Do You Have Vaper’s Tongue?

It’s frustrating and a little scary when you suddenly can’t taste your e-liquid – especially if you’ve never experienced olfactory fatigue before. One minute you’re enjoying the flavor of your favorite vape juice, and then – nothing! 

You might have vaper’s tongue if you’re having trouble tasting your e-liquid. People call this condition by various names, including vape tongue and vapor tongue, but it all means the same: an inability to taste your vape juice. 

Let’s begin with the good news: Vaper’s tongue is a fairly common condition that has grown in popularity as e-liquids have become increasingly sweet over time. So the fact that you have it isn’t unusual – and the best part is that it’ll go away on its own eventually. 

However, while you wait for your vaper’s tongue to vanish, you might be interested in learning more about what causes it. More importantly, we’ll give you some pointers on how to get rid of your vaper’s tongue faster. Let’s get started! 

What Is Vaper’s Tongue?

The olfactory fatigue known as vaper’s tongue is a type of olfactory fatigue. Essentially, your brain has stopped processing sensory information from your e-liquid; this could be because you’re constantly flooding your palate with a single incredibly flavorful e-liquid. Another reason could be that your brain has become overloaded and has given up trying to separate the different flavor notes coming in. 

Have you ever purchased perfume for yourself or a loved one from a department store? If you have, you’ve probably dealt with olfactory fatigue. After smelling a few perfumes in a row – or even just one or two if they’re strong enough scented – you can’t tell the difference between them because they all smell the same. 

Some perfume counter employees will offer you coffee beans to sniff in between scents as a sort of “palate cleanser.” People have differing opinions on how effective the coffee-sniffing technique is, but the goal is to essentially reset your brain and help you regain your sense of smell. 

Vaper’s Tongue Resolves Itself with Time

The taste of vaper’s tongue is unpleasant, detracting from your vaping experience. However, the most important thing to remember is that it will go away on its own. 

As inconvenient as the situation may be, you may find that reducing your vaping frequency for a while is the best solution. Put your vape kit down between vaping sessions and take a break from it. You might find that if you avoid chain vaping and flooding your palate with intense flavors all day, you won’t get the olfactory fatigue that makes tasting your vape juice difficult. 

What is the Cause of Vaper’s Tongue?

According to the vaping community, two usage patterns seem to be especially likely to cause vaper’s tongues. 

First Reason: You’re using an e-liquid that’s either overly sweetened or has a strong flavor. 

This scenario appears to be especially likely to cause vaper’s tongues in heavy vapers who use their devices regularly. Because you’re constantly bombarding your mouth with a single strong flavor, you lose your ability to taste the subtle nuances of your e-liquid as a result. 

Second Reason: Throughout the day, you switch e-liquid flavors frequently. 

Perhaps you have a collection of disposables, each with a different flavor, and you switch to a different vape whenever you get tired of the flavor you’re currently using. 

The olfactory fatigue occurs in either of the scenarios above because you’re overwhelming your palate with flavor – either a single strong flavor or a continuous string of different flavors. If you get vaper’s tongue when you use a single e-liquid flavor, try vaping less frequently – and if you lose your sense of taste when you switch e-liquid flavors frequently, try sticking with just one flavor per day. 

Using a Palate Cleanser Can Help  

As previously stated, getting rid of vaper’s tongue can be as simple as waiting for it to go away on its own. If you’re not enjoying your vaping experience, this may be easier said than done. 

Most vapers agree that plain water is the best palate cleanser for curing vaper’s tongue; either still or carbonated water will suffice. Because vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol (the two ingredients found in the highest concentrations in any e-liquid) both absorb and trap moisture, it’s possible that water can help cure vaper’s tongue.

Because PG and VG are both humectants, heavy vaping can make you feel like you have a film on your tongue. Making a conscious effort to stay hydrated while vaping may help to alleviate this problem. If you have trouble tasting flavors, you might want to brush your teeth. 

If drinking more water doesn’t help you get rid of your vaper’s tongue, try a stronger-flavored palate cleanser. Here are a few of the most popular choices you may consider. 

  • Black coffee, hot or iced 
  • Lemon juice or lemon wedges 
  • Pickled ginger
  • Tea with no added sugar 
  • Milk 

Make the Switch to Unflavored Vapes

Have you ever considered that an e-liquid could act as a palate cleanser? Why waste your e-liquid if you can’t taste it anyway? Until your sense of taste returns, try switching to an unflavored e-liquid. Using an e-liquid with a very plain flavor or no flavor can allow you to keep vaping until your complete sense of taste returns, without the frustration of being unable to taste your vape juice. Plain menthol flavors are also popular among vapers who occasionally suffer from olfactory fatigue. 

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