The Vital Ingredients That You Vape in Your E-Liquid


The majority of vapers having given up smoking are using a vape device as one of the forms of NRT or nicotine replacement therapy. Understanding your Nicotine usage is crucial to managing your quest to give cigarettes the boot, many manufacturers of vaping liquid are now transitioning away from the traditional type of nicotine and switching to a newer form that has a different manufacturing process. In this short article we will investigate both types of nicotine, their history, their production, and their distinctive characteristics.

A Brief History of Nicotine

The Tobacco plant originated in South and Central America as a medicine and was brought to Europe in the 1500’s, nicotine was isolated by German chemists in 1828 and originally thought to be a poison. Nicotine is chemically known as a salt and not easily absorbed into the body.  Tobacco manufacturers led by Marlboro devised a chemical process that created a form of nicotine called Freebase, which allowed the nicotine to be more easily absorbed into the body via its cigarette form. The process uses ammonia to increase PH levels which mean when burnt it is quickly absorbed by the lungs, but this also creates a harsh sensation as the strength of the nicotine increases. Until recently Freebase has been the only option as the nicotine element of e-liquid, that is until the recent development of a newer type referred to as nicotine salt or salt nic.

The New Kid on The Block

This newer type of nicotine uses the same naturally produced nicotine salts in tobacco but unlike its older counterpart does not use the same chemical manufacturing process. Salt nic is produced by using more natural acids to alter its chemical makeup, instead of increasing the PH levels as Freebase does, it actually lowers the PH. This creates a situation where the nicotine is absorbed at a lower temperature giving the vaper a much smoother vaping experience. Salt nic also has a further important quality that allows higher doses to be added to e-liquid with no increase in harshness or decrease in vapour output. These characteristics are the reason why it is becoming the nicotine type of choice for vape shop manufacturers looking to produce high grade e-liquids for discerning vapers.

An Important Component When Mixing Your Own

Due to Nic salt being less harsh than freebase it is also the best option for the vaper that wants to mix their own vape juice, as much as 50mg of Nic salt shots can be combined with shortfill e-liquid without any disagreeable harshness increase. The mixologist must remember that this will dilute the tasty flavour of the host shortfill liquid. An increase in Salt nic levels will result in vaping less as more nicotine is absorbed in less puffs of vapour.

Which Vape Machines Are Best Suited for Salt Nic?

While you can vape e-liquids containing Nic salt in any device, some are more suited than others, starter vape pens and Pod systems are highly recommended to produce a super smooth quality vape. it is not advised to use Salt nic e-liquids with sub-ohm machines, they are designed for large intakes of vapour which might result in a dosage of nicotine higher than is recommended.

I hope this has given you a better understanding of the nicotine in your e-liquid and you can now better navigate the vaping world, happy vaping.

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