It’s plagued pot smokers for centuries. That awful feeling of a completely dry and barren mouth. Ugh…what an terrible way to spend the next two hours of your life. Will switching to edibles actually solve this problem? I’m afraid not, the inhalation of smoking is not what causes cotton mouth. It’s actually the THC that causes it.
What causes cotton mouth?
I am going to explain this in the most simple way possible. If you would like a more in-depth analysis, check out the following website http://www.truthonpot.com/2013/08/04/the-science-behind-cotton-mouth/
AS IT TURNS OUT, BOTH TYPES OF CANNABINOID RECEPTORS (CB1 AND CB2) ARE PRESENT IN THE SUBMANDIBULAR GLANDS – A PAIR OF GLANDS LOCATED BENEATH THE FLOOR OF THE MOUTH THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PRODUCING ABOUT 70% OF OUR SALIVA.
WHEN A CANNABINOID LIKE THC BINDS TO ITS RECEPTOR, THE SUBMANDIBULAR GLANDS STOP RECEIVING MESSAGES FROM THE PARASYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM TELLING THEM TO PRODUCE SALIVA – RESULTING IN AN EXPERIENCE THAT PERHAPS ONLY A MOUTH FULL OF COTTON COULD REPLICATE.
While there is no medical solution to re-activate your saliva glands yet…here are a few tips that will help you in the meantime, while science catches up.
Water or ice – They won’t reactivate your saliva glands, but at least they will provide some moisture to your mouth. Cold water or ice has the added benefit of cooling the mouth and reducing sensitivity.
A nice big glass of lemonade – Some people believe that lemons cause your glands to constrict, causing less saliva. Actually, they activate the saliva glands. A nice cool glass of lemonade is will leave your mouth refreshed.
Lifesavers, gum, lollipops – These tasty treats all help produce saliva in your mouth, really any candy that you can suck on helps.
Brush your teeth – This helps bring moisture to your mouth and also activate the saliva glands as well. In addition there is a placebo effect that the minty taste of the toothpaste helps the effect of cottonmouth
Biotene® – If you want to try a more medical approach, give Biotene a try. This product is available in mouthwash, gel, spray and toothpaste. People that suffer from chronic dry mouth state that it actually helps relieve their symptoms. You can pick up Biotin at a local pharmacy or by visiting http://www.biotene.com
*Disclaimer: Simple remedies are not scientifically proven and are anecdotal at best. Our suggestions are based on our opinions and not any scientific facts.
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