As a recent lurker this forum has provided me with some pretty important information, but thats just at a cursory glance.
I recognize snuff as an important tool, as a former cigarette smoker trying to quit, and Ive tried everything. Im appreciative in a large way, Ive recently journeyed into every facet of tobacco. I now love cigars, I own and am trying to master a pipe, I even use snus and copenhagen. Hell I still have a metric ton of nicorette, I made the jump several times with that this year. And perhaps it was important, any time I quit with another type of tobacco, I too badly wanted it to be cigs. In any case, by far the most effective product that will almost assuredly improve a craving in the worst times, is snuff.
BUT theres a catch. I LOVE cigarettes, and tobacco. Snuff almost seems to be more intense than cigarettes, and more addictive. But its not fun, its compulsive. And I routinely have made my palms sweaty and heart palpitate and basically feel like Ive used cocaine. For those who have never had the pleasure, Id say its surprisingly, frightengly, similar. Now, Ive never enjoyed that much or had a problem with cocaine. Tobacco and all of its brilliant alkaloids, on the other hand, I thoroughly enjoy. I have actually already dumped a tin out to keep myself from using it; I used snuff for the first time a week ago.
Now, I did become resonably tolerant over that time period, and Im fairly young, 28, and tend to over concern myself with health issues. But I do believe I know what my body tells me, unfortunately in this case its two different things. I chainsmoked, 2 packs a day but thats really a conservative estimate. Cigarettes can be continuously smoked, without feeling too amped up. Ive never experienced anything like this in my life. Every other stimulant other than caffeine has been too strong for my taste, but compulsive, so I choose to not use it. Nicotine I thought for sure was safe, if I get too much I just feel kind of sick, and I can power through any amount of nic! IM THE KING OF DA LEAF!
I wonder now if this is not in fact the case. I did procure some WE Garrett just recently, Ive only had mentholated McChrystals before this. I havent broken into it yet, still just smoking a cigar with my wine. But since I did get alcohol, I also got some snuff, since I had a very close call with cigarettes last time I imbibed. I plan to only use it as a last resort, although it already has sounded good from the moment I found a store that stocked it.
So, my questions are many, and Ive rambled too much about my personal experience and not asked about the myriad health issues that concern me. The effects on the heart I should think are something Id wonder about even if you all assured me there was no concern. And also, it seems difficult to imagine that no snuff can possibly reach the brain or lungs, especially if someone has a proclivity to overindulge. Being that this is insoluble plant material, and a plant that causes a host of problems in EVERY OTHER FORM, I just find it hard to believe theres not more cause for concern.
All this being said, I truly have no choice whether or not snuff is in my life in some form or another because its on my mind. And Id desperately like to not smoke again, I feel too healthy. So, is this a learning curve? Am I going to adjust and find it much less of a strong drug? Settle into looking at it like just another alternative I may or may not use that day? Because, too much of anything is not a good deal, and even if snuff is in fact relatively safe, I'll find a way to keep it from being as such.