The Science Behind Nangs: From Production to Inhalation

The use of nitrous oxide, colloquially known as ‘nangs’, has garnered significant attention in recent years. Though commonly associated with its use in culinary applications as a whipping aid for cream, it has found a place in recreational use due to its psychoactive properties. This article aims to delve into the science behind nangs, from their production to inhalation.

Understanding Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide (N2O), known as laughing gas, is a colorless, non-flammable gas with a slightly sweet taste and smell [^1^]. It has found its primary use in medicine as an anesthetic and analgesic, in the food industry as a whipping aid, and as a propellant for engines in the automobile industry.

Production of Nitrous Oxide

The production of nitrous oxide involves a process called thermal decomposition. Ammonium nitrate, when heated, decomposes to form nitrous oxide and water vapor[^2^].

Ammonium Nitrate (NH4NO3) → Nitrous Oxide (N2O) + Water (2H2O)

The resultant nitrous oxide is then purified and pressurized into small cartridges, popularly known as nangs or ‘whip-its’.

How Nangs Work

The key factor in the use of nitrous oxide, whether for whipping cream or recreational use, is pressure. The gas is pressurized into cartridges and when released, it rapidly expands, propelling out the cream or producing the desired ‘rush’ in recreational use [^3^].

Inhalation and its Effects

When inhaled, nitrous oxide quickly enters the bloodstream through the lungs and reaches the brain, inducing a state of euphoria and relaxation. It does this by inhibiting the action of the neurotransmitter glutamate, which results in a decrease in perception of pain and an increase in the feeling of pleasure[^4^].

Safety Considerations

While nitrous oxide is generally safe for use in controlled settings, improper use can lead to serious health risks including oxygen deprivation and vitamin B12 depletion[^5^].

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Understanding the science behind nangs from production to inhalation can help us appreciate their applications and potential risks. When used responsibly, nitrous oxide can safely be used in a variety of applications from the kitchen to the medical field.

[^1^]: Nitrous Oxide – NIST

[^5^]: Health Risks of Nitrous Oxide – NIH