What are Nangs and Poppers – side effects & comparison

What are Nangs and Poppers – side effects & comparison

Nangs or Poppers are a type of recreational drug that is used for the short term effects it produces. These are often used to enhance sex and make it more pleasurable. Nangs or Poppers have many side effects when used recreationally and can be very dangerous, especially if not taken in moderation.

What are Nangs or Poppers?

Nangs are a type of nitrous oxide that is used as a recreational drug. Nangs are also sometimes referred to as poppers, after the brand name popular in the 1970s and 1980s (i.e., Rush). The term nang derives from the word “nail gun” because it was first used in that context by people who used it recreationally while they were working with hardware tools.[1]

Nangs are also sold over-the-counter at some head shops and gas stations, but they can be legally purchased online or through third party sellers on sites like Nangme, amazon, eBay.

The effects of nangs are similar to those of other inhalants such as amyl nitrite (poppers), though there has been no research done on whether one is safer than another when taken orally rather than snorted or inhaled via nose/mouth respectively

What are the effects of using Nangs or Poppers?

Nangs are a relatively new drug on the market. They are used for recreational purposes, and they’re often used to enhance the effects of other drugs. It can also be smoked or inhaled. The effects of nangs vary depending on how you use them, but some of their most common effects include:

  • Euphoria
  • Stimulation
  • Analgesia (pain relief)
  • Enhancement of auditory and visual sensations

Are Nangs/Poppers legal in Australia?

Nangs and Poppers are illegal to import, possess, sell and use in Australia. The Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995 makes it an offense to import, possess or sell Nangs or Poppers without authorisation from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

The National Drugs Strategy also prohibits the possession of Nangs and Poppers.

It is also illegal for a person under 18 years of age to purchase Nangs or Poppers from a retail outlet without a prescription from a doctor.

Other names for Nangs and Poppers

Nangs and poppers are both names for nitrites, a chemical that can be used to dilate blood vessels. Nangs and poppers are often used by people looking to feel a rush of adrenaline, or “rush”.

Poppers are usually sold as liquid in small bottles or vials with a cap. They’re easy to find online because they’re legal to buy in Australia and the UK, where most people order them from online pharmacies. Poppers can also be found at some sex shops or adult stores around the world.

Because nangs and poppers have similar effects on your body, many people use these terms interchangeably when referring to their drug use. However there are some subtle differences between them:

Side Effects of Nangs and Poppers

Side effects of Nangs and Poppers

The side effects of Nangs and Poppers are similar. The side effects may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Brain fog/dizziness/nausea/vomiting

Nangs and Poppers both contain amyl nitrite. The substance is used to dilate the blood vessels to increase blood flow. One of the side effects is that it can trigger a severe headache, which may last for several hours.

Short Term Effects of Nangs and Poppers – Using Nangs recreationally

  • Euphoria
  • Increased libido
  • Increased sexual pleasure and satisfaction
  • Increase energy levels and confidence
  • Increased sociability, mental alertness and mental clarity

Increased attention and focus Reduced anxiety, stress and depression

Reduced fatigue and exhaustion Reduced depression, sadness and apathy Greater sense of happiness and satisfaction

Comparison Between Nangs and Poppers

Nangs and poppers are both used recreationally. However, there are some key differences between the two.

In Australia, Nangs are legal for sale in adult stores and online while Poppers remain illegal.

Both substances can be inhaled via a nasal inhaler to achieve a short-lived head rush and a feeling of euphoria but they differ in their chemical makeup: nangs contain synthetic cannabinoids which mimic the effects of cannabis whereas poppers contain alkyl nitrites (also known as amyl or butyl nitrite).

Nangs have been linked to higher risk of heart attack and stroke so we recommend avoiding them if you have an underlying cardiac condition (such as high blood pressure) or asthma issues.


Nangs and Poppers are both recreational drugs that have similar effects on the body. They may cause dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting or headaches. In the long term users can experience problems with their liver and kidneys as well as damage to the lungs.

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