Can You Smoke Weed After You Get Your Tongue Pierced?
When You Can Start Smoking Weed Again After Your Tongue Is Pierced?
This article will do first a bit of scared straight, by telling you what are the potential dangers of tongue piercing. I am not saying this to scare you or change your mind. I do however want you to know the precautions that need to be taken after getting your tongue pierced. I felt this was appropriate because you need to know that problems can occur if you decide to not take your piercing aftercare seriously. After that, I will give you a few tips for after piercing care.
This is not meant to be an “Ultimate Guide” on this subject. Instead, it is meant as a starting point for info on this subject. 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.
What Are the Potential Complications That Can Happen When You Get Your Tongue Pierced?
Unlike your ears or nose, your mouth is full of nasty bacteria and prone to infections and swelling
This is especially true when any part of your mouth, like your tongue suffers trauma. What I am saying next is not meant to be judgmental. It is simply the truth: Putting an unnatural hole in your tongue is self-induced trauma. And healing is necessary when trauma occurs.
Therefore, a tongue piercing, unlike the ear, belly button, etc., is a bit more complicated and problems are more likely to happen after having this procedure done. 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-No matter how well your piercing goes, you will have some discomfort after it is done. It will be a problem if infections happen, which results in it continuing to be painful and swelled up long after it should have healed.
- Metal Allergy-Other than changing the metal, this can most likely not be prevented. However, poor aftercare can make the problem worse.
- Nerve Damage– Your tongue may become numb after you get it done. It is most likely temporary. But, can be permanent also.
The following is a brief description of the healing timeline after a piercing that is summarized from the website Urban Jewelry. Urban Jewelry states that you should expect it to take up to three to four weeks for your mouth and tongue to be fully healed. The first three days are the hardest as your tongue will be the most swollen, you may problems talking, you’ll feel uncomfortable, have swelling, and suffer pain. During these three to four weeks, you may have to stick to soft, easy to chew, bland, food, like applesauce, and, of course, avoid any sticky food.
Should You Not Smoke During Healing?
To be safe, the answer to this question is unfortunately yes. To be extra cautious, it is best to not start smoking (weed, tobacco, or anything) again until you are done with your healing. And, If you have to smoke while you are still getting better. You need to rinse your mouth out with a salt solution each time you finish smoking.
The following video is an excellent video that summarizes all of the recommended aftercare for oral piercings, and also gives you advice on oral rinses that you should use after 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 follow all of the recommended aftercare. So be safe, you should wait for four weeks before you are able to smoke again. If you do not want to wait that long I would try your best to followup every smoke session with either a DIY rinse solution or a pre-made rinse.