Nicotine Buzz from Vaping: How It Affects the Brain

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Manufacturers of vapes are pushing their products’ popularity by marketing them as safer alternatives to smoking. Yet, vaping addiction is a serious issue that is afflicting many young individuals today. This post offers a comprehensive overview of the nicotine buzz from vaping, how it works, and how it affects your body.

What Is A Nicotine Buzz?

In a nutshell, “nicotine buzz” defines the sensation you receive when you “take” nicotine. Nicotine’s intoxicating effects are difficult to describe. It has been reported that new vapers feel it, while many more experienced vapers say they have never felt it. Seasoned vapers may experience it under the right conditions, but newbies are more likely to discover it immediately.

The intoxicating effects of nicotine buzz and the degree to which different people feel them may vary greatly. Most people know their intoxication levels because they feel a rush in their heads, comparable to when they get up too quickly. You may feel faint or dizzy; some people have even described feeling as if they were going to die.

Nicotine causes dopamine levels to rise rapidly, dopamine has the uncanny ability to simultaneously make you feel satisfied, calm, and inspired. As a result, many individuals who get a nicotine buzz report feeling delighted. Some individuals also report experiencing tingling or numbness across their whole body. This is often followed by a weightless sensation as if the individual were floating in midair. Some people experience cramps and tremors when on a nicotine buzz, sometimes called a “high.” The word “high” may be deceptive in this context since nicotine does not alter consciousness directly but rather via interactions with neurotransmitters in the body.

Why Does Nicotine Give You A Buzz?

The neurotransmitters and hormones that nicotine triggers in the brain and spinal cord cause its physiological effects, including the nicotine buzz. Nicotine enters the circulation quickly and gets to the brain when inhaled via a vaporizer or smoked in cigarettes.

Both adrenaline and dopamine levels rise in response to nicotine usage. The release of adrenaline is a common physiological response to the “fight or flight” state that might arise in the brain. Unlike the adrenaline, dopamine is responsible for feelings of excitement, pleasure and positive energy. While adrenaline is responsible for the “racing” sensation and the “headrush” that comes with nicotine intake, dopamine is the neurotransmitter responsible for a vaper’s good sensations.

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How Long Does A Nicotine Buzz Last?

Unfortunately, the brain’s neurotransmitters do not have an endless capacity, and nicotine overdose may ultimately lead to their depletion. This occurs rapidly and shows that you have built a tolerance to the effects of nicotine. When this happens, the rush of a nicotine buzz disappears and tolerance occurs.

Inhaled nicotine may have an impact as soon as 10 seconds. The effects of nicotine or electronic cigarettes might last anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the individual. The longer someone uses nicotine or vapes, the shorter the initial high lasts and the more accustomed they get to the negative repercussions of the drug.

Vapers prefer to take more in a shorter amount of time since the benefits of vaping are short-lived. As a result, vaping cannot only deliver a buzz but also raise your chance of developing a nicotine addiction and possibly deadly difficulties with your respiratory system and lungs if used for an extended period.

Why Does Nicotine Stop Giving You A Buzz?

The first high from vaping may be strong, but frequent users may find that it fades just as rapidly. If you’ve built a tolerance to nicotine and your neuroreceptors are all filled, you won’t experience its stimulating effects. Nicotine intake regularly raises the probability that your body will adjust to its presence and develop a tolerance to it.

Consider it as if you had a sponge. If you soak a sponge in water but never squeeze it, it will never absorb any more liquid. Nicotine can only trigger a limited number of neuroreceptors in the brain. When you vape, you are constantly stimulating these brain areas with nicotine. The more nicotine you put in your vaporizer, the faster your receptors get saturated and the less of a buzz you experience from the substance. Nicotine receptors, which are important for dopamine release and nicotine buzz will always need some downtime to desaturate.

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The Risks Of Chasing The Buzz

Inhaling more smoke or vapor than you did before is a futile and perhaps dangerous effort to prolong the effects of a buzz. If your neurotransmitters are already overloaded, taking in more nicotine will not assist and will most likely make you sick when the symptoms of a nicotine overdose kicks in.

