Nicotine Salts vs. Freebase Nicotine – Everything You Need to Know

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Nicotine salts are the newest wave in the vaping community, with many well known companies putting out their own versions such as iBliss and Seven Monkeys.

But what exactly are nicotine salts and how do they differ from the regular, freebase nicotine that we are all familiar with?

Many find that nicotine salts provide a smoother throat hit without having to compromise with a weaker nicotine level. Often, when one wants to go higher in nic level with freebase nic, it results in a harsher throat hit that many find unpleasant. For example, an 18MG strength salt nicotine would feel smoother on the throat than an 18MG freebase e-liquid. This is one of the main reasons why salt nicotine has risen in popularity more recently.

To understand why this is the case, there is some science involved. Salt nicotine has a lower pH level and therefore lowers its alkalinity, while freebase nicotine has a higher pH level and higher alkalinity. To put it more simply, the lower the alkalinity the smoother the hit will be. This is why you can smoke such high levels of nicotine without a painful throat hit using nicotine salts versus freebase nicotine. 

This benefit does come with a few things you should consider before trying salt nicotine. Because you are able to vape such a high concentration of nicotine with salt nics, you must vape it at a lower wattage level. Salt nicotine is perfect for pod systems, and would not be ideal for those using box mods with sub ohm tanks or RDAs because of the high wattage.

Another benefit is that salt nicotine takes less time to get absorbed into the body versus freebase nicotine, because of its composition. This also means that you need to vape less in order to feel the nicotine, and this could save you money long term because you would be buying less e-juice.

Nicotine salts are a great option for those trying to transition from smoking to vaping. A popular example of a salt nic pod system would be the Juul. Many smokers have gravitated towards the Juul because of the satisfying hit you get with the salt nic that they use for their pod system. If you like the buzz that you get with high nic levels, but you don’t want to vape for long periods of time then you would probably enjoy using salt nicotine.

One thing that might be a tradeoff for those looking to try out salt nicotine is the flavour of the juice itself. Salt nicotine has a lighter flavour compared to freebase nicotine. Some may not mind this, and it likely won’t matter for those trying to quit smoking. But this could be an issue for long time vapers using sub ohm tanks or RDAs.

Some people also find that salt nicotine stops their cravings for cigarettes from coming back, but if you are an all-day vaper and just want to smoke something during the day for long periods of time then a traditional vaporizer with a sub ohm tank using freebase nicotine might be beneficial for you instead. And, if you are a cloud chaser, it’s best to stick with freebase nicotine. But if you prefer something more discreet then go for salt nicotine.

Hopefully taking all these benefits and drawbacks into consideration will help you decide if salt nicotine is the right product for you. It really boils down to what type of experience you are looking for. If you are more interested in the instant effects from vaping nicotine then go for salt nicotine. If you prefer to look at vaping as more of a hobby and the flavour of the juice is more important to you, then freebase nicotine might be more appealing. The good news is that now there are many options for different types of vapers, and you can most definitely find the right products that suit your needs.

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