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What Are Nic Salts?

What are nic salts

Matthew Abercrombie |

Smokers looking to move away from traditional cigarettes often turn to vaping. However, because vaping does not contain sufficient levels of nicotine, many are unsuccessful. 

Moreover, since the EU has limited e-liquids to a maximum strength of 2% nicotine, smokers do not get the satisfaction from vaping as they do from traditional cigs. 

Nic salts provide a solution. 

Nicotine salts are a type of e-liquid that is made from extracts of nicotine found in tobacco plants. Crystallised extracts are inserted into e-liquids in its purest form which subsequently delivers a longer-lasting nicotine hit. 

in short, nicotine salt is ideal for vapers that want a satisfying dose of nicotine without feeling a harsh grating sensation at the back the throat. 

As a replacement for cigarettes, Nic salts are the best vaping option available. They are suitable for smokers that have regular nicotine cravings. If you are 20-a-day smoker, Nic salts are the only vaping solution that will satisfy your need for a nicotine fix.

What’s more, if you want to stop smoking altogether, start with Nic salts and gradually ween yourself off by going on to smoother, fruity e-juices which are more about the flavour. 

Benefits of Nic Salts 

Instant Gratification: Nic Salts deliver a nicotine fix in six or seven seconds. Freebase nicotine e-liquids takes a lot longer because it has to be absorbed by the body and built up. 

Last Longer: Because Nic salts give you instant nicotine hit, they last longer than conventional e-liquids. Also, because the chemical compound is pure, the strength of the nicotine stored in the vape does not weaken. 

Better Than Sub-Ohm: This may be a contentious statement among the sub-ohm community, but some Nic Salt users have switched devices because Nic salts use less vape than a sub-ohm.

Smoother hit: When manufacturers tried to replicate the nicotine hit in conventional vapes it didn’t work because the coarseness on the back of the throat was too harsh. The crystallised compound, however, delivers a smoother experience that does not feel like the skin is being ripped out of your throat. 

Less Health Risk: For years, it was believed that nicotine was the main ingredient of cigarettes that caused illness. Recent studies have learned that it is. In fact, tobacco is the dangerous substance and not nicotine. 

How are Nic Salts Made?

Nicotine salt is found in tobacco leaves and contains other compounds and protons. Scientists discovered that by removing the protons from the salt and adding food-grade benzoic acid, the Nic salts do not lose any of their potency and deliver a smoother hit at the same time.

The protons are removed by soaking the salts in ammonia which turns the nicotine into a gas. This naturally makes it easier to vape. It also reaches the lungs quicker and reaches the brain more easily. 

Interesting factTobacco companies have used ammonia in their products to cure tobacco since the 1960s. It helps to add more flavour and remove carcinogens. 

Nic Salts v Conventional E-Liquids 

When heavy smokers try vaping in an attempt to quit smoking, they typically fail. The reason for that is because conventional e-liquids do not contain sufficient amounts of nicotine. 

However, it is not only the nicotine compound, it is the sensation that comes with it. Standard e-liquids don’t deliver nicotine into the bloodstream unless it is vaped at a high temperature.

Studies have shown, that Vaping at high temperatures produces formaldehyde-containing compounds from the propylene glycol (PG). Although the results are yet to be proven, medical experts believe this could increase the risk of leukaemia and nasopharyngeal cancer.

Nic salts are also less severe than freebase nicotine. For example, if you were to vape at 12 mg or higher with a standard e-juice, it hurts the back of your throat. Nic salt e-liquids contain between 25—50 mg/ml with the harshness.

The smoothness is thanks to the addition of benzoic acid which reduce pH levels. Some vapers say, a higher nicotine content in standard e-liquids also weakens the flavour. 

 Another problem you may encounter with standard e-juices is that you need to experiment with various strengths of nicotine content to find the one that suits your preferences. 

 If you’re a regular smoker, your body will be used to a certain dosage and the cravings probably won’t be satisfied by conventional e-liquids. 

 Studies show Nic salts are more efficient in delivering nicotine into the bloodstream. This has been corroborated with users that say Nic salts give you an almost instant nicotine rush and effectively satisfies cravings.

Types of Nic Salt Brands 

 Vapeology stock a range of premium Nic salts including: 

  • Ohm Brew
  • Anachist
  • Wick Liquor
  • DR Frost
  • Ultimate Salts


Should You Buy Nic Salts? 

We’ll be honest with you; whilst Nicotine salts offer significant advantages, they are not for everybody. Some people simply prefer freebase nicotine found in cigarettes. 

Having said that, you won’t know whether vaping offers an alternative solution to traditional cigarettes until you’ve tried Nic salts. 

Because Nic salts contain a higher nicotine content than standard e-liquids, it gets into your bloodstream quicker and satisfies your cravings for a smoke instantly. 

Moreover, because the complex chemical process removes the impurities typically associated with nicotine-based e-juices, you will not feel an unbearable harshness on the back of your throat. 

What’s more, nicotine is not addictive. It was demonised for years before scientists thought to actually perform tests that would ultimately shatter that myth. 

 Subsequently, vaping offers a gateway that can help smokers move away from smoking cigarettes which are known to cause health issues. 

If you’re new to Nic salts or vaping in general, contact us and speak to one of our knowledgeable team. We’re more than happy to answer your questions and offer guidance. 

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