What is salt nicotine?

What is

salt nicotine?

It's a common question.

 but it's not what you think 

  When it comes to vaping, understanding the different types of nicotine used in e-liquids is important for achieving the desired experience.

  One such type of nicotine is salt nicotine, which has gained popularity in recent years due to its smoother throat hit and higher nicotine concentration.

  Despite its name, salt nicotine has nothing to do with the commonly used kitchen ingredient - sea salt.

  However, this confusion between the two has led many individuals to mistakenly ask "What is sea salt nicotine?" and refer to salt nicotine as "sea salt nicotine." This misunderstanding may stem from the similarity in name.

  It's important to distinguish the difference and understand the unique properties and benefits of salt nicotine in vaping products.

The Benefits of Salt Nicotine in Vaping Products Compared to Normal Freebase Nicotine

  Vaping has become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional smoking, offering users a convenient and potentially healthier option for getting their nicotine fix.

  However, not all vaping products are created equal, and one of the key differences between them lies in the type of nicotine they contain.

  We'll quickly compare the two most common forms of nicotine used in vaping products: salt nicotine and freebase nicotine, and highlight the benefits of using salt nicotine.

What is Salt Nicotine?

  Salt nicotine, also known as nic salt, and commonly mistakenly referred to as sea salt nicotine, is a type of nicotine that is derived from the natural nicotine salts found in tobacco leaves.

  It is characterized by its smooth, less harsh throat hit even with a higher nicotine concentration, typically used in smaller devices at higher strengths up to 2.0% nic salt, or also written as 20mg/mL.

  Most disposable e-cigarettes and smaller vape pens typically use salt nic, as you can achieve a much higher nicotine delivery system with a smoother throat hit.

What is Freebase Nicotine?

  Freebase nicotine, on the other hand, is a purer form of nicotine that has been treated with an alkaline agent to increase its potency. This form of nicotine is often used in traditional cigarettes and is the most common form of nicotine used in vaping products.

  If you're a long time vaper, or use a larger tank based e-cigarette, you're likely using freebase nicotine. Freebase nicotine offers a stronger throat hit at lower strengths, so even while tapering down your nicotine levels you can still get that feeling you're looking for.

Benefits of Salt Nicotine in Vaping Products

Smoother Throat Hit:

 Salt nicotine provides a smoother and less harsh throat hit compared to freebase nicotine, making it more appealing to new vapers who are looking for a less intense vaping experience.

Higher Nicotine Concentration:

 While nicotine concentration levels are limited in Canada to 2.0%, also written as 20mg/mL, salt nicotine allows users to use the maximum strength nicotine limit more comfortably. This is especially beneficial for those looking to quit smoking and transition to vaping.

Better Flavor:

 Because salt nicotine has a lower pH level, it also helps to preserve the flavor of the e-liquid, providing a more enjoyable vaping experience.

Lower Voltage Devices:

 Salt nicotine is compatible with lower voltage devices, making it easier for users to enjoy a satisfying vape without the need for high-powered mods.


 While freebase nicotine has been the traditional form of nicotine used in vaping products, salt nicotine has quickly become a popular alternative due to its smooth throat hit, higher nicotine concentration, better flavor preservation, and compatibility with lower voltage devices. If you're looking to make the switch to vaping, consider giving salt nicotine a try to see if it offers the experience you're looking for.

 Thanks for sticking it out with me until the end guys. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me at contact@vapornorth.com

- Brett


Ontario, Canada

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