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Why Do I Feel Dizzy When I Vape? Part 2

Welcome back to our series on nicotine buzzes! In our last article, we talked about what a nicotine buzz is and some of the reasons why you might feel dizzy when you vape. Today, we're going to talk about the impact of nicotine on your body, why it causes dizziness and some of the ways you can avoid feeling dizzy when you vape.

What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is a stimulant drug that speeds up the nervous system. It's found in cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. When you smoke tobacco products, nicotine is absorbed into your bloodstream and quickly goes to your brain. Nicotine causes a number of changes in your brain and body, including: 

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Constriction of blood vessels
  • Increased alertness
  • Improved mood

Nicotine also causes your body to release more of the stress hormone adrenaline. This can make you feel more energetic and give you a sense of well-being. However, it can also make you feel anxious, jittery and dizzy.

If you're a smoker, you're probably used to the feeling of nicotine and don't find it unpleasant. However, if you're new to smoking or vaping, the feeling of nicotine can be quite overwhelming. It's important to start slowly and increase your nicotine intake gradually to avoid feeling dizzy or sick.

A Deeper Look Into the Effects of Your Nicotine Buzz

When you vape, the nicotine in the e-liquid is absorbed into your bloodstream through the lining of your mouth. From there, it travels to your brain, where it binds to nicotine receptors. This binding activates the release of dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in pleasure, learning, and motivation. Dopamine is also involved in the brain's reward system, which is why nicotine is so addictive.

The effects of nicotine can be felt within 10-20 seconds of inhalation and peak within 1-2 minutes. These effects include increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, and increased alertness. Nicotine also causes vasoconstriction, which is why your fingers and toes may feel tingly when you vape.

While the initial effects of nicotine are pleasurable, they are also short-lived. Once the nicotine wears off, you may feel irritable, anxious, and crave more nicotine to achieve the same buzz. This is why it's so easy to get addicted to vaping, as they have the same spectrum of high-like sensations you can get from other types of stimulants.

Always Take It Slow When It Comes to Nicotine Consumption

There are a few things you can do to avoid feeling dizzy when you vape: 

  • Start with a lower nicotine strength: if you're new to vaping, start with a liquid that has a lower nicotine strength (3mg/ml or less). You can always increase the nicotine strength if you find you're not getting enough of a nicotine hit.
  • Take smaller puffs: instead of taking big lungfuls of vapour, try taking small sips. This will help you to control how much nicotine you're taking in and should help you to avoid feeling dizzy.
  • Vape less often: try to cut down on how often you vape. If you find you're vaping all the time, you may be taking in too much nicotine. Vaping less often will help your body to adjust to the nicotine and should reduce the risk of feeling dizzy.
  • Drink plenty of water: this will help to flush the nicotine out of your system.

If you do start to feel dizzy when you vape, don't worry—it's not harmful and will probably go away after a few minutes. If you're worried, take a break from vaping and sit or lie down until you feel better.

The Bottom Line: Understanding Nicotine and How to Mitigate Dizziness When Vaping

Vaping has become a popular way to consume nicotine, especially among people who are trying to quit smoking cigarettes. However, some people report feeling dizzy after vaping, which can be a turnoff.

It's important to understand that nicotine is a stimulant, and like any stimulant, it can cause side effects like dizziness. The key is to start slow and increase your dosage gradually. If you're feeling dizzy after vaping, it's likely because you're taking in too much nicotine too quickly.

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