Well I have made a film about nitrous oxide. This is not a film about people getting high on nitrous oxide. While some of my readers might think that getting as high as a kite on nitrous oxide is funny, I do not share this view.
Nitrous oxide is not a nontoxic gas, it can cause some serious health effects. my trusty copy of the BNF reminds me that it can cause “megaloblastic anaemia” due to an interference with vitamin B12. Operating theater staff who are exposed to nitrous oxide have been found to have lower levels of vitamin B12 in their blood
So I would strongly advise you not to inhale nitrous oxide for fun, if you want fun I would suggest that you read a book or go walk the dog.
Back to the topic of my film. It is a recreation of an experiment which I did as a teenager. A squirt cream can after the cream has been used still contains nitrous oxide. Rather than putting it into the trash I did the following. I filled a sink with water and held the can under water. It is then possible to collect the gas using a water filled glass bottle (or as a teenager I used a pint glass).
If a glowing splint is placed in the gas it will reignite, this is a test which most people associate with oxygen but nitrous oxide will also give a positive result. Please sit back and watch the film.
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