Poppers: Drug or not drug? Legal or illegal?

15 Fév 2021 | Legal

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Let’s start with the question everyone is asking,

Is Poppers legal in France?

The answer is yes, however this has not always been the case; So here is a little timeline of the path of the little magic vial in French legislation 👨🏫:


💨Free sale as no legal status


1990: a Decree prohibits the sale/distribution of pentyl and butyl nitrite-based Poppers

The French market therefore uses propyl nitrite, which is not covered by the ban.


2007: a Decree prohibits the manufacture and distribution of Poppers based on alkyl nitrites (propyl,amyl,butyl,pentyl), treating them as drugs

2007: Repeal of the 1990 Decree, which becomes irrelevant, since all poppers have just been banned

2007: A European Directive bans the use of Butyl Nitrite, regardless of its use, because of its danger to health


⭐️ 2009: cancellation of the 2007 decree, allowing propyl and Pentyl-based Poppers to return to the market “legally”


2011: a Decree again prohibits the manufacture and distribution of Poppers, this time equating them with narcotics


⭐️ 2013: Cancellation of the 2011 Decree: all poppers are therefore now allowed to be manufactured and sold, except those based on butyl nitrite.


As you will have understood, the history of poppers is rather chaotic as far as legislation is concerned, but recent decisions (based on scientific studies) have finally vindicated the little magic vial 🧪 and now allow it to spread the joy legally 😉

Is Poppers considered as a drug?


First, what is a drug?

A drug is a substance that is capable of altering neuronal abilities but, more importantly, of causing physical 💪 or psychic dependence 🧠


What about poppers then 🤔

Well dear friends, poppers is not considered as a drug for several reasons:

It has absolutely no effect on the brain, it only has a vasodilator function 🩸

It is this blood vessel dilating effect that causes all these effects that make Poppers ideal for getting drunk and having fun:

  • Euphoria
  • Sexual Excitement
  • .

  • Disinhibition
  • Endurance

Is Poppers addictive?

Poppers is not addictive, numerous medical and scientific studies that have dealt with the subject have attested to the absence of addiction in users of this product 😉


Does poppers have any side effects?

All products have side effects; Therefore, it is important to refer to the labeling to make sure you know the risks of using your Poppers;

Nonetheless, the side effects of poppers are quite benign, and mostly short-lived; As for the more serious accidents, they are often related to practices not recommended, or even strongly discouraged by the manufacturers;

  • Here is a small list of side effects:
  • Temporary migraines
  • Superficial skin burns
  • Respiratory problems (often due to predispositions such as asthma, …)
  • Temporary tachycardia or low blood pressure
  • Diminished visual acuity (which disappears as soon as you stop using it)
  • Nausea or vomiting


  • Here is a list of uses to avoid
  • Consumption of Poppers with an erectile stimulant (Viagra type)
  • Consumption of Poppers with alcohol and narcotics
  • Consuming Poppers while lighting a product-soaked cigarette
  • …..


In short, Poppers is not illegal, is not a drug either!

Just an ally to have a really good time, if consumed in the right way! (Like all products after all 🔬)

Hopefully this little article has enlightened you on these two often discussed topics 😉

In case of an accident, or if someone is not feeling well after taking Poppers, we remind you of the useful info:


Emergency number: 0800 23 13 13 (8am to 9pm, free call from a landline).

As a reminder:

  • Do not multiply inhalations in a short period of time (risk of overdose)
  • If you get a headache and/or dizziness, stop inhalation and go breathe fresh air
  • Never use poppers near a flame. The product is highly flammable
  • Avoid contact of the liquid with mucous membranes, especially the nose, mouth and eyes. This may cause burns and/or dry skin