Ever wondered, what is this new craze of nicotine salts is all about? 

Why is everyone in your favorite Vape Store suddenly raving about them? And “What are they”?

Nicotine salts are a new trend that most vapers and smokers are flocking towards, as it proves to be excellent for people who are looking for an alternative for their cigarettes. Nicotine salts allow their consumers to vape high levels of nicotine, without having a rough throat. Consequently, the consumer ends up vaping less frequently because they are already getting what they crave in significant amounts.  Therefore, consuming nicotine salts is ideal for people who relish the lightheadedness, without having to consume the products all the time. 

Most cigarette smokers are familiar with the rough throat sensation that is produced when they transition to vapes. This can be a major turn off for smokers, as they are already compromising on the level of the buzz that cigarettes give. This can also be problematic to new vapers who are trying to know how to get their nicotine fixes. Since consumption of nicotine salts save the consumers from getting that nasty rough throat, it is hardly surprising why smokers and vapers are so drawn to nicotine salts.

However, there is very little knowledge about nicotine salts and people usually wonder why it is beneficial and how different it is from freebase nicotine.

What is freebase nicotine?

The e-juices that most vapers are familiar with are composed of freebase nicotine. This method of vaping with e-liquid is as old as the 1960s.

Comparative to other derivatives of nicotine, the free base nicotine is the purest and the most potent form of nicotine. When this pure nicotine is heated by a battery, it almost immediately dissolves in your brain and your lungs, that is why you get a sharp sensation in your chest every time you vape.

What are nicotine salts? 

Nicotine salts are the natural state of nicotine that is found in tobacco leaves. In comparison to freebase nicotine, nicotine salts are less volatile or reactive and more stable. Nicotine salts take longer and require higher temperatures to vaporise and also they do not easily travel to the nicotine receptors in your body.

Now you might be wondering, how nicotine salts are considered more convenient? 

There is a secret ingredient in nicotine salts responsible for this, Benzoic acid!


There are two main purposes served by benzoic acid:

  1. It helps in the melting of nicotine in lower temperatures and pH levels. This also aids in producing smoother throat hits.
  2. Benzoic acid helps in the chemical reaction that makes the nicotine far more absorbable than the free base of nicotine. 

This all means that benzoic acid present in nicotine salts make you vape comfortably, as it makes it easier for your body to consume the high levels of nicotine.

Difference between freebase nicotine and nicotine salts?

What separates nicotine free base from nicotine salts, is the difference in the vaping experience. Freebase nicotine has a much higher pH level and therefore it gravely affects the alkalinity of the human body. Moreover, the free base also produces a harsher taste. On the other hand, the nicotine salts have a lower pH level due to the presence of benzoic acid, consequently producing smoother hits and making vaping more bearable.

Although nicotine salts are not the most effective way of delivering nicotine to your body. Vape companies have made the nicotine salts to travel through human bodies with much more ease than freebase nicotine. This is all due to the benzoic acid added to the salts, making nicotine more readily absorbable and effective.

Devices to use NICS Salts

One thing a vape should always keep in mind is that nicotine salts work best in lower wattage devices. Therefore, it is strongly recommended for vapers to avoid high powered batteries with nic salts.

 A vaper should always use sub-ohmic devices to vape nic salts of  50 mg, as adding more amounts of salt will turn your vaping experience fairly unpleasant.


Vaping devices that work best with nic salts have a low and sleek profile. They also produce very low wattages, making you get vapour only when you inhale from the mouthpiece. This not only saves lots of energy and money but also helps to make vaping very user-friendly. 

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