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Salt Nicotine is the latest development to happen within the vape juice world, and it’s fast become people’s vape juice of choice. Over the last couple of years, it’s really gained in popularity with more brands consistently entering on to the market offering hundreds of different flavours, and it gained further traction from being the vape juice which is used in Disposable Vapes which we all know are VERY popular.
But as with anything new that comes onto the vaping market, there’s always questions and doubts over the safety of Salt Nicotine and what effects it has on the body, and that’s what we’re going to be looking at in this blog. Currently, there is no evidence from studies that Salt Nicotine poses any health risks which comes as no surprise considering Nicotine in it’s regular form is not harmful but there are some things you must be cautious of when using Nicotine Salts and I’ll go into these in detail in this blog.
What Exactly Is Salt Nicotine?
Salt Nicotine is a form of nicotine which is the closest resemblance to the nicotine found in cigarettes. The common misconception from people is that Nicotine is one of the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, and plays a part in people contracting smoking related illnesses like heart disease, lung disease and cancer. But this is not true as Nicotine is not harmful and there hasn’t been any evidence to show it’s responsible for causing such disease.
It’s created by using the natural state of Nicotine which is then blended with a weak acid, normally Benzoic Acid, and when combined it creates Salt Nicotine. The job of the acid used is to neutralise the pH levels of the Nicotine so that it makes it smoother and less harsh on the throat, meaning a higher nicotine strength can be used (20mg) with less risk of it being too harsh like what it would be if you were to use an 18mg freebase nicotine.
What Does Salt Nicotine Do To Your Body?
I’d say one of the main attractions for Salt Nicotine being used by people is the fast absorption rate of the nicotine into the bloodstream. It’s estimated that the absorption rate is around 6 seconds from inhaling, which is near enough the exact same time frame as what the nicotine from a cigarette is absorbed and this is crucial for people to want to replicate especially if they have recently quit smoking and have those pesky nicotine cravings they want to keep at bay as much as possible.
The reason for this quicker absorption is because of the nicotine being in similar form to what is found in cigarettes and also the acid used in the mixing process helps speed this process as well.
You will feel a more intense nicotine hit for this reason, and when you first use Nicotine Salts it may be a bit overwhelming at first as it’s a completely different experience from using standard Freebase vape juice, but don’t panic as you will soon get used to it after a couple of puffs.
In all flavours in our 2X Vape Juice range, we use our patented WholeNic Nicotine, which features the full spectrum of Nicotine Alkaloids. These are what are found in tobacco, and having them in our vape juice means you will the closest replica of the effects from smoking a cigarette without actually smoking one. This is what makes us stand out from the other brands of Nicotine Salts on the market and something we pride ourselves on!
Comparison Between Freebase Nicotine and Nicotine Salts
|Faster absorption rate into the bloodstream
|Slower absorption rate into the bloodstream
|Higher nicotine strengths won’t be harsh
|High nicotine strengths can be harsh on the throat
|Richer flavours from the nicotine salt used
|Flavours can be a bit bland and muted
|Longer lasting shelf life/expiry date
|Normally has 2 year shelf life before Nicotine turns
Is Salt Nicotine More Addictive?
Quite a frequently asked question I hear asked when discussing Salt Nicotine is the one listed above, and I’ll give my honest answer on the subject.
In my opinion, no, Salt Nicotine is not more addictive. I say this because it is a form of Nicotine, and Nicotine on the whole is a highly addictive chemical regardless of what form it is in, so for people to say that Salt Nic is more addictive is a bit on the off side to me.
Salt Nicotine does allow you to use a higher nicotine strength like 20mg without it being harsh on the throat and some people can get used to using a higher strength without the want or desire to use something of lesser strength, but this doesn’t mean they’re more “addicted” as such.
The flavours of Salt Nicotine vape liquid are considerably richer than what the flavours of Freebase nicotine is, so you’ll likely get more pleasure from vaping them, and they can be quite moreish especially sweet flavours like our Strawberry Sweet Nic Salt, but even if you’re vaping a bit more than normal, it’s better than smoking!
Are There Any Health Risks Involved With Using Salt Nicotine?
Another commonly asked question, and a fair one also as it’s always best to question the unknown especially when it relates to your health, but to put your mind at ease, no there aren’t really any serious health risks involved with using Salt Nicotine. There are a few things to be cautious of which I’ll explain below.
Nicotine Salts are obviously a bit stronger than normal Freebase nicotine vape liquids, and some care must be taken when opting to use Salt Nicotine. It’s essential that you use the correct vaping device when vaping Nic Salts as this plays a big part in you not getting any adverse side effects.
It’s not recommended to use Salt Nic in a device that runs at a high wattage, due to the fact that Nicotine Salt is a bit more potent as absorbs into the body quicker it’s always advised to use a low wattage device so that the nicotine hit isn’t delivered at a high wattage rate.
It’s also advised to use your vape intermittently as well, especially if using Salt Nicotine vape juice as frequent regular puffs on your vape can cause you to get a bit of a “Nic rush” and can lead to some adverse side effects which I’ll list below;
But fear not, these side effects are only temporary and soon go away as soon as they come if you just take a little break from vaping until they’re clear.
Is Vaping Salt Nicotine Safer Than Smoking?
Absolutely yes it is! And to be honest, choosing to vape any kind of vape liquid is safer than smoking. As I mentioned, Nicotine is addictive but it’s not harmful and has not been the cause of any diseases or deaths like what smoking is.
Smoking is one of the leading causes of avoidable death every year, not only here in the UK, but worldwide. This is because of the thousands of harmful chemicals that are formed and emitted in cigarette smoke, with at least 60 of these chemicals proven to be toxic and cancer causing. On top of this Tar and Carbon Monoxide is also ingested into the body where it resides causing huge strain and effects on the heart, lungs, bloodstream and respiratory system also.
Back in 2016, Public Health England declared Vaping to be 95% safer than smoking, and this was further lamented in a study conducted late last year. The reason it’s not 100% is for the fact that no long term research has been done due to Vaping not being around long enough, and also some of the chemicals found in cigarette smoke can be formed within vapour from an E-Cigarette, but they are at such low volumes compared to what they are in cigarette smoke, they’re not considered a huge risk.
So rest assured, that using Salt Nicotine does not have a huge effect on your body, and certainly not in a negative way either. Opting to use Salt Nicotine when you’re quitting smoking and giving vaping a try will only have positive effects, as you will be able to get the same effect from the nicotine absorption like you would from a cigarette, but just without the risks involved with smoking…no brainer really!