20 Feb Choosing the Best E-Juice Nicotine Levels for You
If there’s one thing that can cause some newcomers to vaping a measure of angst (beyond the massive range of devices and e-juice flavors there are to choose from) it’s settling in on what nicotine level is right for them. The options, after all, run the gamut from having no nicotine at all to levels up to and beyond 36mg (which is powerful, in case you were curious). Since your nicotine level will also have an influence on how the e-juice will affect you and how enjoyable you find vaping to be, it’s in your best interests to understand the differences and how they should factor into your choices. Today, we’ll be helping you do exactly that, as we delve into the range of e-juice nicotine strengths and what they mean.
Breaking It Down: What Those Numbers Mean
When you take a look at a bottle of e-juice, you’ll often see a number, followed by the symbol “mg.” That stands for milligrams, and it’s a measurement of how many milligrams of nicotine are present in an e-juice for every milliliter of liquid — in other words, the milligrams per milliliter. Higher numbers mean that more nicotine is present, and the stronger e-juice varieties will introduce greater amounts of nicotine to your bloodstream as they are absorbed by your body post-inhalation.
A note on those high-level numbers you’ll sometimes see, the ones that jump up above the 20mg/ml mark. In some cases, those don’t just contain run-of-the-mill nicotine. Those hearty concentrations can come with a massive throat hit (the sensation felt in the throat from inhaling nicotine, so to make those large amounts of nicotine more tolerable, they might contain something called nicotine salts. These contain something called benzoic acid, which helps smooth out the draw from each hit.
There are some tradeoffs to stay aware of with nicotine salt juices. While they allow for higher nicotine concentrations, faster absorption by the body, and a less juice-consuming delivery method (since they are often designed for low power/low vapor systems), you’ll have to weigh that against the facts that they offer less flavor complexity, fewer cloud productions, and come at a higher price points than their regular nicotine counterparts. By and large, juices containing nicotine salts are good for those who want to try those higher levels without the harshness that normal nicotine would carry, and smokers who want their vape experience to mimic cigarette smoking sessions as closely as possible (lower cloud output, etc.). All factors to keep in mind as you’re surveying the options.
Now, how do the nicotine levels in vape juices compare to traditional cigarettes, you might wonder? That’s a question that lacks a straightforward answer, unfortunately, as the amount of nicotine contained in cigarettes is also subject to fluctuations. The kinds of tobacco a cigarette uses will affect their nicotine level, and, on top of that, manufacturers will sometimes add nicotine to their cigarettes on top of that, further increasing the ranges you might find between brands. Because of this, you might find cigarettes with nicotine levels equivalent to 4mg/ml, but can also find others with levels comparable to 10mg/ml or higher.
Further complicating the question is the fact that there’s really no set dose of nicotine when you’re vaping that lines up neatly with smoking a single cigarette. Different vape devices will deliver nicotine to your body at different rates, and individual differences in how much you inhale (and how frequently) make it difficult to ascertain when you’ve absorbed what might be equivalent to a cigarette or two. With all that said, though, there are still some broad categorizations we can make about the nicotine strengths of various e-juices and how those come into play when making your selection, which we will explore next.
Honing in on Your Ideal Nicotine Level
As we mentioned earlier, the higher the mg/ml number is on a bottle of e-juice, the more nicotine it will contain. Here’s a broad overview of the various levels:
- 0mg/ml — no nicotine
- 3mg/ml — low level nicotine
- 6mg/ml — low-mid level nicotine
- 12mg/ml — mid-high level nicotine
- 18mg/ml (and above) — high level nicotine
So, what range should you select for yourself? That largely dependent on your personal preferences and history consuming nicotine. If you’re used to higher nicotine levels, say, as a regular smoker, you might find that the low levels are initially lackluster. Your body is used to a stronger nicotine hit, and you’ll likely find a low level e-liquid unsatisfying. As a consequence, you might even vape more to try to get the level you’re used to, and if this isn’t what you’re after, it’s best for you to stick with a high level of nicotine.
On the flip side, if you’re just an occasional smoker, smoke lighter cigarettes, or don’t smoke at all, higher nicotine levels might be a shock. Since your body isn’t used to those stronger concentrations, the intense throat hit you’ll get with those e-juices might feel harsh and uncomfortable. Furthermore, you might find the effects of higher level nicotine on the body (getting light-headed, for instance) to be a bit too much. It’d be best for you to stick with lower levels if this is the case.
And what if you want to switch levels, such as the smoker who wants to eventually stop nicotine consumption altogether? If that’s your aim, it’s best to do so one “step” at a time after identifying what nicotine level is right for you initially, as jumping to a level that’s too low might lead you to feeling underwhelmed, and even trying to supplement that low nicotine level by dipping back into smoking cigarettes. Stick with a gradual reduction, however, and you should find it a much easier task.
Now that you have a greater understanding of how different nicotine levels work, you should have a much easier go of browsing our selection of e-liquids and making a choice on which will fit your fancy best. Be sure to peruse what we have on offer, and don’t hesitate to drop a line if you have any questions about our stock.