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Nicotine Salts

Vaping is an excellent way for current smokers to transition from cigarettes to a better alternative while still managing to handle their nicotine. If you are someone who was recently a smoker and have just transitioned to vaping e-juice, you may have noticed that the hits produced by e-liquids with high nicotine levels can be extremely harsh. You may have not felt as though the vape has not been satisfying as your average cigarette. These problems are common with smokers. Luckily, there is a solution to these kinds of issues that occur when you switch from cigarettes to vaping e-cigs or disposable vaporizer pen sticks.

This solution are nicotine salts. This article will give you an introduction to these useful substances and why you should be incorporating them into your vaping sessions.

What are Nicotine Salts?

Despite their name, nicotine salts are, in fact, not rocks of nicotine that are put into your vape and vaporized. Nicotine salts are actually a similar consistency as regular e-juices one minor change. Normal e-juices contain nicotine that is extracted from tobacco. This means that the nicotine that is mixed in with the e-juice is extremely pure. Although this would seem like a good thing, nicotine has naturally high pH levels. This means that it is acidic and when it is inhaled, it creates a harsh feeling that burns the throat.

Nicotine solves this problem by adding an acid known as Benzoic Acid. When this acid is added to the nicotine, it lowers the pH levels of the nicotine contained within the e-juice, making it much easier to inhale. This addition of Benzoic Acid is what separates nicotine salts from the typical e-juices containing nicotine in its freebase form.


One of the major benefits that results from the combination of nicotine and Benzoic acid is the fact that nicotine is made less harsh.  This makes it easier to inhale when you are trying to vape larger amounts of nicotine. However, there are a host of other benefits that come with vaping nicotine salts that should also be mentioned. Here are a few of those nicotine salts benefits.

Easier to Quit Cigarettes

Because nicotine allows users to inhale larger amounts of nicotine safely, this makes it more effective for smokers who are trying to quit cigarettes because they will be able to get the higher levels of nicotine that they are used to getting when they smoke multiple cigarettes a day.

Different Favors

The issue with vape juices that contain larger quantities of pure nicotine is that the nicotine itself can be quite overwhelming in terms of flavor. Nicotine tends to overpower the intended flavors of the e-juice that you are using in your vaporizer. Nicotine salts make it a better flavor experience that will allow you to enjoy your e-juice as the manufacturer intended.

Benzoic Acid

The addition of the Benzoic Acid to the nicotine makes it easier for the nicotine to be absorbed into the body quicker than pure nicotine would. For those who are accustomed to taking in larger quantities of nicotine, these hits will give you the experience that you’re looking for.

Longer Shelf Life

Compared to e-juices that contain pure nicotine, e-juices that feature nicotine salts tend to last longer. This may not be such a useful feature for those who go through e-juice quickly and only purchase it when they need it. Those who stockpile should go for nicotine salts so that way you won’t have to worry about your e-juices going bad when you are not using them.

Save Money

E-juices containing nicotine salts are very cost-effective products. If you previously smoked and you have transitioned to vaping, you may have noticed that you have to use a lot of vape juice in order to get the amount of nicotine you were previously accustomed to smoking. Nicotine salts, on the other hand, provide the same level and deliver a similar experience in less hits. This means that you don’t have to keep going through e-juices at a rapid rate in order to ease your cravings. This saves you more money in the long run simply by switching to a juice that can handle more nicotine.

    Overall, there are plenty of reasons why one may want to make the switch from e-juices containing pure nicotine to e-juices that contain nicotine salts. These reasons above are some of the most convincing arguments as to why one should make that transition.

    What are Pods?

    New all in one vapes like the Aspire Spryte contain pod cartridges. A vape pod is a cartridge that comes pre-filled or not filled with e-juice. When you purchase a vaporizer or a starter kit, these pods will often be available with your first purchase. They are then purchased separately and attached to your vaporizer when you are ready to begin vaping.

    You may be following up this questions with an equally important question, why do we use nicotine salts in pods? Nicotine salts were designed specifically to be used with devices that utilized pods and with other such low-powered devices. This is because pod systems tend to have better heating and more consistency. The Benzoic Acid combined with the nicotine serves to allow the nicotine to be vaporized at much lower levels. This is why they work so well with pod systems as they are not as overpowered as other vaporizer device setups.

    It is important that you do not use nicotine salt e-juices with your high-powered tanks.

    Difference Between Freebase and Nicotine Salts

    Much like the term “nicotine salts”, you shouldn’t let the term “freebase nicotine” confuse you. However, it is very simple to differentiate freebase nicotine and nicotine salts.

    Freebase nicotine is a term that describes nicotine that is extracted from tobacco and remains in its pure form. Most e-Liquids on the market will cause harsher throat hits at higher levels, contain freebase nicotine. Anytime you see freebase nicotine on packaging, just know that it refers to pure nicotine that was added to the e-juice.

    Nicotine salts are is nicotine that has been combined with Benzoic Acid in order to produce a product that would allow for better nicotine absorption, a drop in pH levels, and the ability for low-powered vaporizers to vaporize the nicotine with less heat.

    So, what is the difference between freebase and nicotine salts? One is the all-natural form that is extracted from tobacco and the other is combined with Benzoic Acid.

    Nicotine Strength

    The best thing about nicotine salts is that they come in a variety of different strengths to suit whatever needs you may have. If you were previously a light to medium smoker who is trying to quit or who is trying to replace their current habit with a healthier alternative, you are probably only going to need something that contains anywhere from 3 milligrams to 12 milligrams. (Extremely low doses are also perfect for those who want to enjoy the overall flavor of their vape juice.)

    If you were more than an occasional smoker, you might be looking for anywhere from 18 milligrams to 24 milligrams. If you were a heavy smoker would go through several packs each day, you might need anywhere from 24 milligrams to up to 50 milligrams or more, depending on your individual needs.

    In this section, we also must touch upon how you can identify different nicotine strengths. On packaging, different nicotine strengths will be measured by mg/mL or milligrams per milliliter, although they will often remove the milliliter section.

    The lower the nicotine amount, the less you will be taking in and the higher the nicotine levels, the more you will be taking in. You will have to experiment but the general guidelines above should allow you to gauge the amount of nicotine you should have in your vape juice when you first make the switch from smoking to vaping.

    The term “nicotine salts” can be daunting to those who have not yet learned about nicotine and their application in e-juices. However, nicotine salts are simply nicotine that have an added acid to produce more desirable effects for vapers who need the nicotine.