What is Hippy Crack?
Hippy crack may be better known to you as nitrous oxide and nitrous oxide may be even better known to you as, well, laughing gas or when abuse whip its. Hippy crack is simply laughing gas. Yes, it is the same stuff you get at the dentist. Hippy crack or nitrous oxide is a colorless, non-flammable gas, with a slightly sweet odor and taste. It is used in surgery and dentistry for its anesthetic and analgesic effects. It is known as “laughing gas” because of the euphoric effects of inhaling it; which has led to its recreational use as a dissociative anesthetic and its new name “hippy crack.”
And hippy crack is very popular among young people and even celebrities. Think Demi Moore and kids who aren’t old enough to buy alcohol.
The legal high known as ‘hippy crack’ was used by one in 16 young people, according to new figures. The first data to be released on the use of nitrous oxide reveals more than six per cent, or 350,000 people aged 16-24 year used the drug last year. Because hippy crack is so popular and because of its legality it makes it seem “safe”. This just isn’t the case. Hippy crack or laughing gas as it is lovingly named is actually very dangerous to health.
“Hippy crackheads” or nitrous oxide abusers when they inhale the gas will feel extremely euphoric, dizzy, and detached and numb while high on nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide abusers also may have auditory and visual hallucinations. The high often lasts for three to five minutes. During repeated use, nitrous oxide has been shown to damage the out ring of the cortex in the brain, which is responsible for general awareness; and the connective region of the cortex, which controls episodic (long-term) memory. Symptoms of hippy crack abuse include nausea, slurred speech, lack of coordination and depression. Repeated use of hippy crack also causes B12 vitamin deficiency. Even if the nitrous oxide abuser or hippy crackhead does not overdose, it can put them at risk for anemia. Nitrous oxide reduces red blood cell count since it pushes oxygen out of the blood stream. That can lead to nerve and organ damage.
Hippy crack or laughing gas better known as nitrous oxide can also be fatal. Repeated nitrous oxide abuse causes fatal danger because it causes respiratory depression, also known as hypoventilation. This prevents carbon dioxide from leaving the body, which in turn reduces the amount of oxygen reaching the brain. When the brain does not receive enough oxygen, seizures and loss of consciousness can happen. A common side effect after use is vomiting. Therefore, an unconscious nitrous oxide abuser cannot clear the airway of vomit. Asphyxiation or choking can also occur and cause death since the nitrous oxide has replaced oxygen in the lungs. Inhaling hippy crack can also lead to sudden death syndrome. There have been incidences where just one inhalation of hippy crack has led to death most likely for the reasons mentioned above.
Nitrous oxide may get laughable names such as “hippy crack” or “laughing gas” but it is no joke. Nitrous oxide is a potent gas that can seriously do some damage to the human body and brain as well.