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Taste buds are an extremely powerful weapon in your sensory arsenal. The taste buds on your tongue combined with the olfactory receptors in your nose make everything you eat, drink or in our case vape taste the way it should.
Being able to distinguish between sweet, salty, sour and bitter can create wonderful luxurious sensations or toe curling, eye-wincing squeamish responses from our sensory nerves.
The average person has approximately 10,000 taste buds, which are replaced about every 2 weeks. However, as we grow older the number dwindles and taste buds are not replaced – this explains why children can have such strong reactions to some tastes that adults just do not experience.
The Life of the Humble Taste Bud
It is a recognised fact that the toxic elements in smoking kill taste buds. So most smokers do not taste food as they should. So when smokers stop and try vaping one of the pleasant side effects is that their senses are revitalised and tastes once again become vibrant and enjoyable. This is one of the more vocal pieces of feedback we initially get from our customers, as it can happen fairly quickly, followed in the next weeks by the overall sense of well being and health.We do subject our taste buds to huge amounts of variation – and this is a good thing. If you ate the same thing all day every day – after a while you would simply not be able to taste what you were eating, as the taste buds become numb to the flavour. By varying our foods and drinks we are constantly reenergising our buds into savouring new flavours. New buds are experiencing some tastes for the first time!
In a similar situation to food, sticking with the same vape flavour day in and day out will result in the taste buds becoming immune to the flavour. So the simple solution is to mix up your flavours now and again; even give your buds a jolt by trying a strong mint, menthol or citrus e-juice.
It is very important when vaping to increase your hydration levels and dehydration can have a major effect on the sensitivity of the tongue. When dehydrated the tongue develops a thin film to keep moisture in the body – this neutralises the taste buds and once again flavour disappears. So if you have flavour fatigue and feel constantly thirsty – brush your teeth, tongue and swill with a mouthwash to invigorate your senses once again.
Under The Weather
Suffering from flu, a common cold or even just a snivel can hamper the intensity of sensory perception. As we have mentioned your nose plays a major role in the overall taste experience. So, if you are a little under the weather and your favourite kiwi, apple pie or custard flavour e-liquid is just not doing it for you – don’t panic – ride out the cold and with a little TLC your taste buds should return to wow you once again.
Variety is the Spice of Life
So the moral of this story is be adventurous – don’t get too devoted to one particular flavour. Enjoy the experimentation of vaping – even mix flavours together to create your own special flavours: adding a few drops of flavours such as vanilla, chocolate or mint to various fruits or tobaccos can give a real taste explosion that will reenergise your love of vaping.
Our video looks at how scientific research has debunked some of the most common misconceptions about e-cigarettes to give you a clearer picture of the difference between vaping and smoking.
Oxford Academic - a renowned scholastic journal will no longer allow authors to call vaping devices tobacco products. In an editorial entitled “Are e-cigarettes tobacco products?”, editor-in-chief Marcus Munafò explains that the journal will only use the term “tobacco products” to describe items that contain actual leaf tobacco.