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Weed and Cotton Mouth: Why Smoking Marijuana Causes Dry Mouth

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By FlowerTown‘s Emma Stone provided exclusively to Benzinga Cannabis.

The morning after I smoked my first joint, I woke up choking. Not because it was the first time I’d exposed my lungs to smoke, but because my saliva glands seemed to have vanished overnight. I assumed I’d caught some weird virus that dried my mouth out.

Later, when I chatted to the benefactor who’d given me the joint, I was assured that this was no virus, but my first-ever case of xerostomia, or cannabis cottonmouth. Cottonmouth occurs because cannabis causes saliva secretion to decrease. The most common symptoms are a persistent thirst, and uncomfortably dry mouth and throat.

While the name of the condition is enough to make you laugh out loud (cottonmouth sounds like a PG13 insult from a Nickelodeon show), its symptoms aren’t really a laughing matter. Gagging for water when emerging from slumber is less than ideal, and somewhat stressful.

Not only is cottonmouth unpleasant, but it’s also super common. About 68.9 percent of those who use cannabis frequently experience it. According to Dr. Hervé Damas, cannabis expert, and director of Grassroots Wellness, cottonmouth can happen to anyone who uses cannabis. “Those who have certain conditions like Sjogren’s [syndrome] or scleroderma tend to be more susceptible, though,” says Damas.

What causes cottonmouth?

While many assume a dry mouth is provoked by smoking, cottonmouth can occur after you ingest cannabis in any form. The cannabinoids (what’s excreted from the cannabis plant, like THC or CBD) present in cannabis interact with receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. This interaction can produce an assortment of reactions including feeling high, feeling hungry, or having a dry mouth.

See Also: The Munchies, Explained: Why Weed Makes You Hungry

“Cannabinoids decrease salivation caused by the neurotransmitters methacholine and norepinephrine,” explains Damas. “On a molecular level, these receptors cause a change in cellular signaling, causing a decrease in saliva production.”

The majority of saliva production takes place in the submandibular glands under the mouth. Cannabinoids such as THC and CBD bind to receptors in the salivary glands. Once the cannabinoid has attached itself to a receptor, it causes the glands to stop receiving messages from the nervous system. The result? The nervous system reduces saliva production, and your mouth becomes as dry as the Sahara.

Is cottonmouth dangerous?

Saliva serves the function of protecting the teeth and mouth from bacteria. When saliva production is interrupted for too long, common side effects like a sore throat or dragon breath can show up. That being said, cottonmouth doesn’t present any real danger — except one.

“Cottonmouth is usually harmless and transient,” says Dr. Damas. “In some cases, people have had difficulty swallowing food. This can lead to increased choking risk in certain people — those with Sjogren’s or scleroderma, the elderly, and those with medical conditions that affect their ability to swallow.”

Tips to avoid cottonmouth

If you like to consume flower regularly, chances are you’ve already figured out that plentiful hydration is essential to avoiding cottonmouth. Water is best. Tea, coffee, and other caffeinated beverages should be avoided when smoking as they will only dehydrate you further.

“Alcohol is also an inhibitor of salivary gland activity, so try to cut down on the booze while consuming cannabis,” recommends Damas. “Chew gum too, as mastication can lead to increased saliva production.”

See Also: Cannabis Tolerance: How It Works, How It Builds, And How To Manage It

Stay away from tobacco, as it contributes to a dry mouth. Salty foods and snacks are also an obvious no-go as they only make you thirstier.

And if all else fails and you need some quick relief, here are some go-tos:

Sour foods fire up the salivary glands. Candies like Sour Patch Kids are perfect. If you’re really game, try sucking on a slice of lemon.
Spicy and sweet foods like dried chili-spiced mango are also perfect triggers to kickstart saliva glands into working order.
Get chewing. If gum’s not your thing, try dried fruit, or anything chewy that sends your jaw into overtime.
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Where Ascendis Pharma Stands With Analysts

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Over the past 3 months, 4 analysts have published their opinion on Ascendis Pharma ASND stock. These analysts are typically employed by large Wall Street banks and tasked with understanding a company’s business to predict how a stock will trade over the upcoming year.

