Why chose Black Pepper Essential Oil to help quit smoking instead of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)?
Smoking and tobacco use involves both a psychological addiction and a physical addiction. The body's need and cravings for nicotine is the body being physically addicted to smoking and tobacco use. Nicotine changes the brain's chemistry that keeps you addicted. When inhaled or chewed, nicotine activates the part in the brain that releases neurotransmitters
; one of which is the serotonin, the "feel good" hormone. Nicotine, also, causes unpleasant symptoms when the body does not get its daily does. In other words, nicotine tricks the body into thinking that its "happy" and that it is good when smoking or using tobacco substitutes, while also telling your body it's bad when it does not get nicotine. Moreover, the psychological or behavioural addiction drives from the daily routine and psychological pleasures
. Behavioural addiction can be linked to a variety of gratification like being surrounded by a certain group of people for a smoke break, or pleasure from having something to relieve stress. Both psychological and physical addictions need to be tackled when conquering a smoking habit.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is a medically-approved method to help people, who are severely dependent, quit smoking and e-cigarettes. The NRT method addresses the physical dependence on cigarettes, as it delivers smaller doses of nicotine to the body over time, so that the body can gradually stop relying on nicotine and experience less withdrawal symptoms than abruptly quitting smoking.
However, Nicotine Replacement Therapy is not safe nor effective for everyone. NRT is only proven to help extreme smokers with severe dependency. According to the American Cancer Society,
signs of severe dependency are: smoking more than 1 pack a day, smoking within 5 minutes of waking up, smoking even when sick, waking up at night to smoke and smoking to ease symptoms of withdrawals. The more signs of dependency that apply, the more serious of an addiction the individual has. Therefore, NRT has only been shown to help heavy smokers, and it has not yet been proven to help people who smoke less than 10 cigarettes a day. Furthermore, no matter the dose, nicotine is harmful for the body. U.S. Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality
states that NRT should only be used when the benefits of quitting smoking outweigh the potential health risks of NRT. Therefore, Nicotine Replacement Therapy is only shown to help a small fraction of smokers. Additionally, NRT is limited to addressing the physical aspect of quitting smoking, and not the psychological addiction.
Black Pepper Essential Oil
essential oil helps people quit smoking and e-cigarettes for a variety of factors that NRT fails to address. Black Pepper simultaneously tackles both the psychological and physical addiction of nicotine use. When inhaled, Black Pepper can alleviate the negative side effects and symptoms of anxiety. Furthermore, Black Pepper has bio-transformative effects that naturally detoxify the body, therefore aiding the process of quitting smoking. Multiple studies
report that participants who inhaled Black Pepper had significantly less nicotine cravings than those who did not use Black Pepper. Researchers conclude that inhaling Black Pepper helps smokers quit, because the essential oil mimics the warm sensation in the chest, while also providing a unique pungent taste similar to cigarettes. Clinical studies
recommend that respiratory tract sensation is a major aspect of mitigating smoking withdrawals symptoms and kicking the cigarettes habit. Black Pepper essential oil and FUM work together to do just that. Black Pepper essential oils works to reduce physical withdrawals
while the action of inhaling essential oil through a FUM replicates the negative routine, replacing it with a positive habit. Black Pepper can aid the physical withdrawals while the act of using a FUM to inhale the essential oils replicates the negative routine and replaces it with a positive habit.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jocelyn's passion to help others drives her work here at FUM. Jocelyn uses her research knowledge to bring information to the FUM Family on how to improve health. She graduated with a degree in Business Management and Organizational Communication from University of Ottawa and currently lives in Calgary, Canada.