In modern times nicotine has been un-questionably linked to cancer and smoking. But cigarettes have over 5000 chemicals in them with nicotine just being one of those chemicals.
Maybe it’s time to separate tobacco and nicotine from the stigma it receives from disease and smoking. Nicotine like caffeine is what the tobacco plant secretes as a defense system against bugs and animals. Tobacco belongs to the nightshade group of vegetables; tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and even cauliflower. They all contain elements of nicotine.
The medicinal value and stimulating effect of Nicotine have been used by the native Americans for over 2000 years.
The human brain has nicotinic receptors that activate pathways controlling attention, memory, motor functions, and pleasure. Nicotine when consumed will cling to these receptors to stimulate and engage these pathways.
Nicotine is full of both mental and physical benefits.
Often used in sports or as a nootropic, nicotine has been proven to improve motor skills, attention capacity, memory, reaction time, weight, appetite control and is in studies for its beneficial effects on Parkinson’s disease.
Nicotine can be addictive as it releases dopamine in the brain giving a most pleasurable feeling. Regular use makes us need more for the same effect, so it’s recommended to use it sparingly.
You can really get the benefits of Nicotine by using a non-chemical gum like Lucy Nicotine Gum occasionally for increased sports performance or cognitive function.