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SALT NIC | NIC SALTS
Whats the deal?
You Have Questions, We Have Answers
There’s a fundamental difference between the conventional “freebase” nicotine we use in our e-liquids and the newer “salts” that have been quickly making headlines. It is this difference that, not only classifies it separately but also creates an entirely new experience.
To better understand what salts are, let’s compare them to their big brother, freebase nicotine. Without getting too technical, freebase is the purest form of nicotine and is the default “go-to” for most manufacturers. This nicotine solution is simply added to a mixture of vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) which “carry” the nicotine with them when vaped. It’s also what we use in nicotine replacement therapies—like gums, patches, sprays, and lozenges.
Furthermore, freebase has been the norm in cigarettes for decades, thanks to Phillip Morris of Marlboro back in the 1960s. He found that “freebasing” nicotine-paired with ammonia delivered a significantly larger amount of nicotine (which did wonders for keeping customers hooked). Since we’re trying to offer an effective nicotine replacement in vape juices, it only makes sense that we use the best form available.
At its core, nicotine salts are comprised of the same exact nicotine that’s found in its natural state within the tobacco leaf. If this form of nicotine was added to the liquid that we vape, we’d need to vape it at extremely high temperatures for the nicotine solution to be effective, and it still wouldn’t be as easily absorbed (bioavailable) as freebase nicotine. Similarly, like freebase, salts need some modification too. The key here is benzoic acid.
The major difference is how incredibly smooth Salt Nicotine is! In science terms, Salt Nicotine undergoes a proprietary processing treatment that neutralizes the harshness of freebase nicotine. In fact, nicotine harvested from the naturally grown tobacco plant produces what the industry refers to as Salt Nicotine and not freebase nicotine.
This is where things get tricky, and only you will know the answer. So when you’re deciding what to do, ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I a heavy smoker (one or more packs a day)?
- Do I want a more genuine smoking experience, or am I looking for something new?
- Will I want smooth vapor and high nicotine?
- Do I need a stronger or more subtle nicotine “punch” (buzz)?
- Is discretion important, or are massive clouds my thing?
- How much money do I initially want to spend?
These are just guidelines. Starting off with a small device and using nicotine salts is a good approach, and you can always switch to high-VG/lower-nicotine sub-ohm setups as you wean yourself off and start to branch out. In fact – salt or no salt – it’s better to grasp the basics with a simple vaporizer before navigating through the different types of coils, tanks, and settings.
The safest bet is just to contact us if you are unsure.
Remember, he or she was once in the same boat – a smoker looking for a better way out.