Hello hookah.org. It is Paul here with a video
for you to accompany the article that I just posted about avoiding hookah sickness and
nicotine sickness. It’s a pretty simple list, but it’s very
important to follow these steps to avoid making yourself sick. Nicotine is a powerful stimulant
and you really want to treat it with a bit of respect.
I know that it is easy to get overexcited and overdo it a bit and I will admit personally
I’ve done that. Personally I have found myself prayer to the porcelain god at the end of
the session and it is no fun. This is especially true when you’re smoking things like what
I’m smoking right now, which is Tangiers Mimon, a very potent tobacco, not only in regards
to nicotine, but also regards to flavor, but we may as well jump right into it.
Number one is hydration. I am enjoying a nice glass of iced barley tea. It is delicious,
it is a great thing to have on these really hot summer days and it is well worth hydrating
yourself to avoid headaches and migraines. Remember that nicotine as a stimulant is going
to increase your blood pressure and that is going to give you the potential of have that
really nasty tightness right in the back of your spine and in your forehead, which I absolutely
hate and happily have not experienced in quite a while because I follow these steps.
Remember you want to hydrate throughout the day. You can’t really just front load on water
right before a session; you need to give your body time to acoelomate to the next level
of hydration and redistribute the water throughout your body. Hydration throughout the day is
just a good suggestion anyway but especially if you’re smoking hookah.
Next is to eat something. Eat something good, eat something light. I’ll show you a picture
right here of the spread that I’m enjoying right now, but it’s light stuff. It’s
light cheeses, fresh vegetables, and some nice bread. Having something like that is
your stomach is going to settle it out. It’s going to avoid the potential of that nauseous
feeling that can come from smoking hookah and partaking in nicotine.
If you’re smoking on an empty stomach or if you’ve ever done that, boy do you know what
I’m talking about. It is not fun. It’s a really good idea to have a spread out while
you’re smoking and it’s a great thing to do for your friends to try and give them something
to munch on, give them something to settle their stomach with.
Next is a mistake that a lot of us make, especially when we first start smoking hookah. Pace yourself.
If you’ll notice, I had not taken a draw from that hookah in a very long time. It’s not
like a cigarette. Its not going to burn out on you, it’s not going to go out on you.
Hookah is about relaxation. If you’re constantly hovering the hose, you’re going to be front
loading on nicotine and it’ll hit you very quickly and a lot harder than you’re probably
expecting. It’s worth taking the time to put the hose down for a minute, breathe some
oxygen and air, let the nicotine flow throughout your body so you can actually tell at what
level you’re resting. I know for a fact that if I get overexcited and just keep pulling
on the hose, suddenly I’m hit like I hit a wall moving at 50 miles an hour and immediately
my stomach’s upset, my head is hurting and it is a bad time.
The next one is similar. Pace yourself regarding the number of bowls that you smoke. If I smoke
more than two bowls in the course of a day, I am a very unhappy camper. It is not worth
it at all. Hookah is not a competition. It’s not about
who can smoke the most bowls in the course of a day. If you can only smoke one bowl a
week and that is where you’re comfortable, if you smoke more than that then you feel
like junk, don’t push it. It’s not worth it.
If you’re looking to smoke more in the course of a day or week, start low. Start with one
a day at the absolute maximum and don’t change that. Don’t add any bowls no matter
what even if you’re in a social setting. Let other people smoke. Its not all that worth
it to push yourself farther than you are actually comfortable.
Next, you want to start slow regarding the nicotine level of the tobacco that you’re
smoking. I’m smoking Tangiers right now, which is a very strong tobacco, but when I first
started smoking Tangiers, pretty much every time I smoked, I would get a little bit upset
in the stomach area. I got to the point that I’m at because I’ve
been smoking for six years maybe more than that but it’s not a competition. It’s
not about who can smoke the strongest tobacco, and if that’s what’s in your mind, then
you’re doing this for the wrong reasons. It’s about relaxing. I suggest starting with a
brand like Fumari or Social Smoke, something like. Nakhla Mizo is a great option, wonderful
flavors, moderate nicotine, but if you start light and work your way up, you will acoelomate
yourself over time. It’s well worth pacing yourself.
Speaking of pace, the next suggestion that I have is to now exercise. I know that sounds
counterintuitive. You really do want to exercise. It’s great for your cardiovascular system
but don’t exercise immediately before or after a hookah session.
Nicotine is a stimulant and is going to increase your blood pressure and any other activity
that you go that is going to also increase your blood pressure is only going to compound
with that. I’ll admit I’ve had a few sessions where I felt great afterwards and then I went
for a jog or did some yoga and I just felt like absolute hell afterwards and it was not
worth it. It ruined my entire day. That is my list of suggestions to avoid nicotine
sickness. If you follow these, you’re going to have a much better session and hopefully
avoid one of the worst mistakes that we make as smokers and hookah enthusiasts. That’s
about it. This is Paul for hookah.org saying thank you
very much for joining me. Go forth. Enjoy yourself. Eat well. Drink well. Pace yourself
and have good sessions. If you get anything out of this blog or these videos, I really
hope to improve your chances of having a good session, and if you end up puking at the end
of a night, that’s not a good session. Thanks for joining us and happy smoking.