Vape Flavours – What You Need To Know
With the rise of vaping in our modern culture, every Tom, Dick, and Harry have started selling vape flavours online, or in vending stalls at markets. With the sudden influx of vaping goods, comes a lot of questions about the clouds emanating from every vapor’s mouth. What goes into the liquid that produces the vape flavour? Is it bad for you?
We have listed a few of the above questions in this article, in the hopes of shedding some light on the subject, and letting the smoke clear for you to see the vape clouds in the background.
What’s in them?
As with anything in life, there’s always more to something than meets the eye, and with vape flavours, there’s no exception. It’s not a single ingredient that’s found on a tree that makes it taste like chocolate or vanilla. There was a complicated process that went into developing and designing the liquids that you pour into your atomiser, and we’re going to tell you more about that.
The Base Liquid
The first (and main) ingredient in any vape flavour is the base liquid. Usually it’s a mixture of Vegetable glycerine and Propylene glycol. The amounts differ, depending on what the vaper is wanting out of his or her clouds.
Vegetable glycerine (VG) usually makes up most of the liquid you see in a vape flavour. Why is that? Because the more you have of it, the larger and fuller your clouds will be. But what is VG?
VG is made from vegetable fats and oils, but it isn’t an oil itself. When you look at it under a microscope, it’s pretty much an alcohol instead, which means it’s safe to inhale. VG is very viscous and thick, which mean that it doesn’t wick well with older atomisers, but this viscosity means that it produces incredible dense clouds with little-to-no hit in your throat.
In and of itself, it’s odourless, colourless, and aside from a slight sweetness, flavourless. It’s used in many household products, such as sweeteners and food products to keep the moisture in. This makes it perfect as a base for vape flavours, apart from the viscosity. That’s where propylene glycol comes in to play.
Propylene glycol (PG) is the other alternative base liquid for your vape flavours. Colourless, odourless, and also flavourless (apart from the slight sweet taste), it works as well as VG. However, it’s less viscous, which means it wicks better than VG does. Just like VG, propylene glycol is an alcohol as well, and it has no harmful effects on your body. In fact, it’s used in medicines, food, and other household products to maintain moisture. Because of this, it’s equally perfect to be used alongside VG as a base for vape flavours.
However, because it’s not as viscous as VG, propylene glycol tends to leave the vaper feeling disappointed in the lack of clouds it produces. On the plus side, it carries the flavours better, and leaves a stronger throat hit at the end. So what then? Are vape flavours made up of VG or PG? Well, the answer is a mixture of the two.
As with any great product, trial and error has to come into play. Many vapers find that it takes a lot of different composition percentages of the two to create the perfect cloud with vape flavour retention.
Usually a mixture is made up of up to 80% VG, however it can go as low as 40%VG with the remaining percentage being PG, and a few drops of the required flavour mixture. Usually mixtures with a higher percentage of PG are favoured by vapers that prefer to be less conspicuous about their vaping, as these mixtures tend to produce less clouds than ones that favour a higher VG concentration.
The next ingredient in any vape flavour, is the flavour itself. It could be strawberry cheesecake, tutti frutti, or chocolate. The exact ingredients always differ slightly, but the fact that a flavour is required remains the same.
It should be noted though, that when choosing a flavour for your vaping needs, always get one that comes from a reputable reseller, rather than someone who crafts the vape flavours from their garage, as health is always a top priority. Don’t worry though, all reputable flavours and brands go through strict health and safety hoops to make sure that their products are safe for human consumption.
The last addition, and this one is optional, is additives. The most common of these is nicotine. As we all know, vaping is used as a way to get people to kick their harmful smoking habits. The addiction to smoking comes from a nicotine addiction, and that’s why people add them to their vape flavours.
The strength of the nicotine is up to the individual, as some vapers require stronger amounts of nicotine in their vapes in order to get the same release as they would from smoking cigarette. However, because the amount is adjustable, it means that you can slowly wean yourself off of the nicotine, until you’re just vaping the vanilla vape flavours, with no additives needed!
Lately, a new additive has been making its rounds through the vaping world, and that is cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a non-hallucinogenic extract made from cannabis, but it is popular as it creates a relaxing and calming on the vaper.
All together though, these ingredients together make up the composition of a vape flavour, with the results and variations being as diverse as the people who use them.
As with any new trend, there are people who immediately jump on the “it’s bad for you” train. Because vaping looks a lot like smoking, people immediately think “you’re going to kill yourself” if they catch you vaping, and they’ll say it to your face! However, there’s a lot that the public doesn’t know about vape flavours, and the real health problems/benefits that they provide. And aside from health benefits, there are other benefits that can be gained from switching to using vape flavours over cigarettes.
The first benefit is the one that affects your lungs. The problem with smoking is that it fills your lungs with smoke. Smoke, that contains carbon monoxide, tar, and other harmful substances. This clogs up the capillaries, and causes you to feel short of breath, and weaker in general.
However, with vaping none of those problems occur. You see, the glycerine and glycol used in vaping has almost no harmful effects on your body, as the residue contained within the clouds created is very light. This reduces the strain on your lungs, and allows you to enjoy your vape flavours more, without worrying about the side effects.
Naturally, the one potentially thing that should be mentioned is nicotine, as this is an additive, and can has side effects. However, because you can adjust the amount of nicotine that you have in your vape flavour, it means that you can wean yourself off, and be a lot healthier in the process than you would be if you were smoking.
The next area that switching to vaping will benefit, is your pockets. On average, a heavy smoker can smoke up to 2 or 3 packs a day. That means that daily it could cost between R40-R150/day, depending on brand and quantity of cigarettes used. After a while, this does tend to take a heavy toll on the bank account.
However, after the initial start-up costs of buying a vaping atomiser, and one or two “test” vape flavours, the monthly costs start to diminish quite exponentially. You can save between 1/4, and 3/4 of the amount you used to spend on cigarettes by switching to vaping, and the vape flavours last a long time, and if you buy in bulk, you’ll save even more.
Smoke. This is a problem that all smokers face. Not just the grey clouds floating in the air, but the smell on the clothing and breath, and the yellow stains on the fingers and teeth. Unfortunately this is a side effect of smoking, and not a pleasant one. This is a huge problem for anyone in the business world, as smelling like you stepped out of a fireplace is not the best way to gain clients and jobs.
Luckily for vapers, they don’t have this problem. You see, because most of the vaping clouds is made up of PG and VG (both odourless liquids), it means that there’s no residue left when you vape. So it doesn’t matter if you have a quick puff from a friend’s atomiser to taste their latest vape flavour, as the smell won’t linger on your breath, clothes, fingers, or teeth. Vaping also doesn’t stain the fingers and teeth, so you can taste as many flavours as your heart desires, without having to worry about the side effects, as the effects are minimal!