Nic Salts Guide – LiQuid
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Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Our LiQuid wizards have taken your favourite flavours and given taken them to the next level with our brand new nic salt formula! Don’t worry – we’re not talking about seasoning; Nicotine Salts are a brilliant alternative to the traditional “freebase” nicotine found in all your usual e-liquids. Nic Salts are specially modified to deliver stronger, longer lasting satisfaction without the throat hit typical of higher strength juices; seriously smooth with enough punch to beat your cravings whenever they arise!

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Nic Salt FAQ's

What are Nic Salts? How are they different to standard nicotine?

Nic Salt e-liquids use a modified form of nicotine that is designed to deliver a more satisfying and longer-lasting hit to help manage even the strongest cravings but without a harsh throat hit. Some Nic Salts occur naturally within the tobacco leaf but can also be created by adding a weak acid to a nicotine base, in science these combined elements are described as a “salt”, hence “Nic Salt”. The nicotine found in traditional e-liquids is called “freebase” – this is because concentrated nicotine is diluted into Propylene Glycol (PG) and is “freely” suspended in the “base” PG to create a mixture we can then accurately blend as part of our e-liquid recipes. Nic Salts are different – when manufactured, the nicotine is typically combined with an extra ingredient called an “organic acid”. While this might sound a little scary, these acids are perfectly safe, occur naturally in many other products we consume every day, and actually work for you! Nicotine is naturally very alkali, which is why at high strengths like 18mg, freebase/standard e-liquids typically deliver a harsh throat hit when vaped. The “organic acid” added when making a Nic Salt neutralises the alkali pH of the base nicotine, greatly reducing throat hit, allowing you to vape as much as 20mg while enjoying a smooth taste experience normally reserved for 6mg juices and below. Not only that, Nic Salts can actually permeate your blood/brain barrier with more ease than freebase, which results in a faster, more intense hit and leaves you feeling satisfied for far longer.

Are Nic Salts Safe? Do They Cause Side Effects Like Popcorn Lung? Will they damage my lungs?

All LiQuid products are subject to rigorous testing from start to finish, above and beyond traditional TPD regulations to ensure your total safety and satisfaction. Our Nic Salts are no different and are subject to strict quality controls to ensure they meet your standards every time. Public Health England’s landmark study has positioned vaping as 95% less harmful than smoking, and is yet to be disputed, with multiple subsequent studies consistently finding vaping to be a less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes including Yorkshire Cancer Research’s 2021 Vaping Demystified investigative film. Nicotine Salts have not been identified to cause any adverse health effects to date but research is still ongoing. Popcorn lung is not caused by nicotine, and is instead directly related to the component diacetyl, found in the flavourings used in poorly regulated e-liquid markets like the USA. In the UK such chemicals are banned from use in e-liquids and similar products thanks to strict TPD regulations designed to protect your health. While vaping is considered to be less harmful than smoking, inhaling anything other than fresh air will always pose an element of risk – always bear this in mind when deciding if vaping is right for you – if you have never smoked or vaped, don’t start!

Are Nic Salts actually Salty? Will They Dehydrate Me?

Thankfully no! Nic Salts have almost nothing in common with your table salt, Himalayan or otherwise! The reason we call them Nic “Salts” is purely down to science – when combining chemicals that create an ionically neutral product, this product is called a “salt” – By combining an organic acid with a nicotine base, the resulting mixture is scientifically classed as a “salt”, hence the nomenclature “Nic Salt”. Our LiQuid Nic Salt range packs all the delicious flavour you’re used to, carefully blended by our expert technicians – with no added salt!

What vape coils are best for using Nic Salts?

Most Nic Salt e-liquids will typically be available in high strengths only, most commonly 11 and 20mg. As such it is recommended that you try to use a device with a coil rating of 1.0ohm or higher. Most MTL (mouth-to-lung) style vaping devices will be well suited to Nic Salts such as the LiQuid Pro. Some devices even claim to be specifically designed to optimise the Nic Salt experience – so shop around! We stock a great selection of leading vape devices for you to choose from! While sub-ohm vaping of Nic Salts is not recommended for high strength products, the addition of a Nic Salt Shot to a Short Fill HVG (High Vegetable Glycerol) e-liquid will result in a much lower total strength, closer to 3 or 6mg. In these cases, you will be able to safely vape your Nic Salt juice with a coil of less than 0.9ohm and below (sub-ohm) – but ensure you take care to select the right type of e-liquid for the device you are using.

Where can I buy Nic Salts?

Right here at LiQuid! Shop the range now to find your new favourite or check out our Vape Hub to learn everything you need to know before starting your Nic Salt journey!

How are Nic Salts Measured?

Don’t worry, you won’t have to learn anything new to enjoy Nic Salts – they use the same units for measurement as any other e-liquid; mg/ml (often just referred to as “mg”) this means milligrams per millilitre. While often stronger than freebase e-liquids, Nic Salts will still have familiar information on the label, for example: “20mg” or “11mg”.

Are Nic Salts better for me?

While research is still ongoing, Nic Salts have not been linked to any risks beyond any of those posed by traditional e-liquids (which are very minor). Depending on the needs of your vaping journey, you may find Nic Salts to be better for you in other ways than those concerning health. Due to the deeper, longer lasting satisfaction delivered by its unique properties, a Nic Salt e-liquid could last you a lot longer than a normal bottle as you may find your cravings are manageable while consuming far less juice – better for your body and better for your wallet! Equally, the increased stability of Nic Salts mean they remain at their best for longer, cause less coughing thanks to the reduced throat hit and provide a very efficient way to vape, while making the switch from smoking a much more manageable process.

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What’s the difference between Nic Salts and Nic Shots? What is a Nic Salt Shot?

All LiA Nic Shot is a high strength (usually 18mg) HVG 10ml e-liquid, designed to be exclusively added to a Short Fill product with a PG/VG ratio that matches the shot, adding up to two of these to a Short Fill allows for custom Nicotine dosing. For example: adding 1 x 10ml 18mg HVG Nic Shot to a 50ml 0mg HVG LiQuid Short Fill = 60ml of 3mg HVG juice – because they are both HVG, there is no dilution, and the e-liquid will perform properly. Nic Salts are not to be confused with Nic Shots as they use a different type of nicotine altogether and can be vaped by themselves – Do not vape a Nic Shot by itself! Nic Salt Shots are simply a Nic Shot that uses Nic Salt instead of freebase nicotine, but functions just like the shot described above.

Can I mix different Nic Salts?

All LiQuid Nic Salts use Nicotine Salicylate, but this is just one of many types of Nic Salt available on the market. We would not recommend mixing different types of Nic Salt without first doing the proper research. You can however mix up different LiQuid Nic Salt flavours in your tank as you see fit! Fancy Mixing Blackcurrant and Heizen? Go for it! All our Salts use the same ingredients with the exception of our premium flavourings, so you can be confident in combining them safely – just ensure the strengths match to avoid inaccurate dosing!

I’ve seen 50mg Nic Salts, is this too much?

The international vaping market is quite different to the UK and EU. We have strict regulations and quality standards that must be adhered to in order for us to ensure your satisfaction and safety. One of these regulations imposed as a part of TPD, restricts the total strength of nicotine in an e-liquid to a maximum of 20mg. If you see a 50mg Nic Salt product being sold in the UK, this is illegal – these extreme strengths are found exclusively in the USA and China as well as other less regulated markets. Best practice defines 20mg as the most you should ever need from your vape, anything higher invites increased risk of nausea, headaches and the other understood side-effects of nicotine overdosing.

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