If you are an avid vaper, then you’ve probably experienced a time when your e-liquid had lost its flavor intensity. Perhaps you’ve even hit a point where you can no longer taste the juice at all. Whatever you do, don’t panic! You are experiencing a very common side effect known as “vaper’s tongue” or “vaper’s fatigue”. Although it sounds scary, rest assured that your tongue is perfectly fine and the effects will eventually subside.
What is it?
Vaper’s tongue/fatigue is when you temporarily lose the ability to taste your e-liquid. Although it’s dubbed “vaper’s tongue,” the effects are actually connected to your sense of smell rather than your taste buds. Your olfactory sensors at the top of your nasal passage are what actually allow you to “taste” the e-liquid.
Basically, our tongues can taste four types of flavor: sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Our tongue can tell that a pretzel is salty and a lime is sour, but it is your olfactory sensors that tell you the pretzel is a pretzel and the lime is a lime.
It should be stated that this is not the same as tobacco dulling your senses for the long-term. This effect should only last a few hours to a few days as your olfactory sensors are using this time to recuperate.
How’d I get it?
Vapor is dehydrating. You’ve probably experienced somewhat of a dry mouth after vaping a lot. The vapor sucks up the moisture in your mouth and creates a film that covers your tongue and olfactory sensors. Because of this, it impairs your ability to taste the e-liquid.
Another reason you may experience vapor’s tongue is by vaping the same flavor over and over again. You may have thought that it was like e-juice that was changing in flavor but in fact your mouth just got tired of it. Your olfactory senses became overloaded and desensitized, which decreased your ability to taste the flavor.
How do I fix it?
Vapor’s fatigue is not a permanent thing and can be fixed. The first step you’ll want to take is to hydrate yourself, especially when vaping. Dehydrating is mostly the reason you are experiencing vapor’s tongue to begin with. Drink a lot of water to eliminate dry mouth and the film over your olfactory sensors.
Another thing you should definitely do is rotate your e-liquids. It may be tough to ditch your all day vape, but changing it up will lessen the chance of vapor’s fatigue. Try to switch up the flavor profile completely and keep a rotation going that way you won’t overstimulate your senses with just one taste.
Waking up your pallet is another remedy. You can gargle with some minty mouthwash to keep your mouth fresh and hydrated. Some say that vaping a menthol e-liquid will wake up your senses and reduce the duration of vaper’s tongue. You could also try chewing on something sour or ginger flavored to shock your senses.
The last remedy we have for you is to go sniff some coffee grounds. It sounds weird, but if you’ve ever been perfume/cologne shopping then you’ve probably seen little containers of coffee beans lying around. That’s because coffee helps cleanse the olfactory receptors.
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