Safety Information

Nitrous Oxide (N2O Cream Chargers)

Product Details: A whipped cream charger is a steel cylinder or cartridge filled with approximately 8g of Nitrous Oxide. The narrow end of a charger has a foil covering the tip which is broken to release the gas. This is done by a sharp pin inside the whipped cream dispenser.

Restrictions: Cream Chargers are an age restricted product, meaning you must be at least 18 years old in order to purchase. N2O is age restricted due to Cream Chargers being a pressurised gas and potentially dangerous if handled incorrectly. They are also age restricted due to the gas’s psychoactive properties if consumed, which is deemed misuse of the product similarly to how solvents and glues can be misused. Using Nitrous Oxide for its psychoactive properties by inhaling the gas is in direct breach of the Psychoactive Substances Act of 2016 and is illegal. We do not condone nor associate the company with those intending or promoting the misuse of Nitrous Oxide. 

Disposing of Cream Chargers: Used chargers are non-refillable, but 100% recyclable where steel recycling programs exist. To be properly recycled, Cream Chargers require expelling of all gas before being chopped in half by appropriate machinery. This is a safety measure set out by the manufacturers to ensure that the cartridges are completely empty of compressed gas before put through recycling machines which could be very dangerous.

Storing Cream Chargers: Must be kept out of reach or accessibility of minors under the age of 18 years old. Cream Chargers must be kept in a cool place (under 50°C) and must not exposed to direct heat. Nitrous Oxide is a non-flammable gas however it has the capability to oxidise. The oxidation number of O in N2O is -2 and the number for N is +1. As N2O has no charge, the sum of the oxidation numbers is equal to 0. 2(+1) + (-2) = 0.

Dangers of Misuse (Nitrous Oxide)

Misusing Nitrous Oxide is classified by a user intentionally using the substances for its psychoactive effects by inhaling the gas. The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 is a law in the United Kingdom intended to restrict the production, sale and supply of a new class of psychoactive substances often referred to as "legal highs". TalkToFrank Website Quote: “As of 2016, nitrous oxide is covered by the Psychoactive Substances Act and is illegal to supply for its psychoactive effect."

Nitrous Oxide has been used in the culinary industry for decades and using Nitrous Oxide for catering and its other legitimate uses is legal. However in recent years, Nitrous Oxide has unfortunately become a popular substance that has been abused and misused for its effects on the central nervous system when inhaled. It has been featured in the media more in recent years which has been a leading cause of its rise in popularity. Cream Central does not condone, promote, encourage or advise anyone in any way to misuse Nitrous Oxide and Cream Central has extensive safeguarding measures in place to stop the products from being misused. Cream Central reserves the right to refuse sale to anyone we deem unacceptable to sell N2O to or that we are suspicious of potentially misusing or of being under the age of 18 years old.

When professionals prepare and utilize Nitrous Oxide within a safe medical environment as a medical aesthetic, they handle it in a controlled manner with appropriate equipment. Attempting to administer on one’s self outside of the medical industry has the potential to lead to immediate fatality via asphyxiation (choking due to a lack of oxygen). There can be serious long-term physical and/or mental side effects, at the very least. The substance referred to as "Laughing Gas" is not pure N2O like what is found within cream chargers, but is actually, in fact, a combination of about 70% Oxygen and 30% Nitrous Oxide.

Potential Risks of Misusing Nitrous Oxide

Oxygen Deprivation: Potential Result of Using Nitrous Oxide

Anaesthetics are fast becoming a popular method of experiencing a ‘high’ that so many people in modern society search for nowadays. Although it nitrous oxide does not have the same strength of other anaesthetics its use in this manner has been increasing significantly. It’s possible that abusers assume the fact of its relative weakness compared to other analgesics and pharmaceuticals also signifies a lesser risk factor, but that is not the case. It is an entirely incorrect correlation. The risks are real. In spite of it being a weaker drug by some standards, it produces euphoric feelings and has the potential to dramatically affect behaviour in any individual abusing it.

