One of marijuana’s most infamous side effects is its ability to seemingly suck every ounce of moisture from a smoker’s mouth. And when this happens, a blend of thick mucus and spit on the roof of the mouth creates the feeling that your tongue is touching cotton. This is why the effect is commonly known as “cottonmouth.” Doesn’t sound that enjoyable, am I right?
There are a few ways to relieve cottonmouth when it happens. Sucking on a lemon can jumpstart your body into producing saliva, but it will damage your teeth’s enamel in the process. The most tried and true method involves you sticking your face under the kitchen faucet and slurping up as much water as you can (we've all been there, unfortunately). With all of the miracles of science, why can’t we purchase an instant cottonmouth antidote yet? Hell, why does pot make your mouth drained in the first place?
Well, let’s take a look at what happens physiologically when you smoke and why your mouth turns as dry as a tumbleweed. We’ve included a few tips that you can use to help mitigate the effects of cottonmouth, and (don’t get too excited), there’s some news that an antidote just might be on the way sooner than you think. Check it out above.