If you’re new to vaping, you might have heard the phrase “vaper’s tongue” tossed around on various forums and websites. It sounds ominous, doesn’t it? Well, the good news is that it’s not really all that serious. Oh, sure, getting a case of vaper’s tongue sucks for a few days, but it’s not something that lasts for much longer than that. If you’re unfamiliar with what vaper’s tongue is, read on for an explanation – and some tips to help get over it faster.
What is Vaper’s Tongue?
Essentially, vaper’s tongue is a condition wherein a vaper will suddenly experience a lot less flavor when vaping their favorite e-liquids. It’s sort of like you stuck your tongue in a vat of hot wax, then let it harden and tried to eat food. The texture and consistency is there, but the flavor is gone…
No one’s entirely sure what causes this ailment, but we can all agree that it’s super annoying. There are plenty of folk remedies, too – but many of them either don’t work…or don’t work for everyone.
Perhaps part of the issue stems from a misconception. While the affliction mentions the tongue in the title, it’s probably more accurate to call it vaper’s nose – because the nose plays a vital role in determining how things taste. Don’t believe me? Think about the last time you had a really bad cold. When your nose was clogged, how did food taste? I’m guessing it was pretty bland.
At any rate, no one can say for sure why this smell shutdown happens – only that it does, and it happens over time.
On a positive note, when you do come down with a case of vaper’s tongue, it rarely lasts more than a few days. You can even potentially shorten the duration by trying some of these remedies.
Common Cures for Vaper’s Tongue
If (and more accurately, when…) you get vaper’s tongue, don’t despair. There are things you can try to lessen the time it lasts. The real downer is people only seem to have marginal success with most of them. Unfortunately, the best cure for vaper’s tongue appears to be time. If you can take a 2-3 day break from vaping, the issue seems to cure itself. That’s not what you want to hear if you need your nicotine and the thought of going days without a hit sounds too much like cold turkey, but at least there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. You will get your sense of taste back.
If you don’t want to wait for a few days, or you just want to be proactive, here are some options.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Give your pearly whites a good scrubbing. Since we’re assuming you already do this at least once a day (we won’t tell your dentist if you don’t brush twice – we’re not narcs…), you can also try a good tongue scrape. That’s a good rule of thumb anyway – it helps everything taste a little better. So, take care of that mouth.
Try a New Flavor
People are always looking for the ever-elusive all-day vape, but there’s some truth to the old saying that you can have too much of a good thing. If you’ve been heavily vaping one flavor for days on end, try switching it up. Afterall, pizza might be delicious, but it’s not so delicious if you eat it every day.
If you really want to shake things up, consider going with a more extreme flavor like menthol. Think of it like cleansing your palate between courses or different kinds of wine. Reportedly, sucking on a lemon can also help.
Give Up Smoking
There are a million good reasons for giving up cigarettes, but here’s one more. If you’re dual vaping (smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes and using an electronic one), you might be contributing to your vaper’s tongue. Try giving up the traditional cigarettes for a few days and see if that helps.
Vaping a lot can dehydrate you, so make sure you’re getting enough water. There’s a reason you see a lot of vapers walking around with a bottle of water with them wherever they go. Some have speculated that not getting enough water could affect your ability to taste e-cig vapor too.
Sniff Coffee Grounds
Like the flavor thing above, sniffing coffee grounds is essentially designed to be a palate cleanser – only for your nose, not your tongue.
This one may sound strange, but if vaper’s tongue is actually an olfactory issue, this could be a potential solution. Both wine tasters and perfume testers use this with the belief that it’s essentially a “soft reset” for their sense of smell.
Will it work for you? Hard to say – but it’s definitely worth a shot. Just make sure you get fresh beans for maximum olfactory effect.
And there you have it – a brief breakdown of vaper’s tongue and five potential treatments. Try them out and let us know what works for you.