THE ORIGINS OF NITROUS OXIDE

July 22, 2016

THE ORIGINS OF NITROUS OXIDE

Nitrous oxide is a medical anaesthic sometimes referred to as "laughing gas".  It is also commonly available over the counter in the form of whipped cream chargers, and there is some evidence of its use in music festivals and entertainment settings.  The history of nitrous oxide is fascinating, and we recently came across an article that describes the early years of nitrous oxide.  The article titled "O, excellent air bag: Humphry Davy and Nitrous Oxide" tells the story of Humphry Davy - an enthusiatis purveyor of nitrous oxide, who popularised the recreational consumption of the gas in 1799 England.  Davy self-experimented with nitrous oxide, and developed a number of different tools to administer the gas, while promoting its use in both medicine and as a recreational drug.


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