Nicotine salt is a type of nicotine that forms naturally in tobacco leaves and is generally considered a more stable form of nicotine compared to the traditional freebase nicotine salt found in most e-liquids. Nicotine salt requires a higher temperature to vaporize properly, and ions don't travel to the nicotine receptors in your body as easily. In other words, nicotine salts are not the most efficient way to deliver nicotine to your body … so why use them?
Nicotine salt grew in popularity with the launch of a device called JUUL and once that device became an industry staple, people demanded more and better options. Now nicotine salts are available and their popularity is increasing even more.
When you vape traditional freebase nicotine, most people would not choose anything above 18mg as the hit would be too severe. However, with nicotine salts, most people who vaporize 3mg freebase nicotine can comfortably vaporize 25mg to 50mg.
Benzoic acid has several purposes:
- It lowers the pH levels in the nicotine salts, which in turn produces a softer hit.
- It causes a reaction that allows the nicotine salts to be absorbed as easily as the free base nicotine.
Due to this benzoic acid, most people can easily handle higher concentrations of nicotine, and your body absorbs nicotine salt much more efficiently.