June 11, 2018 4 min read
"Vaper's Tongue" is a condition in which one experiences a diminished experience of flavors during vaping. Regardless of the flavor, the ability to taste the full effect of said profile is lacking. This is a nearly universal phenomenon that arises from time to time for the vast majority of vapers. While the duration of this condition usually spans from one to three days, we at BLVK Unicorn is here to offer some information and possible remedies to help ease this along as quickly as possible.
While the condition is called "Vaper's Tongue", the source of the problem does not lie with the tongue, but rather, with our nose. The onset of olfactory shutdown and lack of flavor perception happens gradually, appearing almost as if our tongue develops a thick layer of coating preventing us from experiencing the full effect your favorite e-liquid blends have to offer.
1. Vaping the same flavor for too long
While this probably is the least scientific (mainly because of the lack of research to back this up), we've noticed that there's generally a desensitized feeling after vaping the same flavor for too long. Sounds like common sense, but try vaping on a flavor for at least a month straight. Then vape on a similar flavor. Can you taste the difference?
2. Damaged taste buds
Unfortunately, taste buds can get damaged and may lead to vaper's tongue. Such damage can be caused by smoking, infections, alcohol, extremely sour foods, spicy foods, and certain medications. Like many extremities on the human body, taste buds heal themselves and usually do so so within two weeks.
3. Recently switched from smoking
It's pretty common knowledge that smoking combustible forms of tobacco can desensitize your sense of smell and therefore, taste. If you just made the switch, give it some time and your taste buds will heal, thus giving you the ultimate taste of your favorite e-liquid blends rushing your senses!
Dehydration is another possible cause of vaper's tongue. While a glass of water should help you, remember dehydration also means that you are losing salts.
5. Mouth dryness
Dry mouth is caused by a lack of saliva, and you're likely to experience it from time to time (especially as one get's older). This falls in line with dehydration, drink water throughout the day. This won't only help you regain the full effect of your e-liquid blends, but keep up your moisture levels overall.
6. Blocked nose
As we've seen, your sense of smell work with your olfactory senses (sense of smell) to determine flavor. If your nose is blocked it will likely affect how you taste, particularly with more complex flavors.
7. Miscellaneous Health Illnesses and Medication
While blocked noses (and associated illnesses such as flu and cold), are an obvious loss of taste, they are not the only things that may cause vaper's tongue.
Other illnesses include:
Don't forget that medication may lead to a loss of taste. These include:
8. Stress and Anxiety
Anxiety can also cause tastes to change. Strangely enough, you can experience changes in tastes even when you do not think you are suffering from anxiety.
In terms of stress, there are some causes to consider:
9. Old E-Liquid
As e-liquids age, flavors can degrade, sometimes leading to a peppery taste. In which case, you might not have a case of vaper's tongue at all, but simply need to get your hands on more e-liquid!
10. Dirty Contacts / Coils
Be sure to change out or clean your atomizer contacts and coils to ensure the best possible flavor.
Various solutions have been proposed over the years since the problem was first named, but only a few remedies have been proven to work. Check them out below!
1. Take a Break
That's right, take a break from vaping. If you're not completely dependent on grabbing your nicotine fix, try taking a break for a few days. If that's not an option, look in Nicotine Salts. Our Nicotine Salts offer your fix while also staying true to a tried and true flavor profile unlike any other!
2. Vape Unflavored E-Liquid
Another suggestion is that vaping unflavored e-liquid, or event 100% vegetable glycerin (VG), with no added liquid nicotine, may shorten the duration of vaper's tongue. The theory here is much like refreshing the palate between courses in a meal by eating or drinking something that perks up the olfactory senses, providing a change of pace.
3. Oral Hygiene
While oral hygiene is often expected whether you vape or not, their benefits in combating olfactory exhaustion are dubious and minimal
No doubt, BLVK Unicorn blends are subject to flavor desensitization. While the cause may come from the individual vaper or other factors, one is bound to experience less of the full effect of our premium e-liquid blends.
Let us know if your favorite BLVK Unicorn blends are not being experienced to the full Majestic As FVCK potential. Drop us a line and tell us what you're feeling!