Smoking fact: Nicotine is MORE addictive than cocaine
Smoking fact: Nicotine is MORE addictive than cocaine
Friday, December 11, 2015 by: S. D. Wells
On the right side of your brain, you’ve got the ability and functions for art, creativity, imagination, intuition, insight, holistic thoughts, music awareness, and of course, left hand control. Then, on the left side of your brain, you’ve got the abilities and functions to develop analytical thought, logic, reasoning, language, science and math, writing, and of course, right hand control. Which hand do you smoke with? Drive with? Brush your teeth with? Which side controls your emotions about life, and very importantly, which side will give you the drive and willpower to quit smoking nicotine? It’s possibly the most addictive drug on the planet as far as your brain is concerned.
Shocking Research from 2003: ‘Dopaminergic Neurons’
Researchers at the University of Chicago found that the nicotine in cigarettes doesn’t just stimulate the brain’s reward system, but alters the balance of inputs from two kinds of neurons that regulate reward system activity – and that makes the pleasure of smoking last longer. In your brain – in your VTA (ventral tegmental area) – you have reward system neurons (dopaminergic neurons) that trigger the release of dopamine in another nearby region of your brain. Nicotine actually ATTACHES to these neurons and they increase their ACTIVITY. This floods your nucleus accumbens (NAc). That’s when you feel the pleasure, and your brain creates the DISPOSITION for that situation, whether it’s drinking water, eating chocolate or lighting up a smoke.
That’s why addictions can be good or bad. You could actually be addicted to eating right, exercising and meditating, if you reinforce positive feelings with organic supplements, Superfoods and clear thinking. Think about it. The research also revealed that nicotine attachment only stimulates specific neurons for a few minutes, while dopamine levels in the nucleus remain elevated for MUCH LONGER. So when someone tries to quit smoking, their brain will be searching for those rewards for extended periods of time throughout the day, unless they can find some other way to replenish their nutrient base, and the right foods that stimulate dopamine production, like cabbage and mucuna.
Experiment: VTA cells in rats exposed to nicotine for 10 minutes
How long does the average person take to smoke a cigarette? About ten minutes. How long does it take ammonia-treated nicotine, which is in virtually all commercial and domestic cigarettes, to reach the human brain? About three seconds. Scientists found that when they measured electrical properties of the brain tissue of rats exposed to nicotine, BOTH “pacemaker” neurons were affected – the GABA producing cells and glutamate producing cells – where in the latter the brief nicotine application induced a condition known as LONG-TERM POTENTIATION.
This explains why the brain activity occurs at a high-level for an extended period of time, beyond the nicotine-attachment phase, when GABA transmission decreases.
Excitatory signals promote addiction for the brain’s reward system
Dr. McGehee, the lead researcher testing nicotine effects on rat brains, comes to this conclusion: “It would be difficult to design a better drug to promote addiction.” Nicotine has a combination effect of INCREASING dopamine release while DECREASING inhibitory GABA response. The artificially-induced reward of nicotine is therefore amplified as is the addiction, and THAT is why nicotine is now considered the most addicting drug in the world. It’s not cocaine or heroin or morphine or viagra or xanax or oxycodone or percocet – it’s nicotine.
You’re on a drug-induced emotional roller coaster, manipulated by cigarette manufacturers, to make you their customer for life. It’s affecting your motivation, creativity, deep thinking, attentiveness, learning and relaxation, and in the worst of ways.
The brain-effect differences between nicotine, cocaine, heroin, morphine …
Dopamine is essential for survival, as it has been involved in so many functions including motivation, learning and memorization, since the beginning of time. Dopamine is a key element that identifies natural rewards and is involved in the UNCONSCIOUS memorizing of the signs associated with these rewards. Cocaine is different than nicotine, in that cocaine increases the dopamine in the synapses. Ecstasy (a powerful stimulant and hallucinogen) increases serotonin. Alcohol blocks the natural neuro-mediator (NMDA) receptors. Morphine binds to receptors for endorphin (the brain’s natural morphine production). Nicotine binds to the receptors for what is called acetylcholine.
Are you wondering now about your motivation, sex drive, attitude, senseless fears, senseless worrying, sleepless nights, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and loss of drive? The experience of cigarette nicotine reduces more and more over time as you build up tolerance and experience reduced pleasure from it. What now? Quit smoking and do it without medication or nicotine replacement programs! When your receptors become functional again – within days – you will replace any cravings with Superfoods that naturally raise dopamine and serotonin levels.
Bottom Line: Your two-sided brain needs the right food and herbal supplements right now. It’s time to exit nicotine and enter the health enthusiasts world. Become one of us, starting now. Quit cigarettes and do it naturally. Here’s how. Watch the trailer presented by Mike Adams for the natural method to quitting cigarettes within 14 days. It’s a simple 60-MINUTE COURSE that’s sweeping the nation.
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