If you are reading this article, then you surely want to try snus but aren’t sure how to go about it. You’re probably asking yourself what snus you should choose, how to use it, how much of it, and how often.
If you are asking yourself all these questions then this guide is sure to help you figure out all you need to know before taking snus for the first time.
Read on to make your first snus experience a success!
Different Types of Snus
First and foremost, it is important to distinguish between 2 categories of snus:
- Traditional Swedish snus: Made with tobacco and in some cases nicotine additives.
- Nicotine Pouches: Tobacco-free pouches filled with natural resins such as cellulose and nicotine salts, flavorings, and other ingredients.
Snus is often flavored with mint or licorice but nonetheless, always has a strong tobacco taste since the main ingredient is ground tobacco. Also, the color of snus is brown, just like dried tobacco leaves, and it, therefore, has a distinct tobacco smell.
Nicotine pouches do not contain any tobacco at all and taste like the flavorings that are added to the natural fibers in the pouch. In addition, their color is white and not brown like tobacco, due to their white-colored fillers.
Does All Snus Come in Portions?
Today’s snus is mostly available in portion pouches that are prefabricated by the manufacturer and are ready to use. However, before the creation of the snus pouch in the modern era, snus was only available in loose form and had to be formed into a ball by hand.
However, connoisseurs of snus still enjoy their traditional loose snus and the most popular snus brands still offer loose snus varieties of some of their products.
If you are discovering snus for the first time, my advice to you is to go with ready-made portions rather than loose.
Portions are available in many different formats or sizes:
- Large (aka regular): This is the largest portion size containing up to 1.1 g of snus per portion.
- Slim: Slim portions are longer and more narrow than regular-size portions. They have a more comfortable fit and are less discernable that their large counterpart. They often also weigh slightly less than large portions do, with the heaviest slim portion weighing 0.9g.
- Mini: The smallest portion weighing between 0.3 and 0.5g per portion.
When buying snus, whether traditional Swedish snus or nicotine pouches, it is important to know just how much nicotine you’re really getting in a hit.
Manufacturers advertise the nicotine concentration of their products as “mg/g”.
It is therefore important to know how much a portion weighs to be able to know how much nicotine you’ve really absorbed in a single hit.
For Example, if a snus portion weighs 0.9g and has a nicotine strength of 10 mg/g, then it is weaker than a snus than weighs 1.1g and has the same nicotine concentration of 10mg/g.
With the first portion, you are really only getting 9mg of nicotine as opposed to 11mg of nicotine in the second portion.
Why Should I use Snus or Nicotine Pouches?
There are many reasons that can motivate someone to use snus.
If you are a smoker and would like to quit, snus can be the way to go.
Cigarette smoke contains more than 20 toxic substances and additives in addition to nicotine. When you smoke you inhale burnt tobacco in addition to tar and other substances that can cause severe lung damage.
Snus is much less dangerous for your health than cigarette smoke and will not affect your lungs at all. It is possible to get your nicotine dose with snus and get rid of your smoking habit.
You’re an Athlete
Being an athlete requires stamina but it also requires good lung health. We all know that smoking can, in the least, cause shortness of breath and affect your performance.
If you play sports and want the kick you can get from nicotine but do not want to smoke, snus is the way to go. Unlike cigarettes, snus will not hinder your physical performance and can be used any place any time.
You’ve Never Used Nicotine but Want to Try Snus
If you’re curious about snus, have friends who use it, or simply want to have a new experience, why not try snus?
This guide has been created with you in mind. The effects you will feel as a first-time user of both nicotine and snus will be stronger than for those who have already grown accustomed to nicotine by way of smoking cigarettes or vaping.
Based on your first experience, you will either decide to continue using snus or never touch it again, depending on whether you enjoyed it or not.
The Effects of Snus and Nicotine Pouches
The nicotine in both cigarettes and electronic cigarettes aka vape is absorbed into the bloodstream by way of inhalation.
The concentration of nicotine in cigarettes is derived from a natural source, as opposed to vape where the nicotine concentration is controlled, and therefore varies from 7 – 14mg/g of tobacco.
