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Why does vaping give me a dry mouth?

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Why do I get a dry mouth when I vape?

Have you ever noticed after vaping or using your ecig, you get a dry mouth, even sometimes a headache? This is a pretty common complaint amongst vapers, but all is not lost. There are ways to get around this common vaping problem. 

Why do I get a dry mouth when I vape?

E-liquid is primarily made up of a handful of elements, one of these being PG. Propylene Glycol. PG, as it is known, is a harmless solution used in a range of products, ostensibly to make those products safer in the case of some household products in case children drink them, but also as a preservative in products such as ice cream. 

The US Food and Drug Administration regards PG as generally safe for humans and has very low toxicity. However, it is this preservative feature that causes dry mouth when vaping. 

PG is referred to as a hydroscopic compound. This means it has the ability to absorb moisture from the air, or from any other source. What this means, is when vaping, the PG vapour absorbs the moisture in your mouth, the saliva and binds to it. This leaves your mouth feeling dry, if you don’t have a glass of water to hand. 

You might use a high PG eliquid if you have a starter or pod kit. This will typically be 50/50 PG/VG, which is classed as a high PG. 

It’s as simple as that. So you might be thinking, “I vape high VG though” – well just like its PG sibling, Vegetable Glycerol has the same hydroscopic qualities, which causes dry mouth also.

So what’s the solution to a dry mouth when vaping?

Make sure you drink water when vaping to avoid a dry mouth. In fact, drink water anyway, as an absence of water in the body can lead to a host of health problems. Water is the best liquid we can drink to rehydrate our human selves at any time. Which leads us on to the next question…..

Why does vaping give me a headache, is it related to dry mouth?

If you are experiencing a dry mouth and are not replacing fluids gradually, your body will begin to feel a little dehydrated. Your body is 90% water and your brain 80% – letting that figure drop by even a few per cent, can begin to cause you headaches.

Once again, you can deal with this by remembering to take in fluids throughout the course of the day. Your body can only absorb small quantities of water at any given time, or the remainder will sit in your belly leaving you feeling bloated. Make sure you are drinking small amounts and regularly.

Another reason why you may experience headaches when vaping is from vaping too much (chain vaping) or using a nicotine level that is higher than you are used to. Make these adjustments and see how your head feels!

Not sure what nicotine strength you should be vaping? We share thoughts on our video below:

Final thoughts on vaping and dry mouth

So there you have it, some simple answers for two frequently asked questions, ‘why do I get a dry mouth when I vape’ and ‘why do I get headaches with Ecigs’. 

If headaches persist, you may want to visit your doctor and see if there are not any underlying issues related to other areas.

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