E-juice is the consumable liquid product most vapers use in their devices. In effect, e-cigarettes heat the liquid to a determined temperature and atomize it into a vapor. As a result, this process creates zero burning or combustion, separating it’s effects as well as the sensations from smoking.
While it is closely associated with tobacco, the designation is purely for the benefit of government regulators and in no way aids the public. Vaping is a unique practice with attributes and effects all its own. In addition, the combinations of ingredients used to make e-juice give people an unique level of customization in a familiar process.
Generally, E-juice can be broken down into four common components that comprise the majority of liquids. The primary ingredients that constitute the bulk of e-juice products are propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG). Many e-juices are calculated hybrids of these two and a 70/30 mixture is a common chemical ratio for e-liquids.
It’s important to keep in mind when selecting an e-juice that different blends of ingredients will have separate effects. We’ll explain a few of the primary attributes of each component and how they may change your vaping.
What Is PG E-Juice?
PG is a synthetic organic compound that is colorless, clear, mostly odorless and with a slightly sweet taste. It vaporizes at a relatively low temperature, which makes it especially useful for low power devices such as e-cigarettes. Propylene glycol binds to molecules to carry flavor and alkaloid dosage in a vapor. PG is also popular among vapers for its attribute of highlighting flavoring. Vapers who value the flavor of their e-juice go for liquids with higher PG volume.
What Is High VG E-Juice?
VG is similar in many respects to PG, such as being colorless, clear, and mostly odorless. It is a polyol compound made with a triglyceride base. The most important difference of VG compared to PG is that it has a higher vaporization temperature. As a result, VG is popular for producing much higher volumes of vapor than PG.
The best e-juice for cloud production will be primarily vegetable glycerin. Typically, new users experiment with various levels of PG/VG/Hybrid e-liquids until they find one that suits them and their personal preferences best.
A major perk of switching to vaping is the vast array of flavor options. Usually, tobacco overwhelms any other flavor put into products alongside of it and should be used sparingly if users don’t want it to overpower the flavor. However, take tobacco out of the equation and the flavor possibilities are endless.
Hundreds of new flavors and new e-juice companies enter the market every month. From Menthol and Very Cherry to Rainbow Candy and Banana Bread, the flavor options create an intersection of gourmet menus and whatever you call filling up a Big Gulp cup with a splash of every flavor in a soda machine. The point is, vaping allows users to have a personalized experience for virtually any taste preference.
E-Juice Nicotine Strength
In order to cater to all types of vapers, e-juice makers provide a wide range of levels in their products. There is not yet an industry standard in the terminology. While some vape juice will be labeled in milligrams (mg) of nicotine or prefer listing volume percentage, while some provide the pair. In other words, two products with identical levels can be listed as either 12mg, 1.2% or both.
Commonly, the levels will range from 3mg or 0.3% up to 24mg to 2.4%. While the range may include higher and lower dosages, these are the levels seen most often. It’s important for users new to vaping to consider the amount they need to acclimate. Generally, it’s recommended former pack-a-day smoker’s start with 18-24mg and the scale slides up and down from there.
However, nicotine is not inherently necessary in vaping. There are an ever increasing range of vape juices without it on the market. The extra couple percent of volume saved by its elimination leaves room for more of the other ingredients. More PG or VG means more vapor, and more room for flavorings can up their intensity.
For former smokers, this is a necessity in any product that will keep them away from tobacco. E-juice manufacturers cater to the needs of all levels of user from 0mg up to 36mg. Vapers can choose not only whatever dose they desire, but most importantly whichever dose they need. From intense throat hits to barely noticeable rushes of tensile release, for those who choose non-nicotine e-juice, the flavor can grow more intense as their physical attachment to other sensations subsides.
Vaping Nicotine Free
A demographic of vapers is perfectly happy switching to a non-tobacco alternative. They stick with whatever e-juice strength best suits their tastes and incorporate it as part of their new life. However, for plenty of others vaping presents an attainable opportunity for them to gradually rid their lives of nicotine entirely.
For example, users may switch to a slightly lower strength e-juice every few months with the goal of getting to zero. Vapers who finally reach 0% are able to maintain their mental habits and rituals without physical attachment. The feel of exhaling billowing clouds of vapor combined with the social aspects of the routine make vaping an important step for many users on their way to becoming smoke free.