Furthermore, if you start seeking a nicotine buzz in this manner and don’t get it, it indicates that you’re getting addicted to nicotine. Nicotine use raises your chances of acquiring an addiction. And nicotine dependence, often known as nicotine addiction, develops when a person intentionally seeks out and increases their substance consumption in a bid to achieve a nicotine buzz. So if you chase the nicotine buzz, you will definitely develop an addiction to it.

Remember that nicotine has both energizing and soothing effects on the body. If you attempt to chase a buzz, you will wind up stimulating one sensation while deafening another. Some people who attempt to get high off nicotine often become addicts, since the substance is highly addictive.

Negatives of Excessive Nicotine

Headaches are a typical side effect of excessive nicotine use. Nicotine causes cerebral arteries to constrict, limiting the volume of blood that may reach brain tissues. As a result, the quantity of glucose and oxygen reaching your brain is lowered, leading to severe headaches due to the pressures from the constricted blood vessels.

Additionally, one of the most evident side effects is weariness. It is a general belief that the intake of nicotine can improve alertness in the brain due to the release of adrenaline. When taken in excess, it can cause a feeling of tiredness and lack of energy. This is because, when taken in excess, nicotine can trigger the  brain to release more beta-endorphin to alleviate pains and offer a sedating effect.

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While the first high from vaping may be pleasurable, long-term usage may have catastrophic repercussions, including addiction. But with the right support, you can get through the withdrawal phases of addiction.

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April 5th, 2010 is a date that Tyler and his family hold dear. On that date, Tyler enrolled in a 4-month treatment program which laid the foundation for his recovery. With the help of treatment professionals, supportive friends and family, Tyler was able to build a better version of himself. This started with slowly building his self-esteem, and growing a community of peers to support him throughout recovery.

In 2011,with the desire to help others struggling with addiction, he decided to start working in the addiction field. Tyler obtained his CADAC || Counselor certification and graduated from Cal Sate University of Long Beach with a degree in Health Care Administration. Since then, Tyler has worked all areas of treatment starting as a detox technician and working his way up to Program Director. Today, Tyler feels blessed and grateful for getting a second chanse at life. He has a great relationship with his family, is happily married and has a great group of friends. Once a lost teen, Tyler now has purpose and passion. He’s dedicated his life’s work to helping teens and their families. As the Founder, Tyler Michaelis is confident that OC Revive will renew the lives of struggling teens while bringing back hope to their families

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Tyler is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to teens and their families. Once a teenager that struggled with addiction, mental health, and poor choices, Tyler is aware of the growing demand and need for early intervention in adolescents and young adults. Growing up in Orange County, he battled addiction and peer pressure all throughout high school and during his time at Saddleback College. During those troubled years, Tyler’s parents and family were emotionally drained and heavily impacted by his addiction. Unfortunately, they did not know where to turn for help nor did they have the courage to set boundaries with him.After 7 painful years, they finally forced Tyler out of the house and into treatment at the age of 23.

April 5th, 2010 is a date that Tyler and his family hold dear. On that date, Tyler enrolled in a 4-month treatment program which laid the foundation for his recovery. With the help of treatment professionals, supportive friends and family, Tyler was able to build a better version of himself. This started with slowly building his self-esteem, and growing a community of peers to support him throughout recovery.

In 2011,with the desire to help others struggling with addiction, he decided to start working in the addiction field. Tyler obtained his CADAC || Counselor certification and graduated from Cal Sate University of Long Beach with a degree in Health Care Administration. Since then, Tyler has worked all areas of treatment starting as a detox technician and working his way up to Program Director. Today, Tyler feels blessed and grateful for getting a second chanse at life. He has a great relationship with his family, is happily married and has a great group of friends. Once a lost teen, Tyler now has purpose and passion. He’s dedicated his life’s work to helping teens and their families. As the Founder, Tyler Michaelis is confident that OC Revive will renew the lives of struggling teens while bringing back hope to their families