Smoking weed doesn’t necessarily have to cause a sore throat. But when it does, it makes smoking your favorite herb nowhere near as enjoyable as usual. Although you can still get your toke on with a sore throat, it can be pretty darn annoying. Not to mention, it can feel as though you’re going to cough up a lung, or even two.
While cannabis smoke is way better than, say, tobacco smoke, excessive, prolonged coughing is still a sign you’re irritating the delicate mucous membranes in your lungs.
Most of the time, a burning, irritated throat comes from taking one too many massive hits – and from holding in your smoke for way too long. Luckily, you don’t have to suffer for too long. With the help of these home remedies, you can hopefully soon get back to doing what you love, minus all the coughing and hacking.
An ideal smoke session shouldn’t leave a person’s throat feeling sore and irritated. To avoid such a situation, cannabis users share their tricks and tips.
Cultivate some Distance
Generally speaking, the smaller the distance between your mouth and the burning cherry, the more hot and cough-inducing the smoke. Bongs cool down the smoke, and filter particles out through water, making the smoke less harsh and dry; in addition, according to research conducted by MAPS, “water filtration can be effective in removing components from marijuana smoke that are known toxicants, while allowing the THC to pass through relatively intact.” For an extra-soothing experience, try using warm water in the chamber.
The victims of a sore throat from weed smoking are usually the ones who take too big a hit. Most people think that it’s the smoke that causes a sore throat; however, that isn’t always the case. Even excessive coughing could inflame the larynx and upper airways.
In a nutshell, the more you cough, the more sensitive your airways become and the end result is more cough again. There is a very simple solution to this problem- just take smaller hits.
Stay Hydrated while Smoking
Drinking fluids, such as water or warm tea when smoking is a good way to keep your mouth and throat hydrated and counteract the drying effects caused by smoking that can contribute to a sore throat. Drinking water throughout the day helps make sure your body remains hydrated. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol though as these can contribute to dehydration.
Eat Soft Foods
It’s tough to eat when you have a sore throat. But it’s important not to starve yourself or else you’ll wind up getting even sicker. Rather than chowing down on something hard like a steak, try chicken noodle soup, mashed potatoes, or other soft foods instead. Yogurt, bananas, and applesauce are good options as well.
Consider switching to a vape
Say goodbye to your joints, bongs and bows and embrace a vape! Vapes are known for their knack to heat marijuana below combustion temperatures, ensuring that only the ‘benign’ chemicals are released. Thus, with a vape, you get a clean, crisp vapor that provides you the same high as you would get with other conventional methods.
This is the centuries-old formula for treating sore throat and is effective even against the one caused by marijuana smoking.
Add a tablespoon of salt to a glass of lukewarm water, then gargle and spit.
Caution: Do not swallow!
Consider switching to Edibles
Edibles can be very precisely dosed. They come in many different forms, from chocolates and gummies that you can snack on to full-fledged cannabis meals.
Unlike smoking or vaping, the effects of edibles will take up to an hour to hit. It could be two hours before your digestive system fully distributes the cannabinoids throughout your system. On the plus side, the effects can then last some time—usually 4 to 8 hours.
• Easy to dose
• No harmful smoke
• Effects will last a long time
Cut Down On Your Cannabis Use
Taking anything in excess is bad. Even if the worst thing cannabis does is make your throat sore, it’s going to become exacerbated the more you smoke. Instead of letting a negative feedback loop accumulate, space out your smoking sessions to give your throat more time to heal. It will also make your stash last longer and your high feel stronger.
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