Hello, I’m Rens.
-And I’m Bastiaan. Check it out.
-And welcome in our Drugslab. Every week in our Drugslab we test
a different drug to see what effect it has. Last week Paul asked us
to test laughing gas. So we said: why not?
Let me get it out. Look, these are the cartridges
with the gas. Nitrous oxide.
-Enough to inflate one balloon. It often gets used during surgery
or as an anaesthetic at the dentist. But then it’s 50% oxygen
and 50% laughing gas. We’re going for the full 100%. Who’s going to do it?
-We’ll see. Yes, exciting.
-Can’t wait. Okay, here we go. Rock, paper, scissors. It’s my turn. Are you looking forward to it?
-I think it’s… Yes, kind of. It’s not a real heavy drug.
It’s intense for one brief moment… 20-30 seconds?
-Then it’s like you’re in another world. But then quickly
you’re back on earth again. You shouldn’t do it too often. I wonder how you’ll experience sounds. With laughing gas sounds get amplified,
so I wonder what you’ll hear. What do we need?
-The whipped cream dispenser. Right. This is also a propellant for
dispensers, which is why it’s legal. It gets used in the food industry. Always inhale the gas
by means of a balloon. If you do it straight from the cartridge
or dispenser… your airways will freeze,
which is bad news. Or your lips, which is also not nice.
-So don’t do that, just use a balloon. I’ve put on my belt, so we can monitor
my heart rate and body temperature. And I’m preparing the dispenser.
You put the cartridge in here… and screw it on, and keep going
until the gas enters the dispenser. You’ll hear when it does. You place the balloon. Did you know that in the 19th century
laughing gas was a fairground attraction? That’s funny.
-Bizarre, right? So someone used laughing gas
and other people would watch. Like I’m going to watch you.
-Yes. Okay, hold it here and I’ll press.
Three, two, one… There we go. That’s pretty big.
-That’s a lot of gas. To reduce the lack of oxygen
you can breathe in and out four times… so then all the gas
is inside of you already. Then you can take two seconds
to breathe… and then continue, so then you have
the full effect without lack of oxygen. So that’s what I’ll do.
-Have fun. It’s working. Yes? Oh, this stuff is heavy.
Oh man. Are you back again?
-Yes, I am. It lasts a very short time.
It’s over now. It took 35 seconds
for the balloon to kick in. And from then till it was over
took about 50 seconds. How did it feel
when it started to kick in? You feel you’re losing consciousness.
You feel you’re drifting off. That’s why I started to sag like this. And everything becomes very vague. You feel you’re going in
and then it starts to come… and then it’s there,
and you really feel it kick in. Anything you can compare it to?
-It’s a bit like fainting, I guess. It’s not like you start seeing things
or get weird thoughts. At least I didn’t. I’m back again. Gee. How did you experience the music?
-It doesn’t get more beautiful or uglier. But it disappears or something. There’s this kind of… buzzing. As if it slows down?
-Yes, it just goes… Yes. It’s not as if it’s very beautiful
or ugly. It’s just… It really changes.
-Okay. I also have a headache now.
-That’s what it does. I don’t feel really chill. A bit… I don’t feel very fit. I could go on,
but would you like to test it? I really don’t feel chill.
Do you mind to do it once as well? To see how you experience it.
-Alright. You’re a hero.
Then I can recover. We’ve swapped the belt.
Let’s see if it’s on. Yes, excellent.
Then I’ll prepare the balloon for you. I’m going to pinch him
the moment he’s tripping… and then see if you feel it.
-I can’t wait. Let me see if you feel something now.
-Yes. Alright, close it. Perfect. Damn. Are you okay?
-Yes. Where did I pinch you?
-First here and then here. Yes, correct. I did feel it,
but it didn’t hurt like before. It’s an anaesthetic and gets used during
pregnancies to soften the contractions. It was used a lot by dentists
and for surgeries. But nowadays
there are other drugs for that. It’s an anaesthetic,
so you do feel it, but it hurts less. Since you kind of lose consciousness,
everything runs together. Hearing, seeing, feeling. That’s why I’m curious to see how
you’ll do with the old familiar hand. Here it is.
-Okay… Three, two, one. Yes, go. Now relax for a moment. And hold it. Go ahead. Take hold of the hand.
Go on, do it. Very good. I can’t take it anymore. It’s so… That buzz in my head is so bad,
I just didn’t get it anymore. Monkeys clapping their hands,
that was on my mind. Were you still able to see clearly?
-Yes, my sight was okay. But I had no idea what I was doing.
My eyes saw it, but my head was clueless. I wouldn’t do this often. It lasts very
briefly, and it gives you a headache. It makes you feel tired.
-And it’s not good for you either. No, it’s not good for you either.
It was fun to try… but this was enough.
-Yes. This was this week’s Drugslab.
If you’re curious about a drug… let us know below
or check the channel… because we may already have tested
the drug you’re interested in. Also check our other video, with the
do’s and don’ts of using laughing gas. And then you can all try it. Bye. It’s the day after and I’d expected
to have a bit of a headache… because after the balloons yesterday
I had a headache all day. But I’m fine, not even my airways bother
me, so I’m going to start my day as usual.