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What is VG

Vegetable Glycerin Used in our E-liquid

Vegetable glycerin, also called vegetable glycerol and VG, is a carbohydrate mostly derived from the oils of plants. Some uses include sweetener and a cosmetic product ingredient. Alcohol is also sometimes replaced by vegetable glycerin for extracting botanicals.

E-liquid that is VG based usually contains anywhere from 80% to 92% vegetable glycerin. This ingredient produces the smoke clouds when exhaling the e-cigarette. About 20% of every e-liquid sold in the market today are based with VG. Vegetable glycerin generally has vapor production than propylene glycol. However, VG reduces the throat hit. It's also a little more viscous, or thicker, and somewhat sweeter than propylene glycol. The thickness increase, however, will sometimes reduce the life of an atomizer. Most vapers use a mix of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin like 80 to 90% PG and 10 to 20% VG. Some will even split the VG and PG 50/50 in their e-juice.

The FDA has approved vegetable glycerin for use in a variety of forms. These products can be found in a variety of common items around the house. Examples include:

Sugar substitutes
Beauty products that include makeup, shampoo, mousse, bubble bath, deodorant, and aftershave
Pet food
Hand and skin cream
Increasing moisture for baked goods
The thick gel used for creams, jellies, rubs, and gel capsule pills
Ear and eye drops, pastes, toothpaste, and many other dental hygiene products

VG comes in food grade and USP grade, and our company uses 99.7% USP grade.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies glycerin as GRAS, or "generally recognized as safe." VG is compliant with the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), Food Chemicals Codex (FCC), and European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur. or EP) E244. It's manufactured as stated by current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). Vegetable Glycerin is also shipped as maintained by applicable GTDP, or Good Trade and Distribution Practices.

Glycerol is an organic liquid and is very benign. It is hypoallergenic, non-carcinogenic, non- mutagenic, and non-teratogenic. It is also easily metabolized by the process beta-oxidation which results in H2O and CO2 production. This process is a natural and common catabolic process.

There are some excerpts from a Glycerol assessment profile called SIDS that say there have been no indications of glycerol having genotoxic potential and  no reproductive performance and fertility effects that were observed. Since there is a low hazard potential, no further studies have been made on glycerol.

Vegetable Glycerin Health:

Vegetable glycerin, more commonly as glycerin (a.k.a. Glycerol), was NOT flagged by the CEPA. Therefore, no further attention was needed the chemical was labeled to be a low priority for human health.
The FDA also permits Vegetable Glycerin for use as a food additive.

Vegetable Glycerin Allergies & Side effects


The odds of having vegetable glycerin allergies is substantially low. Very few people may experience issues with glycerol metabolism. Those people would include some diabetics that use an anabolic hepatic pathway that converts Glycerol into glucose. With the VG levels that are used for vaping, there are no issues

Side Effects

Common side effects of inhaling e-liquid that contain vegetable glycerin are sore throat, dry mouth, and an increase in thirst. Symptoms of these kind will last only a two or three days up to one week. The body during this time period adjusts to ingesting vegetable glycerin. Symptoms can be reduced by drinking more liquids than usual like water during the first couple of weeks of operating your e-cigarette.

There will be side effects whenever a person quits smoking tobacco in favor of smoking e-cigarettes. It's easy for an e-cigarette beginner to incorrectly allocate these side effects to vaping, when in reality the effects are likely from the body reacting its departure of tobacco cigarettes. The side effects of going away from smoking include: Stomach pain, bad breath, constipation, nausea, vertigo, dizziness, nasal drip, dry throat, gas, irritability, vagueness, depression, insomnia, increased coughing, skin breakouts, and increased appetite. Most of the listed side effects will be eased from use of the e-cigarette.