When smoking or vaping, the nicotine is first inhaled into the lungs. The air and nicotine that enter the lungs are then absorbed into the bloodstream. Snus or nicotine pouches are not inhaled but rather placed in the mouth, between the lips and the gums. The process by which the nicotine reaches the bloodstream is therefore very different. The lungs are not at all involved in this process; the nicotine is directly absorbed into the blood through the gums.
You are a nicotine consumer
Are you a smoker or vaper and would like to try snus?
If you take the proper precautions and learn to use snus properly, you can have a very pleasant snus experience.
Since your body is already used to the effects of nicotine, the only thing you may have to get used to would be the stinging and slight burning sensation on the gums and in the throat.
Depending on the type of snus portion you choose, the nicotine delivery can be slow or fast-paced. Either way, the nicotine kick and relaxed feeling you will feel once the nicotine is released is immediate.
You’ve never consumed nicotine
If you are new to nicotine, you should really take the proper measures and precautions in order to minimize the side effects related to your first-time use, regardless of whether you choose vaping, smoking, or snus.
Everyone is familiar with the effects felt by a teenager smoking his/her first cigarette, like nausea and headaches. A first-time snus experience can resemble that of a first-time smoker, with, in addition, an increase in palpitations and heart rhythm due to the brutal influx of nicotine into the blood, as well as a stinging and slight burning sensation in the throat.
Making the Right Choice
Making the right choice for you is something that depends on whether you’ve experienced nicotine in the past or not.
For newbies, who’ve never used nicotine, we recommend starting with nicotine pouches rather than snus, since you can choose a flavor you know you will enjoy, like mint, licorice, lemon, berry, coffee and so many more.
If, on the other hand, you decide to go with snus instead, keep in mind that since snus is essentially tobacco in a pouch. The tobacco flavor in snus is prominent and aggressive, even if the snus has a melon, mint, lemon, or any other flavor. For this reason, we suggest using nicotine pouches first and testing snus once you are already familiar with the effects of oral nicotine use.
If you are already used to the effects of nicotine, you can go for a nicotine pouch like Velo Ice Cool. This product is a very popular choice amongst nicotine pouch users; it has a strong mentholated mint flavor and 10 mg/g of nicotine strength, which is a nice nicotine concentration.
You can also try the Skruf Super Slim line which is a little stronger and has a nicotine strength of 12mg/g. Get the Fresh Strong variety for a minty fresh flavor or the Polar Strong variety if you enjoy the taste of herbs and Eucalyptus.
BLCK is another brand of nicotine pouches with the same nicotine strength but different flavors like melon, cola, and blueberry.
On the other hand, if you are a first-time nicotine user, we recommend you use softer products with a lower concentration of nicotine. As such, Lyf Mint White or Lyft Topic Breeze can be a good choice, with 6 mg/g of nicotine.
In Conclusion, to start using snus successfully………
We at Snusline created this guide to assist you in your introduction to the world of snus.
We can help you make the best and most suitable choice when starting to use snus for the first time so your first snus experience is a success.
Follow Your Senses
We strongly believe that in order to make your first experience with snus an enjoyable one, it is important to pay attention to your sensations. If you feel a burning sensation coming on, it is a good idea to move the portion to another area in your mouth and to drink some water. Moving the portion will allow the burning sensation to pass and drinking water will soothe your throat.
These tips will help you at the beginning of your journey with snus when these effects can be somewhat bothersome.
Take Your Time
Give yourself time to get to know the product and feel comfortable with it. Choose flavors and aromas that you enjoy and start with a low nicotine dosage. If you follow this advice, you will surely have a positive experience and enjoy the moment.
You can start introducing new flavors and stronger products once you are acquainted with nicotine pouches and feel comfortable using them. You may eventually want to try tobacco snus, with its strong tobacco flavor.
Feel the Pleasure
The Oral use of nicotine can be very pleasurable and satisfying with high levels of dopamine (the pleasure hormone) being secreted into the brain and contributing to an overall feeling of wellness and relaxation. We at Snusline are always here to answer any questions or concerns you may have and to guide you in making the most suitable choices for you, whether you are new to nicotine or to snus.
Come see what Snusline has to offer and start your snus journey today!