Nic salt e-liquids are popular for being one of the most effective types of nicotine that helps heavy smokers ditch the habit of smoking cigarettes. With a higher nicotine content, a smooth throat hit, and the light-headed feeling it gives you, the sensation and the effects of smoking a cigarette are very closely resembled – helping control your craving or satisfy it in smaller and more concentrated doses. This also means that you get more bang for your buck as you end up vaping less since you get a lot more nicotine when vaping nic salts compared to when vaping freebase nicotine.
Another benefit is that nic salts are great when you’re on the go as they are designed for use in smaller and lower wattage devices. Lastly, you won’t be that guy blowing massive clouds in public.
What is Nic Salts?
Nicotine salts have been on the market for quite a while now, having risen in popularity with the release of the Juul device back in 2015. Having been one of the most important topics in the vaping world, you might be wondering, what really are they and why are they called nicotine salts?
(And no, nic salts do not contain that salt). Simply put, the ‘salt’ in nicotine salt just refers to the scientific definition as it is created by combining a base with acid/s.
Nic salt juices are the end product of the combination of nicotine base that has been extracted from tobacco leaves and benzoic acid. Now, of all acids, why benzoic acid?
Benzoic acid basically modifies the nicotine into a form that can yield high quantities of nicotine at relatively low temperatures. In the process, the pH level of nicotine is lowered, which in turn reduces alkalinity.
Also, the nicotine base’s reaction to benzoic acid makes it more absorbable, allowing you to vape comfortably at higher nicotine levels such as 50mg, which is pretty much the standard.
Nicotine salts are comprised of nicotine in its natural state while in tobacco leaves, meaning that they are naturally occurring.
Because nic salts contain other organic compounds found in the leaves of the tobacco plant, they have a more stable molecular makeup than freebase nicotine – giving vapers a vaping experience that more closely replicates smoking combustible cigarettes. Reduced alkalinity also results in a much smoother hit on higher strength nicotine salt vape juice. Other good things about nic salts are their bioavailability and the fact that they provide nicotine in an unaltered state.