We like to talk about the many beneficial properties of weed. However, we don’t want just to ignore the side effects. Side effects include, for example, a dry, sticky mouth that can occur when smoking cannabis.
Contrary to popular belief, a dry mouth is not the result of smoke drying out the salivary glands; in fact, it is the weed neurochemical effects of the body. To control this unpleasant side effect, we’ve put together 10 simple tips for you.
- DRINKING WATER
You would instinctively follow this advice anyway, and in most cases of dry mouth, it also promises relief. Water provides your body with fluid, allowing it to produce more fluid in your mouth. It also stimulates your salivary glands. To increase this effect, try drinking the water more slowly, perhaps through a straw.
Chewing gum is an excellent option for anyone with a dry mouth. The deserted mouth after consuming cannabis is no exception to the rule. Take a piece of chewing gum and your mouth will be back to normal in no time.
- SUCKING CANDIES
If the water doesn’t work, try candy. This stimulates your salivary glands even more intensely and, as a bonus, you get a sweet and sour taste! If you are not a fan of sweet and sour flavors, cough drops are also suitable.
If the above tips don’t work, you may give in to your cravings and eat a decent meal. You have to have a really dry mouth so that even a real meal doesn’t make a difference. By the time you get to dessert, your mouth will be as good as new. Chopped carrots, celery and radishes, in particular, are delicious snacks that also help fight dry mouth.
- BREATHE THROUGH YOUR NOSE
If your mouth is dry, you may be tempted to lick your lips and open your jaw. Don’t give in to the temptation and breathe through your nose instead. Every time you open your mouth, you lose precious moisture, which only makes the situation worse.
- AVOID CAFFEINE
If you have a dry mouth, you must absolutely avoid drinks that make water come out of your body. The combination of cannabis and coffee can be fun, but unfortunately, caffeine dehydrates the body and only makes a dry mouth worse.
Caffeine is a diuretic, which is why your kidneys store the fluid instead of releasing it into your bloodstream. Even if you drink a lot of water, it will make you use the toilet more often and make you more dehydrated. The less water in your body, the drier your mouth is.
- AVOID ALCOHOL
Alcohol is also a diuretic and will only make the situation worse. When you have a dry mouth, a sip of beer can be tempting, but it’s one of the worst things you can do right now.
- USE A HUMIDIFIER
If you can’t keep your body hydrated, then try hydrating your environment. A humidifier can provide moisture to your mouth and nasal passages and relax you as well. If you don’t have a humidifier, you can also boil water and hold your face above the steam (not too close!).
- EAT ROSEMARY, ANISEED OR PARSLEY
These herbs have two functions: They provide moisture to the mouth and improve the bad breath that can result from a dry mouth. You can’t go wrong!
- GET MORE VITAMIN C
If you have a dry mouth every time you smoke cannabis, you can consider a long-term solution. For example, there is the possibility of taking a vitamin C supplement. By taking more vitamin C you will find that your mouth does not dry out as quickly.
A dry mouth can be very uncomfortable. Ultimately, however, a dry mouth is harmless. With the advice in this guide, you should be able to remedy the situation in no time. If you have always had a dry mouth, whether or not you have smoked weed, you should see a doctor.