Cotton Mouth and Smoking Pot
Cotton mouth, also known as xerostomia, is an increase in the feeling of dryness and perhaps even soreness in the mouth and throat. One of the most irritating and common side effects reported by many people who smoke marijuana is cotton mouth.
At the most basic level, cotton mouth is thought to be caused by the presence of the psychoactive ingredient Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, in the marijuana. THC is known to bind to cannabinoid receptors in the brain, which can activate areas of the autonomic nervous system such as the salivary glands. This can cause the glands to produce less saliva than normal, resulting in dryness of the mouth and throat.
Cotton Mouth Symptoms
- A dry feeling in the mouth or throat
- Soreness in the throat
- Cracked lips
- A burning sensation in the mouth.
These symptoms can be quite uncomfortable and can be persistent for several hours, or even the whole day. Despite its longevity, cotton mouth is not considered to be a serious health condition. But for some people who smoke marijuana, it can be frustrating because the discomfort can interfere with their daily activities.
Preventing Cotton Mouth
One of the easiest ways to prevent cotton mouth is to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help to reduce the dryness in the mouth and throat. Additionally, chewing gum or sucking on hard candy can help to stimulate saliva production and decrease the feeling of dryness. Furthermore, avoiding hot drinks that contain caffeinated products can also help.
Cotton mouth is something that affects many people who smoke marijuana. By understanding the causes and following strategies to prevent it, it is possible to reduce the associated discomfort and make smoking marijuana a more enjoyable experience.