For many e-cig users, to PG or VG, that is the question. This article will examine both options and the pros and cons associated with them.
Many of you may be wondering, what is PG and VG? PG stands for propylene glycol, which is an organic compound used in a variety of applications. Some common uses include pharmaceutical, as a food additive, in cosmetics, theatrical fog, electronic cigarettes and more. The acute oral toxicity of propylene glycol is very low, and large quantities are required to cause perceptible health damage in humans. PG is metabolized in the human body into pyruvic acid, which is a normal part of the glucose-metabolism process. In e-cigarettes, PG is used as a diluting agent for the nicotine as well as the producer of the smoke like vapor.
VG which is glycerin, is used the same way in electronic cigarettes. Glycerin is also commonly used as a substitute in many other propylene glycol applications and also like PG is heavily used in the food industry, consumed in quantity daily.
Which is the best for usage in electronic cigarettes? There is no definite answer to this question as it comes down to user preference, but most users prefer PG because it delivers the throat hit that many e-smokers crave. In other words, it gives you a more realistic smoking experience. One side effect of PG is that it is known to be a little more prone to giving the user a dry mouth and throat. It is recommended to stay well hydrated to avoid help avoid this. Conversely, VG is known to make the user a bit more phlegmy. VG, while producing a lot of vapor does not give the throat hit that many smokers crave.
As with anything, some people may be allergic to either PG or VG. These allergies are typically very minor and are noticed by tightness or a tingling sensation on the jaw. A small percentage of people, around 2%, develop more serious irritations. If you find yourself having an allergic reaction to one, try the other.
There are also manufactures who produce a mix of VG and PG. This combination does give the user a good amount of vapor and a better hit than just a VG based solution.
The majority of the pre -filled cartomizers and cartridges currently available on the market contain a PG solution because the throat hit better recreates the smoking experience.
We suggest you start with a PG based solution from a company with a no-hassle return policy. If you find that you have allergies that are too severe to use a PG solution, return the product and try a VG based solution.
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