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Max VG vs. 100% VG E-juices: What’s the difference?

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For those who are new to the vaping world, you might find yourself a bit overwhelmed by the new vocabulary that comes along with it. Words like vaping mods, sub ohm tanks, and atomizers are just a few that will likely trip you up from time to time. But once you buy your very first vape kit, you are going to be hit with all of the different words associated with e-juices, too. Some are labeled as “Max VG.” Others are “100% VG.” Then you have 40/60PG/VG or 50/50PG/VG. What’s the difference?


What does VG and PG stand for?

VG stands for vegetable glycerin, which is a primary ingredient of all e-juices along with water and special flavoring. Another possible ingredient is propylene glycol, or PG. The confusion comes with the intended meanings of “max” and “100%.” One might assume that the “maximum” level of VG would be only be “100%,” but you would be wrong. Max VG is the vendor’s way of saying that they include the maximum level of vegetable glycol allowable without jeopardizing their tasty flavor blend. So, the percentage of VG in this case could be any number. It just depends on the secret recipe of the manufacture. But most of the percentages are clearly listed on the bottles.

Why does it matter?

Most people are not allergic to vegetables, and therefore not allergic to VG. But many vaping enthusiasts can be allergic to propylene glycol. So, a 100% VG blend would be their only choice of e-juice. Anything else could trigger a nasty allergic reaction.

Why are some people allergic to propylene glycol?

People can be allergic to all sorts of things, strawberries, dust, pet dander….you name it. But many vapers are completely unaware that they are allergic to PG until they first begin to vape. While vaping is considered 95% safer than smoking traditional cigarettes, there are some risks for those who suffer from allergic reactions to propylene glycol.

What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction?

For many first-time vapers, we can develop some temporary negative side effects when we transition from tobacco cigarettes to vape pens. Headaches, dizziness, and maybe some mild nausea are not uncommon. These are likely withdrawal symptoms that your body produces as you wean yourself off of all the toxic chemicals and nicotine found in tobacco cigarettes. But if these symptoms continue for more than a couple of weeks, you may be allergic to propylene glycol. Try a 100% VG blend and see if this makes a difference.  

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