What is Nicotine Salt? The Beginners Guide to Vaping Salt Nic
Do Not Use in High Powered/Sub-ohm Devices
*Disclaimer* Only use nicotine salt e-liquid with a low wattage device - due to the smoothness and almost immediate absorption rate of nicotine salt, nicotine overdose can be possible when ingested, vaped rapidly, or used in high wattage, sub-ohm devices.
Summary: Nicotine salt e-juice allow consumers to vape higher nicotine strengths without the rough throat hit that is found in traditional e-juices when compared at the same nicotine level.
For example, if you were to vape a 30mg e-juice made with freebase nicotine the throat hit would be intolerable, but if you were to vape 30mg e-juice made with nicotine salt the throat hit would be much smoother. Continue reading to understand what we are talking about!
What is Freebase Nicotine?
Freebase nicotine is a method that tobacco companies have been using since the 1960’s.
Freebase means that the nicotine is in the purest form compared to the other nicotine derivatives, which means the nicotine is much more potent when heated and it can be absorbed much faster.
In the 1960’s a Big Tobacco company found that if they manipulate the pH levels in nicotine, it would provide more of a kick than previous cigarettes made in the 1950’s.
The Chemistry Behind Freebase Nicotine:
- Nicotine in tobacco leaves has the chemical composition of a salt. A salt is made up of a chemical reaction that has a positive charge (Acid) and a negative charge (Base).
- Nicotine’s natural chemical nature is a weak base and is made up of negatively charged particles. As a base, it attempts to find positively charged particles (Protons) to find stability and become Ionized. In other words, the nicotine in tobacco leaves (ions) is not the most effective way of delivering nicotine into our bodies because ions have a harder time moving across organic membranes and are not easily vaporized.
- The Big Tobacco company found that if they remove the positive charge from nicotine, it would go back to its free state where it would be much easier for it to travel across the membranes in our bodies. To sum it up, nicotine in its freebase form makes it more bioavailable to your lungs and to your brain, which makes it more potent.
What is Nicotine Salt?
Nicotine salt is the natural state that nicotine is in while in tobacco leaves.
Nicotine salt takes a higher temperature to vaporize and the ions don’t easily travel to the nicotine receptors in our bodies. It is not the most effective way to deliver nicotine to your body compared to the de-protonated freebase form.
Companies found a way to use nicotine salt as a means to make 50mg nicotine tolerable while making it more bioavailable than the traditional e-juices.
The secret ingredient that makes this happen is benzoic acid. Benzoic acid serves two key purposes in salt nicotine:
1. It helps nicotine salt vaporize at lower temperatures as well as lowering the pH levels in the nicotine salt which results in a smoother throat hit.
2. A chemical reaction occurs that makes the nicotine more absorbable like free base nicotine.
This means that you can vape comfortably at high nicotine levels such as 50mg and it also makes it easier for your body to absorb nicotine, contrary to the nature of nicotine salts.
So What is the Difference?
From a vaping perspective, the difference between freebase nicotine and nicotine salt is simply how it affects your vaping experience.
A noticeable difference is the harshness caused by higher nicotine strengths. Freebase nicotine has a higher pH level that affects the alkalinity, which makes it harsher as you climb the nicotine ladder. Whereas, nicotine salt has a lower alkalinity due to the benzoic acid which gives you a reportedly smoother throat hit.
What Device do I use to Vape Nicotine Salt?
It is strongly recommended to avoid using high powered devices to vape nicotine salt.
Always remember that nicotine salt operates in lower wattage devices due to the higher amount of nicotine absorbed as well as not requiring to vaporize at higher temperatures.
The devices are low profile and sleek, most of them are autofire, meaning you only get vapor when you inhale it, making is a more user-friendly device.
Benefits to Salt Nicotine:
- User-Friendly Device -- The low wattage devices recommended for vaping nicotine salts are easy to use and hassle-free. Pod systems or small vape pens are the recommended device.
- Higher Nicotine Levels -- Reportedly, the higher nicotine levels and instant rush you get from nicotine salts helps immensely with quitting cigarettes. Some may argue that nicotine salts more effectively fight the craving.
- Smoothness -- Something that keeps people from making the switch from cigarettes to vaping is the harshness of regular e-liquids at higher nicotine levels. Due to the nicotine salt consumption being almost entirely secluded to low wattage devices, the result is a smoother throat hit regardless of the nicotine level.
