NETs Versus WTA
by, 01-08-2014 at 07:10 AM (892 Views)
It has been discussed and at times stated that NETs are a less pure and less potent form of WTA.
This is incorrect.
Referring to a NET as a form of WTA is equivalent to a distiller referring to the wash (the low alcohol solution containing fermented grain sugars and spent grain solids prior to distillation) as a form of whiskey, as in, "The wash is a form of whiskey, just not that pure".
No, it's simply something that has the potential to become whiskey if further processed in an appropriate manner, but nobody would confuse it with whiskey.
Individuals may insist upon referring to impure alkaloid containing concoctions as WTA, and I can't stop them from doing so. However, since I did conceptualize and create WTA, I believe my definition of the material is authoritative, at least to those who value clarity and definition.
From a previous blog post of mine dealing with the definition of WTA:
WTA is simply the product of a difficult and involved extraction and cleanup of whole tobacco. It contains approximately 95% nicotine and 5% combined minor tobacco alkaloids. It contains nothing else. During the extraction process, tobacco alkaloids and a good bit of other undesirable material is extracted from the tobacco. It is the cleanup process that isolates and purified the tobacco alkaloids from the undesirable material. Chemically speaking, the cleanup process is designed to isolate nitrogeneous bases from the tobacco matrix. Tobacco alkaloids fall into this category.
Granted, to those producing NETs, some of the tobacco material that WTA production defines as undesirable material is actually desirable to the NET producer. Again, WTA, by it's definition, is free of these non-alkaloidal materials.