Legal Aspects Surrounding the Use and Sale of Nangs

Nangs, also known as nitrous oxide bulbs or whippits, are small metal canisters filled with nitrous oxide, a gas intended for use in the food industry, particularly for whipping cream. However, these canisters have found a different, and far more controversial use, as a recreational ‘laughing’ gas. The legality surrounding their use and sale is complex and differs across various jurisdictions 1. This blog post aims to explore these legal aspects in more detail.

Regulated Yet Accessible

Although it’s illegal to sell nangs for recreational use, the sale for culinary purposes is entirely legal. Many online platforms, including, legally retail these products, making them readily available for purchase.

The Gray Area

The “gray area” in the law arises due to the difficulty in controlling the misuse of a legally sold product. While selling nangs for recreational use is illegal, policing the usage once sold is challenging and is often where legal boundaries blur.

Health Risks and Legal Consequences

The recreational use of nangs carries potential health risks such as oxygen deprivation, nerve damage, and in extreme cases, even death 2. These health risks have triggered legal consequences worldwide, leading to stricter laws and penalties for misuse.

Penalties for Misuse

In many jurisdictions, the misuse of nangs can lead to significant legal penalties, including fines or imprisonment. The severity of the penalty often depends on the circumstances, including the quantity of nangs involved and whether it’s a repeat offence.


The legal aspects surrounding the use and sale of nangs are complex, with laws differing from one region to another. While the sale for culinary purposes is legal, their usage as a recreational drug is fraught with potential legal consequences and health risks. As nangs continue to be a topic of controversy, it is essential to stay informed and aware of the associated legal and health implications.

Please remember that this blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. For any legal questions related to nangs, it’s crucial to consult with a professional in your jurisdiction.


[1] Australian Government Federal Register of Legislation

[2] National Library of Medicine