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When it comes to vape juice that contains Nicotine, there’s two different types that people can use in their vapes to get their Nicotine fix, and that’s either Freebase Nicotine which I nickname as the OG of the vape juice game or the new kid on the block which is Nic Salts!
Nic Salts are still relatively newish onto the market, having really only been around for half the time that Vaping has been a thing, but people seem to be leaning towards them as their go to vape juice of choice for multiple different reasons. If you’re a new vaper, you might not quite grasp what they’re all about which is what this blog is for!
I’m going to aim to pick out the 6 most commonly asked questions about Nic Salts and answer them to the best of my ability in a bid to give you a bit more of a clear understanding about Nic Salts and why they’re arguably the best vape juice to use to get your Nicotine hit from!
What Are Nicotine Salts?
Starting strong with this one and probably it’s the most commonly asked question when it comes to the topic of Nic Salts!
Nic Salts is the name for the Nicotine that is used within vape juice and it’s completely different from the standard run of the mill Freebase Nicotine used in other vape juices. It’s the name for the chemical makeup of how the Nicotine Salts are produced basically.
The way in which the Nicotine is derived from the tobacco plant remains the same as it does when it comes to making Freebase Nicotine, but the liquid solution is then taken and has a weak acid added to it, normally Benzoic Acid, which in turn neutralizes the pH levels of the Nicotine, making it considerably less harsh to vape, meaning you can vape something like a 20mg Nicotine strength and it being a lot smoother on the throat than if you were to use something like an 18mg Freebase vape juice.
This is one of the many reasons why people prefer to use Nic Salts is because they are a lot smoother and not so harsh even if using a high nicotine strength.
Do Nicotine Salts Absorb Faster Than Freebase Nicotine?
Quick answer to this is yes, they do and quite considerably faster also. But I’ll elaborate on this a bit more for detail on how they do.
The acid added into the Nicotine plays a crucial part in helping the absorption rate become faster than what it is from Freebase nicotine vape juice. The average absorption time frame for the nicotine in Freebase vape juice is around 11 seconds, whereas in Nicotine Salts it’s nearly 7 seconds, so just shy of half the time and it’s also very close to what the nicotine absorption time is from smoking a cigarette, so this is another key reason why people opt for Nic Salts, especially if they have recently stopped smoking and want as close to the real thing as possible.
With Nicotine cravings, they creep up on you and you’ll want an instant fix, and using Nic Salts can give you a near enough instant fix thanks to the fast absorption rate!
Are Nic Salts More Addictive?
This is a really common question I see and hear asked a lot, and it’s another simple and straight forward answer. No, they’re really not more addictive than what standard Freebase nicotine vape juice is.
Nicotine however it comes is a highly addictive chemical, and at the end of the day, it’s going to be as addictive in Nic Salt form as it is in Freebase form. People get it twisted that the quicker absorption rate will get people more hooked on it, but if anything, it’ll do the opposite as people won’t constantly be using their vape as they’ll be satisfied enough from a couple of puffs due to the nicotine hit being more punchier and effective.
Are Nic Salts More Harmful?
This is sort of relatable to the above question and goes hand in hand really so thought I’d answer them back to back to give a clear understanding on it.
There’s not been any proven evidence that has shown Nicotine to be harmful to a person, despite the popular belief that Nicotine is one of the harmful chemicals that are found in cigarette smoke. Nicotine is highly addictive but it certainly is not harmful to you, so despite whatever you’re using for your vape juice, it’s not going to cause harm.
What Device Is Best To Use For Nicotine Salts?
Due to most Nicotine Salt vape juice being made at a 50VG to 50PG Ratio, using a Mouth to Lung device is absolutely the best device to use when wanting to vape Nic Salts.
With the Nicotine hit being considerably more punchier than normal, you won’t need a big device that can run at a high wattage, so a relatively simplistic pod system should do the job nicely. I wouldn’t recommend using Nic Salts in a high wattage device, like a sub-ohm kit, as the nicotine hit will probably be so strong it might knock you for six.
Also the coils will not absorb the Nic salt vape juice properly either due to it being a thinner consistency and the coils in sub ohm kits are designed to absorb thicker High VG juice.
What Nicotine Strength Should I Use?
Ending it here with another popular question and it’s one that some people do struggle to understand the answer to, but I’ll try and explain it as best as I can! Nic Salts normally come in two different nicotine strengths, 10mg or 20mg. Some brands even do 5mg nicotine strengths. Here at 2X, we offer either 10mg or 20mg in our vape juices.
10mg Nicotine strength would be suitable if you have a relatively low tolerance for Nicotine, and were previously a “light” smoker of around 10 cigarettes a day. This will be a similar Nicotine hit to what you’d been getting from smoking cigarettes and not too overpowering.
20mg Nicotine strength would be suitable if you have a high tolerance for Nicotine and leaned more towards the medium/heavy smoker category, ranging from 15-20 or more cigarettes a day. Despite it being a higher Nicotine strength, as I stated, the acid used to make the Nicotine Salts will reduce down the harshness of the Nicotine making it a lot smoother on the throat.
The good thing with vape juice is that if you did opt for a 20mg, and it was too strong for you, you can just simply switch down to a 10mg, and vice versa if you find the 10mg isn’t quite hitting the spot, just move up to a 20mg instead, easily done!