Is Cream Charger (Nang) Safe? Exploring Misuse, Legalities, and Safety

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Cream chargers, also known as whipped cream chargers or Nangs, are metal cylinders that are filled with nitrous oxide gas under high pressure inside. At present, it is extensively used in bakeries, cafes, and ice cream stores because of its convenience, affordability, and ability to enhance the taste of the cream. But, despite its many benefits, there are concerns about its safety. In this article, we will discuss the various risks related to Nangs and how to ensure their safe use of it.

What are the safety risks associated with using Nangs?

All the safety risks associated with the use of nangs are long-term risks. In other words, nangs are only risky for those who come into direct contact with them or stay in contact with them for a long time. This is not usually the case for the commercial use of nangs in cream chargers, especially because the nitrous oxide remains inside dispensers.

Still, it’s good to remain aware of the risks, especially if you are or know someone who uses it for recreational purposes. The long-term effects of using nangs are many. Here are the potential risks one may face:

Oxygen Deprivation

This is one of the notable risks of coming into direct contact with nitrous oxide, and it’s a concerning risk, too. This is because the initial signs of oxygen deprivation are hard to notice, so by the time you realize something is wrong, it might be too late. Nitrous oxide can displace the air in your lungs without you realizing it, which will eventually lead to oxygen deficiency.

Because your body cannot carry out biochemical and metabolic functions without oxygen, it’s only a matter of time before things take a negative turn. In extreme cases, it might lead to asphyxiation. This usually happens only when you inhale nitrous oxide directly from the chargers. Asphyxiation can lead to unconsciousness and brain damage. If immediate medical attention is not given, it may even lead to death.


Inhaling nitrous oxide, even a little more than normal, can cause dizziness and lightheadedness. Up until a certain level, it’s different from being high, but you’ll find that you’re constantly having a hard time keeping your balance, and your coordination is off. This puts you at risk of facing accidents or injuries.

This is actually one of the earliest signs of oxygen deficiency. But since it’s common to feel a little dizzy especially if you work a lot, most people tend to ignore it and go on with their day.

Cold Burns

In whipped cream chargers, nitrous oxide is stored under extremely high pressure, which causes their temperature to be below freezing point. If you come in direct contact with it, it can easily lead to cold burns or frostbite. This usually happens when the dispenser is not handled with proper protection. Cold burns can lead to serious injuries and tissue damage.


The recreational use of nitrous oxide as a drug is not at all uncommon. In fact, people who work with nitrous oxide, for example, those who frequently use cream chargers for work, are more susceptible to nitrous oxide addiction. But even that aside, the cheapness and easy availability of this drug is what makes its use so common.

Direct use of nitrous oxide has psychoactive effects like any other drug. The initial use might start by accident or curiosity, but people who get used to the feeling of high might become addicted. This will obviously have negative effects on both physical and mental health.

Reproductive and Neurological Issues

This happens due to chronic and regular use of nitrous oxide, especially direct use of it. A wide array of reproductive and neurological issues are correlated with drug addiction, and nitrous oxide happens to be on the upper side of things here because it’s a harmful gas. Some studies suggest that if nitrous oxide is consumed during pregnancy, it can lead to deformities in the offspring.

How to use ice cream chargers safely?

The use of nangs is very beneficial for many reasons, especially when it comes to whipped cream chargers, so it is possible to partially avoid it. However, it is possible to reduce the risks associated with it to a great extent. Here are the precautions that should be taken:

  • Ensure that the area where you use whipped cream chargers is fully ventilated to prevent gas buildup and allow for more oxygen.
  • Use protective gloves or a piece of cloth when dealing with whipped cream chargers to avoid coming in direct contact with them.
  • When attaching the charger to the dispenser, do not attach it too tightly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions word by word when installing the charger to avoid any accidents.
  • Store the charger in cool, dry, and dark places away from any sunlight or heat to avoid unwanted chemical reactions.
  • Keep it out of reach of children.
  • Avoid direct inhalation of nitrous oxide when using the dispenser. Wear a mask if you have to.
  • Regularly check the dispenser for faults because a faulty dispenser may explode and cause a huge accident.
  • Dispose of the used chargers properly, following the regulations, and do not puncture or burn them.
  • Educate yourself on all the symptoms of nitrous oxide poisoning. If you face any of the symptoms or see any of your coworkers experiencing them, seek medical attention immediately.

The laws related to nangs can vary in different parts of the world. Under the Australian Consumers Law, the selling and use of whipped cream chargers containing nitrous oxide is fully legal. However, the distribution of it for recreational or any other purposes except commercial or medicinal is illegal under the New South Wales Law. However, enforcement of the law is difficult due to the need for more legislation. Under the Controlled Substances (Poisons) (Nitrous Oxide) Variation Regulations 2019, the supply of the drug to minors and making it accessible to the public via retail stores is also illegal.

In conclusion, cream chargers are safe to use if all the correct precautions are taken, and they are only used for commercial purposes. But the use of nangs as drugs is not only harmful but also illegal in most places.

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