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Inside The Laughing Gas Black Market | High Society

February 10, 2020


So how did you figure out how to take nitrous out of hospitals? Why did you choose to sell nitrous instead of any other drug? With the highest level of consumption on the continent, no one takes drugs quite like the British. This is high society. A series where we meet dealers, users, and manufacturers. To find out why the UK has one of the world’s most excessive drug habits. British people use nitrous oxide more than any other country in the world. As soon as I get a rip, a sound goes off And it recently became the second most popular drug in the UK. She loves it. She loves it. The media quickly became obsessed with it. After a handful of NOS related deaths. But reports of its dangers were often over inflated. The government’s response has been to include it in the psychoactive substances act. This is a law that came about in response to the popularity of legal highs. Putting a ban on the sale of anything that can change your mental state except alcohol, cigarettes, and coffee. Now, selling nitrous carries a sentence of up to seven years. We set out to discover what happens when you restrict a substance over-night and how dealers will continue to supply Britain with its much-loved gas. Rarely you will find a house party without NOS. You just get a bit light-headed your whole body goes tingly. it does kill a few brain cells out of this world for a few seconds I’m in another dimension entering and leaving a room come to me, boom boom boom. it’s a short term, for like an effective feeling. we usually use at the late end of a night after we’ve been taking pills or whatever you’ll take it There’s nothin’ better Cause you feel like: I have sussed life and then you wake and you’re like, mate, I was kettin’, I’ve just done a balloon and this is absolute bullshit. Do you know what I mean? Inside the sanctity of a house party, you can still huff as much nitrous as you want But we wanted to find out whether the law had any effect on street dealers who have to loudly inflate fluorescent balloons, in full view of roving policemen. It’s 5:30 a.m. and a massive club’s just gotten out, and balloon sellers are starting to appear out of the woodwork. We’re going to meet Simeon, a seasoned nitrous dealer who’s decided to ignore the law and continue his roaring trade. So, is now the best time to go out and sell balloons? It’s like 6 o’clock, so the club’s just finished, so what I try and do is, I try and get there at the end and then I can just get busy doing a lot of the, catch the stream of people. So, now the law has changed, are you finding there’s less demand? In terms of the demand for it on the street, it’s just as crazy as it was before It’s made the balloon sellers a bit more wary but the difference is we’re doing it, first of all, the rules are slightly different to when you’re in the public space and you’ve got the general public around you. I’ve no right to sell balloons on the road to be honest with you cause, it’s, that’s when you get mixed up into the wrong crowd of like, street dealing, and then they kinda see you as a drug dealer and really and truly, before the law changed, I was doing this with an entrepreneurial spirit where I figured, alright, I can just go out and sell something, that’s not illegal and make money from it and that was my main reason why I chose to sell balloons over anything else So the new Psychoative Substances Act turned you into a drug dealer Basically, yeah I feel like a criminal for doing something that, yesterday, it was fine for me to do. And how to you get around the fact that there’s security everywhere, cause it’s like, a nightclub. Ah, that’s a tricky one. The security, to be honest with you, they turn a blind eye as long as you’re not causing too much aggro outside then they’re relatively alright with the sale as long as you stay out the way I noticed that as soon as the music stops and the night ends, there’s like a huge flood of people coming like sharks to a feeding frenzy. How popular is it now? If there was a scale of 1 to 10, I’d say 100. Do you ever have rivalries with different NOS dealers? I haven’t seen any violence in the balloon community at all The balloons themselves, it’s all lax I’ll be honest with you, yeah But what’s happened is, a lot of new young lads coming onto the scene, right, they are coming with violence Basically, what they’re seen, right, because it’s something that’s been criminalized, there must be a lucrative benefit from it and now that’s why they’re tryna come into it NOS is not that deep, the law has made people think that it’s a really