Discount Cream Safety Information
Due to some of the products on our website being age restricted, users of Discount Cream must be over the age of 18 years old to place orders. If you are under the age of 18 years old, you must leave the website immediately. Anyone suspected to be under the age restriction of 18 will be banned from the website and orders will be cancelled and refunded.
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#ConsumableProducts(Syrups, Coffee Beans, Hot Chocolate, Tea etc.)
#CateringDevices(Coffee Machines, Whipping Dispensers, Soda Siphons)
#N2O(Nitrous Oxide Cream Chargers)
#Misuse (Dangers of Misusing Nitrous Oxide)
Safety information about Consumable Products on Discount Cream
(Syrups, Coffee Beans, Hot Chocolate, Tea etc.)
If you have any allergies, we highly recommend researching any consumables you are intending to order in case they include an allergen you cannot have. Discount Cream is not liable for customers ordering consumable products resulting in an allergic reaction. All of our consumable products have ingredients listed on their packaging if not already included on their product listings. Please be sure to check the products ingredients before consuming.
If your consumable item’s security seal is broken upon delivery (damaged in transport etc.), please DO NOT consume the product and notify our customer services team who will be happy to arrange a return for you for a replacement. We advise this as consumable products have security seals such as a screw on top on syrups or a film cover the lid on coffee tubs so that debris or germs are unable to enter the liquid or substance.
Safety information about Catering Devices on Discount Cream
(Coffee Machines, Whipping Dispensers, Soda Siphons)
Professional Coffee Machines: If you are purchasing one of professional coffee machines, please ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions specifically. Some devices may require to be professionally installed. If you are unsure of how to fit your machine, please get in contact with our customer services team and we will be happy to help. Our machines are used with hot liquids so please ensure safety measures are taken so that users do not burn themselves.
AeroPress: If you are purchasing an AeroPress Coffee Maker, please follow the manufacturers instructions provided before using. These machines are used with hot liquids so please ensure safety measures are taken so that users do not burn themselves.
Whipping Dispensers: If you are purchasing a Whipping Dispenser, please ensure that you manufacturers instructions provided before using. Our dispensers should only be used with up to 8.4g compatible cartridges (unless you have an compatible adapter or converter), either Nitrous Oxide or CO2 can be used in a Whipping Dispenser depending on recipe or use. We do not advise using our Whipping Dispensers with other brands not listed on our website despite them being predominantly universal due to the fact that we cannot confirm the safety of other brands or their compatibility with our devices.
When using a Whipping Dispenser, we highly recommend using a comfort grip to minimise the chances of injuring yourself with a freeze burn as the cartridges can freeze when the cartridges chambers are released. Before using a Whipping Dispenser, please identify where on the Charger Holder the pressure releasing hole is before use. The pressure releasing hole is a small, manufactured hole in the charger holder to allow additional gas to safely release from the charger holder if the device experiences failure for safety purposes when handling pressurised gas. PLEASE DO NOT COVER THE PRESSURE RELEASING HOLE. Whipping Dispenser can thread if screwed on too tightly or at an incorrect angle so please handle with care. We advise watching tutorials on YouTube or online of how to correctly use a dispenser safely before using one for the first time. If you checkout our YouTube page, we have some great examples on there of not only instructions but also recipes!
The maximum chargers to be used in anything below a 500ml Whipping Dispenser is 1 charger. 1L Whipping Dispensers can hold a maximum of 2 chargers. Warning: If you use more than the recommended level of charge, an explosion could occur from excessive pressure. Never attempt to pierce the sealing cap of our cream chargers without the correct equipment as to do so could result in injury, including severe freeze burns.
Please see below for information regarding using a Whipping Dispenser with larger cream chargers.
Soda Siphons: If you are purchasing a Soda Siphon, please ensure that you manufacturers instructions provided before using. When using a Soda Siphon, we highly recommend using a comfort grip to minimise the chances of injuring yourself with a freeze burn as the cartridges can freeze when the cartridges chambers are released. Before using a Soda Siphon, please identify where on the Charger Holder the pressure releasing hole is before use. The pressure releasing hole is a small, manufactured hole in the charger holder to allow additional gas to safely release from the charger holder if the device experiences failure for safety purposes when handling pressurised gas. PLEASE DO NOT COVER THE PRESSURE RELEASING HOLE.
Soda Siphon’s can thread if screwed on too tightly or at an incorrect angle so please handle with care. We advise watching tutorials on YouTube or online of how to correctly use a Soda Siphon safely before using one for the first time.
The maximum chargers to be used in anything below a 500ml Soda Siphon is 1 charger. 1L Soda Siphons can hold a maximum of 2 chargers. Up to 3 chargers can be used in a 3L Soda Siphon. Warning: If you use more than the recommended level of charge, an explosion could occur from excessive pressure. Never attempt to pierce the sealing cap of our cream chargers without the correct equipment as to do so could result in injury, including severe freeze burns. Please also note we only recommend using our CO2 capsules with new Siphons, retro or vintage Siphons can be dangerous to use due to the materials being brittle and / or weak.
