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Could the Secret to Quitting Smoking Be Found in Ancient Plant Medicine?

Ever wonder why it is so difficult to quit smoking? Sure, we all know nicotine is habit forming but what makes it so damn addictive?!? When nicotine enters the body, it releases dopamine in the brain which causes a pleasurable feeling. The feeling only lasts for a few seconds after which we unconsciously are instructed to take another hit! Dopamine is sometimes referred to as the brain’s reward system and is activated by everything from sex to baking cookies. Whether we are aware of it or not, our brains are hard-wired to seek out behaviors that release dopamine. Some dopamine releasing activities are infrequent and mild while others occur often and are strong.  Nicotine is an example of the latter...

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