Stimulant-Infused Ecigarettes are among the new trends in today’s vapor market. Eliquids are added with caffeine or vitamins and other ingredients to make them extra special. The concept is quite ingenious, but some vapers wonder if this is really necessary.
What Is A Stimulant?
Wikipedia define stimulant as psychoactive drug that can induce temporary physical and/or mental improvements. It is often referred to as upper due to the up feeling a user feels when using the drug. The complete opposite of stimulants is depressants. Examples of stimulants are caffeine and nicotine.
Nicotine is both a stimulant and a depressant to one’s central nervous system. It could first induce the release of epinephrine hormone and then further stimulate the nervous system. It is responsible for the kick and the feeling of pleasure that users often develop an addiction to it.
Release of beta-endorphin is also promoted by nicotine. It is a chemical that inhibits pain. Stimulation is later replaced with fatigue and drop in the mood. Thus, the user will seek more nicotine. This high and low cycle is likewise similar to the effect of consuming caffeine and sugar and most other stimulants.
In essence, nicotine-laced eliquids are already stimulating to the user so stimulant-infused ecigarettes could only be redundant.
No to Stimulants In Ecigs
A moderator at E-Cigarette Forum posted a response on the issue. The posted response stated that ECF deters adding supplements (regardless if pharmaceutical, herbal or vitamin) to ejuices. The comment also stated that some smart individuals have already done science and they have proven that this is nonsense.
It is best to vape nicotine in eliquid. Vitamins, supplements, caffeine and other herbal remedies are to be taken the way they should be taken.
Caffeine in Ecigs
Another ECF post said that a dose of about 40 mg is necessary to start feeling the effects of caffeine. It could be more depending on one’s tolerance to caffeine. A cup of coffee typically contains 120 mg of caffeine so a caffeine pill equivalent to about 2 cups of coffee has 240 mg of the stimulant.
Assuming that ecigs can deliver caffeine in a way similar to nicotine’ or that the bodies absorb and use caffeine the same way as nicotine, the ecig could deliver the amount of caffeine necessary for one to feel the effect.
If the same delivery and absorption apply to both caffeine and nicotine, many users would already be dead from nicotine poisoning. The active dose of nicotine is in micrograms. This is the measure of the amount that the body absorbs and uses and not the amount present in the medium.
A combustible cigarette or analog can deliver up to 1.5 mg nicotine to the smoker’s body. Thus, analogs can deliver nicotine to the body better than a personal vaporizer or electronic cigarette. Actual nicotine delivery through a PV or ecigarette is quite low even with ejuices with higher mg of nicotine.
The same can be said of caffeine. A 1-3 mg caffeine dose is not going to produce an energizing effect. Caffeine-infused eliquids are just hype for some as they contain very little amount of caffeine that can produce only minimal effect. Moreover, it is also not too reasonable to believe or to claim that nicotine can help the body in breaking down caffeine.
Another concern with infused ecigarettes is the addition of vitamins in eliquids. There are vitamins that are water soluble and there are also those that are fat soluble. Some are skeptical if vitamins can actually be inhaled or not.
Considering that eliquids and electronic cigarettes are already involved in a lot of controversies, many believe that this hype is not a sensible or a helpful idea for the vaping community/industry.