Slaying the Dragon: How to Mitigate Bad Breath from Cannabis Use


We all know smoking cigarettes can lead to terrible breath, but if you’re a regular pot smoker, your breath may also be less than perfect. Since THC prevents decreases saliva production, a regular weed smoker’s mouth tends to dry out quicker, which creates the perfect environment for odor-causing bacteria. Luckily, there are a few tried-and-true tricks for how to get rid of weed breath after sparking up.


One of the simplest ways how to get rid of weed breath is to keep hydrated. Smoking weed can interrupt the flow of saliva which causes dehydration in the mouth and throat (hello, cotton mouth!) leading to a wicked case of stinky breath. To ward of canna-related halitosis, get enough H20 to wash down much of the weedy residue covering your mouth and throat.

Citrus Drinks

Another way to combat cannabis breath is to chug a big glass of lemonade or orange juice. Lemons and oranges are not only rich in Vitamin C which helps prevent gum inflammation and gum disease – both of which are major causes of bad breath – but studies show they’re also a rich source of flavonoids that are powerful natural antioxidants and anti-bacterial agents.

Clean Your Cannabis Gear

When it comes to fighting halitosis after smoking herb, a good offense is the best defense. Mold and bacteria love to linger around your bongs, pipes and vaporizers, which spread to your mouth when taking a hit. By keeping your weed gear clean and sanitized, you can eliminate bacteria and germs that may be contributing to your bad breath.

Chew on Ginger

Ginger has long been used as a natural remedy for knocking out halitosis, and it may also do the be effective at neutralizing and masking the smell of weed.  Be sure that the candies contain real ginger, as the artificially flavored ones are not nearly as effective. The antimicrobial properties of ginger help to eliminate bad odor as well as different types of oral and throat infections

Avoid Sugar

Sure, that pint of cookie dough ice cream probably sounds like the perfect post-smoke sesh munchie, but sugary foods can contribute to the all too common cottonmouth, which can leave breath less than stellar. Not to mention, research shows that foods high in sugar can also could lead to plaque retention which adds to breath issues.

Eat an Apple

An apple a day may keep halitosis at bay, suggests research. A recent study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggests that compounds called polyphenols found in apples might fight bad breath. Apples also contain pectin, which is known to help control food odors and promotes saliva production.

Get Minty

When all else fails, mask that weed breath with gum or mints. Gum can increase saliva production to gently wash away plaque and bacteria, and mints can do the trick in covering up canna-breath. Just make sure they are sugar-free since sugar can feed the bacteria living on your tongue, making halitosis worse.

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