When You Can Start Smoking Weed Again After Your Tongue Is Pierced?
A body piercing, which includes a tongue piercing is generally safe. A tongue piercing though is an invasive procedure, that can cause complications. So, if you decide to get your tongue pierced you need to do your homework, and this article will help you do just that.
This article will first tell you the potential dangers of a new tongue ring. So, you will hopefully take your piercing aftercare seriously. Second, I will go over basic post-piercing care, which includes information specifically tailored towards both
This is not meant to be an “Ultimate Guide” on this subject. Instead, it is meant as a starting point. All of the references that I used for this article are from reputable sites. If you have any questions, please follow the links to get more information.
Potential Complications For Tongue Piercing
Unlike ears, nose, or nipple piercing, the mouth is full of nasty bacteria and is prone to infections and swelling. This is especially true when any part of your mouth, like your tongue suffers trauma. And putting an unnatural hole in your tongue is self-induced trauma that can cause scar tissue, which may result in an infection.
Therefore, a tongue piercing, unlike an ear, belly button, etc., is a bit more complicated and problems are more likely to happen. The potential dangers are of such concern, that the American Dental Association recommends against any oral piercing, which includes your tongue. The following are a few complications that can happen right after a tongue piercing.
- Pain, Swelling, And Infection -A bacterial infection will most likely occur if food particles are stuck inside or near the piercing site. Also, if a tongue infection happens pain and swelling will occur long after it should have been healed already
- Metal Allergy– An unknown, tongue jewelry allergy can cause complications. Other than changing the metal, this can most likely not be prevented. However, poor aftercare can make the problem worse.
- Nerve Damage– A numb tongue is the most common type of nerve damage that is associated with a pierced tongue.
Gingival Recession-AKA receding gums or is a potential, long-term complication of an oral piercing.
Tongue Piercing Aftercare
The good news is that a tongue piercing is one of the faster healing piercings. However, since it is in your mouth you will tend to notice more the overall swelling and pain than an ear or even an ear cartridge piercing.
According to Urban Jewelry. it can take up to three to four weeks for your mouth and tongue to be fully healed. In the first three to four weeks, your tongue will be swollen, you’ll have problems talking, and your tongue will be sore. During these three to four weeks, you may have to stick to soft food that is easy to chew. Examples of this are bland foods, like applesauce. And, of course, avoid any sticky, or crunchy foods.
Proper oral hygiene is the number one key to prevent any complications, which means you need to rinse your mouth out after eating, drinking, or smoking anything.
Below is a simple, DIY rinse, composed of seal salt and warm water, that is recommended for the first three to six weeks after the procedure.
DIY Oral Rinse
- 1 Cup Of Warm Water
- 1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt (Non-Iodized)
You simply fill a cup with the warm water, add the sea salt and then mix them together until salt totally dissolves. And gargle with the solution, for around 30 seconds. Do this after smoking, eating, or when you feel it is necessary.
Professionals recommend the commercial oral rinse Biotene after a new piercing.
Is It Wise To Start Smoking After Tongue Piercing?
To be safe, the answer to this question is, unfortunately, no, as it is best to not start smoking (weed, tobacco, or anything) again until you’re done with healing. And, If you do smoke while you are healing. You need to rinse your mouth out with a saline solution or the DIY, sea salt, mouth wash after you are done.
Best To Wait For A While
The following video is an excellent video that summarizes all of the recommended, oral piercing, aftercare.
Alternative To Smoking Weed
Edibles are a decent alternative to smoking.
It should go without saying that getting a piercing is a decision that only you can make. However, you need to make that decision only after you have all the facts in front of you. This article is designed to give you information; so, you can make an informed decision. And if you decide to get it done, make sure that you have a professional tongue piercer do it, and religiously follow all of the recommended aftercare. This means that to be safe, you should wait for four weeks before you are able to smoke, tobacco, weed, or anything. If you do not want to wait that long I would try your best to follow up every smoke session with either a DIY oral rinse, Biotene, or another store-bought oral rinse.
What about a Lip Piercing?
Lip piercing aftercare is quite similar to tongue piercing aftercare. The only real difference is that some types of lip piercings can take months for them to be fully healed. Check this article out for excellent info on lip piercing and aftercare.