Nitrous oxide is a mild anesthetic that is often used during dentistry procedures. It is known as laughing gas. Some individuals take it for recreational purposes. It may cause people to feel disoriented, silly and persons may hallucinate. It may also change the sound of an individual's voice, making it deeper. The effects of nitrous oxide do not last very long. Often times, only a few minutes.
Poppers are alkyl nitrates prescribed to heart patients. When sold illegally, they are often done so under the guise of being leather cleaners, video head cleaners or a deodorizer for people's home. Individuals inhale the vapors from the drug and are able to feel its effects really quickly, in a matter of a few seconds. The high from inhaling poppers lasts for only a short time, 1-2 minutes.