Salt Nicotine vs Freebase Nicotine: What’s the Difference?

So, you’ve been on the Dominant Vapor website and you’ve seen a product called Salty Dom, our salt nicotine e-juice liquid. If you’re already familiar with salt nicotine, then there’s nothing surprising here – but if you’re not, then you might be wondering what salt nicotine is and whether you should order some.

What is Salt Nicotine?

The first thing you need to understand about the phrase “salt nicotine” is that it doesn’t refer to a salty flavor. It refers to the chemical definition of a salt, which is defined by as “the reaction of an acid with a base.” Anything with the positive ion of a base and the negative ion of an acid is considered a salt – and nicotine in its natural state is one of those substances. So, salt nicotine or nicotine salt is simply nicotine in its natural state – but there’s more to the story.

What is Freebase Nicotine?

In its natural form inside a tobacco leaf, nicotine isn’t especially easy for the body to absorb effectively. In the 1960s, tobacco company Phillip Morris figured out how to use ammonia to chemically modify nicotine, changing it from its salt state into a purer “freebase” state. This “freebase nicotine” is no longer a salt and is easier for the body to absorb, which results in a stronger hit at the same dose. Most e-juice liquids use freebase nicotine. The only disadvantage of freebase nicotine is that it can taste harsh at higher doses, so most vapers don’t use as much nicotine as they would if they were smoking. This can result in a less intense feeling.

Nicotine Salt E-Liquids

Nicotine salt e-liquids use benzoic or citric acid to change the chemical composition of the nicotine. The added acidity makes the nicotine easier to absorb, reduces the vaporization temperature considerably, and decreases the harsh taste at higher nicotine levels. The result is that it becomes possible to vape higher doses of nicotine, making the experience closer to that of smoking a cigarette.

Comparison of Salt Nicotine and Freebase Nicotine

To compare a salt nicotine like Salty Dom with a traditional freebase nicotine e-juice liquid, let’s have a quick look at their characteristics.

Nicotine Salt:

  • Tastes smooth at higher doses of nicotine.
  • Feels more like smoking a cigarette.
  • Should only be used with low wattage devices – use with a sub-ohm device can result in nicotine poisoning!

Freebase Nicotine:

  • Tastes harsh at high doses of nicotine, so is usually used at a smaller dose.
  • Has a less intense hit than a cigarette due to the reduced nicotine.
  • Produces bigger clouds and has more complex flavors.

If you’re looking for a stronger nicotine hit you might want to try salt nicotine, and if you’re looking for bigger clouds and more complex flavor, you should stick with freebase nicotine. You can find either type of e-liquid here at Dominant Vapor!

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