Potential for Brain Damage

Brain damage is a serious side effect that can be suffered as a result of using nitrous oxide in this way because, if it is not mixed with at least twenty percent oxygen in a controlled manner when it is inhaled, the reduction of the oxygen content in the blood can trigger hypoxia—a serious medical condition. Aiming for a bigger high, some users end up inhaling huge amounts at the expense of the essential oxygen that we all rely on in order to breathe. Brain damage following as a result of this action is irreversible. It only requires one instance of hypoxia for permanent brain damage to ensue.

When used in a professional, controlled medical environment, Nitrous is administered with oxygen. That is the reason it is often referred to as ‘gas plus air’.


Asphyxiation causing Death

Quite a large number of fatalities solely due to the lack of enough oxygen have occurred as a result of nitrous abuse. Some use practices liking placing one’s head inside a plastic bag filled with of nitrous oxide, securing it around the neck. Some users, wishing to ensure they are breathing in pure nitro, do not realize the extreme risk of chasing a bigger high. Without enough oxygen, the human body will not survive for a long length of time and it is also possible that, due to low-oxygen, they may pass out with the bag still placed over user's heads. Excessive use has the potential to induce hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is a serious condition and could potentially lead to further dangerous complications as well.  There can be other dangers leading to fatality n the cases where any family history of health problems connected with the use of anaesthetics or any additional existing genetic medical condition.

Damage to the Nervous System

The medical profession has long considered Nitrous oxide to be a safe form of anaesthesia. However, recent research confirms that, when people engage in prolonged or excessive use, then it could have devastating effects on the body subjected over a period of time. The body’s bone marrow may show signs of deterioration, and it has been known to inflict severe damage to the nervous system. Another extreme danger when engaging in the practice of breathing it straight out of pressurised tanks is that the gas flow is extremely cold, which can result in the freezing or damaging the vocal cords or asphyxiating the user.  Frostbite to the lungs and respiratory system may be cause by a sudden change to the state of the gas Apparently, partygoers commonly inhale using facemasks. As this practice does not enable the required amount of oxygen in recipe with the gas, it may have fatal consequences. Although, notoriously, young adults prove cavalier with their attitude regarding long-term health risks of inhaling Nitrous, it poses very real dangers and threat.


Laughing Gas Abuse: Long Term Dangers

The use of nitrous oxide on a continuous basis can initiate a vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is an essential component for numerous biological systems within our bodies. When deficient in this vitamin, amino acid accumulates in the blood supply and can be a cause for many various vascular diseases. Also, when breathed in during pregnancy, nitrous oxide may cause deformities in the fetus.  Whenever there is the potential of a user becoming pregnant, then it should be absolutely avoided for the sake of the unborn child.


Potential of Falling

Abuse of nitrous oxide has the potential to lead to injuries like a concussion or fractured bones. Many people have been recorded as having serious injuries liking falling from an open window or having mishaps when operating machinery in the wake of inhaling this substance.


Personality Disorders Due to Long Term Use

Some people become addicted to nitrous oxide and end up suffering personality and mood disorders as well as lasting damage to the bone marrow or nervous system. Even after the user ceases abuse for a long period, these issues may persist.


Side-effect from Taking with Meals

For those who practice excessive inhalation or routinely inhale straight after meals, nausea may be experienced. In addition, extreme stomach pain can be experienced by any long time user.


Loss of Control of Bodily Functions

IN some cases, people are admitted to hospital because of being unable to walk or having almost no control over bodily functions. Tests usually determine that overuse of nitrous oxide is the cause for lack of control over the body. This side effect does not occur overnight. Extensive use over a period of time will inevitably lead to this. It begins with tingling sensations in the feet. Later, people will not sense any feelings at all or any type of pain in their feet. The Nitrous Oxide side effects are cumulative in their nature. Most of them are not immediate many may occur only after longer use or even sometime afterwards.


Recovery - Irreversible Damage

Once someone has begun to lose the use of limbs, it can take many months for a person to regain their use. The amount of time usually depends on the extent of abuse. But there is no guarantee they will ever enjoy the same quality of life they were used to.  Some damage is irreversible. It is also possible that, for the sake of the fleeting pleasure nitrous oxide can produce initially, a person may pay for it with a lifetime of misery if they tend to over use or abuse the practice.

