Nicotine. Is it Bad?… Really?

I would imagine the negative stigma around nicotine comes from the unfavorable opinion of tobacco-related products. Nicotine is often condemned, since it is almost always affiliated with smoking and, as we know, cigarettes are indisputably bad for you. But, is nicotine as a lone-ranger, inherently bad?

Now, it goes without saying, if you don’t have to introduce a potentially addictive substance to your body, you probably shouldn’t. That includes caffeine, sugar, MSG, and whatever else you can think of that could be considered a vice. BUT! Did you know, nicotine by itself can actually present certain health benefits?

That’s right, this misunderstood compound, “has recently been under the scope of research examining its beneficial role in ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, and even cognitive performance in the general population.” (Original Source Here) Who knew, right?

Nicotine has been proven to increase productivity, creativity, and alertness in the general population (assuming a relatively low dose is consumed). It has also been shown to improve fine motor skills, as well as both short/long-term memory. That sounds awfully similar to the stimulant in coffee, caffeine, which thousands (if not millions) of people consume without condemnation on a daily basis.

There is an additional benefit offered by nicotine on its own that is rarely talked about because it’s actually rather ironic. According to a study done in 2009 by the Barrow Neurological Institute in Arizona and Ningxia People’s Hospital in China,

“Nicotine has been shown to alter immune responses by decreasing inflammation, decreasing the antibody-forming cell response of splenocytes, decreasing proliferation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells, regulating lymphocytes, macrophages, DC, and affecting the secretion of cytokines of lymphocytes.”

The reason I say this finding is “ironic” is due to the fact the most common method of nicotine consumption is via tobacco cigarettes. Cigarettes have been known to increase inflammation, therefore negating this particular benefit of nicotine by itself. You can read more about that here.

Are there plenty of cons to nicotine consumption? Absolutely. In large quantity, it can cause a significant increase in heart rate, dizziness, nausea, and if far too much is consumed – you can overdose, and it could cause death. It is also extremely addictive, and that should be taken into account no matter what nicotine is being used for.

At the end of the day, maybe it’s due time more research is done on how nicotine can be beneficial instead of always being cast in a negative light.

What do you think?

* DISCLAIMER: I am by no means encouraging you to ingest nicotine if you are not already using it on your own. This is simply to shed light on a primary ingredient used in most e-juice. *

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5 thoughts on “Nicotine. Is it Bad?… Really?

  1. Irresponsible and misleading content… The first source (one of only two sources), quote regarding the health benefits from nicotine, is taken from an advertisement. That ad ends with “The information on this website has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration or any other medical body.” Shame on you.

    1. Not meant to be misleading in any way, (in fact, there is a disclaimer that states I am not advocating or encouraging anyone to pick up a nicotine habit), and definitely not irresponsible. The first referenced article within my blog is not an ad; they source quite a few different scientific studies throughout their informative piece. There is a list of other scientific sources that advise on what nicotine can be used for and what it is being researched for. Here are several more sources for you to look into (and for anyone else who is curious).

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    2. Irresponsible and misleading content…

      >Okay, this should be good.

      The first source (one of only two sources), quote regarding the health benefits from nicotine, is taken from an advertisement.

      >Huh? Who is this an advertisement from? I don’t see any way to buy a product from them. What are they advertising to whom? This so called “advertisement” also goes out of its way to clearly show that there are absolutely negative qualities to nicotine that should be avoided. Assuming that any drug has no positive or negative impact is far more dangerous than talking about both the positive and negative effects candidly.

      That ad ends with “The information on this website has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration or any other medical body.” [sic]

      >Really? Who cares. Does the FDA have some magical power to change the way something works? If you have an issue with the specific positive effects of nicotine, why not post sources that back up your opinion?

      Shame on you.

      >Shame on you for attempting to stifle research and opposing view points because you don’t want to confront facts and would apparently prefer to stop the advancement of medical research.

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