Nangs, and what are they?
A good starting point for us is to explain what Nangs are; they are very popular, but not everyone knows how they actually work.
Nangs are small metal balls filled with nitrous oxide (N2O). the main application of Nangs is in cooking, where they are used as chargers for creams and gels. They are designed to be used in conjunction with cream mixers.
Nitrous oxide itself is implemented in many ways – for example, it is also used as a gas to sedate or provide some pain relief in minor dental procedures. The gas is colorless, and it is also known as laughing gas. It has a long history of use in medical procedures (150 years) and now it is also a common one in many kitchens.
In a doctor’s office, you can inhale nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen through a small mask that fits over your nose. Sometimes it can be administered along with another anesthetic gas through a tube placed in your throat to provide sedation during surgery.
Medical nitrous oxide is sold to registered doctors and dentists in larger quantities and can only be used under their supervision.
Why are cream chargers called Nangs?
Where did the name “Nangs” come from? Although we officially speak of whipped cream chargers or whipped cream cans, they are commonly and often used as Nangs. but why?
The history of the word ‘nang’ is quite fascinating. The word ‘nang’ comes from a slang term used by people from the effects of nitrous oxide, inspired by the rapid repetitive distorted sound that a user/patient may hear when under the influence of nitrous oxide – which led to the adoption of the term for nitrous oxide cream chargers as well. In Australia, for most bakers, restaurants, tea stores and retailers, Nang is the term most commonly used for cream chargers and other N2O baking supplies.
N2O has been used recreationally for a relatively long time. This has a lot to do with the fact that nitrous oxide puts the person using it in a state of euphoria without the immediate and serious side effects attached to it. The effects that a person may experience after inhaling this gas last between 30 seconds and 1 minute.
The history of illegal N2O consumption in Australia
Australia has an interesting history of illegal use of nitrous oxide. Long before N2O became a popular way to prepare the best whipped cream snacks, it was used as a “party appetizer”. Its origin story goes back to the “laughing gas parties” held by the British aristocracy in 1799.
These events provided the opportunity for chemist Humphry Davy to study the effects of nitrous oxide on the human body and, for many guests, the chance to endure a “powerful spiritual and mystical experience”.
For many years (until 1863), the availability of the equipment needed to produce this gas was low, as was its medical use. Medical students were the most experienced group in using the gas recreationally.
While hospitals and dentists had easier access to this equipment, most countries introduced laws that restricted access to pure nitrous oxide cylinders for these sectors.
Interestingly, laughing gas parties are still being organized, but with the help of medical professionals or restaurant staff. They are able to provide nitrous oxide, usually from illegal sources.
As of today, in many countries (including Australia), it is perfectly legal to purchase N2O cream chargers/heather for cooking and baking without many restrictions. You or any company is allowed to use N2O baking supplies to make your favorite desserts and drinks.
Is Nangos dangerous?
Whipped cream chargers, when used properly, do not pose any threat. Whipped cream cans and bottles must be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions and according to their intended purpose.
The risk of burns is a factor when handling nitrous oxide, as this gas can cause sub-zero burns if not handled with care. N2O burns should receive professional medical care, as it can cause tissue damage that may not be fully visible on the outside.
Are Nangs dangerous to abuse?
Yes, although inhalation of small doses rarely leads to health complications, there are serious side effects. One of the most significant risks occurs when inhaled directly from a canister. This is because nitrous oxide is released from the bulb at very high pressure, which can lead to frostbite type burns.
Another thing to be cautious about is using the gas for a longer period of time without inhaling fresh air. This can lead to hypoxia, which is a low level of oxygen in the blood.
Studies have shown that the most common side effects that accompany getting “high” with N2O are dizziness and temporary lightheadedness.
It is also important to note that nitrous oxide is addictive. Long-term use of this gas can also lead to a deficiency of the B12 vitamin, which is responsible for maintaining healthy levels of red blood cells. This means that nitrous oxide abuse
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