Nitrous Oxide (N2O Cream Chargers)
For more detailed information about N2O Cream Chargers such as Safety Information, Manufacturers Instructions and Misuse Safeguarding, please see our Cream Chargers Manufacturers Safety Information Page linked HERE.
Standard 8g-16g Cream Chargers
A whipped cream charger is a steel cylinder or cartridge filled with approximately 8g-16g of Nitrous Oxide. The narrow end of a charger has a foil covering the tip which is broken to release the gas. This is done by a sharp pin inside the whipped cream dispenser.
Larger 580g Cream Chargers
A whipped cream canister, available in stainless steel or aluminum filled with approximately 580g of Nitrous Oxide. The larger Smartwhip canisters can also be used with a whipped cream dispenser by using the system as follows:
- Screw the pressure regulator onto the N2O cylinder. Pull the adapter off of the pressure regulator hose, and screw it onto the cream dispenser.
Pour the ingredients for the recipe into a whipped cream dispenser and close the lid.
Connect the pressure regulator hose to the cream dispenser via the push-pull connector, making sure that the flow switch is OFF. You will hear a click sound when it is connected.
When the system is fully connected, open the flow switch at the end of the hose, by moving the lever in the direction of ON.
Set the barometer to your desired working pressure by turning the barometer knob in a clockwise motion. You will hear a slight hissing sound as the gas flows into the cream dispenser. Check the Smartwhip pressure table for a rough indication of how much pressure to use.
When the hissing sound has stopped, close the flow switch in the OFF direction, ensuring it is at a 90-degree junction with the pressure regulator head.
Disconnect the pressure regulator hose from the cream dispenser by squeezing the connector body and removing the cream dispenser.
Shake the cream dispenser to evenly distribute the gas, then place your decorating tip of choice onto the cream dispenser and release the contents as you would with a standard 8g cream charger.
The larger Cream Deluxe canisters can also be used with a whipped cream dispenser by using the system as follows:
- Screw the pressure regulator with the quick connector onto the bottle and tighten with your hands.
- Repeat several times if no gas comes out.
- When the bottle is empty, unscrew and remove the pressure regulator and dispose of the bottle with other ferrous materials.
- Do not allow the bottle contents to leak into the environment.
Restrictions: Cream Chargers are an age restricted product, meaning you must be at least 18 years old in order to purchase. N2O is age restricted due to Cream Chargers being a pressurised gas and potentially dangerous if handled incorrectly. They are also age restricted due to the gas’s psychoactive properties if consumed, which is deemed misuse of the product similarly to how solvents and glues can be misused. Using Nitrous Oxide for it’s psychoactive properties by inhaling the gas is in direct breach of the Psychoactive Substances Act of 2016 and is illegal. We do not condone nor associate the company with those intending or promoting the misuse of Nitrous Oxide.
Disposing of Cream Chargers: Used chargers are non-refillable, but 100% recyclable where steel recycling programs exist. To be properly recycled, Cream Chargers require expelling of all gas before being chopped in half by appropriate machinery. This is a safety measure set out by the manufacturers to ensure that the cartridges are completely empty of compressed gas before put through recycling machines which could be very dangerous.
Storing Cream Chargers: Must be kept out of reach or accessibility of minors under the age of 18 years old. Cream Chargers must be kept in a cool place (under 50°C) and must not exposed to direct heat. Nitrous Oxide is a non-flammable gas however it has the capability to oxidise. The oxidation number of O in N2O is -2 and the number for N is +1. As N2O has no charge, the sum of the oxidation numbers is equal to 0. 2(+1) + (-2) = 0.
Dangers of Misuse (Nitrous Oxide)
Misusing Nitrous Oxide is classified by a user intentionally using the substances for its psychoactive effects by inhaling the gas. The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 is a law in the United Kingdom intended to restrict the production, sale and supply of a new class of psychoactive substances often referred to as "legal highs". TalkToFrank Website Quote: “As of 2016, nitrous oxide is covered by the Psychoactive Substances Act and is illegal to supply for its psychoactive effect."
Nitrous Oxide has been used in the culinary industry for decades and using Nitrous Oxide for catering and it’s other legitimate uses is legal. However in recent years, Nitrous Oxide has unfortunately become a popular substance that has been abused and misused for it’s effects on the central nervous system when inhaled. It has been featured in the media more in recent years which has been a leading cause of its rise in popularity. Discount Cream does not condone, promote, encourage or advise anyone in any way to misuse Nitrous Oxide and Discount Cream has extensive safeguarding measures in place to stop the products from being misused. Discount Cream reserves the right to refuse sale to anyone we deem unacceptable to sell N2O to or that we are suspicious of potentially misusing or of being under the age of 18 years old.