shady area, blame Theresa May for that stuff. (laughter) Although Simeon remains bold enough to join an open air nitrous market pushing the trade deeper underground has led dealers to adopt shadier methods of sale which take advantage of the law’s gaping loop hole. Yeah, see you in 5 So, that was Brighton’s biggest nitrous oxide dealer, and we’re gonna follow him around in his car tonight Under the guise of a catering company, this dealer manages to skirt the line of legailty Hey buddy How’s it going? Is this a delivery right now? Yeah. This is one here Can I see the box? Creme Capsules Misuse can be dangerous to your health. Do not inhale. Is there much selling on the street round here or is it usually done by car? Usually done by car, it’s all changed really, you used to get it by just cracking em and telling em out But that’s all stopped now, I think, they’ve had a massive sort of crack down on that We know someone who is still selling on the streets of London. Does that surprise you? Does he sell em cracked or does he sell it in box? Yeah, he sells them cracked, in the balloons In my opinion, he’s asking to, sort of, be arrested Would you pass me 4? Thank you buddy, cheers for that We don’t just sell to, like, students They use it for their cream products. Can you pass me 3, is that alright mate? Cheers Just give me a ring anytime. Yeah. Lovely. (phone rings) Hello. Yeah. What was it for? No, it’s alright. See you in a minute. Bye. So, when you’re asking what they’re using it for, you’re basically covering yourself Yeah. I mean, it’s on Facebook, on Twitter, Instagram, you know, just reminders that it is a catering products and it’s not to be sold for human consumption And do they actually say, ‘Oh, this is for whipped cream’? They said, ‘Yeah, just for cream’. So. What they do with it after is completely down to them really But if they say, ‘I’m using it to get high’, you’re not gonna not sell it them to them, are you? Now. Yeah, I wouldn’t sell it now. Did you know that last week it was legal and this week it’s not? Is this-I got that this is just a big joke. So. The amount of people who sell it isn’t gonna change. The amount of people who buy it isn’t gonna change All that changes is the method that they use to get it Yeah And how much money they’re paying Definitely. And the prices to buy it, I think, is now so cheap you can get it for a pound So, you can buy it outside a club Direct to your door like a take-away Or even on the high street from the catering store All I had to do was say that I was a chef and because it’s a legal loophole, it’s extremely easy to buy 50 nitrous bulbs It’s pretty much the only drug you can buy over the counter in broad day light The unlikeliest NOS dealers we found were the police themselves who used the same loophole to sell canisters that they had seized as evidence on eBay. When we called them for comment They stated that “the sale of NOS chargers is not prohibited in the UK, But that “On reflection, they regret placing these items for sale.” With even the police trying to get a piece of the action it would seem that the supply chain of nitrous hasn’t been affected by the law. When the government first considered banning NOS they asked their advisory council what the drug’s main dangers were their reply wasn’t related to health issues but to the theft of nitrous from NHS Hospitals Today, kids at squat raves are more interested in balloons than booze so, dealers have had to source far larger containers to meet that demand. We wanted to see how this brazen crime is committed and whether criminalizing nitrous has stopped thieves from doing it. Walk me through, step-by-step, how does it work when you’re breaking into a hospital Yeah. Have you ever got caught? Is that not enough? So where’re we going right now? So, you’ve taken canisters from this hospital in the past? Yeah. Wow. Yeah Are hospitals starting to catch on to what you guys have been doing? Do you have to look for a new hospital now? OK. Why do you call it a pencil? OK. And how much is this worth? How much do you make outta this? And you’ve got it for free cause it’s from the hospital We’ve seen that changing the law hasn’t affected the demand And, so, people like Big Blue, will continue to rob medical facilities and street sellers will continue to innovate as they get pushed deeper into the black market It seems like the law has only succeeded in criminalizing more people whilst the market has been forced to adapt Meanwhile thousands of people across the country continue to spend their weekends sucking on children’s balloons What’s the meaning of life? (indiscernible) NO Hey! (beeping noises) Fair enough Why you laughing bruv?

