Nicotine and Vaping
Nicotine is found in plants of the Solanaceae family. The name might derive from “Solari”, which, in Latin, means “to soothe”. Plants in this family includes Datura(Mandrake), Belladonna (Deadly Nightshade), Wolfberry, Tomatillo, Capsicum – Chili Pepper and Bell Pepper, Potatoes, Tomatoes and Aubergines
Trouble is, nicotine has been demonised as a terrible thing, that makes smokers hopelessly addicted to smoking and gives them cancer. In fact, nicotine is not that at all. It is a chemical found in tobacco smoke inhaled by the lungs and also it is ingested as a chemical in our food every time we eat potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and aubergines. It can have a calming or stimulating effect. It releases pleasure hormones in the brain. It does not cause cancer.
Nicotine has medicinal properties and therapeutic uses. Smokers are self medicating when they smoke. But, unfortunately, the other chemicals found in tobacco smoke do harm to the lungs.
New vapers often find they still crave cigarettes even though their nicotine desire has been fulfilled by vaping. It would seem that some other chemicals in cigarette smoke, all of which haven't been identified yet, are addictive too. Carried on cigarette smoke, nicotine enters the blood stream far quicker than it does on vapour, so vaping doesn't seem to give an instant “hit”.
But vaping can be as pleasurable as smoking, without the danger of inhaling smoke from a burning substance. To many vapers, vaping becomes a fascinating hobby.
Eliquid for vaping contains nicotine, the strength of your choice. As the eliquid glycerine is vapourised on the atomiser of an electronic cigarette, nicotine is inhaled into the lungs on the vapour. Some people vape on eliquid that contains no nicotine at all. In a way, it is easier to control your nicotine intake when you vape, than when you smoke. If you are using electronic cigarettes to stop smoking rather than switching to vaping as a substitute to smoking, reducing the nicotine content in your eliquid is a way to get off your addiction to nicotine.
But many vapers vape to get the nicotine, to feel soothed, stimulated or invigourated.
Nicotine is a poison. The symptoms of having overdone on nicotine whilst vaping, is a headache and nausea. Nicotine is quickly eliminated by the body. So vaping a very low nicotine eliquid is a solution, or simply cutting back on vaping for a while. All eliquid can be diluted with vegetable glycerine or propylene glycol.
Because nicotine is a poison, it is very wise to buy eliquid from a reliable manufacturer in bottles that have child proof tops, proper labels and to keep them safely stored.
Written for the Alston Moor eCig Shop