So, What are Nic Salts?
We have decided to create a blog around the question “What are Nicotine Salts”, as we have had many questions recently regarding Nic Salts as well as what is PG and VG?
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As I’m sure you’re aware, the next big thing within the vaping industry is on a weekly basis due to innovation, technology or advancements. However, Nic Salts or Nicotine Salts are not a new phenomenon. Nic Salts occur naturally when nicotine is bound to the organic compounds found in tobacco leaves. Nic Salts are perfect for those people looking to quit smoking, as it replicates the compound profiles of Nicotine found when smoking tobacco.
Due to Nic Salts being a natural phenomenon, their chemical composition is considered a more stable solution. Nic Salts are designed by manufacturers to be released into the blood stream at a slower rate, making it healthier for consumers as well as more cost effective due to not needing as much of it. Nic Salts are becoming more popular than the standard distilled counterparts due to awareness and consumers becoming more aware and more willing to research into the subject.
Nic Salts differ from the usual distilled E-Liquid bases, usually when smokers quit they are searching for high nicotine content, they have traditionally had to find E-Liquids with high levels of PG (Propylene Glycol) which can cause what is often referred to as the ‘throat hit’ which can be unpleasant for many people. Here at Chief of Vapes, we spend hours on hours deliberating, researching, testing and tasting the possible flavour and mixture combinations to ensure only the bets quality and tasting flavours make it to production. There is no right or wrong combination in regard to the Percentage quantity of PG and VG in E-Liquids, it is all personal preference. With research we have found that a lower level of PG provides our customers with an overall more desirable vaping experience. However, we have been deliberating, trialling and testing on our new 50/50 range, which we aim to pack a punch of flavour as our mixologists have perfected the 70%/ 30% ratio we naturally have moved onto the 50%/50% ratio.
What is PG and VG (Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerine)?
PG and VG are two diluents used within e-liquids to enhance flavour and overall attributes of the liquid. They are both fairly odour free and tasteless liquids which is the reasoning manufacturers and mixologists use and vary the concentration levels. As stated previously, Vape Juices with higher levels of PG are traditionally for those who still require high levels of Nicotine or want to simulate that feeling. High VG vapers are cloud chasers who have managed to wean themselves off nicotine or have a lower requirement of Nicotine.
We have customers all the time asking when they switch over to our liquids, “why don’t your products make the back of my throat sore like the others?”
That’s because, within our products we use a higher concentration of VG than PG. Which is a much lower and harsher hit to the throat, however, it is an uncommon practice within the E-Liquid Manufacturing due to some organisations finding it difficult to ensure the flavour is still prominent. The PG and VG in the process of E-Liquid manufacturing have been described as elements of a cake. The PG has been described as the flour in the cake making process, its not exciting but without it nothing would bind together. With VG giving the mouthfeel being described as the eggs and butter of the cake, they’re tasty alone but no where near as luxurious when they’re all together.
Propylene Glycol is stated by ATSDR as a safe compound found in products from Food, Cosmetics and pharmaceuticals across the world. PG is the main flavour component within most E-Liquid mixtures due to it being a great carrier of flavour. There have been many dubbed fake stories circulating regarding the toxicity of PG due to lack of awareness regarding the chemical. Studies regarding the inhalation of PG considered it “completely harmless” as well as recent studies by the FDA which recognised it as “Generally Safe”. Most of these cases are held up by the fact that most smokers, when they make the switch feel the need for that ‘throat hit’ which refers to the similarity between a smoking ‘hit’ and a high PG Vape ‘hit’.
Vegetable Glycerine is thicker than PG and commonly used within sweetener products. Rumours have stated that using a higher concentration of VG can cause a blockage in the mod or Vaporiser. However, these were based off claims founded before manufactures like ourselves managed to perfect the mixes allowing for a higher quality and allowing for the ideal viscosity for vaping in most mods, tanks and coils on the market.
What is the best PG/VG combination?
There are many theories and popular bloggers claiming they know the ultimate ratio for mixing PG and VG into E-Liquids, however it is all personal preferences. Some Vapers like the ‘throat hit’ mentioned previously, whilst some avoid it at all costs.
FLAVOUR – If you’re after maximum flavour in every puff, keep an eye out for our 50:50 range which balances the level of PG and VG maximising the potential flavour profiles of the Liquid.
THROAT HIT – If you’re after the throat hit then you need to look out for E-Liquids with higher concentrations of PG, for example 70:30’s or 60:40’s.
BIG CLOUDS – If you’re a real cloud chaser, the perfect ratio for yourself is like our Sweet Range at 70:30 giving strong flavour and high vapour levels.
DISCREET VAPING – Are you a discreet vapour who doesn’t like to flaunt with giant clouds? 50:50 mix is the mix for you. You get the best of both worlds regarding flavour and clouds. Also, if you get a Mod where the Wattage can be controlled
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