What is VG and PG in E-Liquid?
If you are reading this, then you probably asked yourself what is in e-liquid but most important what is VG and PG. Who are these guys? Ha ha ha … Right?
Well, the following article is meant to help you understand exactly the what, the why and the how of these two components that actually make the most part of what’s in any e-liquid.
Usually, new vapers are a bit puzzled by the components of the vape juice and what exactly PG and VG are which is why sounds like a good idea to look into both of these in as much depth as possible to clear up most of those questions.
VG is short for Vegetable Glycerine
Vegetable Glycerine, sometimes spelled Vegetable Glycerin or Glycerol, is a colourless and odourless viscous liquid. Obtained from the oils of plants like Coconut, Palm, or Soy, it is also known as Vegetable Glycerol or simply Glycerol.
VG is a natural blending agent that will control the amount of steam production in an e-liquid. It was utilised long before vaping e-liquids, as the liquid used in smoke machines, movies, stage sets and others.
Based on the non toxic properties of the Vegetable Glycerin, makes this mixing agent the perfect addition to any e-liquid used by those intense vapour lovers.
The higher the ratio of VG as an e-liquid component, the denser the steam production will be. In addition, the e-liquid that has a higher content of VG will be tinged with a delicate throat nicotine hit that makes them the perfect choice for use with sub-ohm vape kit.
There is a wide variety of commonly used products which contain vegetable glycerine. Bellow, you can find a short list of those:
Processed fruits and vegetables
Baked goods and grains
Cream or powder milk
Cheese and yogurts
PG is short for Propylene Glycol
This might be surprising but Propylene Glycol is more present in your life than you think. As an artificial mixing agent, it is used in ointments for wounds, makeup, body creams and many other medications and even food products.
Other characteristics and facts about Propylene Glycol: it is synthetic but non-toxic, and because it is water soluble, makes it very easily metabolised by the human body.
Since It is not toxic and safe for human consumption PG is the perfect fluid for use in e-liquid.
Propylene Glycol is colourless and odourless; when heated and mixed with nicotine, is providing a simulated throat hit acting as a flavour carrier. Looking for a more robust flavour and a harder throat hit from the nicotine, then a higher PG based is what you want.
Bellow you can find a list of very commonly used products which contain Propylene Glycol:
Canned coffee based drinks
Shampoo and many other beauty products
After clarifying what makes the base or in other words what is the foundation of any e-liquid is, new questions are seeking answer:
What is the correct ratio of the VG/PG?
First of all, you need to know what the best ratio is to chose according to your taste, need for vapour density or desired level of harshness. But, most important of all is the correct ratio for your vape mod, pen or any other device used to indulge your vape juice.
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As specified above, various mixing ratios of VG and PG will give different results as the vapour density, flavour or harshness. It is up to every vaper to decide the perfect e-liquid VG/PG ratio for them.
How safe is VG / PG?
Vegetable Glycerin and Propylene Glycol along are non-toxic blending agents fit for human consumption.
When using e-liquid containing a high ratio of PG, you might find a few minor side effects which can include increased thirst, dry mouth and/or a sore throat. These symptoms will only last for a short while as your body adjusts to the vaping. However, it is always good to stay hydrated.