I distinctly remember getting a “buzz” from the first hookah I smoked (at a hookah cafe, so it was clean) and since then I still consistently get some kind of buzz. Why would this happen? What makes for a “hookah buzz?”
- Nicotine – Keep in mind, the nicotine content of typical shisha tends to be very light, especially compared to mainstream, chemically engineered cigarettes. But, since nicotine is a natural component of tobacco, there is at least some of that.
- Lack of oxygen to the brain – I suspect this is the main culprit for the “hookah buzz.” Inhaling permanent markers or whipped cream will have a similar effect. The reason for this is straightforward: The lungs have a hard time sifting oxygen out of the smoky air, thus creating an oxygen deficiency for the brain. That “buzzy” feeling is a side effect the brain struggling to function properly.