As I have stated in recent blogs, while there are a few negatives when it comes to vaping, as a responsible product manufacturer, I do believe the positives of properly formulated products.  And the main reason can be found in the science of olfaction or, put more simply, in smell.

 

Remember please, that for certain behavioral results (i.e. smoking cessation, mood elevation, etc.), olfaction is stronger than most oral or injectable drugs and virtually every herb.  In fact, overall, the most powerful brain stimuli are now known to be of an olfactory nature, due to the direct proximal connection that the brain has with the olfactory bulb and related olfactory areas. 

 

Any doubts you have should be retired when you understand the incredible complexity in the sense of smell.    This can be demonstrated in dozens of ways.  Here are my favorite four ways:

 

First, the blueprint of the human body is considered by all of science to be the human genome. In the genome, the more genes that is associated with a function, the more the complexity and biological importance of that function. 


#1 is the Immune System

#2 is Smell

 

Interestingly, and shocking to everyone back in the early 2000’s when the results of the Human Genome Project was announced, Smell was more important than even Reproduction.  Through important research now we understand why.  In the case of Reproduction which is obviously very important genetically, we have learned that the sperm cell actually uses smell to find the egg cell to begin the process.  Uncovering facts like this about smell drive home the reality that the smell is as important as any system in the body.

 

Second, you would probably guess that vision is far more complex and important than smell.  You would be very wrong.   Vision is about perceiving colors and all colors seen by the eye actually link back to recognizing three primary colors.  The brain however can detect up to 10,000 distinct odors through use of an extensive number of the body’s most important type of receptor – the G protein coupled receptor.  Put simply, 10,000 is larger than 3.

 

Third, staying with the highly critical G Protein Coupled Receptor, although these receptors are scattered throughout the body and associated with nearly every bodily system, there is evidence that over 40% of these receptors are attached to smell. 

A fourth really interesting area of study demonstrating the complexity of olfaction involves the existence of neurogenesis in the adult brain, the process through which new neurons are produced and integrated throughout the course of life.   For the most part, the brain is incapable of making new neurons in adulthood.  In fact, neurogenesis only happens in two very important areas of the brain.  First, it occurs in the hippocampus where new neurons are formed and integrated in the process of creating memory.  Memory is such a dynamically, complex process; this makes perfect sense.  The second area is the olfactory bulb (OB).  Does that surprise you?  Don’t feel badly if it did since the world’s top neuroscientists still don’t understand why.  But there was a very recent hint that set off a wildfire of interest in the scientific community.  A study was published in May of 2015 in Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, a scientific Journal, showing that depressed and suicidal adults have virtually no neurogenesis in the OB as compared to normal, healthy adults.   There is speculation now that olfaction might play a prominent role in preserving mental health and life itself.

The bottom line is that smell holds as important a role in the body as walls due in the blueprint of a home.  If we want to perform optimally and live epically then we should harness the power of smell to create fast, complete and safe changes in our lives.   And what better way to do that then with vaping?

Published by Sadie