I am definitely not a chemist, but I’ve had the chance to try a few different nicotine salt e-liquids and was curious about the difference. I noticed a quicker hit, more similar in feeling to a traditional cigarette and think that these e-liquids are a great option for anyone who has already tried vaping and who has not yet been successful.
Up until now, the industry usually used ‘freebase nicotine’. Basically, nicotine itself is a base which is not very strong: the protons must be removed in order to prevent the nicotine molecules from becoming ions. Ions do not move through membranes very well and therefore do not affect the body much. De-protonating the nicotine or making it ‘freebase’ allows it to do so.
In order to create freebase nicotine companies use a negatively charged ammonia which strips away protons. After separating the nicotine from the salts it is able to be extracted with steam.
Nicotine salt was discovered when experts explored the differences in chemical composition between cigarettes and e-cigarettes: nicotine salts instead of free-base nicotine increased nicotine blood absorption. However, salt requires more heat in order to be inhaled and absorbed properly.
Nicotine salts are the natural state of nicotine in the tobacco leaf.
Nicotine salt e-liquids are able to give a smoker satisfaction more similar to a cigarette. This is in part due to the nicotine itself being smoother: a user is able to go with a higher nicotine strength before feeling uncomfortable. Nicotine salts are typically used in a high resistance low wattage set-up (most often closed or semi-closed system), in high PG e-liquid in order to achieve instant nicotine satisfaction.
The Salt Nix flavours @ 180 Smoke are available in 2% (20mg) or 4% (40mg). The 20mg would be recommended for someone vaping 6mg freebase nic or smoking less than 3/4’s of a pack a day. The 40mg would be recommended for vapers using 12mg freebase nic or smokers over 1 pack a day.