Perhaps the most common drawback of smoking cannabis is sore throat. We’ll take you step by step through how it occurs and what to do to treat it.
There are many wonderful effects associated with smoking cannabis. However, it can also have less pleasant side effects, one of which is the dreaded dry mouth (also known as “mouth desert”). It occurs when the throat and mouth become dry and sore after smoking.
Given how common it is to get a sore throat after smoking weed, we looked into what causes it and how you can help your throat.
WHY DOES WEED-SMOKING GIVE ME A COUGH?
The thing is, not only can your throat get dry and irritated after a good session, but you usually get a nasty cough too. And once you start coughing, it only aggravates your throat, which in turn causes even more irritation and coughing … Well, you see what we’re getting at.
HOW TO TREAT A SORE THROAT BY SMOKING CANNABIS
We’ve looked at some alternatives to smoking cannabis that you can try, but some people refuse to quit. What’s better than hanging out with friends and smoking their heads off? Let’s talk about how you can treat the throat irritation and pain that comes from smoking.M/p>
It should go without saying: Drink enough! Nothing restores a dry throat better than a glass of water. Coldwater is best for this purpose. Avoid hot drinks such as coffee or tea.
TAKE SWEETENED TABLETS OR SWEETS
The same sweets that help with colds are also useful for ‘sore throats’. Sucking on a sweet sweet or tablet stimulates saliva secretion, which will help keep your mouth and throat moist. Throat lozenges also usually contain local anaesthetics, which can help prevent irritation and speed up the healing process.
EAT A BOWL OF CHICKEN SOUP
A hearty bowl of chicken soup has long been used as a home remedy for cold and flu symptoms. It soothes and moisturises the throat, which is great if you have a sore throat after smoking weed. Plus, it’s a hearty meal!
USE AN INHALER OR HUMIDIFIER
A steam inhaler is an effective way to return moisture to the airways. You can also try a humidifier in your room. If you don’t want to spend money on an inhaler or humidifier, consider spending a few minutes in a steam room. Simply pour hot water into the sink with a spoonful of VapoRub and slowly inhale and exhale over it, covering your head with a towel.
SMOKE LOW-THC CANNABIS STRAINS
As mentioned above, THC is one of the reasons why smoking weed causes dry airways and desert mouth. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying weed: just choose cannabis strains that are low in THC.
ALTERNATIVES TO SMOKING CANNABIS
If your dry mouth has become so bad that it causes you considerable discomfort, it might be better to stop smoking cannabis altogether. However, let’s not jump to conclusions, as there are several creative alternatives to smoking. Here are some ways to reduce and completely remove throat pain when smoking weed. Vaping and low temperature vaping can reduce irritation. But my favourite for a healthy throat is using a water bong with eucalyptus ice. Just add a few drops of organic eucalyptus oil to your ice cube tray and add water. Place it in the freezer and when frozen you can use them in your bong water. Remember the ice cube tray won’t be usable for adding ice to your drinks any longer because you won’t be able to remove the eucalyptus taste ever again. So you dollar store ice cube will only ever be used for bong ice.
Limit your cannabis use
Anything that is used in excess is bad. Even if the worst thing about marijuana is that it can give you a sore throat, the more you smoke, the worse it gets. Instead of starting a vicious cycle, split up your smoking sessions to give your throat more time to heal. This will also allow you to keep your stash longer and feel the high more strongly. Some people also recommend a tablespoon of olive oil to coat your throat, but some others find that olive oil burns and other vegetable cooking oils work better.