Vaping has a slew of amazing benefits, and in terms of contrasting it as an alternative to smoking, the options are endless and the ways it can improve your life in both small and huge ways are many. However, that is not to say there can’t or won’t be any side effects.
Headaches, Migraines, & Nicotine
Which leads us to the discussion of vaping and migraines. Did you know that a very small percentage of people who are predisposed to, or are regular sufferers of migraines should limit their nicotine consumption as much as possible due to nicotine being a likely trigger of migraines? If you understand the basic science behind it, it’s actually quite amazing, however it’s true! Additionally, what’s even more interesting, is that there are also those who suffer from migraines, and have found the nicotine in e-cigarettes (not cigarettes) to be a suitable option for keeping the migraines at bay.
If you’ve ever had a migraine, you know there are few types of pain that are more debilitating, and it can be one of the worst, most brutal ways to ruin a perfectly good day with total aggravation. And what’s even worse is that there are few remedies to offer any type of relief, so basically, you’ve got to do what you can and ride out the storm.
How Does Smoking Cause Headaches?
Tobacco cigarette smoking has long been ruled as a trigger for headaches and has been known to exacerbate the feelings of migraines. While smoking is obviously very different from vaping, the link between smoking and migraines comes down to nicotine, which stimulates vascular activity in the brain. Studies have shown that in eliminating nicotine, symptoms lessen. Furthermore, for those who suffer from cluster headaches, most often the cause is related to smoking as 85% of people who have cluster headaches are also smokers.
How Does Vaping Cause Headaches?
For some people, there are a few ways vaping can cause headaches to occur. This is in no way the norm, however it is a slim possibility. A nicotine level that is too high, dehydration caused by propylene glycol, or even a propylene glycol sensitivity may all be linked to triggering headaches. Additionally, there is a theory that vaping can increase one’s sensitivity to caffeine, and after consuming caffeine a headache can set in. Interesting stuff, isn’t it?
How can Vaping Help Migraines?
Indirectly, one interesting way vaping may be able to help the effects of migraines would be as a means of stress relief. One of the major causes of migraines is stress, and a big factor in keeping the migraines away is handling stress and keeping it from sabotaging your day to day life. Like so many things in life, stress can cause a wide array of chain reactions, migraines being among the results. So, in this regard, if vaping is something that can help with stress, it can be used to potentially help you keep your calm.
So, for anyone who suffers from migraines, you may want to consider the option of not vaping with nicotine. If you do suffer from migraines and are a vaper, reducing your nicotine level or gradually decreasing to 0% nicotine e-liquid may an option to keep in mind. And, for a select few, there lies the possibility of vaping with a small amount of nicotine as an option for warding off the difficulties and agony of migraines. However it goes, be sure to do your research and check with your healthcare provider if you have questions.