Nicotine Salts vs “Freebase” Nicotine
A Brief Overview of Nicotine Salts vs “Freebase” Nicotine:
It is pretty well known by now that the vaping industry is very similar to the cell phone industry in that, as soon as you get a new device, there is a newer, better model out seemly the next day. The biggest change to the industry lately has been the introduction of the new “salt-based” nicotine flavors and the emergence of smaller “pod” style devices.
What is “freebase” nicotine?
“Freebase” nicotine is the most commonly used nicotine in your e-liquids right now. It is derived from tobacco plants and has a high pH content which is what gives you that throat hit and the feeling of actually smoking. This type of nicotine builds up slowly in your system, so while it does take more time to be satisfied with freebase nicotine, it will keep your nicotine cravings satisfied for a longer period of time. This type of nicotine can be used in lower wattage devices as well as in more powerful sub-ohm devices.
What is “salt-based” nicotine?
Salt-based nicotine was first created and patented by Pax Labs, Inc. They found that if they added Benzoic Acid during the process they could create a nicotine with a lower pH level which means it is less harsh on the throat. Salt-based nicotine also opens up the capillaries and allows the nicotine to be absorbed into the blood stream much quicker. This results in a much smoother hit despite the fact that it is a higher concentration of nicotine. This is perfect for people who use smaller wattage devices and the new “pod-style” systems.
So which type of nicotine is best for me?
Both types of nicotine’s have advantages and disadvantages, but it all boils down to what YOU like best. If you want to be stealthy and sneak a couple quick puffs while at work or somewhere out and about, the immediate rush and small clouds provided by the nicotine salts would be ideal. However, if the feeling of the big hits and the visual of the clouds when you exhale is what helps keep you off cigarettes then the freebase nicotine is for you.
If you do have additional questions please feel free to stop by either of our locations to speak with any of our amazing associates and try out both types of nicotine.