One question that has come up more recently in the vaping community is if it is preferable to vape VG only e-liquid. This would be vegetable glycerin (VG), as opposed to propylene glycol (PG). Actually this is supposed to be a mix of the two, which is generally the favoured approach by most companies that create and sell e-liquid. There are vapers who prefer a ratio higher in PG (which is perhaps the majority), and those that prefer a ratio higher in VG. What about people that prefer only VG? There are situations when that make sense, but first let’s recap the differences between these two.
Differences Between PG and VG
Ah, a story as old as time! Okay, not quite, but the PG vs VG e-liquid debate has been raging as long as vapers have been vaping. There are pros to each, and for the purpose of the next section it’s important to give you a brief summary.
PG – The reasons to favour PG are many. First, PG has a stronger throat hit, which is important for a lot of ex-smokers. It is also known to be a better carrier for flavour, which also ranks among the most important factors for those who are making the switch to vapour. Lastly, PG is thinner and wicks easily, making it a great choice for any type of vaping device, from e-cigs to more advanced vapour devices.
VG – There are strong reasons to vape VG too. First, VG has an incredible ability to produce large clouds. What it lacks in terms of throat hit and flavour, it makes up with huge vapour production. Second, VG has a naturally sweet flavour, so if you like sweeter e-liquid it can carry that well. Lastly, VG doesn’t have an allergy problem, which PG does have for a smaller number of vapers. That leads us right into the main topic here.
Reasons to Vape VG Only
First and foremost, if you are allergic to propylene glycol, you should be using VG only e-liquid. Spotting PG allergies can be a little tricky, since the symptoms are rather generic. If after vaping you experience a sore throat, cough, headache, or chest tightening, definitely consider the fact that you may have a PG allergy. Remember that only a very small percentage of people are allergic to PG, but if you think you might be, switch over to VG only for a while and see if that does the trick.
The other big reason to vape VG only is if you are absolutely in love with clouds. If you’re searching for bigger and bigger clouds of vapour, your final answer will rest with VG e-liquid. This also means you’ll want to use something like the Trinity Vaporiser that can handle the thickness of VG only e-liquid. Remember that VG generally produces less of a throat hit, so if you fear missing that then you can always up your nicotine level compared to what you had with a PG or blend e-liquid.
The truth of the matter is most people fit into the “blend” category, and most of those lean toward a ratio higher in PG. It’s the PG that helps make that transition to vaping, giving you a great throat hit and strong flavours. Yet, as you can see, this isn’t a one size fits all type of thing and there are some side effects of vaping. VG only e-liquid is a very popular option these days, and there are good reasons for that too.
Just remember that VG only e-liquid only makes sense in certain situations. If you have an allergy, then you should definitely pick up something such as our VSAVI line of 100% VG e-liquid. Or if you have a vaporiser that can handle VG smoothly, it might be fun to give it a try and shoot for creating some really massive clouds. Have fun with your e-liquid selection, whatever you choose, because it really should be lots of fun. If you have any questions about PG/VG and what you should purchase, check out our customer service page . In the meantime, happy vaping!