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Laughing Gas
Nitrous Oxide
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Author(s) :
Michael Shedlin
David Wallechinsky
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Edition(s) at Erowid :
1973(pb,1st ed,vg-),1992(pb,2nd ed,fine)
Publisher :
And/Or Press(1973), Ronin Pub(1992)
(From 1992 Edition) Inhaling laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, has gained a new popularity. Yet recent discoveries about the dangers of inhaling the gas are not widely disseminated. These developments make this underground classic more important and relevant than ever. Laughing Gas: Nitrous Oxide includes :

  • The fascinating 200 year history of gas
  • Classic writing on gas by William James and others
  • An Introduction on pharmacological developments
  • Dangers, precautions and recent discoveries
  • Wonderful drawings, lithographs and photographs
  • Existential accounts of personal experiences with gas
  • Philosophical ruminations on the meaning of gas
  • An informative cartoon strip by cartoonist Larry Todd
  • A collectible cover by comix super-star R. Crumb
Laughing Gas: Nitrous Oxide belongs in the library of every person interested in psychoactive substances.
"Definitive funky text...includes delightful history ... and safety precautions."
-- Whole Earth Review

"Laughing Gas is the fruit of three years research by twelve amiable freaks who call themselves the East Bay Chemical Philosophy Symposium."
-- High Times Magazine