Recently arrived in the world of vaping, nicotine salt is presented as a revolution. But is there a real difference between the nicotine we find in normal e-liquids and nicotine salt?
Nicotine salt is the form of nicotine found in tobacco leaves naturally.
The nicotine that we can find in standard e-liquids is purified nicotine. Several chemical treatments are applied to it to purify it. After this process, we obtain nicotine base, which is present in all nicotine substitutes (patches, chewing gums and e-liquids). This nicotine has a basic PH of 8 while natural nicotine has an acid PH (between 5 and 6). This basic PH discourages some smokers from quitting smoking: they do not find the same sensations as with a traditional cigarette, the sensation in the throat is different (lighter hit).
We must add certain acids to the base nicotine which will allow us to extract the nicotine salts. These salts reproduce sensations similar to traditional blond cigarettes.
The benefits of nicotine salt
Thanks to nicotine salts, you can use e-liquids with high nicotine content. You can vape an e-liquid with nicotine salts at a rate of 20mg of nicotine without feeling any irritation in the throat. While a classic e-liquid with 20mg of nicotine will surely be aggressive towards your throat.
Nicotine salt allows you to assimilate more nicotine faster. The feeling of nicotine satiety will appear more quickly than with a standard e-liquid. You will therefore use your electronic cigarette less and therefore less e-liquid.
What is nicotine salt for?
Nicotine salt is not intended for all vapers. Its fragility does not allow it to be exposed to strong powers. Using nicotine salt e-liquid with too high a potency will damage the nicotine salt molecules. It is recommended to use a resistance greater than 1ohm when vaping e-liquid with nicotine salts. So if you like to make big clouds and vape at high power: stick to standard e-liquids. Nicotine salt allows you to assimilate more nicotine faster. The feeling of nicotine satiety will appear more quickly than with a standard e-liquid.
You will therefore use your electronic cigarette less and therefore consume less e-liquid.
But for new vapers who find standard e-liquids with a high nicotine content too irritating to the throat, nicotine salts are a great alternative.