Its a personal choice like everything else on the Nicotine patches, but I did read a long piece published by researches on the possibility of using Nicotene, or creating a drug that is not Nicotene, but would accomplish the same thing on offsetting mental deficit side effects on a number of these drugs.
Its pretty drastic if you don't smoke to start slapping Nicotine patches on yourself. I am sure its not going to make you smoke anymore then any other drug would make you start lighting up if you never have. But it will addict you to Nicotine and if you decide to stop doing it, it will probably be about
as hard as coming off something akin to a opiod class drug that you had been using for quite sometime, where you have to wean off of it. When I intentionally put myself into Nicotine withdrawal for a couple of days, so my brain gets stimulated harder when it gets it back and I can get the clarity and energy to get that hard thing accomplished, I am right on the edge of a really hard anxiety attack by the time I am putting the patch back on around 4 am. A couple of hours latter I am calmed down and my energy and clarity is coming up for almost two full days.
I pretty well know what this is doing. Nicotine stimulates the release of NorEpinephrine and Dopamine. NorEpinephrine makes you feel energized. Dopamine makes you feel relaxed even if you are energized, and increases the ability to concentrate. Deprive yourself of the drug for awhile, even a couple of days and when you use it, it works better. This effect would probably be a whole lot stronger on a non smoker that didn't have years of Nicotine use causing the brain to build a ton of extra receptors that want to be satisfied.
I would think long and hard before doing it, but once again, individually, we gotta do what we gotta do. Personally, I will gladly take the positive influences first, but if I couldn't take another step, and I had to add on yet another thing with negatives in it to keep going, then I view it as my basic functionality has to come first. I gotta drive 10 hours on Wednesday to get to my new residence. I don't feel fully safe driving the 2 miles back and forth to work now. I will do what I have to do, write another bad check on my body and get it done.
Ritalin might work. There is another potential option to Ritalin or Nicotine. The natural brain chemical that your brain produces that is what it uses as a major upper is called PEA. It is the brains natural equivalent to speed. Heavy exercise increases PEA production, a major reason exercise is a anti-depressant. Locked way back in their closets, behind all the SSRI's, Amitrytilene, MAOI's, Wellbutrin and other host of anti-depressants, the Shrinks have the option of writing PEA prescript
ions for depression that is not responding to what they like to use.
A big funny on this is that real, unsweetened, dark chocolate is loaded with PEA. The regular chocolate like a Hershey bar has a little in it, but the real stuff has allot, and your body absorbs it well and it heads straight for the brain.
The Chocolate high works on men, but it works on women even better because besides the PEA, it has a positive effect on female hormones.
Downside is. Chocolate is hard on people with digestive issues, especially if they have GERD. It weakens the muscle between the esophagus and stomach, making the GERD worse.
I thought I might toss that in there since when I eat allot of chocolate over several days, I think more clearly also. Also tend to be in a better mood.
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Post Edited (Grailhunter) : 4/11/2009 5:15:09 PM (GMT-6)