It got the basic idea right, a nicotine patch will give the benefits of nicotine. And there are some, it's pretty much like caffeine, very harmless on its own.
But of course you can get addicted to it. Theres not necessarily a physical addiction, but if your ape brain connects a nicotine patch with some perceived or real benefit, that is all you need for a habit right there. You can get the same from chocolate.
So sure, withdrawal will not kill you, but it can still be habit forming. And you just need to look around to know there are plenty of people with difficulty to get rid of those.
I had previously used adderral, and was seeking an alternative that wouldn't require a prescription. I used nicotine patches for 3 years, before switching to vaporizing for 2 years now, almost entirely because of the socialization it has allowed that patches did not.
I'm sure there's more adverse effects from vaping than patches, and I'm sure long term stimulant use of any sort (caffeine included) can cause problems of many sorts. I personally don't think adderall or other prescription drugs (or unmedicated as I had been most of my life) would have been better, but of course they could have been.
So just wanted to share my experience.
It's possible that's true about absorption. I wonder if maybe more nicotine is wasted vaporizing because you breathe most of it out or something, or maybe I'm not breathing deeply enough, but with the method of vaping that makes me most comfortable I "use" >3x the mg of nicotine I had before, 4ml of 6mg/ml strength juice a day compared to one 7mg patch.
I would say the patch is more consistent throughout the day, and the vape is easier to adjust throughout the day. Both are effective.
The effects became very different in larger dosages, but in the smallest doses, I'm not sure I could explain or notice any difference.
I did have, for most of my life since childhood, what I would feel confident calling strong ADD indicators. The two psychiatrists I've spoken with agree with me, and while I didn't get this deep into the conversation with them, my personal feeling is that like many things it's a spectrum, that all humans are at least somewhere on that spectrum.
I did struggle to maintain a job and a home prior to being medicated, and since have been gradually moving towards a life that's normal and happy for me.
With too much adderall, I'm still in a very content place, no anger, and amazingly "productive", but afterwards very dissappointed with my previous enthusiasm for what now seems in retrospect obviously not such a smart direction to be productive in.
I recently did some research on Adderall, methylphenidate, modafinil, and selegiline as I'm diagnosed add-inattentive, ran out of insurance and thus medical care and scripts. I was looking for nonprescription alternatives. This is a fascinating alternative. Also, from what I learned, Adderall is a horrible substance. It's way stronger than even cocaine. I'll never touch it again, especially considering the alternatives available.
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I'm not saying you're wrong for sure as I'm not an expert, but can you provide some evidence to back it up since this contradicts everything I've ever seen?
This is a most-helpful comment. Thanks!
I commented earlier today , in another submission, that nicotine is rather similar to Niacin (Vitamin B3). Niacinamide has helps my girlfriend reduce her tobacco usage...
The first anti-depressants were MAOI's. Some of them caused a serious side effects (high blood pressure) when the patient consumed fine aged cheese at the same time. When the SSRI patents came into effect patients were switched to the new drugs, but not because the SSRI's worked especially well.