What is a nitrous oxide cartridge?

A nitrous oxide cartridge is a type of cartridge that is used to deliver a quick burst of nitrous oxide. It is most commonly used as a green-gas replacement in homemade whipped cream canisters for those who have medical-grade nitrous oxide tanks at their disposal.

Where can I buy N2O cartridges? 

You can purchase nitrous oxide cartridges from dedicated vendors or local head shops. You also might be able to find them at specialty cooking stores (they use these in whipped cream dispensers). They are also available on Amazon.

How much N2O is in a cartridge? 

A disposable cartridge holds about 8 g of nitrous oxide. One cartridge is enough to whip up a pint of heavy whipping cream.

What does nitrous oxide do to your brain? 

Nitrous oxide slows down your brain and body responses and can make you feel euphoric, relaxed, and disconnected from your body. It can also cause nausea and vomiting when consumed in high doses or when inhaled directly out of the cartridge. You can also laugh uncontrollably.

Is nitrous oxide addictive?

Yes. When you feel the effects of nitrous oxide, your body wants more and it can become addictive. It is not common or easy to overdose on nitrous but it has been known to happen in cases where a person has tried to fill a room with gas for its psychoactive effects. If you do too much nitrous oxide at once, your body may overheat and shut down.

Is nitrous oxide flammable? 

Yes, nitrous oxide is flammable in its liquid state. It can cause fires when in combination with oxygen or even just exposure to heat. Be very careful handling any sort of delivery vessel for this gas. You should also keep it away from open flames.

How does nitrous oxide work? 

Nitrous oxide is a dissociative drug. It allows the user to have feelings of disconnection from their body, euphoria, hallucinations, and distortions in space and time.

How much nitrous oxide is in a whipped cream can?

Whipped cream can have a standard capacity of 7.8 grams of nitrous oxide but this can vary by manufacturer.

Does nitrous oxide put you to sleep? 

No, nitrous oxide does not put you to sleep. It only causes a disconnect from your body and physical surroundings. You can understand what is said, but it sounds distorted or fuzzy. You will also feel a sense of euphoria and relaxation in addition to the loss of motor control in your limbs.

When air is inhaled, nitrous oxide enters the lungs and bloodstream where it becomes deoxygenated blood. It then moves to the brain, where it separates into oxygen and nitrogen (which does not affect your body or mind). The oxygen is distributed throughout the body, but the nitrogen stays in the bloodstream because of its low solubility. The high levels of nitrogen in the blood cause an anesthetic effect. Nitrous oxide also blocks tactile sensory signals from traveling up the spinal cord, which creates a loss of motor control and feelings of euphoria.

Why is nitrous oxide a good anesthetic?

Nitrous oxide has been used as a mild sedative for decades in airplane flights. It is also commonly used by dentists to reduce patient anxiety and pain, as well as before some surgical procedures. A 50% nitrous oxide/50% oxygen mixture is administered via a face mask or nasal hood that limits the amount of gas given at a time. Nitrous oxide can also be mixed with oxygen and inhaled like what recreational users do when they crack open a cartridge of nitrous oxide and breathe from it directly.

Nitrous oxide should not be used by people who are pregnant or have bipolar disorder, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, seizures, or any type of central nervous system disorder. Some common side effects of nitrous oxide include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and headaches.