100 Comments

  • Reply Frog December 2, 2019 at 1:42 am

    The guy stealing nitrous from the hospital might be genuinely retarded.

  • Reply CallMeRabid December 2, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Bruv

  • Reply B1Slee December 2, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    BRUV

  • Reply lottie b December 2, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    and they say the uk is posh

  • Reply BOW! God December 2, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    I thought the last guy was black lmao

  • Reply justin charles December 2, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    I was in a club in Bristol last week and they was selling over the bar lol

  • Reply CRAZY HORSE December 2, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    My two sons are around 20, I'm 46, very laid back easy going, went through the rave scene my self E's, Acid, bit of Charlie, but these lot are on the Ket n Nos, one night my boys were at mine, my oldest bugged me about doing a line of Ketamine, not being a party pooper I did it, of course he stitched me up, it was like a half hour messed up acid trip with a video game theme. My partner stayed straight and looked after me. The next time my youngest had 100's of these Nos canisters, so again I was like I'll try it, and from some one who has done nearly every drug I just didn't get it, it made my voice sound silly and I went dizzy from lack of oxygen more than anything. Who ever takes Nos and buys the shit, I just don't get it.

  • Reply Nate Ring December 2, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Whipped cream cartridges and medical gas are two totally different things. One is solely cutting oxygen to your brain (CO2) or cooking gas, the other is a chemical compound (nitrous oxide) which is used in anesthetics or medical gas.

  • Reply - S I L V A - December 3, 2019 at 12:21 am

    Mans out soundin like Afghan Dan

  • Reply Atem S. December 3, 2019 at 3:08 am

    Uk is always on another level!!

  • Reply z cheeze December 3, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Whippets are readily available, but suck after being able to party with just a few friends and a tank. Getting harder to get the tank filled, that's a problem here in SoCal…

  • Reply Trisha Stevens December 3, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    I'm all for drug use, but not littering! 👏🏻👏🏿👏🏽

  • Reply Fatty Margo December 4, 2019 at 3:10 am

    Lol for like 300 bucks you can drive to Philly and get a legit licence to handle nitrous oxide and that includes your permit a 50lb tank and your gas.

  • Reply notsokewl December 4, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    It does kill a few Crain Bells . 🙃

  • Reply notsokewl December 4, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    I would find a way to put my farts into balloons and sell them to this idiots… 😆 lol

  • Reply Ethan Yeaman December 5, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Bro I’m in America and I’m 14 and bought a box of 50 not for what they do but still easy

  • Reply sebastian hunter December 5, 2019 at 6:35 am

    I’m sorry but these people are a fucking joke, 3 minute high, just legalize weed

  • Reply NahKaw December 5, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    i like this journalist guy

  • Reply StiiizyG December 9, 2019 at 12:15 am

    4 for 5 let me know !!!🤣

  • Reply Blue Flag December 11, 2019 at 8:33 am

    8g n2o whipped cream chargers. shop now at whiipmore.com shipping from US ,2-5days to deliver.

  • Reply Amar Ramdial December 11, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    👽👽👽🤪🤪🤪🤪😋😋😋😋👍👍👍😚😚😚

  • Reply ej stavers December 11, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    "Nos really isnt that deep" quote of the day

  • Reply Gm 4L December 13, 2019 at 2:24 am

    how to get nitrous
    1-snap the ting with a crowbar
    2-grab the fuckin ting
    3-put the ting in the back of the ting
    4-get in the ting and drive off bruv

  • Reply james freddo December 13, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Id start selling helium as a prank.

  • Reply WassupItsMike! December 14, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Weed is the best over everything

  • Reply NazMaTaz December 16, 2019 at 3:28 am

    ngl when I joined uni, and went to pres, thought they were blowing balloons for someone's birthday at first

  • Reply Dry Grapes December 16, 2019 at 3:33 am

    "it does kill a few brain cells"

    more than a few from the looks of it…

  • Reply Aditya Sharma December 16, 2019 at 6:48 am

    That balloon thing was my idea lol sub to my chann. ^_^^_^^_^

  • Reply whiteshadow247 December 17, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Brits that say Bruv that much are fucking annoying

  • Reply Steve Quizodlibumpbumpbump December 17, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Because they turned away from Bible.

  • Reply BJ700 December 18, 2019 at 11:03 am

    What a clown.

  • Reply Simon Poulsen December 19, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    10:39 Those white tanks with "Entonox" written on them contains af 50/50 mix of NOS and oxygen. I does not comprehend why nobody is (ab)using Entonox to get high, since there is no danger of asphyxiation or the associated brain damage.

  • Reply The Nido king December 20, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    It’s hard to be a gangster when you sound like Shrek

  • Reply sp00ky gh0sts December 20, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Thats crooked as fuck that the cops are selling confiscated canisters

  • Reply Samuel Lopez December 21, 2019 at 3:45 am

    I went with my soccer team to meet the Brighton players and I went where he got the drugs and now I’m scared shitless

  • Reply Phil Boardman December 22, 2019 at 1:53 am

    Absolutely mental bruv.

  • Reply RibZe1 December 25, 2019 at 5:56 am

    If the party's still bangin' we're nangin'

  • Reply Nah December 26, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    tell me he doesn't keep saying 'noz'

  • Reply Wraith Demon December 27, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Look at all these nittys

  • Reply Stephen Needham December 27, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    In English hospitals and emergency response teams Nitrous oxide is used like we use a morphine drip. On demand by the patient, to a degree, of course.