When professionals prepare and utilize Nitrous Oxide within a safe medical environment as a medical aesthetic, they handle it in a controlled manner with appropriate equipment. Attempting to administer on one’s self outside of the medical industry has the potential to lead to immediate fatality via asphyxiation (choking due to a lack of oxygen). There can be serious long-term physical and/or mental side effects, at the very least. The substance referred to as "Laughing Gas" is not pure N2O like what is found within cream chargers, but is actually, in fact, a combination of about 70% Oxygen and 30% Nitrous Oxide.
Potential Risks of Misusing Nitrous Oxide
Oxygen Deprivation: Potential Result of Using Nitrous Oxide
Anaesthetics are fast becoming a popular method of experiencing a ‘high’ that so many people in modern society search for nowadays. Although it nitrous oxide does not have the same strength of other anaesthetics its use in this manner has been increasing significantly. It’s possible that abusers assume the fact of its relative weakness compared to other analgesics and pharmaceuticals also signifies a lesser risk factor, but that is not the case. It is an entirely incorrect correlation. The risks are real. In spite of it being a weaker drug by some standards, it produces euphoric feelings and has the potential to dramatically affect behaviour in any individual abusing it.
Potential for Brain Damage
Brain damage is a serious side effect that can be suffered as a result of using nitrous oxide in this way because, if it is not mixed with at least twenty percent oxygen in a controlled manner when it is inhaled, the reduction of the oxygen content in the blood can trigger hypoxia—a serious medical condition. Aiming for a bigger high, some users end up inhaling huge amounts at the expense of the essential oxygen that we all rely on in order to breathe. Brain damage following as a result of this action is irreversible. It only requires one instance of hypoxia for permanent brain damage to ensue.
When used in a professional, controlled medical environment, Nitrous is administered with oxygen. That is the reason it is often referred to as ‘gas plus air’.
Asphyxiation causing Death
Quite a large number of fatalities solely due to the lack of enough oxygen have occurred as a result of nitrous abuse. Some use practices liking placing ones head inside a plastic bag filled with of nitrous oxide, securing it around the neck. Some users, wishing to ensure they are breathing in pure nitro, do not realize the extreme risk of chasing a bigger high. Without enough oxygen, the human body will not survive for a long length of time and it is also possible that, due to low-oxygen, they may pass out with the bag still placed over user's heads. Excessive use has the potential to induce hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is a serious condition and could potentially lead to further dangerous complications as well. There can be other dangers leading to fatality n the cases where any family history of health problems connected with the use of anaesthetics or any additional existing genetic medical condition.
Damage to the Nervous System
The medical profession has long considered Nitrous oxide to be a safe form of anaesthesia. However, recent research confirms that, when people engage in prolonged or excessive use, then it could have devastating effects on the body subjected over a period of time. The body’s bone marrow may show signs of deterioration, and it has been known to inflict severe damage to the nervous system. Another extreme danger when engaging in the practice of breathing it straight out of pressurised tanks is that the gas flow is extremely cold, which can result in the freezing or damaging the vocal cords or asphyxiating the user. Frostbite to the lungs and respiratory system may be cause by a sudden change to the state of the gas Apparently, partygoers commonly inhale using facemasks. As this practice does not enable the required amount of oxygen in recipe with the gas, it may have fatal consequences. Although, notoriously, young adults prove cavalier with their attitude regarding long-term health risks of inhaling Nitrous, it poses very real dangers and threat.
Laughing Gas Abuse: Long Term Dangers
The use of nitrous oxide on a continuous basis can initiate a vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is an essential component for numerous biological systems within our bodies. When deficient in this vitamin, amino acid accumulates in the blood supply and can be a cause for many various vascular diseases. Also, when breathed in during pregnancy, nitrous oxide may cause deformities in the fetus. Whenever there is the potential of a user becoming pregnant, then it should be absolutely avoided for the sake of the unborn child.
Potential of Falling
Abuse of nitrous oxide has the potential to lead to injuries like a concussion or fractured bones. Many people have been recorded as having serious injuries liking falling from an open window or having mishaps when operating machinery in the wake of inhaling this substance.
Personality Disorders Due to Long Term Use
Some people become addicted to nitrous oxide and end up suffering personality and mood disorders as well as lasting damage to the bone marrow or nervous system. Even after the user ceases abuse for a long period, these issues may persist.
Side-effect from Taking with Meals
For those who practice excessive inhalation or routinely inhale straight after meals, nausea may be experienced. In addition, extreme stomach pain can be experienced by any long time user.
