What’s actually inside the bottle?
A magic fucking genie.
Shut up. What’s inside the bottle?
Smelling salt crystals that have a super strong smell.
What do they smell like?
What are smelling salts?
Smelling salts are chemically stuffed compounds (usually stuffed with ammonia) used to regain an alert state of mind and/or enhance performance.
Are smelling salts legal?!
Yes. They always have been.
What do I use smelling salts for?
Use it before preparing for a heavy lift PR or before you want to nail a trick you’ve been trying for a long time and are very close to. Also good for AMRAPs (As Many Reps As Possible). It’s also useful to help you get awake quickly when you are severely in need of sleep while driving, it’ll get you to that next stop that’s a few minutes away so you can pullover and nap. It’s also great as a party prank: revive someone who got knocked out or drank too much alcohol and passed out, or someone who you suspect is faking a faint spell to get attention. Finally, if for whatever reason you’re trying to get your mind off sex so you can continue working or get on with your day, this can distract you well enough to transition to another place, a cold shower, or the start of your next task to accomplish that.
How do I use smelling salts?
Whatever you do, don’t “smell” smelling salts. Instead, open the bottle and “waft” it underneath your nose gently until you feel it. You may sniff closer to the bottle opening if you want the sensation of a snake biting your brain.
So this is what you’re sniffing in videos all the time?
Yes. We call them ammonia inhalants. They come in two forms. Ammonia inhalant ampules, which contain a tiny glass bead with the active ingredient inside. You crush them and then sniff. That’s what I’m always using in my videos. And bottles with smelling salts which are crystallized compounds stuffed with the same active ingredient, which is what is in these bottles available here.
Difference between ampules and bottles?
The ampules are more convenient and ritualistic, but the bottle form is way stronger, and is approximately 3x-6x more cost effective (depending on care of preservation, see below). The reason we went with manufacturing the bottles instead is simply a matter of scale.
How do smelling salts work?
It activates the inhalation reflex by irritating the mucous membranes in your respiratory tract, which causes muscles that control the breathing process to perform faster. It’s a negative sensory sensation, enhancing activities of the heart and brain by activating the sympathetic nervous system. It reproduces an acute pain response, like hitting your finger with a hammer on accident or cutting a finger on accident with a knife while cooking. These type of moments often give you a tiny, but significant little boost of adrenaline. Besides the physical pain, if you recollect these type of moments, you’ll know there is a full body response to it, an increase in alertness and a lack of paying attention to most everything else except the acute pain. That’s exactly what inhaling ammonia does to your body globally, a tiny, but significant little boost of adrenaline that lasts up to a minute, only you don’t have to get a band aid and it doesn’t swell or bruise and hurt for hours or days afterward. There is no damage.
Can sniffing smelling salts cause a heart attack?
No more than banging your knee against the coffee table on accident.
Can you hurt yourself using it by pushing the body too far?
Yes. Smelling salts will make you say “time’s up, let’s do this, LEEROOOOOOY JENNNNNNKINNNSSSS!!!” it kills doubt, fear, and worry for a short moment. Your brain stops thinking and just reacts. Then, you have a chance to act without your brain getting in the way. So if you’re using it before something like a trick you’ve not landed yet that you still have to think about, but are trying, or a weight you’ve never lifted on an unfamiliar exercise (high weight, bad form) you could very well indeed blow something like a shoulder, knee, or roll an ankle from the strength boost that accompanies your terrible technique. So…
What’s the best way to use smelling salts for training?
ONLY USE THIS FOR THINGS YOU HAVE TECHNICALLY MASTERED
Personally, I only use it for hard things I’m good at that I want to do fucking great, or lifts I’m good at that I want to PR again in. Not a single injury of mine, zero, none of them, have ever come after using smelling salts before something. Why? Because I follow the advice I just gave you.
An exception is a move you’ve been crashing for a long time that you are very close to, in that situation you’ve patterned the movement and you might just need a little boost to get your feet underneath you.
Will I build a tolerance to smelling salts?
No. Every whiff is like the first time all over again if you just wait 10 minutes or so between uses.
It doesn’t seem to be working anymore!
Your bottle needs recharged. Cap it tightly and wait. The crystals are aromatic and the amount of vapor in the bottle needs time to build back up. If you’re like me, you’ll keep a couple bottles around and switch between the two, so while one is recharging the other is ready to go again.
It doesn’t work at all?
Improper storage can cause this: don’t keep it in the glove compartment of a very hot car. Or you’ve completely expended the entire bottle’s worth of potency.
How often do you use smelling salts?
I usually would only use one good whiff for any maximal training session. Not everyday is maximal so I don’t use them everyday.
I just googled it and smelling salts are ammonia derived and ammonia can be fatal.
It’s diluted, not pure. And you’re not eating it, you’re whiffing it. Stop freaking out you pussy. It’s the difference between getting electrocuted by lightning and getting electrocuted by an electric bug zapper. One could kill you or could cause long term damage, the other one will make you say “OUCH FUCK” and then you pull away and laugh about it afterward. You take a whiff of this diluted ammonia product and you say “OUCH FUCK” and you pull it away and enter Beastmode.
Are smelling salts unhealthy long term?
No human on the planet would sit and huff this stuff enough to start causing damage to the point this would cause long term health problems You’d have to sit on a couch and just breath this shit in for hours, everyday, before it would cause any potential problem.
I’ve been using it since I was 18. A few moments per week or month on average. I’m 31 now. I am healthy, not unhealthy. To use the electric bug zapper example again, it is about as unhealthy long term as touching an electric bug zapper for a moment occasionally. And about as addictive…
Are smelling salts addictive or recreational?
No! It fucking hurts! It does NOT feel good. It is not cocaine. You are whiffing vapors that stimulate via a short-lived acute pain response, not snorting caustic powders that stimulate via tricking out your dopamine feedback loop. One whiff hurts for 5 seconds and alerts you for up to 30 seconds. Then there is no comedown or crash, in fact it opens up the airways and helps you breathe better. It makes you feel better for several minutes afterwards (much like a cold shower makes you feel rejuvenated). Which is the opposite of a strong upper (like cocaine or meth) which makes you feel good for an hour or four, but then you feel like a fucking piece of shit for one or two days afterward. It is NOT a recreational drug and it is not addictive and there is no comedown, crash, down-regulation or anything else associated with recreational drug use. And again, it is not unhealthy unless you’re a screwy person who just sits there for hours everyday and sniffs this stuff. That person will never exist because this stuff hurts your nose!
Ok! Smelling salts are awesome! Any other suggestions?
Yes! Finally you’ve stopped being a shy wuss and embraced the smelling salts! So, to get your money’s worth, store these bottles appropriately. For maximum longevity, you should put the top back on these smelling salts right after using them and make sure it is on as tight as you can get it. And then store them between 8 and 20 degrees Celsius (46 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit). Which basically means in the fridge if possible. If you can’t store it in the fridge don’t worry, I’m the only person I know that really does that anyway. A bottle will likely last 1-2 months or more with regular use. The most important thing is resealing it after use though. Leave the top off for 24 hours and it’s not going to be potent anymore.
No really, get you a bottle you’ll love this stuff!