Cannabis has been shown to have little to no adverse effects on physical health such as lung function, cholesterol, blood pressure, and body mass index, but studies have shed light on the fact that regular cannabis use does have a significant impact on the health of teeth and gums.
Luckily, there are other ways to consume cannabis without smoking it, but what if smoking is your preferred way of consumption? Should you do it? And what exactly are there any side-effects?
Gums don’t like smoke
The act of smoking anything is bad for our teeth, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. Smoking can stain teeth and further dries out the mouth. Because the science is still new, and because tobacco use and cannabis use are often correlated, it’s hard to know whether cannabis or tobacco in particular is worse for the teeth.
Inhaling smoke causes cotton mouth
What’s worse than having funky breath? Being completely oblivious to the fact that you have funky breath. All of us, at some time or another, have had questionable breath. THC decreases saliva production, making the mouth particularly dry. And when the mouth is dry, it’s practically a breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria.
So, what are some ways to combat foul breath after hitting a joint or bong?
1. Regularly Clean Your Cannabis Smoking Accessories
Your bad breath may be attributed to your filthy bong or pipe that you haven’t cleaned in who knows how long. Thoroughly clean your pieces to ensure you’re not inhaling bacteria and germs that are contributing to your bad breath.
2. Try a Different Method of Consumption
3. Give Cannabis-Infused Mints a Try
You never know when you’re going to need a minty pick-me-up, especially after an unexpected smoke session. Mr. Moxey’s has a line of cannabis-infused mints that offer a variety of effects while keeping your breath clean and fresh.
4. Limit Sugary Munchie Foods
I know it’s tempting, especially when you have a serious case of the munchies and your mouth feels like the Sahara desert, but limit the amount of soft drinks and carbohydrates you eat because a diet rich in these foods could lead to “plaque retention and a higher incidence of caries.”
Have you noticed that certain consumption methods can give you bad breath? If so, how did you combat it? Share your tips with us!