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Wild Nicotine Dreams

Discussion in 'Nicotine' started by chauncy, Oct 20, 2011.

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  1. chauncy

    chauncy Full Member

    Aug 18, 2011
    Since I have been using VG / ecigs, etc. I have noticed some VERY strange dreams. Many of them are repeated dreams of things that I would rather not see or do again.

    Before I started using ecigs again, I was nicotine / tobacco free for about 4-5 months. I started on ecigs...out of boredom I guess. Ever since (that was about 2-3 months ago) I have been having odd, disturbing dreams of all kinds of subjects.

    Sometimes I take Benadryl at night to help me sleep. I have heard that mixing ecigs (or any nicotine) with Benadryl might be the cause of these wierd dreams.

    Have any of you been experiencing odd dreams that seem to coincide with your ecig use? I used to smoke and dip and I don't remember anything like this before.

  2. krazynavybiker

    krazynavybiker Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I remember when I was on the Nicoderm patch, some of the crazy dreams I had if I fell asleep with that thing on were out of this world. I'm talking about stuff that would make Stephen King and Clive Barker crawl up into a ball and cry.
  3. JuggaloJoe

    JuggaloJoe Full Member

    Feb 27, 2011
    Louisville Ky USA
    Nicotine has been shown to do this in the past. Joe Rogan has talked many times on his podcast about having the craziest dreams wearing a patch while sleeping. I would try lowing the nicotine strength.
  4. Running Wolf

    Running Wolf Super Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 22, 2011
    North East Ohio
    I had heard about it in the patch and the lozenges but never had the crazy dreams till I started vaping.... I haven't been able to remember a dream in years so I am actually sort of liking it.
  5. GoodDog

    GoodDog Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 31, 2009
    SF East Bay
    I have to cut way back on the nicotine before bedtime or I have vivid, scarey dreams...end of world type dreams. Cutting back they're still long and vivid but not eventful. I can handle that but I'd like to find a way to stop them without giving up vaping at night.
  6. simplyme82

    simplyme82 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 12, 2011
    Murrieta, CA
    I had this problem also.. I usually never dream. If I do, I don't remember the dream when I wake. After vaping, I started having very vivid dreams and would remember every detail.

    Lowered my nic intake before bedtime and the dreams stopped.
  7. Cadaoryn

    Cadaoryn Senior Member ECF Veteran

    The patch, and chantix both cause crazy nightmares for me!
  8. Cadaoryn

    Cadaoryn Senior Member ECF Veteran

    And we know joe rogan utilizes other things for wild experiences. haha
  9. Doublexl85

    Doublexl85 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 11, 2010
    Tacoma, Washington
    I tried the patch, didn't get any crazy dream, but that's just cuz I couldn't keep the damn thing lit.
  10. dgm76513

    dgm76513 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 9, 2012
    Belton, TX
    I've been having weird dreams too lately. Took a nap this afternoon and had one of those inception type dreams. Was strange, got trapped and suffocated in all of them. Then I would wake up, and find myself later on somehow being trapped and suffocated again. Happened three times before I finally woke up. Even when I woke up, I didn't believe I actually did.
  11. dragonbone

    dragonbone Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 21, 2009
    Wow, this is very interesting. I have vivid dreams and go through stages where I have the strangest dreams for months and then nothing for a while then back again. I sometimes have the same dream repeatedly and sometimes with years in between, then it comes back again. Some dreams are very frightening. I always thought it had something to do with my reading, since I read every night of my life before going to sleep... I never thought it was nicotine related, but now I'm wondering.
  12. That's weird i have always had really vivid dreams so I don't know what nic could for dreaming. But that dream inside a dream inside the matrix inside a dream thing that was described is weird. that would be the point i would be freaked out enough to go to the doc for a sleep study. I wouldn't think I was in reality any more at that point. Hope someone does some research into this and sees whats up. Might be a psychological therapy use in the long run if it was used right.
  13. bnrkwest

    bnrkwest Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 6, 2011
    Somewhere out there
    I say try vaping low nic at 6 or less before bed or vape zero. That helps alot. bnrk
  14. markophonic

    markophonic Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 27, 2012
    I hate to resurrect a zombie thread but I noticed that when I quit smoking and started vaping that I started to have very vivid dreams...started within a day of quitting cigarettes.
  15. maurice.osborne

    maurice.osborne Full Member

    Oct 16, 2012
    Same here markophonic, I think the previous poster's idea of limiting consumption of nic before bed sounds like a good reason to keep lower concentrations of eliquid around.
  16. Leal

    Leal Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 8, 2010
    This can be a very disturbing phenomenon. I have had it happen in the past when I quit with or without vaping. The brain is amazing and baffling. I work with all kinds of addictions and this is common for every substance. Unfortunately, with cigs quitting involves a lot more chemicals than just nicotine. It is natural for our brains to try to come to terms with the fact it is missing something even if you don't feel you are missing it on a conscious level. If it remains disturbing for you look into information on how to control your dreams. We can redirect what happens in our dreams and regain a sense of control. Or you can do some simple self talk when you wake from an analog dream. Whatever reaffirms your desire to stay analog free. Those two things can help tremendously, plus though it might recur months or years later, it is temporary.

    Sorry meant to put this in different thread.
  17. varitablevoltage

    varitablevoltage Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 27, 2012
    I tend to be a vivid dreamer but nicotine definitely kicked things up a notch. If I chewed nic gum before bed or was on the patch I'd have wicked dreams (P.S. I know what's at Area 51 now). I assume no different with nicotine in e-liquid.
  18. Ansah

    Ansah Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 27, 2012
    It's well-known that nicotine can induce really intense dreams. I've had them especially with Swedish snus, I think because with the slower delivery systems one may still be actively absorbing the effect during REM. To me it's not a bad thing at all, but a very cool thing.
  19. cactus71

    cactus71 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 11, 2012
    I rarely have vivid dreams, unfortunately, and get my fair share of nicotine from cigs before and juice now. Maybe I'm not doing it right ;)
  20. Cool_Breeze

    Cool_Breeze Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 10, 2011
    As Ansah suggested above, snus can contribute to vivid and not necessarily negative dreams. ecig nicotine doesn't seem to affect my dreaming, or at least not that I've noticed. Snus at bedtime = Dream Pillow.
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