Firstly, let’s start by countering a big misconception about Nic Salts. They aren’t salts as we’d normally envisage them on chips or in a salt shaker. The salt in Nicotine Salts refers to the chemical make-up of the nicotine in the formula, which uses a specific kind of organic nicotine salt in e-liquid form in order to deliver a smooth hit at high strengths.
First came freebase nicotine
Before we get into the nitty gritty of what Nic Salts are, it's important to know how they’re different from regular e-liquids. The standard e-liquid that you’ll see sold uses what is known as freebase nicotine. Freebase nicotine is a pure and refined form of nicotine with a high, alkaline pH level. It was developed in the 1960’s by the big cigarette corporations of the day in order to feed consumer desire for an addictive form of nicotine. Due to ammonia being added, nicotine particles are absorbed into the body across organic membranes much more effectively than natural, unrefined nicotine. This is what makes freebase such a potent form of nicotine delivery.
Enter Nicotine Salt vape e-liquids
Freebase nicotine is used in the majority of e-liquids as an industry standard because when it’s added to carriers liquids they deliver an overall e-liquid with a consistent level of nicotine. One of the downfalls of freebase however, is that when vaping at high nicotine strengths it can create a harsh hit at the back of the throat due to the nature of it being alkaline. This can be unpleasant for new vapers who are using high nicotine strengths in order to transition from smoking cigarettes and can end up being off-putting. This pitfall left a consumer desire for a nicotine alternative with less alkalinity to use at high strengths: enter Nicotine Salt e-liquids
How and why Nicotine Salts work
The nicotine in Nicotine Salt vape juice is an organic form of nicotine which has acids added to it, such as Salicylic acid, which can occur naturally in the body. This works to counter any alkalinity by reducing the pH level of the nicotine and creating a more neutral chemical make-up. This then helps to significantly reduce the caustic effect on the throat when vaping that high strength freebase e-liquids can generate, giving a much smoother overall vaping experience. Other benefits are that the acid changes the way that the nicotine is absorbed into the body, increasing effectiveness and speed of absorption in order to give a rapid and satisfying nicotine rush. Nic Salts can therefore deliver a stronger initial hit than freebase e-liquids.
How to start using Nic Salts
To get started with Nic Salts, the buying and refilling experience will be the same as with a freebase nicotine because they are both types of e-liquids that you can buy onsite and which come as freepour liquids which are poured into an open tank vaping device from a bottle. As with freebase nicotine e-liquids, Nic Salt vape juice comes in a variety of flavours to try.