Laughing gas, nos, nangs, balloons. There’s always someone walking round selling them at dance music events, right? That sharp exhale of gas and the inevitable breathing in and out of a balloon have become as much as a part of a festival soundtrack as sunny disco and thumping techno.
In the Netherlands, it’s truly been a few summers of nitrous oxide with the BBC investigating its explosion in popularity that has seen a 400 per cent rise in the sale of canisters over the last two years.
A recent law change means laughing gas is no longer classed as a medicine, a move that’s seen a surge of new companies selling canisters online. They’re even sold over the counter at chain store Blokker.
Speaking to the BBC, a regular user said: "I got my first balloon here in Holland last summer. Nobody was taking it then. This year it's huge, huge. I'm seeing canisters lying around on the street."
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