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December 07, 2017

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What are Nicotine Salts?

1. NICOTINE SALTS EXPLAINED

Nicotine salts are the natural state of nicotine in the tobacco leaf. They are compounds consisting of free base nicotine bound to one or more organic constituents. Naturally, nicotine does not exist on its own in the tobacco leaf. Rather, it is linked by hydrogen bonding or other inter-molecular forces to organic molecules on the tobacco leaves. Combinations of different organic constituents can be selected to harness the differing properties of nicotine inhalation character, such as making nicotine either pack a punch, or reduce irritation and bite.

2. NICOTINE SALTS VS. FREE BASE NICOTINE

Standard free base nicotine is a single molecule, while nicotine salts are complexes. Nicotine salt is much more suitable to vaporization due to its preferential inhalation characteristics. Nicotine salts also offer a way of stabilizing the nicotine molecule. This extends the shelf life of nicotine, by means of making it is less prone to oxidation.

3. NICOTINE SALT & BLOOD ABSORPTION

Nicotine salts possess a different pH than that of free base nicotine. Some nicotine salts may be closer to the biological pH of certain membrane locations in the esophagus and lungs. Therefore, nicotine salts exhibit differing inhalation and absorption properties. For instance, by delivering nicotine into the bloodstream both faster and more efficiently, the user will have an experience bearing more semblance to combustible cigarettes.

4. HOW IS IT MADE? (SHORT VERSION)

Nicotine salts are extracted from the tobacco leaves and then both fractionally distilled and chromatographed differently than standard nicotine. They are natural products isolated from tobacco leaves, or can be linked synthetically/chemically.

5. BENEFITS OF NICOTINE SALT

Taking a step back from the science behind nicotine slats, what is the benefit vs regular nicotine found in most e-liquids? 

A. You’ll get more nicotine, more quickly: In general, nicotine salts paired with the right device seem to get nicotine to your blood more quickly.  This experience is more closely resemble the experience of users with combustable tobacco.

B. You don’t need a powerful device: Nicotine salt e-liquids are best with low wattage (non-sub-ohm) devices.

C. Nicotine salt E-Liquid has a longer shelf-life: Nicotine salts are more stable than freebase nicotine, which means that nicotine salt e-juice will last longer in storage without the nicotine degrading.

6. WHAT ARE THE BEST DEVICES FOR VAPING NICOTINE SALT?

Nicotine salts e-liquid is intended for use in lower-power devices - there are a number of Open System and Closed System devices on the market with new options arriving all the time.  Here are a few of our favorites to consider:

  1. Aspire Breeze
  2. Suorin Air and Drop
  3. JoyTech Dolphin
  4. Phix
  5. Juul
  6. Bo by Jwell'
  7. MyJet 

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kurt sonderegger
kurt sonderegger

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Founder/CEO of Cafe Racer Craft E-Liquid



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