Can Smoking Cause Excessive Sweating?
The short version to this question is a resounding yes! It is no surprise to hear that smoking is bad for your health. Negative effects that smoking has on your body can cause many different problems, including cancer. Smoking has some less lethal side effects as well, like making you sweat more.This stands true for cigarettes and herbals smokes, such as cannabis.
Evidence suggests that smoking can be the cause of hyperhidrosis and excessive sweating. Read on to find out more.
To understand how smoking affects your body sweat, you must first understand how and why we make sweat. Warm-blooded mammals, such as humans, have the ability to regulate their blood temperature through body functions.
Things like sweating when hot, or shivering when cold help your regulate body temperature. Cold-blooded animals don’t actually have or need cold blood, they simply lack this ability. That’s why most of reptiles and amphibians are found in very warm climates. This also means that anything that affects our circulation is going to affect our body’s ability to regulate its temperature.
For most, when their body begins to feel hot, it send appropriate signal to their brain. This signal comes in the form of stress hormones and tells your glands to produce sweat to help you cool off. Once your eccrine and apocrine glands sense the presence of this hormone, they begin sweat production. Most of your body has eccrine glands directly under your epidermis. In your groin and armpits, you have apocrine glands. These glands produce a thicker sweat.
This sweat is thicker because it contains more fatty acids and proteins. These fatty acids react with the bacteria that live on your skin creating an unpleasant odor. This is why your armpits can have a stronger body odor compared to other parts of your body.
This released sweat cools your body down, as it slowly evaporates from your skin’s surface. Carrying excess heat away with it.
Now that you understand how and why sweat is produced, let us look at how smoking interferes with that process.
Why Smoking Makes Us Sweat More
As we know, nicotine is one of the many addictive chemicals in cigarettes. It actually causes the release of acetylchlorine, which stimulates sweat glands.
Acetylchlorine is the most abundant neurotrasmitter. It acts as a neuromuscular transmitter, carrying nerve-skeletal signals throughout your body. Thereby with increased release comes increased activity. Which consequentially increases sweating.
Withdrawal can also be another cause of sweating, especially excessive sweating. This is because your body has become dependent on cigarettes
Marijuana can lead to sweating issues. But it affects all of us differently. Some find it mellow and calming, while others feel active. Some veg out while others spaz out. It’s important to use this recreational drug responsibly.
Cannabis has notable health benefits, which I won’t go into too deeply here. It can help with depression and anxiety, eating disorders, glaucoma and cancers.
However, it’s important to remember that while it has benefits, it is still smoke, and this can be harmful to your body.
Cannabis use can lead to dizziness, anxiety and heightened blood pressure. All of which meas that potentially, marijuana causes sweating. It’s important to know your limits and use controlled amounts to prevent this from happening.
Withdrawal can be another issue. Whilst Cannabis isn’t physically addictive, your body can still form a psychological dependence on it. Withdrawal from it’s use can lead to sweating, though with time and self restraint, your body and mind will adjust and you will lose this dependency.
Blood pressure is measured using two numbers. Systolic pressure is the amount of pressure in your arteries when your heart is contracted; a systolic reading of 120 is considered a healthy blood pressure in most able people. Diastolic pressure is the pressure in your arteries between heartbeats, and 80 is considered a health diastolic blood pressure.
Blood pressure is written with the systolic reading over the diastolic reading, similar to a fraction. Using this information, we know a healthy blood pressure reading would be around 120/80.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is considered any level above 140/90. Elderly people experience hypertension at 150/90. One in every three Americans suffers from high blood pressure, which is very dangerous to your body. It can result in a number of medical problems including kidney disease, heart attacks, and strokes.
People who don’t smoke have larger and more flexible blood vessels than people who smoke regularly. This is because the nicotine that is absorbed into your blood while smoking causes a constricting of your blood vessel and arteries. This dramatically increases your blood pressure. High blood pressure has many negative side effects.
Studies have shown that smoking raises your systolic blood pressure by around 20 points. Smoking also causes inflammation in your blood vessels, which can cause your arteries to become stiff and harden over time. These bodily changes have both long-term and short-term effects on your blood pressure.
Despite all of the evidence to sway people, one in every six Americans smokes daily. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable diseases. Cigarettes are responsible for one in every five deaths in the United States. Heart disease is caused by smoking.
Smoking while suffering from high blood pressure can increase your risk of dying exponentially. Kidney disease is another negative side effect of smoking. The increased heart rate and constricted bloods vessel make it difficult for your body to regulate your blood’s temperature.
The combination of side effects smoking causes creates added stress on your nervous system. This tells your brain to release stress hormones. All of this results in you sweating much more. With all the destructive side effects smoking causes, it’s no wonder it is considered a silent killer.
If you are suffering from unexplained hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating and you are a smoker, you should consider reducing the amount you smoke. Ideally, you should quit smoking altogether to improve your health and reduce the risk of fatal diseases.
If you’re a recreational cannabis smoker that gets sweating as a side effect, it’s ideal you should understand why you’re sweating. High blood pressure is not a good thing, and some particular strains can cause this. Find out whats right for you and consult a medical professional.
If you’re unable or unwilling to quit, or if smoking is causing persistent excessive sweat or hyperhidrosis there are other options. You can try clinical strength antiperspirants to start off, or adjusting your diet to sweat less.
The quickest fix would be to apply an antiperspirant. For antiperspirants, I’d recommend trying out Certain Dri(click here to view on Amazon) if you’re experiencing pit sweating. SweatBlock(click here to view on Amazon) if you have sensitive skin or sweat excessively in more places than just your pits.
Try to eat more leafy greens, Tomatoes and almonds. These sorts of foods are rich in vital bodily minerals such as magnesium, B-complex vitamins and potassium.
Stopping smoking is the ideal solution. Quitting smoking can be difficult, but by using modern medical knowledge, you can reduce the amount of withdrawal symptoms you feel.
You can try altering your diet or different antiperspirants to get control over your sweating too, as well as help with withdrawal symptoms.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure you’re proactive and get your sweating under control.