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How can marijuana cause mouth problems?

Smoke from pot is a carcinogen and can cause mouth cancer. In addition, if you smoke pot often, you can develop something called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, which leads to nausea and vomiting. The acids from your stomach that end up in your mouth can wear away enamel and lead to tooth decay.

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Victoria State Government: “Teeth and Drug Use.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “High Rates of Dental and Gum Disease Occur Among Methamphetamine Users.”

American Dental Association: “Meth Mouth.”

Mouth Healthy: “Meth Mouth: How Methamphetamine Use Affects Dental Health.”

Medscape: “Methamphetamine, Heroin Users Both Suffer from ‘Meth Mouth.'”

Brand H. British Dental Journal, April 2008.

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smoke from pot is a carcinogen and can cause mouth cancer. in addition, if you smoke pot often, you can develop something called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, which leads to nausea and vomiting.

Cure For Weed Lips

Weed stains on lips

One of the most common weed myths you must have heard is, “ smoking weed darkens your lips overtime”. Could this be a myth or a fact? You will find out in the next few paragraphs.

If you are reading this piece, chances are, you smoke weed and have noticed your lips turning dark. Or you know someone whose lips have turned dark as a result of smoking weed.

Whichever the case, let’s discuss the correlation between smoking weed and “darken or black lips”. If you are just looking for a way to cure your weed lips, scroll down to find the cure.

What exactly is weed lips?

In a layman’s term, weed lips refer to the darkening of the lips, especially when it is being associated with someone that smokes weed.

Weed lips do not fully materialize at once. Rather, they slowly develop as a result of heavy weed smoking. First, they settle in and then spread throughout the volume of the lips.

Causes of weed lips

Although there is no scientific evidence that shows how the lips turn dark as a result of smoking weed. However, it has been seen that they show up in those who are heavy weed smokers.

Resins on lips

It is common knowledge that when things burn, they leave a residue (resins) behind. More often than not, this residue is usually dark/ black in color. Subsequently, it is reasonable to say excessive weed smoking (which involves burning), will leave some residue on your lips from time to time.

Collagen breakdown

When weed smoking becomes a daily habit, the rate at which residue is left on the smoker’s lips increases, thus, causing oxidative stress on the lips which culminate in collagen breakdown, hence, the pigmentation on the lips of smokers.

At this point, it takes just a little while before the lips turn completely dark.

Black vs White People

It is important to note that, some race are easily susceptible to having weed lips than others. Though, we have no scientific evidence to support this claim. Perhaps, this could be a good topic to discuss in my next article.

Until then, the only evidence we have in this regard is the fact that, black people who are heavy weed smokers are more prone to having weed lips than white people. Reason being that, white people have much redder lips compared to blacks — this means the time it will take a white heavy weed smoker’s lips to turn from red to black is longer in comparison with that of a black heavy weed smoker.

Cure For Weed Lips

The good news is, weed lips can be remedied. When you start to notice that weed smoking is making your lips turn dark. Then you should do the following:

  • Reduce your daily/ overall intake of the weed
  • Exfoliate your lips regularly to get rid of the dead skins which would otherwise hold the coloration to your lips
  • Rub lemon juice/ cider vinegar on your lips with a cotton ball regularly
  • Brush your lips gently with a toothbrush every morning
  • Moisturize the lips since dehydration can lead a dark and wrinkled lips

Lip Balm For Weed Lips

I highly recommend Pineapple Lightening Lip Treatment if you have a chapped or weed lips. It is very effective in providing an intense moisturization on the lips. It also helps to remove dead skin cells.

Cure For Weed Lips. One of the most common weed myths you must have heard is, “ smoking weed will darken your lips overtime” True or False?