Find The Best E-Juice For You – A 2-Step Buying Guide
Having the freedom to choose the e-juice flavor you want to suit your mood and craving is one of the biggest perks of vaping. But when you have thousands of flavors and various nicotine levels to choose from, finding the best e-juice can feel like weeding through a haystack to find a needle.
But worry not. Whether you want a strong, energizing flavor, one that’s sweet, or an e-juice that’s soothing, you’re bound to find exactly what you want with a bit of research. So without further ado, here’s our simple, two-step guide on finding the e-juice that’s right for you.
Check The Nicotine Levels
As you may already know, e-juice comes in varying nicotine levels to suit different tastes and preferences. This makes it easy for smokers to lower their nicotine intake – something they cannot do with tobacco cigarettes.
If your goal is to completely give up nicotine and just satisfy your smoking habit, you can go for e-juice flavors that have ZERO nicotine content. However, that’s easier said than done…simply because nicotine is a physically (AND psychologically) addictive substance.
Unlike an addiction to food, gambling, or skydiving (which are psychological addictions), stopping nicotine consumption cold comes at a price – A.K.A withdrawal symptoms.
Anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, headaches, sudden increase in appetite, and lack of focus; these are just some of the physical setbacks cold-turkey quitters experience as the body tries to compensate and adjust to the lack of nicotine. And when you toss in the fact that cravings (the psychological aspect of the addiction) could last for years, it’s no surprise that only 5% of cold-turkey quitters remain nicotine-free for 12 months while 95% suffer from relapsing.
With that in mind, going down the slow-and-steady route is much more favorable. Pick an e-juice whose nicotine content is just a notch or two lower than your daily intake.
For example, I used to be an avid Marlboro Red smoker. Each stick contains about 1.2mg of nicotine, and I could easily consume 20 sticks in a day. That brought my nicotine consumption to about 24 mg per day. If you’re in the same situation as I was, picking a mid or high strength e-juice (12 to 18 mg per millimeter) is a good start.
As you grow accustomed to the mid-strength e-juice, you can now easily move down to e-juices with a lower nicotine content…minus the pesky withdrawal symptoms. Just rinse and repeat the whole process until you’re 100% nicotine-free!
Now, while the nicotine levels are not standardized across different manufacturers, here are some guidelines you can follow when shopping for the best e-juice:
Nicotine-Free: ZERO nicotine. Most of them contain only the PG/VG base and flavoring
Low Strength: About 4 to 8 mg of nicotine/milliliter
Mid Strength: Anywhere from 10 to 14 mg of nicotine/millimeter
High Strength: Contains 16 to 18 mg of nicotine/millimeter
Extra-High Strength: Has about 24 to 36 mg of nicotine/millimeter
Pick A Flavor You Want
Not all e-juices are created equal – not just in terms of nicotine content but in terms of flavor, too. Some are created from the ground up to mimic actual cigarettes. Others don a sweet, sugary taste. Heck! You can even find e-juices with exotic flavors like Dragon Fruit, Açaí Berry, and Dulce De Leche. In simpler terms, the diversity of e-juice flavors is almost limitless.
Picking the e-juice flavor you want is a matter of personal preference. For example, if you’ve smoked menthol cigarettes before, buying a menthol-flavored e-juice may be the way to go.
Now, you may not have a single, favorite flavor. Maybe you love Boston Cream pies, but you’re having reservations about a Boston Cream e-juice. In that case, it’s highly recommended that you try at least 3 or 4 flavors – flavors that you think you’ll like. From there, you can narrow things down to the best e-juices for your tastebuds.