Nic Salts Explained

Nic Salts are a term that’s started to make a bit of noise for itself in the vaping community. The science behind Nic Salts is slightly complicated to understand even for experienced vapers. So, we’re here to Nic guide you through the world of Nic Salts.

What are Nic Salts?

Nicotine Salts, Salt Nicotine, Nic Salts and Salt Nic all mean the same thing. It’s a crystallised form of nicotine. In other words, Nic Salt is a manmade version of the same nicotine that derives from a natural tobacco leaf.

So, how is it made?

We don’t want to bog you down with too much scientific jargon so here’s the basics:

  •       Nicotine in tobacco leaves are bound to amino acids.
  •       A chemical process is used to extract nicotine from these acids to give us free base nicotine, which is the type of nicotine in most normal e-liquids.
  •       Scientists adjust the pH levels of this free base nicotine to create nicotine salts.

What are the advantages?

Satisfaction: The main thing that fans of Nicotine Salts will tell you is that they provide a quicker delivery of nicotine to the system than ‘traditional’ e-liquids. Lots of Nic Salt users say that it gives you a nicotine rush that’s closer to the sensation of smoking a cigarette.

They’re smoother: The way that Nicotine Salts vaporise mean that they provide a much smoother delivery of vapour. This means that vapers who need more nicotine will find they can do so much more comfortably with Nic Salts.

What are the disadvantages?

Too much: Whilst recent ex-smokers and heavy vapers will enjoy the nicotine hit provided by Nicotine Salts, people who were lighter smokers or those who have become accustomed to vaping may find it too much. The instant nicotine absorption can give you headaches and nausea if you’re not used to it.

Limited options: Nicotine salt-based liquid will only suit certain mods. They are most widely used with pod systems. They can be used with other vaporisers, but the salt-base can burn out the coil in some tanks.

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