You may have recently heard about nicotine salts, but what exactly are they and are they worth going after?
It seems like these days no matter where you turn there is a new vaping product coming out that takes advantage of nicotine salts. But you’d be surprised how many people don’t even know what they are, let alone why they’re better than traditional nicotine. Many people believe that nicotine salts have the potential to be a game changer in the vaping industry by being more efficient and natural. They’re not a new invention, but with their growing popularity, there’s never been a better time to learn what makes them so unique.
Freebase Nicotine Vs. Nicotine Salts
Freebase nicotine has been the standard for not only e-liquid manufacturers, but they’ve also been the standard method of nicotine production for Big Tobacco going back to the 1960s. This form of nicotine was preferred because it’s the purest form of nicotine, making it very potent and readily absorbable. To create freebase nicotine, you must do a few extra steps to the tobacco leaves, which lower the flavor and quality of throat hit when used in e-liquids.
Nicotine salts, on the other hand, don’t have any of these problems. They are derived directly from the tobacco leaves. In fact, that’s where the name nicotine salt comes from. The chemical structure of the nicotine found naturally in tobacco leaves is very similar to that of salt. The nicotine salt is treated with benzoic acid to ensure that they vaporize correctly, even at lower temperatures. The treatment also helps facilitate a smoother hit and even makes them more easily absorbed into the body.
You may be asking yourself what all this means for your vaping experience. Well, the first and foremost difference is in the quality and feel of the clouds produced. When vaporized, nicotine salts, compared with freebase nicotine, is much more similar to traditional cigarette smoke, solving one of the most commonly referenced reasons for failed switch attempts. What’s truly amazing though is that this increased throat hit doesn’t translate into a harsh experience. On the contrary, it actually improves not only how smooth the pull is, but also how flavorful it is.
Nicotine salts can be found in a wide variety of different vaporizers. You can find open and closed systems made by both large and small manufacturers, ensuring no matter what you’re into, you’ll be able to find something for you. That being said, they don’t work as well with high wattage devices. While they can still be used, there’s a noticeable drop off in quality. So if you’re in the market for a lower wattage device, it’s best to understand the pros and cons of different styles fully. For instance, closed systems are straightforward to use and dispose of, but they’re unable to be refilled, creating a need to buy new cartridges continually.
For anyone who always wanted to vape, but required a fuller throat hit, nicotine salts may finally give them a legitimate way to have the best of both worlds. This is a welcome trend in the vaping industry which has become increasingly obsessed with new flavors and more powerful devices, over innovative quality upgrades. While nicotine salts have been around for a long time, this growing popularity has given fans a vast array of different products and flavors to try. So if you’ve always wanted to increase the size or potency of your clouds, you should definitely give nicotine salts a shot.
Have you ever used nicotine salt products? If so, did you feel like there was a significant difference in the vapor produced? Are you happy to see trends like this or do you prefer high powered devices? Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to check back here or join our Facebook and Twitter communities for more news and articles.