The Kinky Side of Poppers

Originally an angina treatment, Poppers got their name from a glass vial which was "popped" under the nose
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Headlines read, UK will soon ban ‘poppers.‘ What will the boys do? “The plan to outlaw poppers – or amyl nitrates – was part of the legislation to counter the rise of designer drugs blamed for 60 deaths in 2013 in England and Wales. However, for whatever reason, (probably because they’ve realized it was a waste of energy), MPs have announced that they’re not happy with the recent ban. The war on legal highs is still on, sure, but they’re no longer too fussed about poppers.“

Poppers have been a part of the gay culture for years.  Before ecstasy, even crystal meth, poppers and weed are what gays have been doing in and out of the bedroom. Since 1979 little bottles would be passed around the dance floor. For others, they became a key part of sex itself, such was the appreciation of their relaxing effects.  During the AIDS epidemic, the little bottle was suspected to be a contributing factor

I can remember a time in NYC when going out at night was an event.  Very often we would see mainly an older generation of gay men on the dance floor sniffing poppers.  Personally, because of the rush that came along with it, I could never take a whiff on the dance floor.  I believe it’s a generational thing within the community.

Discussing poppers is a topic that many gay guys are tight lipped about and others find it a little kinky but let’s all be truthful.  Whether you do them or not we’ve all tried them at least once in our life.  After a conversation with a friend about poppers he sent me to some Tumbler pages devoted to the popper enthusiast.  Let’s just say I was doing research for my piece.

What would the many boys here in the US do if poppers were banned?  I think tops, bottoms, and versatiles would come together and protest; starting a riot to save poppers.

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DAZED, an online publication, had an interesting article on the “The secret history of poppers” after the UK government announced they would soon be placing a ban.  The evolution of poppers is a unique one due to its unusual relationship with lawmakers.

Some information out there suggests that poppers can have a negative effect on a person’s health.  No one ever wanted to talk about them so they suppressed the conversation mostly because the business is so profitable. Inhaling the fumes can lead to a drop in blood pressure and less blood going to the brain. Dizziness and nausea can pose also pose problems. Plus, the combination of poppers with viagra can be deadly. 

Gay men enjoy poppers for a variety of reasons. Poppers make orgasms better, sex easier for those being penetrated, and for those that dabble in PNP (party and play) it has been known to prolong and enhance other drug trips.

Whether you like it or not until the conversation of banning them in the US becomes a debate, gay men are going to use them.  Believe it or not there are so many products out there so make your choices wisely and understand their effects.  If you’re not sure which ones to purchase I bet you can ask a friend who will freely share their favorites with you.

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Founder, Co-Owner & Managing Editor. Corey has experience in the corporate financial services, training, brand development, and when he is not writing he's at home dancing nude with a glass of wine.

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