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What Is Salt Based Nicotine E-Liquid?

Nicotine is essential to any vaper’s experience. Most companies have used what’s called “freebase nicotine” in their e-liquid and vaping equipment. Freebase nicotine has been the industry standard for most vaping companies as part of their e-liquid.

But as the industry grows and scientists experiment with different ways to separate the nicotine from tobacco, a new way of creating e-liquid found naturally in tobacco can give the vaper a smoother experience, closer to that of a cigarette: salt-based e-liquid.  

Nicotine Salts

The popularity of nicotine salt-based e-liquid has increased as vapers find that it simulates the sensation of smoking cigarettes far smoother and closer to that of a traditional cigarette, and therefore a better choice for smokers who are trying to quit.

First, nicotine salts occur naturally in tobacco, and are much more stable than freebase compounds. Another difference is that nicotine salts require more heat to vaporize to allow them to be inhaled.

Second: one reported difference between freebase and salt-based nicotine is that the salts have much smoother throat hit when compared to freebase nicotine, which allows users to employ higher levels of nicotine more comfortably.

How Does That Compare To Freebase Nicotine?

Nicotine is a chemical base that is not very potent until protons are removed from the chemical composition. Nicotine absorbs protons which result in nicotine molecules becoming part of the composition called ions. Ions don’t move easily across membranes so they are less likely to affect the body. In order for nicotine to become potent, protons need to be removed in order for it to be converted into a “freebase” form.

In order to remove nicotine, companies add ammonia, which is negatively charged and removes the protons necessary for it to be freebase. Liquid ammonia also separates nicotine from the salts which allows it to be extracted with steam. This process turns nicotine into a freebase and allows it to become more available to the lungs, brain, and central nervous system.

Examples of Salt Based Juices

A number of vape manufacturers have begun using salt-based e-liquids. For example, there’s the SMPO starter kit which costs only $19.99 for a portable and easy-to-use pod mod that can be an easy buy for anyone looking to give vaping a try on a budget.

At Breazy, we also sell e-liquids for the starter kit, including the fruity two-pack pods which comes with the flavors of tart raspberry, and my personal favorite, blueberry, all made with specialized nicotine salts to give that smooth fruity richness.

There’s also NKD 100 Salt E Liquid which comes in a number of flavors: Lava Flow, Brain Freeze, and American Patriots, which tastes like the traditional tobacco flavor we’ve all grown to love, packaged as a salt e-liquid juice.