More and more e-liquid brands are now releasing juices with something called “nicotine salt”. But what exactly is nicotine salt, and how is it different from the nicotine you find in other e-liquids?
What is nicotine salt?
Nicotine Salt is the naturally occurring state of nicotine that is found in tobacco leaves (i.e., in cigarettes, cigars and shisha). This extracted nicotine in e-liquid is known to mimic the throat hit and absorption rate of tobacco, while avoiding the tar and carcinogens that come with traditional smoking methods. Because of its smoothness, nicotine salt e-liquid is available in higher strengths of nicotine than other e-liquids. However, the absorption rate of nicotine salt e-liquid is much faster than other e-liquids, so it is recommended to be used in lower wattage devices ONLY in order to avoid excessive nicotine intake.
Nicotine found most commonly in e-liquids is called freebase nicotine and can be thought of as pure nicotine. E-liquids containing freebase nicotine will produce a harsher throat hit. Because of this, are offered in lower nicotine strengths.
What are the benefits of nicotine salt?
Although nicotine salt e-liquids require a lower power device, they are often observed as a better option for replacing tobacco. The similar sensation, higher concentration, and more balanced absorption rate mean that it’s easier to be satisfied by fewer puffs, making smoking that much simpler to leave behind.
What are the benefits of freebase nicotine?
One major benefit of freebase nicotine is that it’s readily available at any vape store. Freebase nicotine is the type of nicotine you would find in any e-liquid that does not specifically indicate that it contains nicotine salt. Aside from that, freebase nicotine e-liquid is more suitable for higher wattage or sub-ohm devices, and is available in lower nicotine strengths. Freebase nicotine e-liquid are also the best option for vapers who prefer a harsher throat hit.
Stay safe with nicotine salt
When using nicotine salt e-liquid, it’s important to be aware of potential dangers, some of which are generalized to all nicotine e-liquid, and some specific to nicotine salt.
Keep any nicotine products in a safe place where children and pets cannot access them—any kind of nicotine can be fatal if ingested by children or pets
If you get any nicotine e-liquid on your skin, wash it immediately with warm water and soap—nicotine can irritate the skin, and in cases of high concentration, can lead to burns
Only use nicotine salt e-liquid with a low wattage device—due to the smoothness and almost immediate absorption rate of nicotine salt e-liquid, nicotine overdose can be possible when ingested, vaped rapidly or used in a high wattage, sub-ohm device. Be on the lookout for signs of nicotine overdose, including
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Muscle twitching/tremors
If you are experiencing these symptoms severely, please seek immediate medical treatment.