What’s in e-Liquid or e-Juice anyhow??
There are 4 main ingredients in e-Liquid
1. Water (H2O) The one thing besides oxygen that all living things need to survive
2. Flavoring: Comes in a myriad of selections. Whatever your sense of taste, you could vape just about anything from fruit, candy, pina colada, mojitos, to even… *gasp! Bacon Flavor??! Whaaat? Yup.
3. PG (Propylene Glycol): FDA approved (Food and Drug Administration) found in medicines, cosmetics, hand soap, toothpaste, other personal care products, etc. It is a thinner and usually tasteless liquid which is the substance that gives you that “throat hit” and stimulates the feel of smoking in electronic cigarettes.
VG (Vegetable Glycerin): Found in desserts such as cakes and frosting. Natural component of all fats and oils. The viscosity is usually thick and is naturally sweet. This ingredient is what produces large clouds of luscious vapor.
*In my experience, having a combination of 50%PG/50%VG is the best option. If you are experiencing a scratchy sensation in your throat switch to a mostly or all VG liquid
4. Nicotine (or no nicotine): Synthetic nicotine derives from natural sources other than tobacco. Many people mistakenly think nicotine is the substance in tobacco that causes cancer -The American Cancer Society. Whatever amount you wish, most places sell e-Liquid in (Lights: 0mg, 6mg, 12mg), (Regular: 16mg, 18mg), (Strong: 24mg, 36mg or higher). Also, when refilling your cartomizers, atomizers, etc. try not to get your e-liquid on your hands as you can absorb nicotine through your skin. In case this happens, wash your hands right away. Like the patch, you don’t smoke real cigarettes with the patch on or you could get nicotine poisoning. Same concept. Furthermore, please keep your e-liquid stored in a cool dry place away from children and pets and in child-proof bottles.
*Throat hit also depends on how many mg of nicotine you select and what kind of device you are using it with (higher voltage, lower resistance, etc.) Flavor also seems to taste stronger with the less nicotine you have. If at some point you feel like you need to smoke a real cigarette even after vaping, you might have to increase your nicotine level to a higher dosage to feel satisfied. Since making the switch to electronic cigarettes, the urge to smoke a real cigarette never crossed my mind. I have been content vaping between 12-18mg of nicotine.
You want to think of eLiquid or eJuice something like a fine wine. It improves with a little bit of age! Lots of companies make their eLiquids made to order to ensure its freshness. So in case your liquid doesn’t taste up to par as soon as you get it, “steeping” it might help a lot. All that means is just letting it sit in the bottle a couple extra days before use.
Also, try to keep in mind that there is a shelf life for ALL eLiquids. Typically 6 months to a year. You can tell its expired because eventually your eLiquid will have absolutely no taste! You may also refrigerate your eLiquids to make it last longer. So don’t be like me and buy a ton of 30ml bottles of all kinds of flavored eLiquids only to throw half of it away because I just didn’t have time to vape it all or because I forgot I had it. I personally think its great to have variety on hand, but I also don’t like feeling like I wasted my money either.
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