The use of nitrous oxide whippets as a recreational drug: Hidden health risks.

Last updated on 6-3-2024 by Eric Deconinck

Peer reviewed scientific article




Whipped cream canisters, also known as nitrous oxide whippets, are traditionally used in the culinary arts to prepare food foams. In recent years, however, these gas canisters have been cracked open and inhaled to produce a “legal” high. Users of these whippets have reported the presence of an oily residue containing metallic particles. This contamination was investigated using liquid chromatography-, gas chromatography- and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). The particulate matter was also analyzed by scanning transmission ele…

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