Nicotine Salts (Nic Salts) are the answers to many vapers’ prayers, so let us see what it is all about.
To give you a better understanding of what nic salts are we can compare it to their big brother which is called freebase nicotine. What is freebase nicotine you may ask? It is the purest form of nicotine and it is most of the manufacturers go-to. The nicotine solution is then added to Vegetable Glycerin and Propylene Glycol. It is also used in nicotine replacement therapies like gums, patches, lozenges, and sprays.
What are Nicotine Salts?
Nicotine salts are made of the same nicotine that is found in its natural state in the tobacco leaf. Now if this form of nicotine was added to the vaporizer liquid, we had to vape it at extremely high temperatures for it to be effective. And still, it would not be as easily absorbed as the freebase nicotine and not as easy to make it yourself. Nic salt juice needs to be modified too. The solution is benzoic acid.
Ready for a chemistry lesson? Do not worry other than school this will be a short lesson that will be interesting and enjoyable.
Okay, we have Ph and alkalinity. Now freebase nicotine has a higher Ph and this causes the alkalinity to increase. Now, the increase in the alkaline results in a harsher throat hit, and this causes you to vape smaller amounts. When it comes to Benzoic acid it has the opposite effect, the Ph levels of nicotine lower, and this causes the alkalinity to reduce. What is the result? A smoother vaping experience.
Are Nic salts Right for You?
How do you know if nicotine salts are right for you? If you are considering trying out nicotine salts first, ask yourself these following questions:
- Am I a heavy smoker?
- Do I want a new experience or something that will provide me with the same experience as smoking does?
- Do I need a stronger nicotine or a nicotine that is more subtle?
- Do you want to be discreet or do you want big clouds?
- How much money do I want to spend?
In the end, it is all about the experience that you are looking for when vaping. If you are still unsure, you can ask someone at the vape shop who has knowledge about these kinds of things and maybe struggled with the same question once. But remember do what makes you happy and not what is ‘IN’ at the moment.