So, you got yourself some JUUL pods, and after two weeks of vaping the nicotine sensation dipped, and you couldn’t get a Juul high anymore? Well, you’re not alone. And even if it’s not a Juul e-cig, many nicotine enthusiasts say they can’t feel the nicotine sensation anymore after vaping or smoking for a while.
Unable to put their e-cigs and cigarettes down, they get obsessed with searching for that rush they got when they took a puff for the first time. And trust me, when it comes to the Nicotine you won’t forget your first!
Nicotine is a fast-acting psychoactive drug. It only competes with caffeine in terms of popularity in the world – coming in second. It’s a mild stimulant and results in psychoactive effects.
When you puff a nicotine-rich smoke or vapor, the Nicotine takes a few seconds to reach your brain. It then binds to acetylcholine receptors causing the release of dopamine which leads you to experience a pleasure.
Nicotine also leads to vasoconstricting-effects when it stimulates the tightening of blood vessels. This temporarily raises the heart rate and blood pressure, which induces headrush, dizziness, or the feeling of calmness.
The effects of Nicotine on the body are therefore kind of a paradox. The nicotine buzz is, therefore, more like a symptom – not necessarily pleasurable. Nicotine works in our body differently depending on how much quantity is taken. In a small amount, it stimulates the nerves, while in large amounts it sedates the nerves even though it’s a stimulant. The nicotine buzz is, therefore, subjective.
What is Nicotine Buzz?
It’s that sensation you got when you puffed a cigarette for the first time. It could be dizziness and nauseous, alertness, lightheadedness, or a combination of each of those. But generally, nic buzz enthusiasts describe it as:
- Improved concentration spun and increased focus.
- Dizziness and nauseous
The nicotine buzz also doesn’t last for long. Nicotine takes about 10 seconds to induce psychoactive effects which last for a few seconds to about half an hour depending on how serious the puffs are.
How long does the nicotine buzz last in the body?
Leading authorities on the Nicotine subject say that depending on the delivery mechanism, the smoker’s body absorbs approximately 2mg of Nicotine giving rise to 0.03mg/L. The Nicotine, however, stays in the body for just a few hours.
Nicotine has got a half-life of 2-3 hours tops, meaning that if you absorbed a milligram of Nicotine, after six hours only 0.031mg Nicotine remains in your body.
The “rush” therefore fades pretty fast. If you’ve only taken a small quantity, expect to get back to reality in a matter of seconds. But if you’ve surpassed your comfort zone with some serious puffs, you may feel the buzz for slightly more – about an hour.
However, there’s an advantage to this rapidity; because nicotine levels rise in the brain in a matter of seconds, smokers and vapers can self-titrate and control the nicotine buzz.
Most experienced e-cig users, however, aren’t nicotine enthusiasts anymore. That’s because if you keep chasing the sensation over and over again, the brain becomes tolerant with Nicotine, and the buzz starts to disappear. It won’t feel like the first time anymore.
Why does the nicotine buzz disappear?
Where did my nicotine buzz go? Many online platforms are filled with such questions as nicotine enthusiasts wonder why they can’t feel the rush anymore and what they need to do to take back the “good” times.
And as if luck is not on your side anymore, you won’t find much help from such online platforms. The reason is that while novelty vapers still chase that nicotine sensation getting from their first puff, experienced vapers are into e-cig for other reasons – big clouds etcetera.
Experienced vapers have already felt all kinds of sensations, built tolerance towards Nicotine, and resigned from chasing nicotine buzz. So, they’ll bluntly tell you that’s how Nicotine works.
But while they’re correct, they don’t go into the details on why and how you can get the buzz back. Here, therefore, is what you need to know.
- Nicotine, like most drugs, leads to the development of habits.
- Nicotine stimulates acetylcholine receptors which release dopamine in the brain.
- The acetylcholine receptors, however, have got no unlimited capacity and the stimulation maxes out after frequent nicotine use.
