By John Smith • 14 September 2020 • 14:50
Just two of many used bulbs seen in one Estepona Urbanisation
NITROUS OXIDE (laughing gas) is a colourless gas that is commonly used for sedation and pain relief, but is also used by people to feel intoxicated or high and it seems that its use on the Costa del Sol and in Gibraltar is increasing considerably.
It is commonly used by dentists and medical professionals to sedate patients undergoing minor medical procedures but It is also a food additive when used as a propellant for whipped cream and in the USA for example you can obtain 120 small metal capsules for just $60 (€50) on Amazon.
The gas is inhaled, typically by discharging nitrous oxide gas cartridges (bulbs) into another object, such as a balloon, or directly into the mouth as Inhaling nitrous oxide produces a rapid rush of euphoria and feeling of floating or excitement for a short period of time.
Known as Hippy Crack, it is a controlled substance in Spain but it is not illegal to own a small number of bulbs although it is a crime to sell them for personal rather than catering use.
More and more discharged bulbs are being disposed of on the streets and urbanisations along the Costa del Sol and now Gibraltar has introduced legislation to control their importation into the Rock as their use has become more widespread of late.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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