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Does your body naturally produce nicotine?

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Dr. William Walsh answered

Specializes in Addiction Medicine

No: There are "nicotinic receptors" the actual chemical that binds there is usually acetylcholine or other similar compounds... Not nicotine, which is a neurotoxin.

Answered 2/8/2019

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Dr. Evans Prieston answered

Specializes in Pharmacology

Nicotine: The human body does not produce nicotine. However, the body does have nicotine receptors to which when introduced, nicotine binds and produces it's effects. In order to have an effect, most drugs that work on the central nervous system need to attach themselves to a specific receptors in the body.

Answered 9/24/2018

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