- When you develop nicotine tolerance, additional Nicotine won’t do you any good. It’ll only make you feel nauseous, dizzy, sick, and even induce seizures in the worst.
- To prevent this, you’ve got to reduce the vaping frequency; stay disciplined and take long breaks, even weeks, between nicotine usage.
Eventually, therefore, everyone develops tolerance towards Nicotine. After some time of usage, you cannot feel the sensation on the tongue buds anymore; cannot get a throat hit and can’t reach the Juul “high.”
When this happens, and in the quest to find that feeling you got from your first cigar, you may end up over-using your cigarette and become dependent on Nicotine. And after a while, you’ll jump off the nicotine buzz wagon and stick to maintaining optimal nicotine levels in the blood, e.g., by smoking first in the morning and sneaking in puffs later throughout the day.
And that’s when you’re going to say Nicotine is a crappy drug after all because you couldn’t get the buzz back. Is there a way you could get the nicotine buzz back?
How to get the nicotine buzz back?
Nicotine is not a crappy drug; it’s just the way the receptors work. They max out and can’t get stimulated anymore. The remedy? Take breaks from Nicotine and allow your receptors to empty. Ever wondered why veteran smokers love their morning cigarettes? It’s because, after a night’s sleep, the receptors have emptied a bit and can get stimulated by new nicotine levels. You are taking a break from Nicotine, therefore, primes your brain for it.
But the con is that most smokers and vapers lack the discipline to do so. Social smokers, on the other hand, enjoy more as they infrequently smoke, only at the parties and social gatherings. And when they do so, they’re only after the buzz. Social smokers also rarely graduate to frequent use and eventual addiction.
But for social smokers and frequent smokers alike, the dangers of smoking are likely. Any amount of carbon monoxide can cause abnormal cardiac events and even sudden death. That’s why social vaping is considered the less risky alternative to all kinds of smoking.
E-cigarettes expose users to fewer toxins as they do not contain carbon monoxide. Social vaping such as weekend vaping will help you maintain the ability to experience pronounced effects from the Nicotine in your e-juice always.
Will any nicotine product get you buzzed?
So, your cigarette no longer delivers the nicotine buzz and are wondering if there’re other alternatives? First, you should know that smoking is the most efficient nicotine delivery mechanism.
A big part of why smoking is efficient in delivering the nicotine buzz and causing addictions is because inhalation leads to the rapid uptake of Nicotine. Nicotine, as afore-mentioned is a fast-acting psychoactive drug and generates effects immediately after inhaling it.
It gets absorbed via the mucosal linings in the mouth, nose, and lungs. The alveoli in the lungs, for example, provide a large surface area for absorption – 40 times more than that of the skin. Direct to Lung (DL) draws, therefore the most efficient way of getting the Nicotine into your bloodstream.
Cigarettes are also optimized, using additives such as ammonia, to deliver Nicotine more rapidly. Smoking is, therefore, the most efficient nicotine delivery mechanism. It works even better than injection!
But lucky for you, and of late, vaping has been catching up.
It’s even safer as you get exposed to fewer toxins, it’s odorless and carbon monoxide free. Modern vaping devices are good at delivering satisfactory nicotine doses. And to make matters more interesting, you can opt for low power nic salts e-cigs for stronger doses or sub-ohm tanks for freebase nicotine.
And if that’s not all, most e-cigs allow for sophisticated customization where you can adjust the settings to get cigarette-like MTL draws. Works like a charm of you’re still hung up on smoking.
Other alternative are the pipes and cigars. But they got harsh forms of tobacco, and I’ll advise you from trying them out. You can handle the tobacco from cigarettes well because it’s been treated and cured to a milder form for more relaxed inhalation and formation of an addiction. For pipes and cigars, on the other hand, absorption is via the mouth and skin, not quick as the lungs, therefore takes longer to ramp-up.
Nicotine gums and other oral forms will also give you sensations, but as they get absorbed via the mouth, the buzz takes long to kick in. And also, just like cigarettes, once your brain gets overwhelmed by the Nicotine, you’re going to need more nicotine gums.
