Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that makes up about one-third of the earth’s atmosphere. It is also known as “laughing gas” and is used in hospitals to sedate patients before and during surgery. It can also be used recreationally as an inhalant, drug or food additive to produce euphoria and lightheadedness. Nitrous oxide is made by oxidizing ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3) under high temperature and pressure. Here are some steps on how to make your own nitrous oxide cartridges for medical or recreational uses.
What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous Oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that makes up about one-third of the earth’s atmosphere. It is also known as “laughing gas” and is used in hospitals to sedate patients before and during surgery. Nitrous oxide can also be used recreationally as an inhalant, drug or food additive to produce euphoria and lightheadedness.
It can be made by oxidizing ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3) under high temperature and pressure, which is usually done with a cryogenic tank. The chemical reaction produces nitrous oxide that can then be absorbed into a porous material like cotton wool for inhalation purposes, or swallowed for medical or recreational use.
How does Ammonium Nitrate turn into Nitrous Oxide?
Ammonium nitrate is a naturally occurring compound that can be found in soil and decaying organic matter. It has a molecular formula of NH4NO3, which is made up of atoms of nitrogen and oxygen. When ammonium nitrate reacts with water, it breaks down into ammonia (NH3) and nitrous oxide (N2O).
For this process, you’ll need to mix the ammonium nitrate with water in a beaker. Then heat the mixture at about 130 degrees Celsius for one hour. Next, you’ll need to add some alcohol to help dissolve out the ammonium nitrate into NH3 and N2O gases. This reaction will also produce heat and degrade any solids in the mixture. All that’s left will be gas bubbles coming off the surface of your solution!
Once you’ve created your solution, you’ll need to filter it through cheesecloth or paper towels on top of a funnel so that no solid material is left behind. Next, pour your liquid solution into an empty metal pipe or tube (no plastic). Now you’re ready to use your newly made cartridges!
How to Make a N2O Cartridge for Medical Use
First, you’ll need to make a high-pressure cylinder. You can use PVC pipe with end caps and a threaded fitting on one end for this purpose. It might take some time to find your perfect size and shape for the cylinder, so have patience.
Next, you’ll need to find a source of pure nitrogen gas that has been purified through distillation. This can be done by asking your local welding supply company or industrial supplier about their sources.
Once you have the cylinder made and the nitrogen gas source in hand, you’re ready to make your N2O cartridges! Be sure to pay attention to detail when using nitrous oxide: it’s easy to forget something important and end up with an improperly functioning cartridge. For example, many people neglect sealing their ends correctly and then they are forced to abandon their project due to leaking gas.
Nitrous oxide is a highly reactive chemical compound that is generally used for recreational purposes. Ammonium Nitrate is a chemical compound that can be used to make nitrous oxide or, more commonly known as laughing gas. Ammonium nitrate is also a main component in explosives and fertilizer.
The chemical reaction for making nitrous oxide starts when ammonium nitrate is heated and some of the nitrous oxide gas is released. Ammonium nitrate is then mixed with water and acid in order to release the rest of the gas. The amount of acid needed to make the reaction work depends on the temperature of the ammonium nitrate and the amount of water added.