The vaping industry is on the rise. Vaping enthusiasts are constantly on the lookout for better, more discrete or affordable vaping products, longer battery lives and, of course, higher quality vaping eLiquids. Nicotine salts hit all the marks – and then some more.
What are Nicotine Salts?
A new generation of vaping products, the nicotine salts completely transform the vaping experience. The name may be a bit off-putting but nicotine salts aren’t actually ‘salts’: the term is coined because, chemically, salts formed when an acid reacts with a type of base. To make nicotine salts, the nicotine base reacts with a certain acid – a process that’s entirely natural and 100% safe.
In fact, nicotine salts occur naturally in tobacco which makes the nicotine salts the closest experience to smoking a cigarette you can get.
Traditional Nicotine vs Nicotine Salt
So, what’s the difference between nicotine salts and traditional nicotine?
Nicotine (also known as firebase nicotine or nicotine liquid) is extracted directly from the tobacco plants. Any impurities are stripped away during this process leaving you with 100% pure nicotine: the type that’s found in about any eLiquid currently on the market.
Freebase nicotine has high alkalinity, with a pH of between 7 or 8. The pH level is directly related to how harsh the nicotine is and also the severity of the side effects when vaping. To put it simply, the higher the pH, the harsher the vape.
Nicotine salts, on the other hand, are created by infusing certain acids with the freebase nicotine (a process known as ‘protonation). This reduces the pH level and creates a smoother, less irritating solution. In turn, you can vape higher strengths of nicotine salts without suffering a sore throat!
Nicotine Salt Advantages
The biggest advantage of nicotine salts is that they offer a smoother hit compared to regular nicotine. This means you can vape at higher nicotine concentrations without suffering the side effects.
Additionally, because of their structure, nicotine salts are better absorbed into the bloodstream. Studies have shown that the nicotine salts juice actually has a similar absorption rate to actual cigarettes – which is higher than the absorption rate of normal eLiquids.
This means that if you’re trying to quit cigarettes or switch to vaping, chances are you’re going to find the nicotine salts experience much closer to smoking traditional cigarettes but without the health side effects. It’s a win-win!
Vaping Nicotine Salts
Vaping nicotine salts isn’t much different than vaping nicotine eLiquids but it has its specifics. The devices used for vaping nicotine salts vary depending on the strength of nicotine you’re using.
If you’ve just decided to make the switch from traditional cigarettes, we recommend using nicotine salts strength of 25mg to 50mg with a low-powered vape pod device. Going with a higher nicotine strength in a high-powered device may overwhelm you so it’s best to start low and build up.