- Use Less E-Liquid -- Because of the high nicotine levels and better absorption, you will not need to consume as much e-juice. Less vapor production is needed and can be a big plus for someone who is looking for a more low profile device that works arguably better for your nicotine satisfaction.
- Satisfaction -- Vapers that began their journey with freebase blends have often found that it is difficult to get the same satisfaction from their nicotine, nicotine salt blends solve that due to the chemical process behind the development. The result is a higher concentration of nicotine delivered in devices with a lower power output, allowing an extra "umpf" to a user's vaping experience.
The government has said that the persecution of the users of e-cigarette technology should stop. The Department of Health today outlined a Five Year Tobacco Control Plan for England with the goal that the proportion of the population who smoke tobacco products should fall to 12 per cent by 2022, down from 15.5 per cent today.
Routine bans of vaping products at the workplace or in public spaces should cease, the DoH notes, in order to “maximize the availability of safer alternatives to smoking”. The last Tobacco Control Plan for England was published in 2011*. Since then, there’s been a grassroots revolution in public health.
Brexit provides the opportunity to re-examine the regulation of "electronic nicotine delivery systems" as alternatives to cigarettes, says the DoH, with the department vowing to "identify where we can sensibly deregulate without harming public health".
Under some post-Brexit scenarios, the UK will no longer be obliged to implement the EU’s revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD2), which regulates e-cigarettes in the same way as tobacco – attempting to make e-cigs expensive and undesirable. And this could lead to a possible liberalization of regulation, regarding e-cigarettes as a more healthy alternative to tobacco and encouraging their adoption, further down the line.
As we explained here, the TPD2 has raised regulatory barriers to entry for the producers of nicotine liquids, made the liquids weaker and thus less effective as a cessation aid, and has bound up the market in red tape. The reason it hasn’t been a catastrophe for the vaping supply chain is that the regulator the MHRA (the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) was told to back off while local enforcers, the Trading Standards Officers, have better things to do than harass vapers.
In other countries, notably Australia, politicians created a huge new black market for cigarettes, while persecuting vapers: a perfect storm of stupid:
There is a lot of scrutiny being put upon vapors for the freedom of choice. The most prominent are the claim’s being made surrounding supposed health risks. The public's claim also supports the FDA’s lack of research, even if it fringes on being inconclusive pertaining to vaping health risks.
So how do the benefits of vaping become dismissive? Do they question the credibility of vapers and vape advocates themselves? When countless smoking alternatives have been failed attempts to convert smokers. Yet, these smoking alternatives often are supported with the highest level of corporate advocacy. When vapers claim the positive effects of vaping, the public and FDA become very skeptical. Would it be a surprise to think that some Tobacco lobbyist may have a seat on the Food and Drug Administration? When it’s public knowledge that one side of the coin is supposed to protect lives and the other claims millions of its consumers. While both have worked heavily against vaping and it growing and sustaining an industry that’s profitable.
There are case studies, white papers and scientific research globally and specifically the U.K., claiming that vaping may prove to be 95% less of a health risk than smoking cigarettes. How come the United States Food and Drug Administration has had limited resources to be able to obtain solid results from similar experiments. Untested pharmaceuticals even gain FDA approval and corporate support for commercial advertising. These drugs are often sold publicly, passed with known health risks, high levels of side effects and approved for children in prescribed dosages.
The short article below from Frederic D. Letson speaks more in depth about the foreign research that has been developed on vaping. Feel free to let us know your thoughts and share your experience.
How is it that the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom is publishing 200-page studies proving that electronic cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than smoking, yet our own Food and Drug Administration here in the United States is enacting strict regulations that will effectively kill the entire industry? Even the state Department of Health is airing public service announcements demonizing electronic cigarettes by citing a study showing that teen use of the devices has doubled since 2014.
ALBANY – People craving a nicotine fix via vaping soon may be scrambling to find places to light up in New York. Some key lawmakers and health care organizations, including Roswell Park Cancer Institute, are launching an all-out push to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in all public places where tobacco cigarettes also are prohibited.
That means bars and restaurants, education settings, hospitals, buses, indoor arenas, bingo halls, zoos and job sites. Health groups are on the offensive in a policy fight attracting interest from electronic cigarette makers in China, England, and the United States.
They fear limiting places where people "vape" will force down sales in a major state.
