The most common side effects for cannabis users is the onset of dry mouth. It is not only caused by the inhalation of marijuana smoke, but you can get cotton mouth even if you vaporize or ingest edible products. Marijuana causes dry mouth because THC binds to receptors in the salivary glands which decreases saliva secretions causing them to be less active.
While cotton mouth is an unpleasant and annoying side effect there are some things you can do that will help reduce the symptoms. Some of these tips will help prevent dry mouth, while others intent to relieve or ease the problem.
Things To Avoid
- Avoid liquor, beer any types of alcohol which will make matters worse
- Black teas or green teas normally dry out your mouth avoid teas that have tannins
- Salty, spicy foods or snacks such a potato chips, pretzels, etc..
- Caffeine can dry out the mouth avoid all coffee drinks
- Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco
- Soda, orange juice, or anything else containing citric or phosphoric acid will not help with dry mouth, as a matter of fact it will make it worse
- Don’t use mouthwashes that contain alcohol because they can be drying
- Avoid using over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants as they can make your symptoms worse
Ways to Ease Cotton Mouth
- Drink small sips of water, small sips or otherwise you’ll be running for the toilet very often
- Chew sugarless gum or hard sugarless candy, which stimulates saliva flow
- Try a mouthwash designed for dry mouth, look for products containing xylitol, such as Biotene Dry Mouth Oral Rinse
- Try over-the-counter saliva substitutes, again look for xylitol, such as Biotene Oral Balance
- Try sour candy such as sour patch chews to stimulate your saliva glands
- Breathe through your nose not your mouth