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These 4 analysts have an average price target of $170.25 versus the current price of Ascendis Pharma at $114.86, implying upside.

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Below is a summary of how these 4 analysts rated Ascendis Pharma over the past 3 months. The greater the number of bullish ratings, the more positive analysts are on the stock and the greater the number of bearish ratings, the move negative analysts are on the stock

This current average has decreased by 7.22% from the previous average price target of $183.50.

Analysts are specialists within banking and financial systems that typically report for specific stocks or within defined sectors. These people research company financial statements, sit in conference calls and meetings, and speak with relevant insiders to determine what are known as analyst ratings for stocks. Typically, analysts will rate each stock once a quarter.

Some analysts publish their predictions for metrics such as growth estimates, earnings, and revenue to provide additional guidance with their ratings. When using analyst ratings, it is important to keep in mind that stock and sector analysts are also human and are only offering their opinions to investors.

This article was generated by Benzinga’s automated content engine and reviewed by an editor.

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Boeing Stock Sits Near Key Level: What’s Next After Earnings?

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Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) shares are trading lower Wednesday after the company reported fourth-quarter earnings before the opening bell.

The company’s earnings per share came in at a loss of $7.69, up from a loss of $15.25 per share year-over-year. Sales came in at $14.8 billion, missing the estimate of $16.86 billion.

Boeing was down 3.68% at $196.50 midday Wednesday.

See Related: Boeing Clocks 3% Revenue Decline In Q4

Boeing Daily Chart Analysis

Shares have been trending lower in what traders call a descending triangle pattern, but it now looks as though the pattern has ended and the stock has not seen a strong break of resistance or support. Since the end of the pattern, the stock has been moving sideways around the $205 level.
The stock trades below both the 50-day moving average (green) and the 200-day moving average (blue), indicating the stock is facing a period of bearish sentiment. Each of these moving averages may hold as a potential area of resistance in the future.
The Relative Strength Index (RSI) has been falling lower the past couple of weeks and now sits at 38. This shows that more sellers have been moving into the stock and if the stock continues to fall lower on the RSI could reach the oversold region near 30. This could bring about even more strong selling.

What’s Next For Boeing?

Boeing hasn’t seen any strong movements since ending the descending triangle pattern and shows that the stock is trading with a period of consolidation. When strong volume enters the stock, it may start pushing in one direction quickly and could start a new trend.

Bullish traders are looking to see the stock hold above the $205 level and see the RSI climb back above the middle line for a possible bullish run. Bearish traders are looking to see the stock. Hold below the $205 level and the moving averages for the stock to start seeing some bearish momentum.

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When the Best Cocktail Maker in the Cannabis Industry Launches a Drink, This Is What It Tastes Like

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Warren Bobrow, “The Cocktail Whisperer,” has launched a delicious new cannabis-infused beverage: Klaus.

Made with the best ingredients for a healthier and euphoric buzz, Klaus has set its sights on the growing ‘California-sober’ market and is ready to take the cannabis beverage culture to a whole new level.

Warren, The Creator

Bobrow is a cannabis alchemist and cocktail aficionado. He is also a respected industry journalist and author of six books in the craft cocktail space, including his most recent Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics.

And, of course, all of this expertise is reflected in the unique cannabis-infused craft mocktail he and his team launched.

Interestingly, the brand was named after Bobrow’s 1800s German “drinking gnome,” a travel companion that has joined the cocktail maker all around the world.

The Drink

The first product in the Klaus lineup is like no other cannabis-infused beverage out there.

Dubbed Mezzrole after Louis Armstrong’s friend and fellow hep-cat, Mezz Mezzrow (Mezzrole was slang for a finely crafted cannabis cigarette during the jazz era), the drink is robust and tangy with bursts of piquant ginger root syrup, gently giving way to palate-soothing rice vinegar notes and the finest French lime puree.

The refreshing beverage features a terpene-forward 10 mg THC infusion per can, only 16 calories and less than 1g of sugar per serving.

On the execution, Bobrow partnered with Sands Lane Ventures and creative agency MAMUS, seeking to make it simple for newcomers to the cannabis space to have an enjoyable and delicious experience.

Klaus is available at leading dispensaries in California.

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