The effort comes shortly after President Trump fired the nation’s anti-vaping U.S. surgeon general and delayed new federal rules to regulate the electronic cigarette trade.
In Albany, neither side in the debate is declaring victory.
“The so-called public health groups are lobbying up a storm,’’ said Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, which represents retailers who sell vapor products, including e-cigarettes.
Thanks to Matt for sharing his story with us. His journey paints the bold steps in changing a life spiraling towards disease due to the power of addiction. Vaping changed Matt's life. He shares his story with us below.
So, my journey started August 2014 whilst attending a comic con event in Bournemouth U.K, I saw a local vape shop and decided to test out the theory of vaping being better than smoking.
My first time in the vape shop wasn't welcoming or helpful, they took my money and didn't really offer any advice or assistance.
So I held in my hand the first e-cigarette I would use to begin my journey, the first vaping tool, the first device I needed to curb my 40 a day cigarette habit. The Aspire CFMAXX with an iSub tank on top. Damn, this device looked amazing, but how uneducated I was... first attempt at setting this up and I coughed like mad... and coughed again... and again, perseverance played a major role for the time being.
Arriving back home after the comic con event I went into town and visited a few other vape shops in my local area, talking and gaining a better insight into this new world I had become a part of.
Now I felt good, flashing colors along the side and upgrading slowly but surely. The CFMAXX wasn't demoted, this will always remain a tool in my arsenal as this was the vital weapon I used to combat the stink sticks.
Moving forward the next few months and I began to experiment with various new set ups and juices etc.
This then branched out for me to create a twitter account shortly followed by a YouTube account March 2016, Instagram followed and the word Began to spread. The intentions of setting up my channels was to give back to the vaping community, offering advice and support for which I didn't receive when I first started. I hosted giveaways from my own pocket, reviewed products from my own pocket and then started getting approached by companies wanting their products reviewed and promoted.
Moving forward early 2016 yougotejuice came to play, I received 4 240ml bottles for review.
My only description was enjoyable and unforgettable which encouraged me to buy more. The vanilla custard became addictive and still to this day I rely on it to be my ADV.
My channels continue to grow and my support for the community continues to be stronger than ever.
My health as a result of this journey has significantly improved, before I began this journey I was told by the doctor that unless I stopped smoking I was at a severe risk of heart disease and severe heart complications,
Since the stink sticks have disappeared from my life, I feel better. I joined a gym and no longer feel as ill as I did before.
This is my vaping story and vaping saved my life!
- Matt Francis
We encourage you to tell your story contact us today with how you got to where you are in your vaping journey.
Having your smoking alternative as a preference should be a right determined by individuals not law. The overshadowing concerns from anti-vape advocates drive unsupported claims holding little to no solid concrete evidence. Anti-Vapers relay talking points that don't clarify the effects or negative impact vaping produces over any long-term periods of time.
The consensus created almost ignores the testimony spoken from the vape community it's self. Vapers have consistently voiced immediate differences in response to the personal effects of vaping vs. smoking. While a subjective perspective shouldn't be a silent one, policy speakers’ dismissive actions almost sends a message that it should. Encouraging such a message almost intrinsically translates that the vape community's too incompetent of making decisions beneficial to themselves. While we know this to be far from the truth, often those with the largest microphone are the first to tell their version of it.
While it may be to early to have a database with decades of credible case studies against vaping, today we can point out hard factual evidence with the negative effects of smoking tobacco. When we look at how facts even stack up in our own court of law, they are often measured by affirmations that can be brought forth. Information leveraged by our judicial system is weighed against what can be proven, backed by testimony and a supportive level of uncorroborated evidence. Lack of evidence also allows people to walk free. Shouldn't policy makers use the same theories applied to enforcing laws as a foundation for creating them?
Should the FDA continue to uphold an indefensible ban against vaping? Should the president's administration continue to follow compliance with these policies? Read more below on the article from the National Review on e-cigarette bans. Feel free to leave your thoughts.
Electronic cigaretteusers will be hit by new restrictions this week, under a new directive cracking down on all smoking products.
The new legislation, which limits the potency of vaping liquids and reduces the size of refill packets, was introduced last year, but companies were given 12 months to adopt the changes.
Supporters say the new rules are needed to dissuade people from picking up a vaping habit, while critics argue the new laws will put smokers off switching to e-cigarettes.
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