What is Nitrous Oxide (N2O)?
Before reaching your new state of nirvana one must first know how to get there. Your ticket to chuckle town can be found through nitrous oxide.
Nitrous Oxide is a gas made up of ammonium nitrate. It is more commonly known as laughing gas. It is colorless, but has a sweet smell and taste. The chemical equation for nitrous oxide is ammonium nitrate plus heat makes water and nitrous oxide. In this reaction, ammonium nitrate is in a solid form as salt. The outcome of the salt combined with heat is water and nitrous oxide in gas form.
NH4 NO3(s) = 2 H2O (g) + N2 0 (g)
This reaction is referred to as decomposition. Decomposition is when a chemical compound separates into simpler elements or compounds. This is shown when the Ammonium Nitrate breaks down into water and Nitrous oxide.
Nitrous Oxide Today!
Today, nitrous oxide being used for multiple uses. Since it was discover in the late 1700s, the thought of nitrous oxide's use for medical purposes had always been a possibility. It was discovered that inhaling the gas causes pain relief and that it causes people to become unconscious, while still not feeling pain. This created a major turn in the medical field. Through the use of this gas, pain less surgeries and operations could be conducted, a new type of pain killer could be offered to pregnant moms and new opportunities to treat the sick in a more comfortable fashion was offered. Today almost every hospital and almost every dentist office uses nitrous oxide on their patients. Nitrous Oxide is now more commonly known as anesthetic. Anesthetic is just an umbrella term, today there are many different types of anesthetics and specific doctors that specialize in its usage. Overall, anesthetic solves the problem of pain.
Nitrous Oxide can also be found on farms. It is a byproduct of soil, fertilizer and plants. The ammonium nitrate in the fertilizer causes the byproduct and the plants production of oxygen aids in the excess of the gas.
Nitrous Oxide can also be used in car engines. When Nitrous Oxide is heated to a certain degree it combusts into oxygen and nitrogen. Since there is more oxygen, then is more room for fuel increasing the power of the car.
Where in the World can I Find this Gas?
Nitrous Oxide can be found in many places around the world. It is a resource used by people in different cultures because of its multiple uses. It is accessible to people of any income. For example, to find anesthetic go to your local hospital or dentist to get this gas. It may also be found in certain car engines to increase its speed. In other parts of the world, it can be found on farms in fertilizer or in the byproducts of soil and plants. You can find it in the air by farm lands or greenhouses. Also, find it in empty whipped cream bottles.
For me persoanlly, I can find it at my local hospital, Memorial Hospital or at my dentist, Cordera Dentistry. I can also find it in my fridge in the whipped cream bottle I have left over from a Christmas Party.
Where can you find your "laughing gas" today?