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Cottonmouth” is a slang term commonly used to describe the sensation of dryness or thirst in the mouth and throat, often accompanied by a sticky or pasty feeling on the tongue and palate. This sensation is a well-known side effect of consuming THC, particularly when smoked or vaped.

Cottonmouth is caused by the interaction of THC with the endocannabinoid system in the body. THC can inhibit saliva production and secretion leading to decreased moisture in the mouth and throat.

To alleviate cottonmouth, individuals can try the following tips:

  1. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water or other hydrating fluids to replenish moisture in the mouth and throat. Avoid beverages that can further dehydrate you, such as alcohol or caffeinated drinks.
  2. Use sugar-free gum or candy: Chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free candy can stimulate saliva production and provide temporary relief from dryness.
  3. Moisturize: Use a moisturizing lip balm or mouth spray to lubricate the lips and oral tissues and alleviate dryness.
  4. Humidify the air: Use a humidifier in indoor environments, especially during dry conditions, to increase moisture in the air and prevent dehydration.

Overall, the cottonmouth is a temporary and benign side effect of THC consumption that can be managed with simple hydration and self-care measures.