As someone who first traveled to Sweden back in 2006, there’s a lot to love about this northern country. Between its lavish palaces, dense magical forests, tens of thousands of picturesque lakes, incredible food scene, glorious fjords, rich Scandinavian culture, and unparalleled coastline, Sweden is a dream to explore.
But as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, it’s clear that there are still many people who don’t feel comfortable traveling internationally. For them, it will be difficult to experience the pleasures of Sweden and its culture first-hand, but there are ways to bring elements of Swedish culture to them. One of the more unique ways to get a taste of Swedish life is to indulge in snus, also known as nicotine pouches.
Snus, or nicotine pouches, are discreet, tobacco-free products that are placed in the mouth, between the upper lip and gums. The nicotine in the pouches is slowly excreted into the mouth without causing stains or bad breath. Unlike other products, like chewing tobacco, chewing and spitting are not necessary to enjoy nicotine pouches.
They also have the added benefit of being smoke-free, making them cleaner and a less harmful alternative to other forms of nicotine consumption like smoking and chewing tobacco. Another added bonus is that using nicotine pouches won’t create an odor that lingers in your hair, clothing, carpets, and furniture.
The practice of using nicotine pouches in Sweden dates back to the 17th century, when it was first introduced in 1637. It initially became popular among Swedish aristocrats, but now, it’s extremely popular among Swedish men for its high nicotine delivery and absorption. The fact that nicotine pouches generally contain relatively lower levels of harmful toxins is also seen as a plus.
Various flavors, including berry, cinnamon, citrus, and mint, are often added to nicotine pouches to make its usage even more enjoyable. That allows users to experiment with different flavors and see which ones they prefer, while still getting the nicotine fix that they crave.
These small, individual pouches contain a set amount of the product. It’s important to note that the pouches should not be opened. Instead, you simply roll the pouch between your thumb and forefinger to fluff it up and then tuck it between your top lip and gums.
The flavor and nicotine should last at least an hour, after which you remove the pouch and discard it. It’s recommended that beginners start with small doses between two and three milligrams to avoid unpleasant side effects like nausea and headaches. Eventually, as you become more experienced, you can gradually increase to as high as 6-8 mg if you wish.
As a staple in the Swedish culture, snus/nicotine pouches couldn’t be more popular, and they’re only growing more popular with American audiences. Soon, nicotine pouches will likely be as popular among American audiences as other Swedish imports like its famous furniture, pickled herring, and meatballs.
So, to enjoy a taste of Sweden without having to travel there, try out a nicotine pouch today!