The Flavourless Vape……
Have you ever taken a puff off your vapouriser, expecting a billowing cloud of tasty vapour, only to discover that your favourite e-liquid has no flavour?
Like many other vapers, you are likely experiencing a phenomenon known as olfactory fatigue. Learn what causes this problem and how you can prevent or correct it with this guide.
What is Vaper’s Tongue (olfactory fatigue)?
The taste buds on your tongue are capable of identifying basic salty, sweet, bitter and sour tastes, but the olfactory receptors in your nose and at the back of your nasal cavity are responsible for the perception of flavour.
Without these receptors, you could still identify the slightly sweet, slightly tart taste of a berry on on your tongue, but you couldn’t distinguish a blackberry from a raspberry.
When your olfactory receptors are exposed to the same molecules over and over again, your nerves stop responding to that particular stimulus, at least temporarily.
This happens with your other senses, too. When you wear clothing, you probably aren’t aware of the fabric on your skin after just a few minutes.
When you drink a large glass of lemonade, the last sip probably doesn’t taste as tart or strong as the first sip.
If the sensory receptors in your body didn’t adapt to normal, harmless stimuli in this way, your nervous system would be overloaded and unable to respond to new stimuli.
How do you fix Vaper’s Tongue?
If your all-day vape suddenly has no flavour, you should try a different liquid. This works best if the new flavour differs substantially from the one you can no longer taste.
Some vapers report that gargling with minty mouthwash or saltwater helps to cleanse the palate and restore the sense of taste. Brushing your teeth and tongue can help, too.
A few vapers recommend sniffing coffee beans, a tactic employed by professional taste-testers and perfume counters to “reset” the sense of smell, but some experts suggest that coffee’s palate-cleansing qualities are mythical.
Is there a way to prevent Vaper’s Tongue?
Vaper’s Tongue is most common among those who vape the same flavour all the time, so keeping a few different flavours in your e-liquid rotation can prevent it.
Mint, menthol, anise, cinnamon, citrus and other strong, refreshing flavours also make good palate-cleansers, so consider vaping one of these in between other flavours.
Staying well-hydrated also helps prevent olfactory fatigue. The propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin in e-liquids are humectants that can pull moisture from your mouth and nasal passages.
The next time your sense of taste takes a hike, don’t worry!
Take the opportunity to branch out and try something new, and your ability to enjoy your all-day vape will likely return within a week’s time.