In short, your nervous system isn’t getting the message to keep the saliva flowing. So, putting the science aside, what can you do to treat cotton mouth from smoking pot or ingesting cannabis? Sip water, ideally through a straw Chew xylitol gum, like XyliGum, to stimulate your salivary glands Avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, and other caffeinated drinks Avoid using tobacco in any form Apply XyliMelts or XyliGel for fast and long-lasting relief. XyliMelts are oral-adhering discs that stick to your teeth or gums while slowly releasing ½ gram of xylitol and oral lubricant, to stimulate saliva production and to coat, moisturize, and lubricate your mouth for those suffering from dry mouth.
XyliMelts can be used discreetly during the day or in comfort while you sleep. Find relief from cotton mouth, frequent thirst, stickiness in the throat, and other unpleasant dry mouth symptoms associated with smoking weed or consuming cannabis. XyliMelts last for hours, moisturizing and coating the mouth for optimal comfort. Two discs placed in your mouth before bed will minimize cotton mouth when you’re awake. Offered in mint and mild-mint options, XyliMelts have the added benefit of fighting bad breath while reducing the risk of tooth decay. OraCoat also brings you a second option, XyliGel, a soothing gel with 17% xylitol which comes in convenient tubes and can be easily applied to the mouth and lips when you’re suffering cotton mouth from marijuana usage. Learn more about XyliMelts, XyliGel, and other products from OraCoat. Cannabis and Cottonmouth: Why It Happens and Tips to Avoid It. C ottonmouth is that dry, grainy feeling we all have likely come across at some point or another when consuming cannabis.
It’s that low-level, annoying side effect that is bound to happen and send us running for a solution. In recent years, findings have given us some information as to why we get cottonmouth after consuming cannabis. While we still do not understand every aspect of it, we do, now, have an idea of what happens in our bodies when it occurs. Meanwhile, a small but useful list of remedies exists to overcome that annoying feeling after consuming. Due to laws restricting cannabis research, virtually every aspect of the industry has gone understudied or unresearched altogether. While not at the top of the pressing needs list, cottonmouth fell into the same category for some time. However, a 2006 study provided us our first look into what actually may cause this outcome for numerous consumers. The study began with the understanding that cannabis decreased saliva secretion. By using the submandibular gland (SMG) of male rats, Researchers were able to conclude that the endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA) reduced saliva secretion in the rats' SMG acting through CB1 and CB2 receptors. In short, we get cottonmouth due to the way the cannabinoids in our cannabis interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system. The study further opened eyes to what may cause cottonmouth. Today, a belief exists that AEA and THC share similarities where SMGs bound to THC do not receive the usual interactions from the nervous system. Thus, lowering the saliva created in our mouths, which results in the all too common feeling associated with consuming cannabis. While the findings could lead to novel ways to overcoming dry mouth, more research is needed to confirm any initial findings. However, the development 12 years ago could serve as the foundation for the next breakthrough method in avoiding and overcoming cottonmouth. Then again, with such pressing needs in the cannabis space, we may not discover additional findings for some time. When the effects become too much for your mouth, you may feel compelled to grab the first drink or other options around you to get you feeling back to normal. Just like when drinking water after biting into a ghost pepper, you'll soon realize that not all options can relieve your short-term oral discomforts the same. Whenever you feel your mouth go dry after smoking, you'd be wise to avoid liquor. Sure, it may be a liquid, but it'll do nothing for your cottonmouth. Though, you could get nice and crossfaded depending on how much you consume. While a sip or two could dampen your mouth by a fraction, too much will have you frequenting the bathroom at a high rate (see: breaking the seal), only drying your insides out more. Select teas are one of the best solutions to cottonmouth. Look for herbal teas, with a particular focus on throat healing blends.
Meanwhile, pass on any teas or other drinks containing tannins that only further dry you out. If tea isn't your jam, candies and gum may do the trick. Whether chewing on a stick of gum or sucking on a sweet, both methods are bona fide ways of increasing your saliva production.
For the best results, have something sour on hand to trigger your salivary glands to the next level. If sour isn't your favorite flavor, spicy and sweet foods can work as replacements as top-tier salivary gland triggers.