  • Reply Viktor Olsson January 1, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    You can get the exact same feeling by just making yourself pass out, just sayin

  • Reply LazerHornet January 3, 2020 at 12:50 am

    Anyone else here after getting Nitrous Oxide at Doctors/Dentist

  • Reply Mrbigolnuts January 3, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    I used nitrous through the mid 90s, we had a great time on it, was fantastic!! Especially for after parties

  • Reply Ufc 3 gameplay January 4, 2020 at 4:29 am

    Nitrous oxides the type of drug u do when ur out of weed and alcohol.

  • Reply Net Sucks January 4, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    in australia this drug is legal and you can buy them from convenience stores for 10 bucks for 10 canisters, which are known as nangs from where im from

  • Reply James January 4, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    The final clip says it all really

  • Reply Andreaa A January 5, 2020 at 3:41 am

    SERIOOOOO

  • Reply John Citizen January 9, 2020 at 8:31 am

    No person on earth has the right to tell me what I can and can't put in my own body.

  • Reply Tobiassini • January 9, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Ok, GTA 6 should be either in the uk or russia

  • Reply Jonathan D January 10, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    The Drug Caterer is the sweetest drug dealer I’ve ever seen ! Such a kind young man 😂

  • Reply TheGodshatter January 11, 2020 at 3:33 am

    The u k. Bro!? I've done a 20 gallon tank in a couple of hours. New Hampshire. I've had neighbors that sold meth and heroin. Can get mush, lsd, powder fentanyl, weed of course, benzos, methadone, fuck. Who knows… just saying. Not bragging at all, just seeing what goes around.

  • Reply nocapjared January 11, 2020 at 11:31 am

    cali foos been on noz

  • Reply Elizabeta G. January 12, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    7:36 "There's no cakes on the black market"

    Weed dealers: allow us to introduce ourselves

  • Reply Hollywood NaBil January 12, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    " ThE bAlLoN cOmMuNiTy " the funniest thing ever

  • Reply TheHarryPotter January 13, 2020 at 12:54 am

    8:09

  • Reply mystxry -_- January 14, 2020 at 12:06 am

    Just snap the fuckin ting

  • Reply joel kupsch January 14, 2020 at 1:42 am

    I am just sitting doing nangs watching this

  • Reply Ash Froman January 14, 2020 at 2:52 am

    I actually like Big Blue… Realest dude ever and stood up to guards for old dude. Respect 👏💯 But I don't get why he got mad at ole dude….

  • Reply High Frequency January 14, 2020 at 3:55 am

    The clowns gonna ran out of business

  • Reply amos January 15, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    I fucking love the UK.

  • Reply Jerry Brice January 16, 2020 at 11:52 am

    I tried it once, and I am sure glad it wore right off. The effect is highly annoying.

  • Reply Ninja Frost January 16, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    I feel high from looking at the wheel on the right side

  • Reply obidamnkenobi January 16, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    bruv I don't give a shit about you selling gas, but foks sake take your trash cartridges with you! The littering offended me the most about this whole thing.

  • Reply lovely lucinda January 17, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    Do what you want – just pick up your nos litter!

  • Reply Little Reptilian January 18, 2020 at 10:16 am

    You use drugs because your country sucks. Rain everyday and everything is controlled.

  • Reply Talyah R January 18, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Gonna go bake a cake now 🎂

  • Reply ofxka January 19, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    uk so soft LOL

  • Reply Mason C. January 19, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    British take more drugs than the rest of the world cuz it's all white people there, white people take allot of drugs. Easy to figure out

  • Reply 12345676ish January 20, 2020 at 1:10 am

    “It just kills a couple of braincells” lmaoo

  • Reply Dilly Doo January 20, 2020 at 1:14 am

    ting

  • Reply Brick James January 20, 2020 at 4:52 am

    These nitrous dealers on these corners are making it hard for whip cream dealers on other corners to make an honest living

  • Reply Brick James January 20, 2020 at 5:01 am

    So these dudes are on CCTV breaking in, getting arrested to prove its them on the CCTV, and they still need fingerprints or they walk every time? Dude what?!

  • Reply Brick James January 20, 2020 at 5:01 am

    So these dudes are on CCTV breaking in, getting arrested to prove its them on the CCTV, and they still need fingerprints or they walk every time? Dude what?!

