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Nicotine salts vs. free base nicotine


I was gonna start another thread but thought maybe y’all will get back into the conversation…

Has anybody had an issue with nic salts making you short of breath? I have to admit that I like the way it hits me in the morning after sleeping for my allotted four hours. It is almost like when I smoked my first morning cig. The problem for me is, after a couple hits, I can’t BREATH. It scared the living crap out of me. I’m scared of dying, I am scared of HOW I die and being suffocated is a big one for me.

In all seriousness though. Has anyone else had this issue?


I switched to nic salts about 4 months ago, and never had an issue. Main reason for the switch was that i wanted smooth vapes, without any throat hit.

I do mix it at 3mg or 1.5mg only though, so I have no idea how would higher concentrations impact me.


Did you increase your nic?


When I sub-ohm I am about 2mg, When I MTL I am at 12mg freebase nic.

I have only tried one type of Nic Salt and that is Sapphire. I got it from Breazy I think. Oh and I purchased a Nic Salt commercial juice that does the same thing to me. The comm. juice is at 50mg and the one I purchase and put in my own recipe is 36 mg. I can only assume that that is quite a bit more than 12 mg of traditional (freebase) nic.

I hadn’t thought of that though. I reckon it could be that it is way too much. I may have to to an experiment.

@adary I love love love my throat hit. :grin:


From what I understand the strength of salt nic and freebase is the same. If you’ve only used 12mg of freebase with MTL then going to 36mg salt is 3x the amount which is probably the reason you’re feeling that. Just because you can go higher doesn’t mean you should.


Yes it’s like a real cig nic wise, at high levels.

Maybe ur not use to higher nic anymore and you body is feeling it, and your starting to have a mild panic attack, because your feeling it? I mentioed it a few times before, higher nicotine salts is something you will put down if you start getting too much of it. :hugs:

Try relaxing… if you insist on using it higher. And make sure to lower your wattage and take shorter smaller vapes, no intense heat.

Read the replys from Nic River here about using it in more powerful devices.


I agree

I don’t insist on it. It is merely ignorance. Thus the reason I posted the question.

Thank you both for your responses. I see I should have done some research on the subject. I did not realize
“From what I understand the strength of salt nic and freebase is the same” I don’t remember reading or hearing that at all. I ASSUMED that it was supposed to be higher, and yes I know what ASS uming does.

Anywho, that has got to be the problem then. I did watch a video that suck my mod put out on the subject and they say nic salt hits the blood stream much quicker. I have not watched the vid you posted Freddie3 but I will in a moment.

Ok, I watched it and read some comments… ??? I got nothing from it bro. sorry. I do appreciate the help though.

I may get some nic salts from them when I get some cash and I will start at 12mg to see what happens. Thanks guys.


Dan read all of the REPLYS from NR. Take your time and go through them. I undertstand it’s not the same brand, but it’s more information to build your knowledge base on.


got ya, will do.


Plenty of info here about nic salts - if you have any questions you want to ask in private feel free to drop me a DM