Poppers is the popular name for the drug amyl nitrate, which is inhaled through the nose and is used primarily in the gay community and as part of some BDSM play.

The effects of poppers include the following:

sudden surge of blood to the heart and brain
Light-headedness, giddiness, heat flush or heightened sensual awareness may also result. This is known as a headrush
Some users may also experience the impression of time slowing down

It is also reported to be an aphrodisiac and causes muscle relaxation in the anus.

In BDSM play the use of poppers is popular in anal and strap on pay and also in bondage play, where submissives can be (consensually) forced to take poppers whilst restrained.

This substance is sold legally in the UK, though strictly speaking not for human consumption. It is not legal in the United States or various other EU countries, although there are variations that are legally sold instead in those places.

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