Loss of Control of Bodily Functions
IN some cases, people are admitted to hospital because of being unable to walk or having almost no control over bodily functions. Tests usually determine that overuse of nitrous oxide is the cause for lack of control over the body. This side effect does not occur overnight. Extensive use over a period of time will inevitably lead to this. It begins with tingling sensations in the feet. Later, people will not sense any feelings at all or any type of pain in their feet. The Nitrous Oxide side effects are cumulative in their nature. Most of them are not immediate many may occur only after longer use or even sometime afterwards.
Recovery - Irreversible Damage
Once someone has begun to lose the use of limbs, it can take many months for a person to regain their use. The amount of time usually depends on the extent of abuse. But there is no guarantee they will ever enjoy the same quality of life they were used to. Some damage is irreversible. It is also possible that, for the sake of the fleeting pleasure nitrous oxide can produce initially, a person may pay for it with a lifetime of misery if they tend to over use or abuse the practice.
Damage to Hearing
Anyone with hearing problems can experience additional side effects, because anybody suffering with damaged eardrums or middle-ear disease may lose hearing completely if they are in constant exposure to nitrous.
Permanent Mutations in DNA
Extensive tests have disclosed how lengthy exposure may affect a person’s DNA. As of now, it has not yet been confirmed what length of time a person has to have been exposed before this affect occurs. We should be aware that anything longer than two hours may possibly have an adverse outcome, as can repeated exposure.
Vegans are advised to avoid becoming exposed to any significant amount of nitrous due to the lack of B12 in their diet. If a supplement is taken to compensate for this shortage, then the extra risk factor is alleviated. This is especially relevant to a pregnant vegan woman, who would be vulnerable to continued use that would affect their unborn child.
As an anaesthetic, Nitrous oxide runs through four stages, from drowsiness to unconsciousness. The state of euphoria and excitement in between these stages are what most users hope to experience. However, the craving for more of the euphoria compels users to abuse it as a drug. An excess cause them to lose consciousness, which may further develop into a coma. Once a coma is induced in this manner, it is almost sure that a user will stop breathing altogether. When this happens, it this starves the brain of oxygen. This may produce a fatal result when a person is alone. In such cases, medical help needs to be sought very quickly.
Patients are advised to fast and consume only water during the twelve hours prior to having a general anaesthetic. This is because the side effects of nausea and vomiting may occur. Similarly, a user of nitrous may develop nausea. If such a person is unsupervised, there is a possibility of inhaling their own vomit and choking to death. A user of nitrous oxide must realize they need to use extreme care or they may lose consciousness and choke.
What begins as an occasional recreation-high can easily culminate into having an uncontrollable addiction. Too many people have discovered this fact, to their dismay. Why wait until you are confronted with a hospital bed and surrounded by vital monitors to start feeling full of remorse. There are so many other methods to overcoming adversity. Life is a precious gift. We all encounter problems and challenges from time to time. Why add to that list the infliction of so many side effects that accompany any types of abuse? Alcohol, tobacco and all kinds of drugs will adversely affect a person’s quality of life. In quite a number of cases, they may even cause an untimely death. We all owe it to our loved ones, as well as to ourselves, to take care of the body we have been blessed with. Deviating from this motto can result in a devastating effect on numerous people.
Our Policy on the Misuse of Nitrous Oxide
For more detailed information about our safeguarding and due diligence against the misuse of the product, please see our ‘Misuse of N2O’ page linked HERE.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
Product Details: A Powerlet cartridge, commonly referred to as a CO2 charger, is a small disposable metal container holding anything between 8g – 88g of compressed CO2 and often a small quantity of oil, used as a power source for certain air guns, airsoft guns, paintball guns, and for quick inflation of various devices, such as a personal flotation device.
Restrictions: CO2 Chargers are an age restricted product, meaning you must be at least 18 years old in order to purchase. CO2 is age restricted due to being a pressurised gas and potentially dangerous if handled incorrectly.
Disposing of CO2: Used chargers are non-refillable, but 100% recyclable where steel recycling programs exist. To be properly recycled, CO2 Chargers require expelling of all gas before being chopped in half by appropriate machinery. This is a safety measure set out by the manufacturers to ensure that the cartridges are completely empty of compressed gas before put through recycling machines which could be very dangerous.
Storing Cartridges: Must be kept out of reach or accessibility of minors under the age of 18 years old. CO2 Chargers must be kept in a cool place (under 50°C) and must not exposed to direct heat. For over a century CO2 has been recognised as a workplace hazard at high concentrations. However, CO2 is naturally present in the air we breathe at a concentration of about 0.037% and is not harmful to health at low concentrations. Inhalation: Low concentrations are not harmful. Higher concentrations can affect respiratory function and cause excitation followed by depression of the central nervous system. A high concentration can displace oxygen in the air. CO2 is not flammable and cannot be ignited and is in fact very commonly used in fire extinguishers to put out electrical fires.