When you put a nicotine pouch under the lip (or use any other type of nicotine product), you will likely experience a so-called “nicotine kick”, or nicotine buzz. The amount of nicotine that enters the bloodstream is primarily what determines how noticeable and how strong the nicotine buzz is. For example, taking an extra strong nicotine pouch with more nicotine will result in a stronger nicotine buzz than if you take a lozenge with a lower nicotine content.
But what exactly is a nicotine buzz and why do you get it?
To quote the NIH, National Institute on Drug Abuse:
“Immediately after exposure to nicotine, a ‘buzz’ occurs that is partially caused by nicotine’s stimulation of the adrenal glands and resulting release of adrenaline. The adrenaline rush stimulates the body and causes an increase in blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate. Nicotine also activates reward pathways in the brain – circuits that regulate reinforcement and pleasure feelings.”
When you get a nicotine buzz, you may feel warm in your body, a little dizzy, and experience a feeling of pleasure. But the degree of nicotine buzz will also affect how enjoyable it
- Increased concentration
- You feel lightheaded
Note that the feeling of nicotine can vary depending on the amount you consume. Larger doses of nicotine can have a calming effect, while smaller amounts typically act as mild stimulants.
The quickest effects of a nicotine kick are usually pleasant feelings such as calmness, euphoria, relaxation, increased energy, and focus. People who experience the strongest nicotine kicks are those who are new nicotine users and those who have just started using nicotine products after a long break.
How long does a nicotine kick last?
In general, after the nicotine kick starts, the kick will begin to fade fairly quickly. With lower nicotine levels, the nicotine kick may only last a few minutes.
However, if you have taken a stronger nicotine product and you are inexperienced, the nicotine kick may last longer, from 30 minutes to one or two hours normally. Generally, if you take a nicotine product that is stronger than you are used to, the nicotine kick will be stronger and last longer.
Typically, a nicotine kick lasts between 5 to 30 minutes.
How do you get the nicotine buzz to disappear?
The short answer is to wait. Nicotine has a half-life of approximately two hours in the body. The nicotine kick will subside after a while and the symptoms can range from mild dizziness to nausea to vomiting, to fatigue. The severity of the nicotine kick depends on several factors, but primarily two: how familiar your body is with nicotine, and how large a dose of nicotine you have taken.
Besides waiting, there are a few things you can do to feel better:
Take it easy: In addition to waiting, to calm down, listening to soft music, birds singing, or water trickling can help.
Drink water: In addition to waiting, drinking water is considered one of the best ways to make the nicotine high go away, as nicotine has a slightly dehydrating effect. Drink a few glasses of cold water and you will likely feel better right away.
Take a walk in fresh air: Fresh air always helps to refresh the body and mind. You want to speed up your metabolism but not cause headaches or nausea. Oxygen is your best friend to get rid of the nicotine rush.
Breathing exercises: Taking deep breaths increases the oxygen level in your blood, making you feel more satisfied and relaxed.
How can you get the nicotine buzz back?
In general, over time, your body will develop a tolerance to nicotine. As a result, you will gradually need more and more nicotine to get the same nicotine kick.
With regular nicotine use, you can lose the ability to get a nicotine kick. Nicotine stimulates receptors in the brain to release neurotransmitters, but these receptors have limited capacity.
It is important to note that each person is different. Some people are simply more sensitive to nicotine than others. It may take longer for one person to feel a nicotine kick, while another may need very little nicotine to get the same kick.
If you find that the nicotine kick is enjoyable but have experienced a decrease in your nicotine kicks, there are several things you can do to experience nicotine kicks again.
- Take a break from nicotine products
- Use stronger nicotine pouches with more nicotine
- Take a nicotine pouch in the morning
Take a break from nicotine products
This is one of the most effective ways to get the nicotine buzz back. When you take a break from nicotine products, you are detoxifying your body and making it not expect nicotine. When you then use a nicotine pouch or another nicotine product again, the body will be more unprepared, leading to a greater nicotine kick.
Use stronger nicotine pouches with more nicotine
In general, more experienced nicotine users use products with higher nicotine content. Typically, more experienced snus users use stronger snus or nicotine pouches than those who haven’t used nicotine pouches for as long. This is because the body develops a tolerance to nicotine. To get the same nicotine kick you used to, you can try using a stronger nicotine pouch with a higher nicotine content.
Nicotine pouches in the morning
Most experienced nicotine users also claim that they feel a more effective nicotine kick after a night’s interval. This is because the body has not received any nicotine during the night. That’s why many consider the “morning snus” to be the best.
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