“Nicotine is a carcinogen!”
That is one of the misconceptions about nicotine. In fact, although nicotine is not good for health, it does not by itself cause serious harm like the tar in cigarette smoke. In this post, let’s clarify some questions surrounding nicotine.
Does nicotine cause cancer?
Many people, including former and current smokers, believe that nicotine is a carcinogen.
This is not true, or at least there is no evidence to support this. We all know that smoking causes lung cancer for both direct and passive smokers. And in cigarette smoke there are up to 400 substances that have been proven to cause cancer, collectively known as tar (or tar). As for nicotine, according to some scientists, it is just a mild stimulant similar to the caffeine in coffee.
The study of nicotine is also not easy. Until now, people have been getting nicotine into their bodies through smoking. However, there are still people who use patches or chewing tobacco to avoid being exposed to other harmful substances in smoke. And studies of high-quality smokeless tobacco products have shown that they have no association with cancer (at least not yet).
The reason I use the word “high quality” is because those products not only contain 100% pure nicotine, but also have impurities or heavy metals that have not been removed. And those impurities, even a small amount, have the ability to set the stage for tumor growth.
The next question is equally headache: “Does nicotine accelerate tumor growth?”.
Animal studies have shown that nicotine can promote the metastasis of cancer cells, by dramatically increasing the rate at which new malignant cells are produced in these tumors. However, this is only an animal study and in mice or rabbits, which have a relatively different DNA code than humans. Currently, there is not enough evidence to confirm that nicotine can accelerate tumor growth in humans, and until then, the search for a satisfactory answer will still be continued by scientists. customary.
Is Nicotine a Poison?
You’ve probably heard that nicotine is used as a pesticide because of its toxic properties. This is absolutely true, nicotine is a very powerful neurotoxin but remember this saying: “The dose makes the poison”. This is a famous saying of Paracelsus and it can be considered a guideline in the scientific world. Indeed, a thing that if used in the right dose will be effective for humans, but if consumed in excess, it will be toxic in some way.
The average lethal dose of a substance, which is enough to kill 50% of people exposed to it, is called LD50. With nicotine, the number was previously thought to be between 30mg and 60mg. However, no one knows where this number came from and scientists have hypothesized that it was approximated from 19th century self-experimentation. Of course it is not reliable at all. Some people who are allergic to nicotine can have a seizure after consuming just 2mg of pure nicotine, which is equivalent to 1-2 regular cigarettes. As for those who smoke or vape with high doses of nicotine on a regular basis, surely the toxic dose cannot stop at 30-60mg, right?
Dr. Bernd Mayer has estimated that it takes between 500mg – 1000mg of nicotine to bring an adult (70kg) into acute intoxication, this number may be higher for those exposed to nicotine regularly. Most of the nicotine you inhale from a cigarette or vape is destroyed during combustion, so the actual amount your body absorbs is very small. Enough to clear the mind but certainly much lower than the 1000mg figure.
Even so, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
- Do not leave essential oils within the reach of young children, especially toddlers, they are very curious and the risk of nicotine poisoning is much higher than adults.
- Only buy essential oils from trusted manufacturers who provide complete information about the production batch as well as the source of the ingredients.
- Be careful when you get essential oils on your body, nicotine can penetrate and cause some reactions such as nausea or itching. If juice gets on your skin, wash it off immediately.
Is nicotine addictive or not?
It has been claimed that nicotine is more addictive than heroin. This is a misconception. The fact that nicotine is addictive and tobacco is addictive is completely different
You are a smoker and a smoker, if you are not allowed to smoke, your body will start shaking and irritable until you find a cigarette and satisfy the craving. This is only true for traditional cigarettes, surveys have shown that people who use nicotine patches, chewing tobacco and even vaping experience no results.