Nicotine – A remedy for more than just cravings

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To many, vaping with nicotine may appear to be little more than a desire to feed an addiction or dependency. For me, it’s provided improvements in concentration, mood, blood pressure and much more.

At 24, I was diagnosed with an Autoimmune, Vasospastic disorder known as Raynaud’s Syndrome. It constricts blood flow, commonly to fingers or toes, and presents itself when exposed to cold or vibration. Emotions and stress also come into play.

My previous years of smoking only exacerbated the issue.

In 2013, I discovered that I had also developed Peripheral Neuropathy in my left foot, more than likely caused from both the autoimmune and my years of smoking. Since switching to vaping the condition has vastly improved, and continues to do so.

Peripheral Neuropathy can be caused from smoking
Peripheral Neuropathy
Raynaud's Syndrome

Vaping and Nicotine 

GP’s, Rheumatologists, Neurologists and Cardio Vascular specialists, were initially a little dubious regarding my vaping habits, moreover the ingredients. The focus was never about vaping, and once I explained the formula of PG, VG, Nicotine and a dash of flavours, the general consensus was that little harm would likely be caused. (This was back in 2008)

Emotions and stress can be a factor with so many ailments, and certainly can be applicable to autoimmune and neurological conditions. Maintaining a calm, mental state is crucial to many disorders. Nicotine has shown to provide a calming effect as well as aiding in memory, one’s ability to focus, comprehend and analyse.

Signs of Improvement 

After 20 years of high blood pressure, my BP has stabilised and blood flow has improved. My body is slowly healing, partially because I no longer smoke, and time has allowed for nerves to begin the healing process. (I’ve always been active and maintain a healthy diet)

Although there are grey areas, some physicians have suggested that It is likely that the continued use of liquid nicotine reduces the intensity of Raynaud’s symptoms that are exacerbated from stress and emotion. We also know now that nicotine can have a positive impact on various neurological disorders.

We must recognise that pharmaceutical grade liquid nicotine used for vaping is not the same as the processed nicotine found in tobacco products. Most compounds and additives utilised in the production of nicotine for tobacco are excluded .

Vaping nicotine is not intended as a cure for illness. However, research suggests that the benefits can indeed be measured, both neurologically and psychologically. See our post – The Truth about Nicotine

Far too many are convinced that nicotine is little more than an addictive, dangerous drug. With respect, they are incorrect. It’s a pity but this must change and I believe it will.

Charles Yates

AKA Charles Vaper. Ex-smoker, current vaper and THR advocate. I started The Vapers Table in 2011 to offer information and support for smokers looking to transition to vaping. My interests are- Helping smokers quit, food, cooking, flavours, music, orchestral composing-studio recording & technology, travel & country road trips.