Understanding E-Liquid and Nicotine

Things to understand about E-Liquid and Nicotine

Not everyone who vapes does it in order to get nicotine into their system, some people even vape without any nicotine in their Electronic-liquid at all. But for most vapers, it's the nicotine fix that e-cigarettes and e-juices provide which is their reason for vaping. They look forward to taking a drag and getting access to the nicotine in their e-liquid.

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We’ve slimmed down some of the most important things you need to know to become a nicotine master so you can avoid the pain and hassle of using the wrong amount when you vape. This quick overview will teach you the most important things to know about Nicotine and vape juices. There are a few key differences in the type of Nicotine out there, here are five of the most important things to know.


Nicotine, an alkaloid, was first isolated from the tobacco plant in 1828 by physician Wilhelm Heinrich Posselt and chemist Karl Ludwig Reimann of Germany, but the powerful effects of nicotine were already well recognised and utilised in fact nicotine has been in use medicinally for centuries. It is naturally produced by a family of plants that not only comprises tobacco but also chilli peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplants. Tobacco is the one of the richest plants in nicotine content, needless to say Nicotine and tobacco have gone hand in hand for a long time, in cigarettes tobacco leaves have primarily been used.

When smoked nicotine causes psychological stimulus for smokers which makes it addictive in addition to some of the benefits it provides to the user. Studies have shown nicotine can increase cognitive function as well as having energy boosting properties, nicotine is capable of significantly changing the electrical activity in the brain according to several studies.


Nicotine Is derived from tobacco and is the most common form of nicotine used in vape juice. The Nicotine is extracted through a chemical process from the tobacco leaves and then added to many common e-juices. It is commonly referred to as freebase nicotine. Freebase sounds a little sketchy because it’s often associated with Negative connotations, and illegal drugs, but freebase only means that a given compound is in its most purest form. Freebasing allows nicotine to become more bio-available to the lungs, brain, and central nervous system so basically freebasing nicotine is a way to increase the potency of nicotine without increasing the dose. 

There is a lot to learn about how Nicotine is used in Vape juice, next we will talk about Tobacco free Nicotine

Tobacco free Nicotine

Tobacco free Nicotine is devoid of many of the impurities that tobacco derived nicotine has and is virtually odourless and can dramatically improve e-liquid flavours, while still delivering the nicotine you crave.

In some ways it’s more of an authentic quit smoking device because it gets away from tobacco giving consumers a chance to finally be 100% tobacco free. The downside is it costs a lot more to produce and therefore purchase.

Tobacco free Nicotine can also be extremely effective in thwarting the unfair  regulations against the vaping industry as it is not a tobacco product and therefore falls outside of current regulations. Basically it boils down to the regulators ability to regulate the sale of tobacco products and the federal Food and Drug Administration’s authority to control the use of tobacco by private consumers. If tobacco free nicotine were to become the main nicotine type in vape juices containing nicotine, perhaps a more rational discussion could be had, one that separates vaping from smoking.

Tobacco Free Nicotine juices can be quite popular, such as the well known Brands: Ruthless and Dinner Lady.

Getting the basics right is half the battle


What exactly is throat hit? Its that feeling you get in the back of your throat when you inhale.

Throat hit makes it feel like you are smoking cigarettes and theoretically can help you quit better as opposed to non throat hit because it mimics the experience of smoking a cigarette in a more authentic way. However it can be argued that lower concentrations of nicotine which provide less of a throat hit allow you to feel more of the hand to mouth sensation of cigarette smoking because you can vape longer periods of time without getting too nicked, so really its up to the individual user.

Some of the most common nicotine concentrations in vape juice are: 0mg, 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg. The more nicotine in your e juice the more of that throat hit feel you will get when you vape it. Really it comes down to two things: The more cigarettes you smoked the more nicotine you need in your vape juice, the more efficient your vape the less nicotine you will need especially with sub ohm vapes.

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The good news is there are enough nicotine options to satisfy whatever your tastes happen to be so try a few different variations and then go with what feels right for you, again there is no right or wrong answer it just takes time to accumulate the experience to your needs.


Unlike the nicotine ordinarily used in e-juice, these salts aren’t just nicotine; they’re compounds containing nicotine and other organic components. For the most part, many vaping manufacturers have relied on freebase nicotine in the past to create their e-juices. (Freebase nicotine is the most commonly used form of nicotine in the vaping industry). But over the last couple years, nicotine salts have also started to carve out a niche in the industry.

Some benefits of salts are: you won’t need as powerful a vape, you can get more nicotine in your bloodstream quicker, and they tend to have a longer shelf-life. We also tell people that they probably won’t have to vape as much as they normally do when using e-juices that contain nicotine salt.

You will likely find that you vape much less but still get your nicotine fix throughout the day when you go with nicotine salts. Because nicotine salts are in their natural state, the body appears to have an easier time absorbing them right away and sustaining a longer nicotine fix. This is another perceived advantage of using nicotine salt e-juices over e-liquids containing standard freebase nicotine.

Although it has taken quite a bit of research to perfect the methodology behind taking nicotine salts and using them in vaping products, companies like PAX makers of the very popular JUUL e cig have perfected it and figured out a way to do it very well.

Some new vapers also complain that vaping doesn’t provide them with the throat hits they are used to. But that won’t be a problem with e-juices that contain nicotine salts. Nicotine salts have been shown to provide strong throat hits that are similar to the feeling you might get when smoking a regular cigarette.

Vaping with an e-liquid that contains nicotine salt is very different than vaping with an e-juice that contains freebase nicotine. This is mostly because nicotine salt e-juices have very high nicotine levels in them. But when you use a device that operates at a low wattage, you won’t necessarily feel like you’re using an e-juice with a high nicotine level, even though it will deliver a strong nicotine buzz to you, so you also have to be careful not to get over-buzzed so to speak when vaping these types of juices.

Even though there a lot of choices and thing to consider when choosing your amount of nicotine for vaping, it all comes down to getting away from the harm of cigarettes and trying out a few different things to see what suits you the best. So there it is, the key things to know about choosing the right nicotine content and type to put in your vape juice.

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