What is poppers in the gay world

Poppers - The Guide to the Gay Sex Drug

Where does the name come from?

To dispel a popular misinterpretation: The noun â € œPoppersâ € is not derived from the German verb â € œpoppenâ €. Although it would fit so well: Under the sentence "Peter popps" one imagines a gentleman named Peter in the Ruhr area during the so-called cohabitation, and a Dresdener would translate: "This great Peter is very, very impressive .â €


â € œPoppersâ € has nothing to do with â € œPopoâ €, although it is well known that it is able to loosen some sphincters. Neither with â € œPopanzâ €, even if you act like a mindless scarecrow after sniffing. Popeye, the sailor, is also reportedly just addicted to spinach and has not yet held a brown vial under Olivia's nose. Last but not least: Poppers is not made on the Popocaté petl and is - although it is used nasally - not a medicine against popping.


But where does this name come from? Etymologically, it has nothing to do with the party snack â € œChili Poppersâ € (although â € œRushâ € also makes you hot), nor with the energy drink â € œPower Poppersâ € (although â € œJungle Juiceâ € is also pretty bad) , also not with the ball-pyramid puzzle â € œPoppers â € “The Gameâ € (although in Poppers intoxication you sometimes like to handle two balls; see also the chapter â € œWhat it says poppers, but something else is insideâ € œ).


The simple, almost clumsy solution: The Anglo-Saxon name â € œPoppersâ € comes from the sound of the opening (popping) of the glass ampoules in which the heart drug was previously available. A name as resonant as popcorn, even if poppers “pop” with consumers a little more than roasted corn with sugar or salt.


Anyone who smokes hashish â € œkftâ € and is then â € œstonedâ €. Anyone who sniffs poppers only sniffs poppers and is then in a poppers intoxication ... Too bad: the scene has not yet developed a verb for consuming Rush & Co., also an adjective for the strange, even unique state in which it Sniffed scented water can put you off is missing. It doesn't last long, but that's no reason to deny it a name of its own, is it?


How about â € œrushyâ € or â € œboppstâ € as a description of the state of the intoxication, as with â € œrushingâ € and â € œpoppingâ € for the sniff before it? Not trendy enough? Send us your alternative suggestions to [email protected] We're raffling off all sendersâ € ”no, no brown bottles, just a poplin coat for legal reasons.

The chemical composition

When a chemist - on business - handles poppers, he speaks of amyl nitrite, butyl nitrite or isopropyl nitrite. And he points out that all these fine-sounding substances belong to the large group of alkyl nitrites. What is behind these cryptic names?


Poppers are nothing more than nitrites. That means, they consist partly of nitrite (NO2-), a negatively charged ion of nitrous acid. This has a bad reputation, as it is responsible for the death of forests in rainwater. Like all ions, NO2 is not stable, but looks for positively charged particles in order to compensate for the negative charge. This is where carbon (C) and hydrogen (H) come into play. They form an alkyl nitrite on the nitrite.


Depending on how many carbons and hydrogens are attached, the substance changes its properties slightly. In the past, alkyl nitrite was administered as a drug for heart patients (for inhalation in angina pectoris) and until a few decades ago it was also used for obstetrics in the delivery room.


Poppers is not a nitrate, although even doctors often confuse it. Nitrate (NO3-) was also used as a heart drug, but given in tablet form. Amyl nitrite is still used today to combat hydrogen cyanide poisoning. Nitrites are also used as fertilizers, but are toxic to humans if they occur in drinking water. Nitrite, on the other hand, is even used in foods as a color stabilizer in nitrite pickling salt. It bears the designation E249 (potassium nitrite) and E250 (sodium nitrite). It's also a fish poison in water.


Poppers do not occur in nature; it has to be artificially produced from simple alcohols. The process is too complicated to do on your own at home, however. In chemistry classes, nitrous acid and an alkaline solution are often used to produce nitrite, but this is hardly suitable as an effective scented water. It has the property of attracting water. As a result, it decomposes quickly and loses its effectiveness. You can tell by the fact that it is starting to smell penetratingly. An effect that many sadistic chemistry teachers like to exploit. For professional production, you need a good filling system that keeps poppers free from water.

The sorts

The only difference between the different types of poppers is their composition with carbon and hydrogen atoms. Among other things, this changes the boiling temperature. Isobutyl nitrite boils at 67 degrees Celsius, amyl nitrite at 98 degrees. The most noticeable difference is the smell, which is often changed in many types of poppers by adding further alkyl nitrites. However, all types of poppers develop their effect by releasing nitrogen monoxide (NO).


Amyl nitrite (C5 H11 NO2)

This is how Poppers saw the light of day: Amyl nitrite was the first variety produced in 1844, used as a remedy for angina pectoris (chest tightness as a result of an undersupply of the heart). Today it is part of poppers varieties such as Kix. When nitroglycerin was later discovered, amyl nitrite had become obsolete in medicine. Nitrate, known more as an explosive, began to gain popularity as a drug.


Isobutyl nitrite (C4 H9 NO2)

The currently most popular type of poppers used by the market leader â € œRushâ €. Other types: Heavy Duty Bolt, Hardware Liquid Aroma, Man Scent or TNT.


Isopropyl nitrite (C3 H7 NO2)

Popular in France for legal reasons. This is the active ingredient that can be found in brands such as Gate, Move or Trip. It looks a little weaker and also escapes from the bottle faster.


Cyclohexyl nitrite (C6 H11 NO2)

Similar effect to the other nitrites. Is especially popular in the United States. It has been on the market there since the early 1990s to circumvent a poppers ban. Cyclohexyl nitrite usually bears the label â € œVCR Cleanerâ € (video recorder cleaner).


Personal taste decides which varieties are best. Some users report that they get a headache with one nitrite while another does not.

The brands

Every month, somewhere in the world, new types of poppers come onto the market with imaginative, melodious names such as Blue Boy or Nitra Supra. Some companies also bring out the same mix under different names in order to penetrate as many market segments as possible.


Then there is - as with detergents - sometimes a brand relaunch with an alleged "new formula" or "improved effect". However, some brands have been a hit for decades. Here is an overview of the best-known and most popular brands from A to Z.


Amsterdam poppers

This poppers goes straight to the brain: Appreciated as a particularly strong kick by the tough, this remedy should represent the nightlife of Amsterdam quite well. It contains alkyl nitrite and is particularly economical in the large 30ml bottle.


Amsterdam special

Contains alkyl nitrite and also alludes to the hot Pflaster of Holland's canal city. But works just like the normal â € œAmsterdamâ €.


Bang aroma

This alkyl nitrite mixture causes a surprisingly strong effect even with small amounts.


Blue boy

Isobutyl Nitrite from Canada. Very popular in Germany because of its gentler effect and affordable price.



â € œThe international leather community has had a love affair with Bolt for over 20 yearsâ €, this is how the American production company promotes Bolt. The isobutyl nitrite agent was launched in Hollywood in 1977 - and is now supposed to clean leather clothes. It is indeed very popular among leather guys - but when cleaning their outfit ...