What the Heck is 'Poppers' & Why Is My Ex-Husband Doing It?!?!



Dear Couch,

I am living with my ex-husband. He tells me that he is not interested in sex and describes it as " disgusting and gross" . Recently I found a bottle of liquid incense. The front of the bottle read " jungle juice" . What is this used for? The other night he came home drunk with a friend-a man I had never met. He took off his pants and started dancing in a pair of speedo underwear. All of this strange behaviour is causing me to think that he could possibly be gay. Help! I asked him if he has ever had a homosexual encounter, but he denies it. I also found something he wrote...something about being disgusted with every drunken homosexual encounter. When he is drunk he talks about it, when he is straight he denies it up and down. How do I find out if he is gay? I don't know if he is lying or just trying to shock me.

Signed,
Confused

----ALSO----

Dear Couch,

I recently had a sexual encounter with a friend. During, he had me sniff something out of a small container filled with a clear liquid. It made me feel light headed for just a short while, and then it wore off. I asked what it was, and he told me it was called " Rush." No one seems to know what it is. Do you have any ideas what it contained? Also, is it illegal?

Signed,
CuriousintheSouth


Dear Confused & CuriousintheSouth,

First, let's address this mysterious liquid. What you're both referring to is most likely 'poppers' or Isobutyl or Amyl Nitrite. This is an abused inhalant which is most often associated with the Gay male community. Reason being, the effects are mainly
...when inhaled these products simply relax smooth muscle. Smooth muscle tissue surrounds the body's blood vessels and, when allowed to relax, the heart speeds up to pump more blood through the body This immediate increase in blood flow is very pleasurable for most people, who nearly all report heightened sensations such as a limited sense of being dizzy, an enhanced sense of touch and taste, as well as a genuine " rush" reportedly making orgasm intensely enhanced and longer in duration. All the body's sphincter muscles are smooth muscle, which means the anus is relaxed and made to feel more pleasure, as well.
Is it illegal? Apparently Isobutyl Nitrite is not restricted by sale or possession however Amyl Nitrite is supposedly restricted by prescription supply only, but a trip to your local porn store will certainly produce some. While not as damaging to the brain tissue as sniffing paint thinner or glue which will reduce you to a drooling idiot within months, it has the same milder effect.

The main point of poppers is not to 'get high'. As one of you mentions, the initial effect is simply a brief lightheadedness. The main use is to enhance sexual pleasure from direct sniffing or simply leaving the small bottle open in the bedroom. From the history of it's use/abuse, this seems to be a tool relegated to the Gay male community which leads us to Confused's question.

You don't explain why your ex-husband is your ex or why you're now living with him, but from what you describe, yes, he's as Gay as an eight dollar bill. You should move on from this relationship and develop new ones of your own. He can then have all the popper sex he can get and dance around in his speedos (shudders at the visual image).





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