Vaping is an increasingly popular alternative to smoking cigarettes and is becoming its own thing. While vaping without nicotine may seem pointless – after all, the point is to get that nicotine high – there are plenty of people who take the healthier road and choose to use non-nicotine vape juice. While the content of non-nicotine e-liquids does have some potentially harmful ingredients, it’s still a significantly better choice than regular smoking.
Of course, health is not the only reason (although it’s a pretty important one) why people eschew nicotine in their electronic cigarettes. Some are trying to lose weight, and others want to perform smoke tricks easier or to enjoy a smooth flavor. If you want to find out more about the benefits of vaping without using nicotine, read on!
Avoiding nicotine and nicotine addiction
Let’s start with the big one. While vaping nicotine is much less harmful than inhaling it via burnt tobacco, it’s still not great for your health. High quantities of nicotine are poisonous to cells, and aside from increasing your risk of getting cancer, nicotine is highly addictive, and it can be a hard habit to kick.
Nicotine triggers the release of dopamine, and over time, the brain develops a tolerance to nicotine, leading to increased cravings. Withdrawal can make it all but impossible to quit, and most people who try eventually go back to their habit.
Vaping without nicotine is generally safer, and people who use non-nicotine vape juices simply won’t develop the addiction, and those who are already addicted, can find it easier to quit by engaging in a familiar ritual of vaping.
Enjoying richer flavors
Nicotine-free vaping liquids have a stronger flavor than nicotine-based ones. While nicotine is odorless, it’s bitter taste can interfere with the enjoyment of other flavors. Also, the very presence of nicotine means that the e-liquid is somewhat diluted, which means you can’t taste the added flavors properly.
Vapes with no nicotine tend to be smoother, as there’s no “throat hit” – the sensation of nicotine hitting your throat. While there are vapers who enjoy this feeling, it’s not universal. Using a vape without nicotine is perfectly smooth, and vapers can barely feel it. This allows you to focus on the warmth and the flavor without the irritating sensation in your throat.
It can ameliorate sugar cravings
Since a lot of e-liquids have a somewhat sweet flavor, it’s not really surprising vapers use it to reduce their sugar consumption. After all, vaping is a calorie-free habit, and it’s a great alternative to munching on empty calories. Even diabetics can enjoy sweet flavors they normally wouldn’t be allowed to taste.
We’ve mentioned that zero-nicotine e-liquids provide a much smoother experience. This leads to another side-benefit: you won’t cough as much since these vaping juices don’t irritate your throat as much.
This is especially useful for people who frequently suffer from sore throats, former smokers, or people prone to allergies. It’s also great for cloud chasers who enjoy showing off. Speaking of which…
Making bigger clouds
Chasing clouds can be a relaxing, almost meditative, activity. And thanks to e-liquids containing vegetable glycerin, it’s much easier to make bigger clouds than with propylene glycol (which is used for nicotine-based e-liquids).
If you’ve seen anyone making crazy cloud tricks or blowing absolutely gigantic clouds, it’s almost certain they used a vape without nicotine. So, if you enjoy showing off your cloud-making skills, there’s just no substitute.
A surprising number of people take up smoking in order to socialize. Cigarette breaks at work are a prime example of this, with smokers basically forming their own clique.
But what about people who don’t want to smoke but still want to experience the social component? Well, nicotine-free vaping is a perfect solution. They can enjoy all the benefits of smoking without the main drawback of nicotine addiction.
In addition, just like hookah parlors and smoking rooms before them, vaping lounges are becoming prime spots to socialize and meet new people.
Should you try it?
If you don’t mind the absence of nicotine (or even if you do but want to kick the habit), there’s really no reason not to try nicotine-free vaping. No-nicotine vape juices mostly have the same content as nicotine-based ones. That’s why vaping without nicotine isn’t any worse for you than vaping with nicotine and may, in fact, be significantly healthier.
If you’re not a smoker or haven’t even vaped before but still want to enjoy the flavor, socialize, or perform smoke tricks, non-nicotine vaping is definitely a better choice.