How Much Do You Know About Nicotine and Vaping?
The continual rise in the cost of smoking is driving more and more people to turn away from smoking cigarettes and find an alternative. Many are choosing vaping and a vape device as a form of nicotine replacement therapy, and fully understanding your Nicotine usage is important when beginning any quest to give cigarettes up. Most manufacturers of vaping liquid are moving away from the traditional type of nicotine and switching to a newer form with a different manufacturing process. In this short piece, we will discuss both types of nicotine, their use through history, how they are produced, and their different characteristics.
The European Development of Nicotine
The Tobacco plant originated in South and Central America as a drink and medicine and was brought back to Europe in the fifteen hundreds; nicotine was then isolated by German chemists in 1828 and originally thought to be poisonous. Nicotine is chemically known as a salt and is not easily absorbed by the body. Tobacco producers led by Marlboro devised a chemical process that created a form of nicotine called Freebase, which allowed the nicotine to be more easily absorbed into the body via its cigarette form. The chemical production process uses ammonia to increase PH levels which means when burnt, it is quickly absorbed by the lungs, but this also creates a harsh sensation as the strength of the nicotine increases.
A Newer Form of Nicotine
A relatively recent development of a newer type of nicotine uses the same nicotine salts in tobacco but uses a different chemical manufacturing process. Salt nic is manufactured using natural acids to alter its chemical makeup; instead of increasing the PH levels as Freebase does, it lowers the PH. The nicotine is then absorbed at a lower temperature giving the vaper a much smoother vaping experience. Salt nic also has a further important quality in that it allows higher doses to be added to e-liquid with no increase in harshness or decrease in vapour output. These characteristics are the reason why it is becoming the nicotine type of choice for vape shop manufacturers looking to produce the high-grade e cig juice for discerning vapers.
Understanding Nicotine When Mixing E-Liquids
As Nic salt produces a less harsh vape than the alternative Freebase, it is considered the best option for the vaper who mixes their own vape juice. As much as 50mg of Nic salt shots can be combined with shortfill e-liquid without any disagreeable harshness increase. The vaper should remember that this will dilute the tasty flavour of the host shortfill liquid. An increase in Salt nic levels will result in vaping less as more nicotine is absorbed in fewer puffs of vapour.
With the continual development of e-liquids preferring the newer form of nicotine, it should see a phasing out of the freebase type of nicotine sometime in the future.
Wherever your vaping journey is headed, you are now better informed about the choices you can make and the effects of the different forms of nicotine in your e-liquid.