With the advent of consumer nicotine vaping, tons of industry terms have popped up around the various e-liquids available on the market. Don’t get too bogged down, because we’ve got you covered. Things are more simple than they seem, but there’s still a few things you should know. Here’s a quick buyer’s guide for anyone looking into our selection of e-liquids. Regular E-liquids vs. Nicotine Salt Based E-liquids If you’re a chemist, there are plenty of differences between your standard e-liquid and a salt nic e-liquid. If you’re just someone looking for a quality e-liquid to vape, things are much more simple. Basically, a salt nic comes from the natural nicotine salts that occur in the tobacco leaf, and they are much more concentrated than your typical vape juice. On appearance they look the same, but a regular e-juice is consumed primarily using sub-ohm tanks and mech coil tanks combined with a box mod, while a nic salt is made for pod systems. Nic salts are typically found in pod systems because pods are usually less powerful than a box mod, so the juice doesn’t vaporize as efficiently. This means that in order to get the same effect as a regular e-liquid, pods have to be filled with a substance that’s more densely packed with nicotine. Flavor Pods Even if you’ve never vaped before, you’ve probably heard of the JUUL. The JUUL was one of the first pods to break through into mainstream popularity, and it’s still one of the most commonly used pod vape devices today. These pods maximize convenience and minimize maintenance, as they hold many hits at a time, allowing users to keep it in their pocket when they’re out and about, and they rarely need to refill. Some people will tell you that you’re making sacrifices to flavor or vapor quality, but pod technology has come a long way, so don’t feel like you’re compromising by getting a pod. If the mobility and convenience of a pod is what you need, you’ll be able to find something that provides flavor and satisfying clouds. CBD E-liquid CBD is a cannabis derivative, but it’s important to know the difference between the effects of CBD and the more well-known cannabis compound THC. CBD is non-psychoactive, so CBD will not get you high. This means that it’s legal in all 50 US states in one form or another. CBD offers a relaxing feeling without a psychoactive buzz. It can be great for pain, nausea, stress, and many other things, but it’s not going to be an intoxicating experience like consuming THC. There are a handful of vape companies that have incorporated CBD into their e-liquid to offer unique products with different effects. What is PG and VG? You’ll see “PG” and “VG” mentioned in many descriptions of e-liquids out there. The acronyms stand for “propylene glycol” and “vegetable glycerin,” and they are two of the primary components in any and all e-liquids, the other two being nicotine and flavoring. Different brands and flavors use different ratios of PG/VG, so it’s important that you recognize what you like or dislike about the two compounds. VG is thicker in consistency and sweeter in flavor, so you’ll often see more VG used in dessert vapes. VG is also known for creating bigger, denser clouds. PG, however, has very little noticeable flavor. If you did or still do smoke cigarettes, you’ll notice that an e-liquid higher in PG will hit more like a cigarette as it creates more of a “throat hit” feeling. Make sure you’re taking note of what ratio the e-juice you’re vaping consists of as you’ll want to find the ratio you prefer early on if you can. Pick Your Favorite E-juice Flavor There are virtually unlimited flavors out there in people’s vaping devices. Whether you want something fruity sweet like kiwi-strawberry or something more subtle like a vanilla cream pie, you’ll be able to find it on Vapor 42. Finding the Right Brand for You You’ll notice that every brand on here has a slightly different vibe or aesthetic to their e-liquids, and there’s probably just as much variety in the way they approach producing them. When you try a vape for the first time, you’ll want to take note of what you’re liking and disliking about every draw. Does it hit too harsh? Maybe try something cut with more PG. Is the flavor too overwhelming? Try an e-liquid that’s not as loaded with flavors and go for something more simple. In the end, your vape is the experience that you make of it. Check out the many options we have in store for you at Vapor 42, and let’s start molding that experience together.