  • Reply Hydro January 20, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    you just have to go to a store and get that shit, it's for making cream or some shit

  • Reply Jake Prusher January 20, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    UK has nothing on Phish tour

  • Reply sunnyboi January 22, 2020 at 8:52 am

    Should’ve had this option in Need for Speed so I won’t have to buy it.

  • Reply Jojo January 22, 2020 at 10:27 am

    If its illegal then why sell it in yellow balloons? Why not black ones? Less conspicuous..!

  • Reply ttoyass January 22, 2020 at 10:49 am

    That white boy was way too hard.

  • Reply hernan January 22, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    The last dealer is the poster boy of illegalisation

  • Reply XXXTentacionsAMong January 23, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    10:01 “I’ve been fucked up by those security guards a couple of time bruv” this fucking guy got me creasing like pahahahah

  • Reply 808Fee January 23, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    When does the idiot state realize that the human brain clearly isn't satisfied with having a job and food? I think Brave New World made a meaningful and hopefully soon to become true prediction: Soma. Just legalize (relatively) safe drugs (we all know alcohol isn't safe) and tax the heck out of it. Win-win situation.

  • Reply Bigboy Ramboy January 23, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Diversity is not our strength

  • Reply Bigboy Ramboy January 23, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Image blacks going to eastern Europe or Asia and selling drugs they would get their heads cut off

  • Reply balbinder bains January 23, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    how can it be bad wen the hospital is supplying it why dont the arrest the ER doctors or is it ok for a dr to supply it

  • Reply xPHATSNAPSx January 24, 2020 at 5:49 am

    Does this Symeon cocksmoker have to throw all of his trash on the street like that??

  • Reply black hippy January 24, 2020 at 6:33 am

    me smoking in the u.s

    Youtube: yo you ever seen somebody get high off balloons?

    rubs hands together like birdman

  • Reply Juan Parrilla January 24, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Everybody sucks it bruv

  • Reply bolt tookie January 25, 2020 at 1:01 am

    The only people selling this on this documentary would get taxed in an instant of they were selling proper drugs. You don't need masks and goodies, you just need a delivery address and 24 quid…you absolute Mong's. Get a bar if sniff and see how long you last before a proper G takes it from your hands

  • Reply Joe Matthews January 25, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    How many times he said bro or bruv actually cracks me up 😂

  • Reply Bonnie and Junior January 26, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    People have gone paralyzed from this shit lol fucking dumbasses

  • Reply RIP WRLD January 27, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    If I’m 14 would 1 ballon be that bad for me or would it just be a fun couple of minutes

  • Reply eV01ve January 31, 2020 at 2:31 am

    This series in a nutshell: a guy interviewing people high on different drugs

  • Reply Singleplayer January 31, 2020 at 4:20 am

    Before this happened to me just today 1/30/20 some guys came up to me, and both offered me $100 dollars and showed them to me! I was surprised! All I had was the uno cross between my jacket while having my hands in the “got em” position, anyways, one guy asked for my uno reverse card cross for $100 (geez the stack was like $3) and I said “…this isn’t for sale…” another guy said the same thing but with my 4 Minecraft books I said no (again) then I said “Why do people think I own a black market? This is just my cult! Let me bring Kermit back from the dead in piece!” And now I own Journal 3 (gravity falls) and NOW I can bring Kermit from the dead! >:3 wait I realized in the show there was an entire apocalypse in 5 seconds… I take it back… anyways now people think i have a portable shop…

  • Reply Perplex February 2, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    0:22 You aren't wrong – I live in a nice house, go to the ranked best school in the UK, I'm 14 and addicted to Mdma

  • Reply ウチハShisui February 5, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    These people are fucking stupid why tf do nitrous oxide and coke and RCs just smoke weed and do traditional psychs

  • Reply Bants February 6, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    i hate this youtube channel

  • Reply SAVE THE MILKS February 7, 2020 at 1:58 am

    "They wanna suck on them balloons, bro"

  • Reply Peter Jackson February 8, 2020 at 3:01 am

    I love how alcohol and tobacco are legal which kills more people world wide than any of these illegal drugs. Look it up, nitrous oxide kills less than 10 people a year and they are freaking out about this. There are 3 million deaths from alcohol each year world wide and 7 million deaths per year from cigs. Why are we not talking about this? Because lobbyists from these corps have the politicians in their hands. Biggest scam in the world.

  • Reply Michelle V February 8, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    whippets do be amazing tho

  • Reply y February 9, 2020 at 12:01 am

    Do you fart a clown?

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