Everything You Need To Know About Nicotine Salts
Your Quick and Dirty Introduction to Nicotine Salts
Even if you’re new to vaping, you might have heard of nicotine salts as an alternative to regular vape juice. Perhaps you pictured your nicotine coming in little salt packages. It doesn’t sound very appealing. Thankfully, that’s not what nicotine salts are.
How it Started
Many people begin to vape in an effort to quit cigarettes. And while regular vaping is very similar to smoking, it isn’t quite like lighting up a cigarette. The feel is different, and the amount of nicotine is often much lower. Freebase nicotine is acidic and harsh on your throat. This is why it would be impossible to vape a 50 mg nicotine vape juice, while still delivering a good amount of vape. Because of this, even though vaping liquid varies in strength, it’s rare to find anything over 24 mg. The need for a higher nicotine level vaping alternative is what brought nicotine salts into use.
The vaping company PAX market mostly to smokers looking to quit. In 2015, they patented a new formula for use in their JUUL pods. The new salt pods promised a nicotine level up to 59 mg. This is more than double the nicotine levels of any regular vape juice. Combined with the smooth vaping experience the salt pods delivered they quickly became popular.
Nicotine on it's own is somewhat inefficiently absorbed by our bodies. With nicotine salts, benzoic acid is added which produces a much more soluble form of nicotine. This allows this new substance to pass in to the bloodstream much quicker, delivering a substantial volume of nicotine much faster than traditional vape liquids.
Nicotine salts were created to deliver a strong nicotine hit from a small, portable device. The JUUL closed vaping system, pre-filled with 3%-5% nicotine salts, are still a quick and easy alternative to smoking. It's the perfect system for vapers who just want to vape. There's no need to make decisions on things like the mod, vaporizers, or e-juice. But, if you’d rather not invest in one, know that any lower-power device and tank setup will work just as well. With the JUUL popularizing nicotine salts, many other companies have since introduced other nicotine salt options. Devices such as the Aspire Breeze 2 is a popular choice to pair with nicotine salts.
Are Nicotine Salts Bad for You?
Is vaping nicotine salts bad for you? The answer isn’t a straight out no. The vaping of nicotine salts is safer than smoking the nicotine in regular cigarettes. And while you should keep in mind that nicotine is highly addictive, other than that, it has few health-risks. The high levels of nicotine in the salts lead to higher nicotine blood content in a shorter amount of time. Because of this, vaping salts might be more addictive than regular vape liquid. The benzoic acid is what gives you the smooth vape with nicotine salts. It hasn't been studied enough, but current studies suggest it can cause allergy-like reactions and coughing.
Who Should Use Nicotine Salts?
Nicotine salts came into use for former smokers and people with higher nicotine needs. They aren’t for everyone. Here are the main reasons you should give nicotine salts a try: You’re trying to break your cigarette habit and regular vape juice isn’t enough to still your nicotine cravings.
You’re a long time vaper looking for a smoother experience on your sub-ohm tank (remember that this requires using the lower level nicotine salts, like 10mg and under). You take a DIY approach to vaping and want to save money on your vaping habit. You’re looking for a more discreet way to vape, using a small device and foregoing filling the room with vape clouds.
A Note About Cloud-Chasers and Nicotine Poisoning
Please remember to never cloud-chase using nicotine salts. Yes, the feel is smoother than with regular vape juice. But, used with high-power devices, the nicotine content can lead to severe throat hits and nicotine poisoning. If you don't use a high-powered device with high-level nicotine salts, you won’t have to worry about poisoning. It takes between 500-1000 mg nicotine to induce poisoning. Apart from cloud-chasing with a high-powered device, you’d have to try hard to achieve this nicotine level. To reach similar levels of nicotine in your bloodstream you'd need to vape 10-15 JUUL pods back to back. Could nicotine poisoning happen? Yes, but with proper usage, it's not likely.
Where to Get Your Nicotine Salts
Nicotine salts come in a wide range of flavors and nicotine levels. Because they’re considered something of a newcomer in the vaping world, many vape shops don’t stock nicotine salts at all, or if they do, the selection is limited. It will likely be a while before you’ll be able to find a decent variety of nicotine salts at your local vape store. Lucky for you, at River City Vapes we always have several brands of nicotine salts on hand. Our nicotine salts come in three different nicotine levels (10 mg, 20 mg, and 30 mg). We also offer over 30 exciting flavor blends. You can’t go wrong with our shop! Whether you are in the mood for a creamy vanilla custard flavor, a sweet watermelon and berry blend, something fruity, minty, or the closest thing you will get to an ashtray without setting something on fire, at River City Vapes we have you covered.
Why You Should Use Nicotine Salts
There are several reasons to pick nicotine salts over regular vaping fluid. Here's a couple of them:
- It gives a faster nicotine hit. The nicotine salt gives you a faster nicotine hit than cigarettes. When smoking a regular cigarette, the nicotine hit takes 6-7 seconds to take effect. With vape juice, the process is even longer.
- It’s closer to smoking. If you’re looking to get rid of your dependence on regular cigarettes, nicotine salts are a great alternative. They mimic the nicotine rush you get from a cigarette better than any other vaping fluid on the market. If you struggle with nicotine cravings despite your vaping habit, nicotine salts might be just what you’ve been waiting for. It’s cheaper than regular vaping. Because of the high nicotine content, many users find that they can vape less and still get their nicotine fix. This makes nicotine salts a cheaper vaping option.
Do all these benefits mean that nicotine salts will replace regular vape juice? No. Until we find a way to combine cloud-chasing and nicotine salts, vaping is likely to stick around.