Vaping Without Liquid Nicotine and Liquid Nicotine Alternatives – Throwback Thursday #17
With many concerning health related issues associated with smoking not to mention prices constantly increasing, more and more people are turning to vaping. If you are one making the switch, then firstly congratulations! Secondly, you may be wanting more information about vaping e-liquid without nicotine, but still have a nicotine substitute.
For many years now, vaping has helped people successfully quit smoking and it continues to do so. But what if you want to vape without liquid nicotine? Is it still as successful? For some people yes, just like some people can give up cold turkey, while others still need a nicotine replacement.
This blog is going to go in a bit more detail what nicotine is, the benefits of nicotine free and nicotine alternatives.
What is Nicotine?
Nicotine isn’t added to tobacco to make it addictive. It is actually a natural defence toxin produced by the tobacco plant to prevent insects eating it. This natural defence toxin remains in the leaves and stems during the drying process, ending up in the final tobacco product.
When smoked, nicotine affects the brain in several different ways and changes with long term use. Short term effects include a slight buzz, slight anxiety relief or the opposite being a stimulant like caffeine. Long term effects include changes to dopamine production, fluctuation in moods, and of course addiction.
Is it Safe to Vape Without Nicotine?
May seem like an odd question but it is one we get asked a lot. The short answer is it doesn’t impact the safety factor at all. However, if you are replacing cigarettes with vaping and no nicotine, the satisfaction levels may not be met, which could lead to purchasing “one more packet”. For those who have never smoked cigarettes, there is nothing to get addicted too.
There are actually many benefits to vaping nicotine e-liquid such as:
While nicotine is an odourless ingredient, it can alter the flavour of your e-juice. There are two ways it does this. The first is the initial throat sensation felt, it’s harsher, almost prickling which can make you focus on the feeling rather than flavour. Secondly it can cause flavour dilution, especially overtime and if not stored correctly.
Throat hits can be altered depending on PG/VG ratio however liquid nicotine also adds to a harsher sensation.
Better for Bigger Cloud Production
Smoother experience can improve the ability to take in more vapour and in turn, exhale bigger clouds.
No nicotine, no addictive ingredients as in no nicotine cravings or the “need” to smoke. (Addiction to producing clouds is a possibility though!)
Liquid Nicotine Alternatives
The best part about it, is vaping and nicotine replacement therapies are safe to use together! Studies have shown that people switching to vaping to quit smoking were more successful while still having a replacement for nicotine.
Nicotine replacement therapies have been around for years and there is something for everyone. Patches are the most common type however there are also gums, sprays, lozenges, and inhalers.
These are a great help and alternative to successfully overcome nicotine addiction gradually and still at your own pace.
No Prescription Needed
Another benefit of using alternative nicotine replacement therapies is most of them are over the counter. It’s still recommended to consult your doctor or speak to a pharmacist so they can advise the best option for you. Always read the label and follow directions for use.