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Guide to Nicotine Salts

What exactly is Nicotine Salts

Vaping industry constantly changing, every time it brings some innovation. Some are fails but some do stick around. Things like sub ohm vaping still present as trend as well as squonk combined with RDA still there. It’s hard to make a difference between real event as innovation and marketing propaganda sometime but let me tell you proven fact – nicotine salts seem to be real story!

The whole concept seems unreal, but the hype is real so let’s try to discover it deeper. We need to thank JUUL for that, they did ton of marketing for all that having strongest set of 50 ml e-liquids out there.

Before going into the details what this Nic Salts is let’s analyze some feedback from users who used them.

Upsides of using Nicotine Salts

  1. They will deliver more nicotine amount in one single puff. That means people who want to quit smoking using vapes can save on a vape juice.
  2. Smokers/vapers like something which can be like whole process of smoking, but not like that, correct? That nic salts provide exact sensation even with some small devices on vape market.
  3. With regular juice you will have throat on fire feeling when nicotine level goes up. With nic salts that issue is curbed.
  4. All vape pens grows in parameters last few years so people applied for Biggy. No more need for that – nicotine salts works everywhere, especially in smaller devices.


Actual definition

nic salt alchemy


Most people never heard about nicotine salts before, but they already present for a long time. It’s most natural type of nicotine and it would hold water. If you never seen picture above it’s no wonder, you haven’t heard about nicotine salt or unaware of nicotine nature itself. For example, do you know that leaves of tobacco contain nicotine salts only and no pure freebase nicotine.

Tobacco leaves have nicotine in two variants – monoprotonated and deprotonated. Nicotine bonds with some acid in the plant create molecule which is much more stable. So, nicotine salt is the result of that bonding. Depending on the acid you will get different nicotine salts.

Let’s discover how we get usual nicotine then because we do not have these salts in usual cigs or usual vapes.

Freebase Nicotine and Nicotine Salts

As we all know freebase or usual nicotine was invented sometimes in 1960’s and was completely unprotonated. Philipp Morris made research in that area to make cigs stronger and addictive for making people habit to smoke. He simply added ammonia to the mix. So now you know the answer where the nicotine in the e-liquid comes from. All vaping industry now capitalizing on that.

nicotine freebase

Nicotine Salts are not extremely available to get. They are not that easily absorbed by human body so their addictive values not that high like such with regular nicotine. Nicotine you can find in modern usual cigs is clearly freebase and increases its bioavailable qualities. Freebase nicotine also have higher impact on dopamine, making it release more higher than salts will do.


All that means that you simply don’t know that nicotine salts were existed long time ago, they weren’t just “addictive” enough and companies now “improving” the formula to hook you up.

Why it’s on trend again

It’s started not so far, few years ago when PAX (developer of JUUL) invented new formula for pd systems. There was a problem with promotion because vaping is for people to quit smoking. Vaping is still not like smoking. Not same feeling, not same amount of nicotine.

Usual vape juices available in amounts of less than 24mg. It’s because it has lot of acid in it and it will be bad for your throat. So, it will be next to impossible to vape 50mg vape juice which gives nice amount of vapor.

But JUUL small salt new pods are 59mg and still gives decent amount of nicotine. Also, nicotine salts there are bioavailable as in usual cigs.  So how it is even possible?

Solution will be in the acids PAX used for that. As already said different acids can be attached to the nicotine and result will be totally different each time. This vape firm used benzoic acid for all that nicotine salt production with thorough testing to see if it will match freebase nicotine.

After lot of tests done it was confirmed that all is fine – amount of nicotine and time to accumulate it in blood will be comparable with usual cigs.

blood nicotine

Though there were one side effect to all this. This addition of benzoic acid lowered value of Ph. Vape become much smoother. PAX killed two birds with one stone, making one of strongest liquids which can be used without coughing.

What to use with Nicotine Salts and is it bad?

Let’s return to the purpose with which Nic Salts were created, it was strong draw from small devices, portable ones. Things like JUUL makes were perfect for them. Any small power device will work, tank will work, you can try your old vape pen and old M2 tank setup. If you are owner of big power device you shouldn’t be disappointed too, you simply need to buy lower concentration nicotine salt around 18mg and simply get the same experience.

Now let’s find out if that nicotine salts are safe despite the whole late hysteria about vaping. Well, they are safe as our usual regular cig’s nicotine.

There are still few notes I need to add 1. They ARE more addictive than regular vape juice, because they lead to higher nicotine blood in short amount of time. 2. Side effects of that benzoic acid is still not researched well. It’s considered not toxic to humans, but still you need to be cautious. It can start coughing or some other allergic reactions. 3. Overall negative media effect, media constantly uses that to make stories that vape manufacturers again made some miracle to make it more “addictive”.

Who is target audience?

Of course, everyone wants to try every new thing in vaping industry. But Nicotine Salts is not for everyone. You should try them if you are: 1. If regular vaping is not for you for some reasons and you are looking for strong e-liquids. 2. You have your old sub-ohm tank and want smoother vaping experience (you need to look for up to 18mg nic salts). 3. You want more for money spent on this. 4. You have some small pod device and want to something else which not will bring big clouds in the same time.

This is not for strong power vapers. You may mistakenly take this smoother feeling, but high nic content plus high power will be bad for your health such as throat hits and overall poisoning.  

Where to buy?

This thing is still new into vaping, so probably your closest vaping shop may not have them yet. Best way is to look online for them. There are few companies already selling them below.

  1. CRFT – they do have like nine available flavors, mostly fruit ones. All comes in forty mg package and ready to use.
  2. Airship Nicotine Salt – lot of choices available. Five strength of flavor (more than 30 of which presented)
  3. Mr. Salt – 45 and 25 mg strength and more than 25 flavors. Good for newbies and very affordable.
  4. Nice stock items from Liquid Nicotine Wholesalers – it’s unflavored and varies in capacity from one to hundred mg/ml.
  5. Salt Nix – it’s located in Canada and have every flavor from fruits to original tobacco, totaling 8 vape juice flavors. Packages of 40 and 20 mg/ml available.
  6. Bombies – just now released new salt line called After Dark, they have eight different vape juice flavors with 15 and 30 mg strength.
  7. Dr Salt. E-liquids – totally US based, all flavors from fruits to desserts and such. Forty-five and twenty-five mg/ml nicotine levels. 14 totals if I am not mistaken.
  8. Saltnic – that one search for yourself.

But you can look no further and just try out our saltnic section of our store. We also have pretty good set right here and now!


One main point is for sure, nicotine salts are having some market now and will be more, main audience beginner vapers who are looking to quit. Will it replace usual vapes? Not likely as it still one of the favorite things for them and that salts are not that safe. A lot more vape producers will gain more audience this year. Feel free to try places above and let us know your experience.




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