're high.

I'll splash some liquid on this handkerchief. Inhale it through your nose.

Regular use of poppers can lead to psychological dependence.

I'm starting to get fucking warm. -Try to read.

Because it's often... Oh, fuck, wait.

Because it's often used during sex...

Wow. Stop, wait. Damn.

What's happening? -Wow.

I'm not really enjoying this. -No?

No, I'm going out of my mind.

Your eyes are red. Holy shit.

I'm really hot. Oh fuck, my head...


Wow, hold on. Wait a second.

Wow, damn. Seriously?

Was it fun? -I was panicking a little bit.

I heard myself very intensely, while I was talking.

I didn't know what to do. I got nauseous. I thought: what if I have to puke?

And then I thought: No, my head. It was just so much.

Poppers are quickly broken down, so they can't be detected in blood or urine.

Another way to take them is with a cigarette.

Dip it into the liquid and then you inhale.

You have less control over your body and may even faint.

So if you're holding a cigarette or a glass, put them away.

It's highly flammable, so careful with fire.

Combining it with Viagra is risky, as both lower the blood pressure.

Don't combine it with GHB, because both affect oxygen intake...

and you may get trouble breathing.

Don't combine it with XTC or speed. That may cause damage to your blood vessels.

Now we'll measure your blood pressure while you're high.

Are you okay? -Yes.

114 over 57. Yes, that's a lot lower.

Not good if you already have low blood pressure.

I'll do it close to the camera to show what it does to you.

Regular use can lead to psychological dependence.

You also develop tolerance, so that you'll need more and more for the same effect.

As it is often combined with sex...

many users say that sex is no fun anymore without it.

How did you like it? -It was more intense than I thought.

And it smelled really gross. Like hairspray.

I have a terrible headache now.

This was this week's episode of Drugslab.

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I feel fine now. Last night I had a headache, but it got better as the evening progressed.

I slept well. I just got up and had breakfast and I feel just fine now.

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