Nitrous oxide is bad for people and bad for the Earth. We know this. So why is it in every can of whipped cream? Can't we find something else that's just as good? The answer is no. Laughing gas really is the best option, and here's why.
It's 1844, and surgeries are brutal, agonizing, and necessary slapdash. One man promises he can make it so patients feel no pain. He proves it with a patient who screams hysterically throughout a short procedure. Here's how a side effect of laughing gas nearly strangled anesthesiology in its cradle.
A proof-of-concept trial has shown that nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, holds potential as an effective treatment for severe depression in patients who don't respond to standard therapies. Laughter may indeed be the best medicine.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, hippie crack and whip-its, was around long before Burning Man parties. In fact, it was the subject of a series of mind-blowing experiments by scientists over 200 years ago, who tested the gas on themselves and many delighted volunteers, for "research."
People have always used laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, recreationally. Whether they're casual whippet users or have access to a steady supply of the medical-grade stuff, people have enjoyed the drug since its discovery over 200 years ago. In fact, there was a time when doctors would have been horrified at the idea of…
Nitrous oxide is best known as the mild anesthetic laughing gas, but making people feel a bit loopy during dental surgery is the least of its effects. The gas can warm our planet 300 times faster than carbon dioxide.