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April 20th, 2008 · No Comments ·

Small Molecule, Big Impact: The Chemical Properties of Nicotine






How it Works 


1. The nicotine molecules attach to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors on certain nerve cells. 

2. The nerve cells respond to the nicotine molecules by releasing the neurotransmitter glutamate.

3. The glutamate alerts neurons to release dopamine


Result: Pleasurable feelings, stress reduction, increased heart rate, heightened alertness, increased ability to process information, and improved cognitive abilities.



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