What It Is

Nitrite is akyl nitrite called Akyl or butyl nitrite called Butyl. Nitrites are yellow liquids and smell sweet and fruity when fresh but like ‘sweaty socks’ when stale. Amyl nitrite was discovered in 1857 and was once used as a treatment for angina (a heart condition) due to its ability to open up the vessels delivering blood to the heart. Butyl nitrite is very similar to amyl nitrite but produces slightly less potent effects.

When first used as a medicine amyl nitrite came in a small glass capsule encased in cotton wool. This was crushed between the fingers resulting in a popping noise – giving the nitrites the street name poppers.

Street Names

Nitrites, Poppers, Rush, Amyl / Butyl Nitrite, Liquid Gold, Ram and Thrust

How It Is Taken

Usually sniffed.

What It Does

Nitrites users experience light headed and giddy feelings. Users may have feelings of blood rushing to the head, a heat flush and heightened sensual awareness. The effects last only about a minute and are unlikely to last more than two. Some users may get a headache, nausea, coughing and dizziness after use.

There is no evidence that physical dependence occurs although there is a chance some users may become psychologically dependent.

Use of nitrites is popular among gays because it is reported to provide temporary relief of pain caused by anal penetration.

Medical Uses