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What are nangs?

What are nangs?

Nitrous oxide canister and balloon

Nangs, bulbs, whippets and laughing gas refer to nitrous oxide (N2O), a gas that when inhaled can cause giggle fits, short euphoria, sound distortions, blurred vision and loss of coordination.

Nitrous oxide is considered a cheap and quick high, lasting anywhere from 10 seconds up to 5 minutes, extracted from small cartridges and usually consumed via a balloon. Although N2O has been around for a very long time (since 1772), we're only now coming to understand the disastrous effects of prolonged and or excessive use.

Because N2O creates a short high and cartridges are easily bought at many convenience stores and supermarkets, some people are taking big risks to keep the high going by inhaling vast amounts in one sitting or having consecutive sessions over a period of days, weeks or months.

Want to know more?

Visit the Your Room website to find out about:

  • what happens to your body when you use nangs
  • the risks to your health from using too many nangs
  • the dangers of mixing nangs with other drugs and/or alcohol
  • where to get help if you think you may have a problem with nangs