Nitrous oxide is covered legally by the Psychoactive Substance Act 2016, but is due to be placed as a Class C substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 by the end of 2023

Nitrous oxide is often referred to as ‘Laughing Gas’, ‘Hippy Crack’ or ‘NOS’. It is a mild hallucinogenic gas, which when consumed, can lead to a sense of euphoria, mild visual hallucinations and sound distortions. Risks associated to nitrous oxide are often linked to long-term use. This includes vitamin D deficiency, which could result in mood swings and depression-like symptoms, as well as vitamin B12 deficiency which is linked to irreversible damage to the brain and nervous system. Below are some simple steps to keeping as safe a possible when using nitrous oxide.