The poppers story begins long before glass bottles and gay bars.

These days, poppers are one of the most popular products out there – that’s why we have pulled together the most important things about poppers to give you a better insight into what actually they are.

The history of Poppers

The term poppers gained momentum during the second half of the 20th century. However, the poppers were discovered in 1844 when French chemist Antoine Ballard synthesized amyl nitrite for the very first time.

Even then, the famous chemist Antoine Ballard realized that smelling the chemical’s vapour made him feel strange, lightheaded.

Overview of what they are

Amyl nitrite or potent blue poppers, which are poppers, are often confused with amyl nitrate because of a similar name. Anyhow, bear in mind that you should never ever try to treat heart problems with poppers unless doctors prescribe it!

How they are used

Poppers are used – in the gay community – for recreational purposes. Poppers are taken through inhaling directly from teeny tiny bottles. Poppers are cheap and easy to purchase. But remember that their use comes with a few risks.

The effects of poppers

Inhaling poppers cause intense effects lasting from only a couple of seconds to several minutes. Poppers actually work very quickly, giving you almost instant rush, high, or feeling of warm sensations and dizziness.

It works just something like extreme alcohol intoxication. You can feel the effects right away after inhaling the substance, but unlike other drugs such as amphetamines and alcohol, their effects last for only a couple of minutes or even seconds.

While the vast majority of people find the poppers effects extremely pleasurable, others find it unpleasant and disorienting.

The side effects of poppers

Poppers are vasodilators, which means they expand the blood vessels. As a consequence, people’s blood pressure rapidly goes down, causing lightheadedness.

At the same time, the heart rapidly speeds up, even if you are completely relaxed. Besides all of this, side effects include skin lesions around lips or nose, headaches, respiratory and sinusitis reactions, and increased intraocular pressure.

Who uses them

Although from their discovery in 1844, poppers were used for angina pectoris treatment, today, and in the middle of the 20th century, they are used mainly by the gay community.

However, the gay community is not the only one using it. People who love music and dancing are also enjoying poppers because it makes you dizzy, feeling the beat and the light just like when you are doing ecstasy.


Unlike in the past decades, things have now changed. Now poppers use almost everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, a span of age, and other social and physical characteristics.

To sum it up. All in all, poppers are easy, cheap, and safe buzz if you are looking for short-term effects and ease of access stuff that can spice up your sexual or relaxation activities.

Taking poppers to have some fun from time to time is nothing bad, as long as you are not abusing it and doing it strictly for relaxation and fun purposes.