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What Are Nic Salts?: Everything There is to Know

What Are Nic Salts?: Everything There is to Know

Did you know there are two types of nicotine available to vapers? It’s true; there are freebase nicotine and nicotine salts. Nicotine salts are the latest trend in vaping and have some unique offerings that make it better (for some people) than freebase nicotine. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; let’s first explain what freebase and nicotine salts are.

Table of Contents

  1. What is Freebase Nicotine
  2. What are Nic Salts or Nicotine Salts?
  3. Benefits of Nic Salts
  4. What Devices use Nicotine Salts?
  5. Are Nicotine Salts for Me?
  6. Conclusion

What is Freebase Nicotine

Before we can fully explain what nic salts are, we must first define what freebase nicotine is. Freebase nicotine is the nicotine used in traditional vape juices. Freebase nicotine is the purest form of nicotine and what we used in other nicotine products like patches, gums, and cigarettes. 

The process of “freebasing” nicotine occurs when you turn nicotine from its natural state, a salt, into a base. This is so the body can better absorb the nicotine since without freebasing, nicotine in its natural state is full of negatively charged particles that can not penetrate our body very well. 

Since freebase nicotine has been used in the industry for decades is the most common form of nicotine in the market and the one you’ll find most readily available.

What are Nic Salts or Nicotine Salts?

Nicotine salts are nicotine in their natural salt state but with some chemical adjustments. When benzoic acid is added to nicotine in its natural form, its alkalinity and ph levels become lower. This process makes nicotine salts absorbable by the body and allows for a very smooth throat hit.

The last part is the most important and the main reason why nicotine salts have become so attractive. To understand why a smoother hit is so critical, you need to understand first that with freebase nicotine, the higher the nicotine content goes, the harsher the throat hit becomes. If I wanted to vape 50mg of nicotine with freebase nicotine, I would immediately start coughing. However, with the invention of nicotine salts, you can begin vaping 50mg and not feel a thing.

Benefits of Nic Salts

Benefits of Nic Salts

There are many benefits to using nicotine salts. They’re easier to use, for starters, have higher nicotine levels, are smoother and less harsh, more cost-effective, and have a longer shelf life. 

Easier to Use

Nicotine salts are easier to use because they are used with low-powered devices that use cartridges. The pop-in and pop-out mechanism of cartridges are extremely easy to use, compared to traditional e-liquid that must be refilled manually, which often causes spills and even stains. 

Higher Nicotine Levels 

The great thing about nicotine salts is that they are perfect for heavy ex-smokers and vapers that need heavy nicotine doses when fighting cravings. Since nic salts became available, higher nicotine levels became accessible. More people have a better chance at quitting cigarettes and starting vaping since nicotine salts give them a feeling similar to smoking a pack or more a day.

Are Smoother and Less Harsh

Perhaps the most crucial reason why nic salts are so popular it’s because they are less harsh than freebase or traditional vape juice. As we stated earlier, freebase nicotine becomes harsher on your throat the higher the dose, but with nicotine salts, one can reach 50mg or even higher and not feel a thing.

Are More Cost-Effective

Since you get a nicotine rush faster with nic salts, you’ll waste less vape juice and reach the same nicotine high as you usually would with freebase nicotine. In the long run, this means more money in your pockets and fewer trips to the vape shop. 

Longer Shelf Life

Finally, one of the best advantages of nic salts is that they will last longer than traditional vape juices. They will remain relatively “fresh” for longer, which means a more even flavor throughout the nic salts’ lifespan. 

What Devices use Nicotine Salts

What Devices use Nicotine Salts

The devices that use nicotine salts are called pod systems. They are small and easy to carry but aren’t as powerful as box mods. Still, their low wattage is perfect for nicotine salts which only need small amounts of power. 

There are two kinds of pod systems, open and closed designs. Closed pod systems use cartridges or pods (hence the name) that merely pop-in and pop-out from the device. Depending on your pod system’s brand, there will be pods made by the same manufacturer, and usually, you are stuck with the flavors the manufacturer makes.  

Open pod systems allow the user to fill the pod with nicotine salts manually. The advantage of this is that tons of flavors sell separately; however, filling your pod system becomes harder since more labor is involved. 

You should also know that nicotine salts should not be used with sub-ohm or box mods with high wattage power. This is because the nicotine will be absorbed extremely fast by the body, and you could quickly become nauseous. So remember that nic salts are only used with low-powered devices like pod systems.

Are Nicotine Salts For Me? 

Now that you learned everything there is to know about nicotine salts, you might be wondering if they are for you. While the answer depends on several factors, we can say that for smokers trying out vaping for the first time. Nicotine salts can be perfect since they replicate the feeling of smoking very close. 

If you’re a vaper that uses and is satisfied with 6mg of freebase nicotine, we don’t recommend you try out nicotine salts since you’ll be absorbing more nicotine in your body. 

Finally, if you tried vaping before but couldn’t quite stick with it because of the nicotine cravings, nicotine salts could be the solution you’re looking for.


We hope that with this guide, you learn everything there is to know about nicotine salts. What they are, the nic salt effects, and their benefits. Remember, if you plan on buying nicotine salts, only use them with pod systems since vaping nicotine salts with box mods could make you nauseous. 


EjuiceDB articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them. Furthermore, Vaping products and nicotine use are only meant for persons over the age of 21.

Children, breastfeeding and pregnant women, persons with risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or that take medications especially for depression or asthma should not use nicotine or vaping products. Always consult a licensed physician prior to use.

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Andres Roman

Andres Roman is a content writer with 3+ years of experience, a former 3 pack a week smoker who used vaping to kick the habit, he now wants to educate the world about vaping. You can find him on Linkedin and Twitter.