Nicotine is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in tobacco plants. It is primarily known for its addictive properties, making it a central component of tobacco products like cigarettes and vaping liquids. However, the way nicotine is extracted, processed, and used in various products can vary significantly, leading to the creation of different nicotine variants. Here, we'll explore four distinct types of nicotine: Salt Nicotine, Freebase Nicotine, Synthetic Nicotine, and Hybrid Nicotine.
Salt nicotine, also known as nicotine salt or nic salt, is the closest form of nicotine found in the plant in its natural state. This property allows a satisfaction that better mimics that felt with a puff of a tobacco cigarette. E-liquids with nicotine salts allow you to recreate more intense vaping sensations.
Freebase nicotine is the most traditional form of nicotine used in e-liquids which is closest to its purest form, thus having a higher pH. Freebase e-liquids have a different ratio of VG to PG because of this, so instead of 50/50 as with nicotine salt e-liquids, they are 70/30. 70VG and 30 percent PG. This allows the vapour, when going directly to the lungs, to be completely enjoyable, even in large quantities. Nicotine levels for base e-juice are 0mg, 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg, and 24mg.
Although artificially manufactured in the laboratory, synthetic nicotine is the same product as the natural product. The synthetic form is less concentrated than the natural since it contains only 50% active nicotine. The taste is more present and we have a stronger feeling of nicotine.
A hybrid e-liquid is a mixture of freebase nicotine and nicotine salts with the aim of achieving a stronger throat hit. It combines the stronger throat sensations of freebase nicotine with the effects of a higher concentration of nicotine, such as in nicotine salts.