How Cannabis Can Contribute to Dry Mouth
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I think everyone can remember their first time, who we were with and learning how to smoke the right way, even if it was trial and error. You might have called it weed, pot, or even grass. I know you were told or found out about how you would get the munchies afterward. But did anyone tell you that you would end up with that cottonmouth feeling?
Cottonmouth or dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, occurs when there is a decrease in the production of saliva in the mouth. Saliva plays a crucial role in maintaining oral health and comfort by performing various functions. The primary causes of dry mouth can be attributed to a variety of factors. Cannabis can have a dehydrating effect on the oral cavity which can lead to reduced saliva production and subsequently result in dry mouth.
Cannabis and Dry Mouth Severity
Dry mouth is a known side effect of various medications, including those used to treat certain medical conditions. It’s possible that individuals consuming both cannabis and medications that cause dry mouth may experience an exacerbated effect. When consuming cannabis, particularly those containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active compounds in the plant can bind to cannabinoid receptors in the body. Some of these receptors are located in the salivary glands. Activation of these receptors can reduce the production of saliva, leading to dry mouth.
The severity of dry mouth can be influenced by the type of cannabis consumed (strain and THC content), the method of consumption (smoking, vaping, edibles, etc.), and individual tolerance. Higher THC levels or larger doses of cannabis may increase the likelihood of experiencing dry mouth.
While dry mouth is often considered a temporary side effect, chronic dry mouth can have negative effects on oral health. Saliva helps in neutralizing acids produced by bacteria, aids in digestion, and prevents infections. Lubricity Dry Mouth Oral Spray is formulated to relieve cottonmouth symptoms. Lubricity forms a gel-like substance in the mouth which retains saliva longer than water.
Common Side Effect of Cannabis
Dry mouth is a common side effect of cannabis consumption that occurs due to the interaction between cannabis compounds and the body’s endocannabinoid system. While it can be uncomfortable, especially for those who regularly consume cannabis, there are practical remedies to manage and alleviate the symptoms. Staying hydrated, using Lubricity dry mouth spray, and adopting good oral hygiene practices can help individuals maintain their oral health and overall well-being while enjoying the benefits of cannabis.