What Should I Know About Nicotine?
Most vapers and smokers have never heard of nic salts before all the recent buzz. However, nic salts have been around for a long time. In fact, many would argue that they are the only naturally-occurring nicotine out there, and that would definitely hold water. Actually, not only do we not know a lot about nicotine salts (as consumers), but we’re also uneducated about nicotine itself. It might come as a surprise to you, but tobacco leaves contain only nicotine salts, and no pure, freebase nicotine as you are used to in your regular e-juice.
In tobacco leaves, nicotine bonds with certain acids in the plant to create a more stable molecule. When that bonding happens, the result is a nicotine salt. There are different types of nicotine salts, depending on the acid involved in the whole process (citric, malic, lactic, etc). However, none of these salts are present in traditional cigarettes or regular e-juice. Regular, or freebase, nicotine was invented by the tobacco companies back in the 1960s. In fact, it was Phillip Morris that spearheaded the research to make cigarettes stronger and more addictive by adding ammonia to the nicotine to create an increased potency of their tobacco blends.
Why would Big Tobacco do that? Nicotine salts, while stable and available organically, are not absorbed by the human body as readily, and their addictive properties can’t compare with those of freebase nicotine. Today, the nicotine that’s found in cigarette smoke is 100% freebase and that increases its absorption dramatically. This type of nicotine crosses the blood-brain barrier quite easily, triggering a dopamine release more effectively than nicotine salts normally would. While nic salts are organic and readily available, they just weren’t addictive enough, so the tobacco industry spent millions of dollars ‘improving’ the formula in order to hook more unsuspecting smokers. If you want to learn more about Nicotine Salts, check out “Have You Heard of Nicotine Salt?” or “Why the Craze Over Nicotine Salts?” Call us at 480.488.8273 or stop in to Vape Escapes to learn more!