Hello Dr. Randy, are poppers legal? (Michi, 27 years)

For a long time now, my partner has been getting on my nerves because he would like to try poppers "so much". I have heard during my former gay cruising adventures again and again. Most of the guys I talked to were very enthusiastic about them. Some even said they had the sex of their lives thanks to poppers.

To be honest, I am a little skeptical here. Among other things, because you hear again and again, the stuff would be illegal and maybe even harmful to health. As cool as I find sex... I would have no desire to risk a health.

So I actually have two questions: 1. Is it allowed to take poppers and 2. Can these things be dangerous?

In any case, I don't want to be the one who "doesn't dare". At the same time, of course, it's no good if I'm afraid of falling over during sex, for example.
I would be happy about an answer!
LG, Your Michi

Are poppers allowed

Hey Michi!

Thank you very much for your mail. For the sake of completeness, it should be mentioned at this point that there is not only one type of poppers. Instead, you have - as you should have noticed after your research - the choice between the most different products. Many poppers are nowadays offered via the relevant online stores.

Regardless of what kind of poppers you would choose, they all have one thing in common: they serve to dilate the vessels and smell a little "strong" like chloroform. Maybe you've wondered in the past what's so great about this "vasodilating effect" during sex... Or why so many men, once they've smelled poppers, don't want to let them go.

Quite a few men report that they would have a more intense stability under poppers, but also a lower pain sensation. So it is possible for many to enjoy anal sex a little more, for example, if the partner is "well-hung" or if it is a matter of trying out new practices. However, you should not overestimate the already mentioned stability. As a rule, the effect quickly fades.

The so-called "rush" usually lasts for a maximum of ten minutes. After that, everything is usually back to normal. However, many users of poppers appreciate exactly that and find it a clear advantage that the poppers in most cases do not cause hallucinations and you are "good on it", but with yourself.

The legal situation around poppers is still a little "unclear" here and certainly also the reason why there is always a hot discussion within the community.

One thing is certain: it is legal to possess poppers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as they are not subject to any regulations regarding narcotics. However, anyone who buys, sells or trades in poppers and does not have a permit to do so is acting illegally. (Attention. If you want to buy or use poppers on vacation, it is of course important to check the regulations in the country of destination).

Surely you have seen some poppers on the shelves of sex stores. If this is the case, you can be sure that they are sold illegally. Some online stores are always looking for a kind of "loophole" by not stating that the poppers can be used for a more intense effect during sex, but for example as a room fragrance.

But now to your other question: Can poppers be dangerous? Basically, you should not underestimate the effect of poppers. Classic side effects are reddening of the skin, headaches and dizziness. Some poppers consumers also complain of heart palpitations, nausea and vomiting. It should be clear that you should only consume poppers according to the description. That means: Poppers are sniffed and in no case drunk or similar! Otherwise there is danger to life. However, how your body reacts to the ingredients is always very individual.

Especially if you suffer from blood pressure disorders, you should definitely consult a doctor before consuming poppers. Otherwise, your blood pressure may either rise too high or drop comparatively quickly. Scientific studies have also found that the immune system can suffer from the consumption of poppers.

Unfortunately, you did not write whether you and your partner live monogamously. Because: Poppers can influence your serious judgment. This means that if you otherwise practice safe sex exclusively, you may become much more open to sex WITHOUT a rubber when using poppers.

However, should you have hoped for an answer along the lines of "You can use poppers without hesitation! Because: Apart from the legal situation, which moves here in a kind of "gray area", it is important to emphasize again and again that each Poppers prospective customer should consider himself whether he wants to take the risk. In case of doubt - even if it may sound a bit stuffy - the attending family doctor will help.

The whole thing becomes problematic in any case if you can no longer imagine having sex completely without poppers. The substances can become addictive. Then, at the latest, it's time to pull the ripcord and seek professional help.

Love your Dr. Randy


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5 responses to “Sind Poppers erlaubt?”

  1. Persönlich bestelle ich regelmäßig Poppers, da ich dort die besten Preise inklusive Lieferung finde, die ich in Saunen oder benutze, wenn ich einen Kerl mit nach Hause bringe (es ist immer gut, etwas anzubieten). Ich muss zugeben, dass mir einige Poppers weniger zusagen als andere. Kein Fan von Propylnitriten zum Beispiel, denn sie wirken bei mir so schnell wie sie nachlassen und lassen mich schlaff werden, ich sehe den Sinn nicht. Wie im Artikel betont, muss man wirklich das Richtige finden und dabei bleiben. Man muss auch beachten, dass die Vorschriften oft ändern und die Rezepturen auch :-/ Soweit ich weiß, ist es nur in Spanien illegal, aber man findet sie trotzdem 😉

  2. Als Anfänger in der Szene hilft es da man sich viel mehr zu traut, ganz wichtig niemals in zu Warmen Räumen benutzen, weil dir sonnst schnell schwindelig wird. (selbst erlebt). Wenn deine Fingernägel weiß werden solltest du auch aufhören und eine Pause machen.

  3. this was very informative. i personally did not know this and will keep myself from it.


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