Propylene Glycol vs. Vegetable Glycerin Vape Juice – What’s the difference?

Beginning vapers and even those more experienced aren’t aware of what propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are and why they’re important to vaping. Commonly called PG and VG, they are two of the four ingredients in e-liquid aka vape juice. If you’re looking for it, you’ll find vape juice can be found in a variety of mixtures; the most common are 80/20, 70/30, 50/50, 100% PG, or 100% VG.

Propylene Glycol in Vape Juice
You may have heard the propylene glycol (PG) is toxic or that it is anti-freeze which isn’t exactly true. PG is a non-toxic ingredient found in anti-freeze used in food processing systems. The stuff you put in your car contains ethylene glycol which is toxic. The FDA approves the use of PG in margarine, cake mix, soda, ice cream, salad dressing, and other foods.

PG is the consistency of water which means it carries the flavor better than VG when vaporized. It is put into vape juice to enhance flavor and for a throat hit.

What’s a throat hit? It’s the feeling that smokers get because they are inhaling smoke and it has a slight burn/tingle.. Some vapers like to replicate that to feel like they are inhaling something more than just flavored air.

Vapers report being allergic to PG significantly more often than VG. Symptoms include nausea, sore throat, and eczema. If you’re transitioning from smoking cigarettes to vaping, you may also experience these symptoms until you’re vape-only.

If you suspect you’re allergic or sensitive to PG, consider a concentration higher in VG.

Vegetable Glycerin in Vape Juice

Vegetable glycerin (VG) is a thicker, more viscous, and sweeter tasting liquid than PG. Vapers report tasting less of the flavor of their vape juice and less of a throat hit when they have a higher VG concentration. The upside is that VG produces more vapor and causes less allergic reactions and irritations than PG.

Sore throat, dry mouth, and increased thirst are symptoms you may experience as the result of an allergy or sensitivity to VG. If the symptoms persist, you may have an allergy. Otherwise, your body may just be adjusting to vaping.

Most vape juices are a combination of PG and VG. Many manufacturers include the percentages on the bottle while others keep theirs private. Choose a trusted manufacturer like we do at Vape Rising.. And welcome to the Rising.

If you’re experiencing symptoms such as nausea, sore throat, and eczema after you start vaping, change the mixture of Propylene Glycol vs. Vegetable Glycerin and/or the amount of nicotine in your vape juice.

When in doubt, always see a doctor. Even though vaping isn’t smoking, it comes with its own risks and you should always take any side effects seriously.

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