Whats in your e-juice
August 01, 2018
E-liquid or e-juice is liquid that fuels vapes or electronic cigarettes, it’s what gets vapourised to form an aerosol mist that is analogous to smoke from a traditional cigarette. The key ingredients in e-juices are vegetable glycerine (VG), propylene glycol (PG), flavourings and sometimes nicotine.
What is Propylene glycol (PG)?
Propylene glycol is an odourless alcohol (in purely chemistry speak) and is commonly used as a preservative in the food industry. It is a base liquid and has a lower viscosity (think of honey when compared with water) than Vegetable Glycerine, as such does not produce but vapour when used in e-liquids.
This substance has a bad reputation as a component in antifreeze, however it has been ruled safe by the FDA and is commonly used as a food additive. Its use in antifreeze is as a base liquid due to it being non-toxic, it is worth pointing out because a certain chemical is used in a poisonous product, does not make that specific chemical harmful. A good example is H2O, or simply water which is also an ingredient in antifreeze, however is vital for life. Also worth noting is that PG is safe to inhale and used in asthma pumps.
There is often grading based on the chemical purity of these compounds. Only after it has reached a certain purity threshold may it be used in food, drug or medicinal use. A common food safe standard is the American is U.S.P grading which all our Crikey Clouds range use.
What is Vegetable Glycerine
Vegetable Glycerine (VG) is a natural substance that is processed from some kinds of fats, in this case it would be from vegetable hence the name vegetable glycerine. It is a non-toxic colourless liquid with a sweet taste as such is commonly used as a low-glycaemic sweetener in the food industry (think of all the diet foods, and how they have no sugar).
VG is what produces dense clouds of vapour, but it does not give a good throat hit, as such it is very popular amongst cloud chasers.
Flavouring are essentially esters (chemistry speak for a family of compounds) that are responsible for the taste, aroma and flavour of naturally occurring foods and liquids. For example, Butyl acetate is responsible for the smell and taste of apple and is naturally occurring in it. There is controversy surrounding some of these compounds as they are safe to ingest but may not be safe to inhale. An example is diacetyl which is naturally occurring in alcohol beverages, however when inhaled can cause respiratory problems. Europe responded to this by banning any e-liquids containing it.
This is what makes it an effective substitute to smoking as it kills the nicotine cravings. A popular method of circumventing the zero nicotine laws in Australia, is by adding concentrated nicotine into nicotine free e-liquid.
Vapers Tongue – What is it?
July 20, 2018
Vapers Tongue, this is something hopefully you will never experience, but if you do the effects are obvious and creep up without warning. Crikey!
So, what is vapers tongue? Its when a vaper suddenly experiences flavours diminishing during vaping. This can happen regardless of the flavour and with any premium brand like Crikey Clouds, or other well-known international brands.
Typically, vapers tongue will last from one to three days and is caused by senses in the nose that detect flavours becoming desensitised Most vapers will experience this at one point and will vouch for the unpleasant experience it causes. It is like the tongue gets a thick coat that causes the lack of flavours. It normally happens gradually, then the loss of your favourite flavours is noticeable, then it becomes really obvious this is when you know you have vapers tongue.
Here at crikey clouds, we want to assist you with overcoming and possible prevent this from happening. Here are some tips that may help:
You are vaping the same flavour for too long
There is not a lot of scientific research however many vapers will report and comment there is a general feeling of a flavour being desensitised when vaped for too long. To avoid this try changing flavours at least once a week.
You recently made the switch from Smoking to Vaping
Congratulations on making the switch! Unfortunately, due to the side effects of smoking tobacco your taste buds may be damaged and will need time to heal. Give it some time and hopefully you will get your full taste sensation back.
You may be dehydrated
Drink some water and keep your body’s fluids topped up. When you are dehydrated your body works hard to maintain natural osmotic water levels and as such your body’s physiology is out of whack.
Related to being dehydrated and inadequate saliva. Drink some water and this may assist
As mentioned, flavour is detected through both the nose and mouth and not soley through our taste buds. When you have a blocked nose, it will struggle to pick up these flavour particles. This is similar to losing taste of food when you are sick.
You are stressed or Anxious or both
Both do odd things to your body and if you suffer from either we highly recommend speaking to your local GP to help you get through it.
Coils need to be replaced
An old coil or ones that’s been sitting there too long can cause the tank to flood, e-liquid to taste bad, just to name a few
Your e-liquid is old
In Australia all Crikey Clouds e-liquid, and USA brands we sell are 0mg. Whilst this might be frustrating to some the benefit is your e-liquid will last longer as it is nicotine that will degrade over time a lot faster. After a couple of years your 0mg might have lost some of the flavours, like how perfumes gradually lose their strong scent.
Here is how to overcome and some remedies for Vapers tongue
Take a Vape break. This will give your taste buds time to become more sensitive to flavour particles.
Try unflavoured e-liquid
Improving oral hygiene will improve your taste buds’ sensitivity to flavour.
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