Have you ever wondered why virtually every e-liquid maker in the world has nicotine-free vape juice available? If you use e-liquid with nicotine yourself, it might surprise you to learn that there is a great deal of demand for nicotine-free vape juice. Vaping without nicotine has some surprising benefits, but the biggest benefit of using nicotine-free vape juice is that it does not contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. Once you’ve successfully eliminated nicotine, you’re no longer vaping to fulfill a need. This is one of the final stages of the vaping journey and makes it much easier to stop entirely.
In this article, we’re going to make the case that you can switch to nicotine-free vape juice and still be completely satisfied with your vaping experience, provided you go about it in the right way. We’re also going to explain exactly how to make that switch while minimizing cravings. Let’s jump in!
The Journey to Nicotine-free Vaping
If you currently use e-liquid with high nicotine strength, are still smoking, or have only recently switched to vaping, you probably don’t want to stop using nicotine immediately. Nicotine-free vaping is one of the last stages of the vaping journey and though it’s a fantastic achievement, it’s not something that should be rushed.
You’ll have a better chance of success if you reduce your nicotine consumption gradually. Here’s a strategy for doing it.
Reduce Your Nicotine Strength Gradually
Once you’ve completely switched to vaping, the next step is to start reducing the nicotine strength of your e-liquid at a pace that suits you. E-liquids are available in a wide range of strengths, so you don’t have to immediately jump from a high nicotine strength to nicotine-free. There are also different formulations of nicotine. To find out more about different types of nicotine and nicotine strengths, read this article.
When you’re ready to reduce your nicotine strength, it’s best to take things one step at a time. For example, if you currently vape 18mg/ml e-liquid, consider moving down to commonly available strengths such as 15mg/ml or 12mg/ml, rather than jumping all the way down to a low strength such as 3mg/ml. This process may take some time, but if you listen to your body and have the will to make progress, you will get there eventually.
You might find it helpful to switch to a more powerful vaping device when you step down to very low nicotine strength, such as 3mg/ml. The increased vapor production will make it easier for you to remain satisfied when you switch to a significantly lower strength nicotine e-liquid. The Innokin Coolfire Z80 is ideal for this process since it provides a great experience for low-power mouth-to-lung and medium power direct-to-lung vaping.
Choose E-liquid That Simulates the Throat Hit of Nicotine
One of the things that you’ll notice as you begin your journey into the world of non-nicotine vaping is that nicotine-free e-liquid produces greatly reduced throat hit. Even the difference between 3 mg/ml e-liquid and nicotine-free e-liquid can feel quite dramatic. This can be an issue if you’re the type of vaper who equates the feeling of throat hit with a sense of satisfaction.
If you need to feel something in your throat in order to feel satisfied with your vaping experience, you should choose an e-liquid that produces a throat hit even without nicotine. There are a few ways of going about this.
The most noticeable way of increasing throat hit without nicotine is choosing an e-liquid that contains menthol, minty flavors or other coolants. The intense cooling sensation of these e-liquids can mimic the feeling of nicotine and you may be able to adjust to it quite quickly.
Another option is choosing flavors that are known to naturally have a more noticeable throat hit. Citrus flavors, like grapefruit or lemon, and spicy flavors, like cinnamon, are all known to produce a more substantial throat hit. Although the effect is more subtle than menthol, it can still help in mimicking the sensation of nicotine.
Finally, you should consider e-liquids with higher PG content. All e-liquids use VG and PG as base ingredients. Of these bases, PG produces a more noticeable throat hit. E-liquids with a 50/50 VG/PG ratio are a good place to start and although they have become less common, 40/60 VG/PG ratio e-liquids are still available from some brands.
Consider Mixing Your Own E-Liquid as You Approach Non-Nicotine Vaping
Although e-liquid does exist in nicotine strengths below 3 mg/ml, it isn’t common. This means finding a flavor you love below 3mg/ml strength can be difficult. The solution for this is simple: You’ll need to mix two existing nicotine strengths. It’s a bit like making your own DIY vape juice, but you don’t need to worry about getting the ingredient ratios right because the hard work is already done for you.
To dial your nicotine strength down to nothing, start by mixing equal parts of 3 mg/ml e-liquid and nicotine-free e-liquid to make a strength of 1.5 mg/ml. Once you become accustomed to that nicotine strength, you can create new mixtures using less and less of the 3 mg/ml strength until you’re using just a few drops of nicotine per bottle. At that point, you’re ready to step down to nicotine-free vape juice.
Make Sure You’re Using the Right Equipment for Nicotine-Free Vaping
Choosing the right e-liquid is just one piece of the nicotine-free vaping puzzle. The other crucial element is ensuring that you’re using the right vaping hardware for maximum satisfaction.
To choose the right hardware for nicotine-free vaping, you need to think about the things that compel you to use nicotine and help you derive pleasure from it. Obviously, chemical addiction is a big part of why you use nicotine – but it’s not the only reason.
Best Nicotine-Free Vaping Setup for Cloud Production and Flavor
Maybe you enjoy the sensation of the vapor filling your lungs, or perhaps you love watching a large cloud travel across a room. You’re not alone there, and that’s exactly why companies like Innokin have worked hard to create vape mods and tanks capable of extreme cloud production. Using a cloud chasing device like the Innokin MVP5 Ajax and a vape tank like the Innokin Plex tank will allow you to enjoy substantial cloud production along with the most intense flavors that a vaping device can deliver. That’s going to help you maintain satisfaction as you begin your nicotine-free vaping journey.
Best Nicotine-Free Vaping Setup for Tactile Sensation
On the other hand, you might be the type of person who really looks forward to experiencing the tactile sensations associated with nicotine use. For many, this requires a device that closely emulates the experience of a cigarette, with a tight draw and automatic activation.
If that’s the case, devices like the Innokin EQ FLTR are ideal. The EQ FLTR is the only pod vaping system on the market with a removable and biodegradable soft filter tip that feels just like the soft filter of a cigarette. The combination of filter tip, a tight draw and automatic activation go a long way to simulate the feeling of a cigarette, even when there’s no nicotine involved.
Think of the Benefits of Nicotine-free Vaping
The final thing that you should do to ensure that you have a completely satisfying experience as a non-nicotine vaper is thinking of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you eliminate nicotine consumption from your life. As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, one of those benefits is the fact that you’ll no longer be addicted to nicotine, which makes it much easier to stop vaping. However, that’s not the only benefit.
Another major benefit of nicotine-free vaping is that it’s easily the least expensive way to vape. While it’s true that virtually every vape juice company in the world makes nicotine-free e-liquid, the fact is that most vapers only buy e-liquid with nicotine. When you check the clearance section at your favorite vape shop, you’re almost always going to find nicotine-free e-liquid there. When you eliminate nicotine from your life, you can finally take advantage of those great prices. You can haunt the sale sections at all of your favorite vape shops, and vaping will end up costing you next to nothing.