Frequently Asked Questions
Nic salts, or nicotine salts, are found in leaf tobacco as a naturally-occurring type of nicotine. Thanks to their chemical make-up, nic salts are one of the fastest and most effective ways for the body to absorb nicotine - satiating your cravings quickly and with only a few puffs. Nic salts also have a much smoother and satisfying throat hit, as well as a longer shelf life than regular e-liquids.
Because of this unique quality, nic-salt e-liquids make it possible to vape much higher nicotine-strength e-juices with minimal harshness. Nicotine salts are ideal for MTL or mouth-to-lung vaping and are not suited for sub-ohm vaping or high-powered devices.
Nic salts are different from ‘freebase’ nicotine in a few important ways. Nic salt is a form of nicotine that is naturally found in tobacco leaves. These salts not only contain nicotine, but also other organic components as well, to which this nicotine is bonded. Nic salts also have a relatively neutral ph level of around 7, which gives a smoother throat hit.
In the case of pure or freebase nicotine, the nicotine is not bonded to other compounds, and they have a ph level of around 9. That’s why, as you vape higher strength e-liquids made from freebase nicotine, you’ll notice more throat harshness. Studies have shown that the presence of these additional elements in nicotine salts makes nicotine absorption easier and faster for our bodies.
Nic salts are created by combining nicotine in its purest form with an organic compound like benzoic acid. Alternatively, other organic acids can only be used to bond the nicotine. This process kickstarts a chemical reaction that creates the nic salts.
Nic salts come in a wide range of strengths, so you should choose a strength that works for you and your needs.
If you used to smoke around 5 to 10 cigarettes a day, then a 6 to 10mg strength nic salt will work well for you. However, if you were used to smoking around an entire pack a day, then you could go for 20mg straight away, or start with 10mg and top up the tank with a 20mg variant if the hit is not strong enough.
If you’re an ex-smoker who’s used to smoking more than a pack a day, then 20mg nic strength and above would offer a better and easier transition from smoking to vaping.