Here’s a summary of the popper chat on Aug. 6th. I think I’ll plan one for next weekend since we got a lot out of the impromptu chat!
While topics came and went like a good popper rush, the first Popper Chat did manage to cover some substantive ground…
The subject of formulations was discussed. Regardless of what is listed on the labels, it is difficult to know what is really in the bottle these days. There are limited primary ingredients, so a lot of brands are just the same formulas with different labels. Labels are widely copied as well, so even the quality of a given brand can vary by supplier.
Amyl – Considered the best type, but this may be more hype and nostalgia since it is so hard to find. Effects are pretty similar to Butyl, but it degrades faster. Best quality is in ampules that you break open, but these are only available by prescription.
Butyl/Isobutyl – Most common formula in the US. Similar effects to amyl, and more stable than the others, so best for bottling. More ph neutral than isopropyl.
Isopropyl – Most common ingredient in Europe due to tighter restrictions. Degrades faster than the others and is harder to keep fresh. Also burns more than butyl.
Cyclohexyl – Considered the worst of the bunch.
The subject of brand preferences was touched on. Several chatters mentioned the English brand as a good one. However, there are so many rip-off labels that it is hard to tell where it actually came from. Suppliers with good reputations include USPopshop.com, 4poppers.com, and jenray.com.
There was also some discussion of Ethyl Chloride sprays. Ethyl Chloride is actually used as a topical anesthetic for sport injuries, but is spayed into a rag and breathed. There was a general consensus that the effects of poppers are better. There is also the concern of irreversible side affects from their use. Also, if you breathe it in too fast, you can actually freeze tissues.
Popper storage was also discussed. Interestingly, putting poppers in the freezer may actually be counter-productive. Some “power pellets” may reach their dew point at the colder temperatures and begin to release their moisture rather than absorbing it. Also, never open a bottle until it returns to room temps. Opening a cold bottle will cause condensation to collect and cause degradation. Storing in the fridge is ok, but probably doesn’t make much difference. The best way to have fresh poppers is to avoid the large bottles.
The breathing of poppers through the mouth was frowned on. The nose is rich in blood vessels that gets to the brain faster than the mouth anyway. Also, breathing through the mouth can burn mucus membranes and is probably not good for the lungs.