But unlike smoking, oral forms are tar-less and carbon monoxide free. They also deliver Nicotine long after they’ve been removed from the mouth because the Nicotine sticks on the gums and cheeks and gets absorbed continuously (but at decreasing levels).
Another form is the transcendental nicotine patches, so it gets into the bloodstream via the skin. It’s, however, the slowest mechanism of nicotine delivery. But it also prevents the formation of dependence. The only caveat is it can cause itchy red welts.
What are the side effects of chasing the nicotine buzz?
If you’ve read Joan Harris’ Blackberry Wine, then you’ve probably got an idea of what flavors can do to a person. Chasing the nic buzz can get you trapped between that novelty first head rush and the edgy sensation of wanting to come out of your skin. Failure to jump off the nic buzz bandwagon could most likely lead to nicotine poisoning which includes
- Abdominal pains,
- Ringing ears
- Blurry vision,
- Throat irritation.
- Racing heartbeat
Most vapers and smokers too have at least experienced nicotine poisoning once in their lives. They call it getting “nic sick.” It happens when you mistakenly think you could get more from Nicotine by taking large amounts. The remedy is to practice self-titration, trust your brain signals, and your tongue buds.
Nicotine is still a drug, and even though there could be health benefits such as calming the nerves, excessive doses could be fatal. For people with weak immune systems, strong jolts of Nicotine in the brain can induce seizures, vasoconstriction, and freak cardiac events.
Can you get addicted to nicotine when chasing the nic buzz?
The more you also chase the nic buzz, the most likely you’re going to get addicted. We are all susceptible to Nicotine differently. Some people can smoke packets and packets and never form dependence; others get addicted after smoking just one cigarette. They develop a craving for Nicotine and are unable to perform any task until they puff little nicotine smoke or vapor.
But since addiction has been defined as a compulsive urge to repeat dangerous routines despite the knowledge that it is fatal to the user, it’s a stretch to categories nicotine vaping as an addiction. Vaping doesn’t cause any harm we know of, unlike addiction to opioids and alcohol.
That said; however, some vaping enthusiasts have displayed some problematic behaviors in their search for the nicotine buzz. For example, if you start ripping through several JUUL pods in search of a novelty head rush, you should probably seek help.
Nicotine, like caffeine, is not a powerful recreational drug and doesn’t induce some cloud-9 experiences. And just like most caffeine lovers fancy their first cup of coffee of the day, most pleasure nicotine enthusiasts are only after the relief of satisfying their nicotine craving too. But sometimes to get thus rush lots of Nicotine is required and which comes with nausea and headache consequences.
How to get over the nicotine buzz?
After caffeine, Nicotine occupies the second place as a psychoactive drug in people hearts around the world. Its effects in the body are paradoxical, to some, it calms the nerves, while to others, it causes a head rush. Whatever way you get the “buzz,” remember that Nicotine is addictive and poisonous in large quantities.
So, you want to beat that craving for nicotine buzz? Because Nicotine sedates the nerves when taken conservatively, many people turn to it when stressed. But there are also better ways of dealing with stress than ripping through several JUUL pods or puffing away several cigarette packets. Stress is an unavoidable emotion in life; how you deal with it is what matters. You can beat nicotine craving through:
- Taking breathing exercises and use deep breathes to increase the oxygen in your blood and cause relaxation.
- Replace the nicotine habit, e.g., by drinking water instead.
- Use the nervous energy by going for a walk to increase the blood flow.
The above is just a few, among many, steps you can take to overcome the debilitating craving for nic buzz. Otherwise, it would be a damn shame if you turn your enthusiasm for Nicotine into an amusement of sensation-seeking.
Instead of enjoying effortless pleasure, you’d be busy burning through e-juice after e-juice, ripping through pods and cigarette packets; which kind of pervades the whole idea behind Nicotine -effortless pleasure!