Damage to Hearing

Anyone with hearing problems can experience additional side effects, because anybody suffering with damaged eardrums or middle-ear disease may lose hearing completely if they are in constant exposure to nitrous.


Permanent Mutations in DNA

Extensive tests have disclosed how lengthy exposure may affect a person’s DNA. As of now, it has not yet been confirmed what length of time a person has to have been exposed before this affect occurs. We should be aware that anything longer than two hours may possibly have an adverse outcome, as can repeated exposure.



Vegans are advised to avoid becoming exposed to any significant amount of nitrous due to the lack of B12 in their diet. If a supplement is taken to compensate for this shortage, then the extra risk factor is alleviated. This is especially relevant to a pregnant vegan woman, who would be vulnerable to continued use that would affect their unborn child.


Fatal Anaesthetic

As an anaesthetic, Nitrous oxide runs through four stages, from drowsiness to unconsciousness. The state of euphoria and excitement in between these stages are what most users hope to experience. However, the craving for more of the euphoria compels users to abuse it as a drug. An excess cause those to lose consciousness, which may further develop into a coma. Once a coma is induced in this manner, it is almost sure that a user will stop breathing altogether. When this happens, it this starves the brain of oxygen. This may produce a fatal result when a person is alone. In such cases, medical help needs to be sought very quickly.



Patients are advised to fast and consume only water during the twelve hours prior to having a general anaesthetic. This is because the side effects of nausea and vomiting may occur.  Similarly, a user of nitrous may develop nausea. If such a person is unsupervised, there is a possibility of inhaling their own vomit and choking to death. A user of nitrous oxide must realize they need to use extreme care or they may lose consciousness and choke.



What begins as an occasional recreation-high can easily culminate into having an uncontrollable addiction. Too many people have discovered this fact, to their dismay. Why wait until you are confronted with a hospital bed and surrounded by vital monitors to start feeling full of remorse. There are so many other methods to overcoming adversity. Life is a precious gift. We all encounter problems and challenges from time to time.  Why add to that list the infliction of so many side effects that accompany any types of abuse? Alcohol, tobacco and all kinds of drugs will adversely affect a person’s quality of life. In quite a number of cases, they may even cause an untimely death. We all owe it to our loved ones, as well as to ourselves, to take care of the body we have been blessed with. Deviating from this motto can result in a devastating effect on numerous people. 

Our Policy on the Misuse of Nitrous Oxide

Our products are for catering use only. 

We have a policy of not selling Goods to any person whom we believe may be under 18 years of age or whom we believe may misuse the Goods in any way, this includes by flying them, by selling them to be misused or inhaling the gas in the chargers (also known as laughing gas).

You confirm that you are the named purchaser and at least 18 years of age, and understand that you will be committing an offence if you provide false information to us. You confirm that you do not propose to misuse the Goods or to supply the Goods to anyone you believe (i) may be under 18 years of age, or (ii) may misuse the Goods. We reserve the right to refuse to sell our Goods to any person who we suspect may misuse them.

We reserve the right to refuse to sell our Goods to any person who we suspect may supply the Goods (i) to persons under 18, or (ii) to persons who may misuse the Goods. We reserve the right to refuse to sell or to limit the number of Goods sold to any person. Without prejudice to the generality of any defences which may be available to us, insofar as you disregard the risks associated with inhalation of Nitrous Oxide, the warnings and instructions.

All persons that access our website, use our services, order after receiving promotional materials or buy products from us must be over 18 years old. We refuse to do business or engage with persons under the age of 18 years old. It is an offence to lie about your age.

Our products are for catering purposes only. Cream Central cannot take responsibility for damages resulting from the incorrect use of our product. Nitrous oxide can cause health issues if inhaled. These issues can include; narcosis, asphyxiation and potentially death. If we suspect our products are being abused, you will be barred from dealing with