Tongue Tired? A Fellow Vaper’s Guide to Vaper’s Tongue

By | February 14, 2018


If you’ve been vaping for a while, you’ve probably heard of “Vaper’s Tongue.” If you haven’t, I can almost guarantee you’ve experienced it. It’s not a condition that only affects vapers. It applies to everything you’ve ever smelled or tasted. The first thing to know about it is that it’s completely normal.

Officially, this phenomenon is called “Olfactory Fatigue.” Vapers came up with the term “Vaper’s Tongue” because it frequently affects us. You buy a bottle of e-liquid and it’s the best thing ever. Soon, the notes that once popped for you are now dull and muted. It’s easy to assume that maybe the bottle was mixed wrong, with insufficient flavoring. What’s actually happening is a process known as “Sensory Adaption.” Whenever your body is subjected to a specific stimuli repeatedly, eventually, it begins to block some of that out as “not useful” information in order to prevent it from overloading itself. The body is able to continuously check for other stimulus that is not normal. This is why you forget you are holding something, or lose your sunglasses on top of your head. If you vape Hawk Sauce for a month straight, your body is going to eventually define that as normal. When exposed to the stimuli again, your taste buds aren’t even going to bat an eye at it. If your coil was burnt, they’d certainly pick that up, but if everything remains constant, you’re going to be in Bland City in no time.

So, what can you do? My first piece of advice is that increasing the amount of flavor in the bottle will do nothing to help you. This may, in fact, make it worse! If a bottle has too much flavor, your body is going to be overwhelmed right away and may begin blocking certain notes, or even make you nauseous due to its potency. Our taste buds can only handle so much at once. My number one suggestion is to simply try a different flavor for a while. Your tastebuds will come around eventually. In the meantime, you might find a flavor you enjoy even more than the one you’ve exhausted. Fruity flavors effect us the most. If possible, keep a rotation of flavors that you enjoy on hand and switch it up frequently. I tend to rotate from a very fruity flavor to a creamy one, and then to something robust like a tobacco or chocolate. After spending a bit with the “heavy” flavors, returning to a simple fruit is delightful.

If Hawk Sauce is your bread and butter, and you absolutely must vape it exclusively, there are a few tricks that might help you: Sniffing coffee grounds is a great way to “reset” your senses and should alleviate the problem at least for a bit. Brushing your teeth or using mouthwash will obviously impart some flavor of it’s own, but is also good for resetting your palate after the minty freshness wears off. You can also try vaping at different wattages or on a different set-up, which could change the flavor just enough to bring it back to your tongue’s attention. Switching up your pg/vg blend is another option that will affect the flavor. PG tends to carry flavor better than VG, which can somewhat mute flavors.

If none of these options are working for you, it’s time to face the music. If you can’t taste it anymore, it doesn’t matter if it was the best flavor in the world. It has no flavor now, so arguably, almost anything should be better. Ask fellow vapers what flavors you might like based on the flavor you were enjoying. If it was a simple banana flavor, then going to Banana Nut Bread might be just the thing for you. There are so many options for juice flavors! Remember: as much as you love the ones you tried, think about how many you haven’t. Might I suggest one of our 5 new flavors? Just in time for the holidays, some unique profiles come together to provide the perfect remedy for your ailment!

Something to think about:

Do you have any tips or tricks for fixing vaper’s tongue?

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor’s resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.



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