Are poppers legal in Germany?

The answer to this question can be answered with yes and no, respectively. with “it depends”. We have been dealing with the legal situation of poppers in Europe, Germany and Switzerland since 2014 and have already followed several criminal and administrative proceedings on this topic.

Is buying poppers legal?

The possession and consumption of poppers is permitted in Germany. In Germany too, poppers are not subject to the Narcotics Act, mainly because of the lack of dependency (so poppers are not drugs).

In Germany, poppers is only a prescription drug, for which the doctor would have to issue a prescription. However, since the product is no longer used in medicine, there is no longer a market for it. In Switzerland, where Oxymoron AG (operator of this website) is located, the Swiss regulatory authority for medicinal products (Swissmedic) has confirmed that poppers are not covered by the Medicinal Products Act because the medical purpose for them is lacking.

In Switzerland, poppers fall under the likewise very strict and complicated Chemicals Act ChemG. The possession and “consumption” of poppers is also permitted in Switzerland. The sale of poppers in Switzerland is only permitted under very specific conditions. This now means that when you buy poppers on our website, you are buying a product that falls under Swiss chemicals legislation, as we are based in Switzerland.

There are nitrites which are toxic to aspiration and can be fatal if accidentally swallowed. We clearly distance ourselves from these nitrites (isopropyl nitrite, isobutyl nitrite), which are also not permitted in Switzerland.

We continuously monitor the legal situation in Europe, Germany and Switzerland and provide information on this page.

Responsible handling of chemicals is very important to us and we do not want to endanger human health at any time. On the contrary, we would like to do our part to educate people about poppers in Germany and the legal use of poppers in Germany.