Positive sides of nicotine intake

When I was younger, I hated the smell of cigarette smoke and I couldn’t stand the smoke from a cigar. I always wondered why anyone would start smoking, especially since it’s written on (probably) every cigarette pack that smoking can cause cancer.

But recently I’ve been thinking… I was raised in Christianity and Christians are taught that God doesn’t make mistakes. Also, God made everything for a reason. Now bear with me: nicotine is extracted from tobacco leaves. Leaves refer to plants, so nicotine is a biological product. Hence the conclusion: God intended for nicotine to be on earth.

So if nicotine is every bit as bad as people want you to believe, why would God make it?

Nicotine research

Out of curiosity I started googling. And I actually found out that nicotine has quite a few medical uses. Nicotine has a positive influence on many conditions such nicotine-health-benefitsas:

  • Depression;
  • Schizophrenia;
  • ADHD;
  • Pain;
  • Mild cognitive impairment;
  • Tourette’s;
  • Alzheimer’s;
  • Parkinson’s disease.

Nicotine against (unwanted) movement

The first thing that came to mind when I read this list was that most of these conditions include a lot of (unwanted) movement. This came as no surprise to me, because many smokers I know also say that the cigarettes calm them down for example when they’re angry or stressed. I can also picture nicotine helping against depression, because (in cigarettes) it can make you feel drowsy.

Making your mind work better

Many people in the creative business world say that smoking boosts their creativity. Apparently, this is also true. British psychologist David M. Warburton wrote a paper titled “Nicotine as a Cognitive Enhancer”. This paper suggests that nicotine helps with various tasks requiring attention. The benefits to memory are often linked to improvements in attention (if you pay attention to something more effectively, then you’re more likely to remember it), but there are also some suggestions of improvements in memory unrelated to attention.

Nicotine in the brain

So as you see, nicotine has quite a few positive sides. Does this mean that you should start smoking if you’re not a smoker? nicotine-in-the-brainNo, it does not.

If however you want to get nicotine in your brain to take advantage of the positive effects, then the most effective way to get nicotine in your brain (where most effects occur) is by smoking tobacco. One particular reason for this is that smokers can modify their nicotine intake on a puff-by-puff basis (called self-titration of nicotine). Nicotine is then a very suitable drug by which you can get the effect you need at the time you need it, because inhalation with tobacco smoke (or with e-cigarette vapor) brings nicotine to the brain very quickly (actually faster than an intravenous injection).

Conclusion

Smoking is not for everyone. But if you are a smoker, at least now non-smokers can understand why you do this.

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