What is Synthetic Nicotine?

What is Synthetic Nicotine?

Jasmine Thamra

You may have noticed a new term pop up on vape4change, and in other vape-friendly spaces: synthetic nicotine. It may seem like this term has popped up overnight, when in reality synthetic nicotine has been on the market for quite some time now. What is synthetic nicotine? How is it made? What impact does synthetic nicotine have on the vaping industry? Is it even safe? 

First and foremost, the most important thing to address is the safety of synthetic nicotine. Synthetic nicotine is just as safe to use as regular nicotine for adults. There is virtually no difference in terms of safety when it comes to vaping synthetic nicotine.

What is synthetic nicotine?
Synthetic nicotine is nicotine that has been made utilizing lab made components rather than derived from a tobacco plant. It is made in state-of-the-art laboratories to mimic and emulate tobacco-derived nicotine. This means it does not contain any of the impurities that come with tobacco-derived nicotine. Synthetic nicotine could theoretically be the thing that severs ties with the traditional tobacco industry, which could be considered a big win for the vape industry. It is important to note that most people who vape are former smokers, so it would make sense to want to cut ties with the tobacco industry.

What does it feel like?
Synthetic nicotine gives the same physiological effects to the body that tobacco-derived nicotine does. This means you can expect the same hit, rush, and general satisfaction you would have with tobacco-derived nicotine! Synthetic nicotine emulates, models and mimics the nicotine compound, so it is basically the same thing but uses a different process to get there.

What does it taste like?
In terms of flavour, due to the pure form of synthetic nicotine, this makes it tasteless and odourless, which can mean a stronger flavour in some cases. Most people who vape synthetic nicotine report that the flavour is almost identical, and some say they even experience a smoother hit. Here at vape4change, we can honestly say we cannot feel a difference between synthetic nicotine and tobacco-derived nicotine! 

Synthetic nicotine is actually not new to the market at all. It came out a few years ago, but was considerably more expensive. Synthetic nicotine didn’t take off when it first came out, as it was overshadowed by the introduction of nic salts on the market.

So, why has synthetic nicotine suddenly made a resurgence? It is no secret that the government has been targeting the vape industry, setting nicotine caps of 20mg, and threatening to get rid of flavours. Synthetic nicotine serves as a loophole for vapors to get a stronger hit, while remaining compliant with government regulations. Many people who are former smokers quit cigarettes by relying on 50mg nicotine products, and continue to depend on higher contents of nicotine for harm reduction. As it stands, synthetic nicotine is not tied to the same regulations as tobacco-derived nicotine.

Synthetic nicotine, in our opinion, is a great thing, especially for those who vape higher nicotine strengths, such as 50mg. Many of us who vape are former smokers, and therefore do not wish to support the tobacco industry. We feel it is a stretch to include vaping in the tobacco category along with smoking, as most experts feel that vaping is significantly safer than smoking cigarettes. Considering that synthetic nicotine is not derived from the tobacco leaf, this could be the push the vape industry needs to distance itself from the tobacco industry. 

Several companies have hopped on board with synthetic nicotine, offering 50mg products of the same brands and flavours in a synthetic version. This is great news for people who previously relied on 50mg products to keep them off cigarettes. ZPods have created a synthetic 50mg version of their pods. Zpods STLTH Compatible Pods come in their most popular flavours – Sour Mouth, Chew, Blue Lemon, Gummy Bear Ice, NRG and many other well-loved flavours. It is amazing to see that a product as popular as Zpods has adapted to the changing market. 

Another STLTH Compatible pod has been released on the market as well. Boosted Pods STLTH Compatible has come out with incredible flavours such as Peach Ice, Mint, Just Grape, and several other flavours as well. Boosted Pods STLTH Compatible has also released Boosted disposables version in 50mg synthetic nicotine. They come in amazing flavours such as Triple Berry, Banana Ice, Mango Passionfruit, Sour Berries and many more.

It has been amazing to see STLTH compatible pods be made in synthetic nicotine format, as our customers had often been on the search for something that could replace their 50mg hit. We are anticipating several other favourite brands to adapt to the changing market, and can guarantee that we at vape4change will always be here keeping you on trend. We heard you guys, and we understand the struggle. Quitting smoking is never easy, and it is especially hard to re-adjust once you have found something that works for you. We at vape4change wish everyone success on their smoke-free journeys, and are happy to see where synthetic nicotine takes the industry!

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