Weed stains on lips
One of the most common weed myths you must have heard is, “ smoking weed darkens your lips overtime”. Could this be a myth or a fact? You will find out the next few paragraphs.
If you are reading this piece, chances are, you smoke weed and have noticed your lips turning dark. Or you know someone whose lips have turned dark as a result of smoking weed.
Whichever the case, let’s discuss the correlation between smoking weed and “black lips”.
What exactly is weed lips?
In a layman’s term, weed lips refer to the darkening of the lips, especially when it is being associated with someone that smokes weed.
Weed lips do not fully materialize at once. Rather, they slowly develop as a result of heavy weed smoking. First, they settle in and then spread throughout the volume of the lips.
Causes of weed lips
Although there is no scientific evidence that shows how the lips turn dark as a result of smoking weed. However, it has been seen that they show up in those who are heavy weed smokers.
Resins on lips
It is common knowledge that when things burn, they leave a residue (resins) behind. More often than not, this residue is usually dark/ black in color. Excessive weed smoking (which involves burning), it is just reasonable that some residue will be left on your lips from time to time.
When weed smoking becomes a daily habit, the rate at which residue is left on the smoker’s lips increases causing oxidative stress on lips and culminating in collagen breakdown. Hence, the pigmentation on the lips of smokers. At this point, it takes just a little while from there before the lips turn completely dark.
Black vs White People
It is important to note that, some race are easily susceptible to having weed lips than others. Though, I have no scientific evidence to support this claim. Perhaps, this could be a good topic to discuss in my next article. Until then, the only evidence I have is the fact that, black people who are heavy weed smokers are more prone to having weed lips than white people. Reason being that, white people have much redder lips compared to blacks. This means the time it will take a white heavy weed smoker’s lips to turn from red to black is longer in comparison with that of a black heavy weed smoker.
Cure For Weed Lips
The good news is, weed lips can be corrected. When you start to notice that weed is making your lips turn dark. Then you should:
- Reduce your daily/ overall intake of the weed
- Exfoliate your lips regularly to get rid of the dead skins which would otherwise hold the coloration to your lips
- Rub lemon juice/ cider vinegar on your lips with a cotton ball regularly
- Brush your lips gently with a toothbrush every morning
- Moisturize the lips since dehydration can lead a dark and wrinkled lips
Lip Balm For Weed Lips
I highly recommend Promen Lip Lightener if you have a chapped or weed lips. It is very effective in providing an intense moisturization on the lips. It also helps to remove dead skin cells.
Restoring the colour of your lips after they have been darkened as a result of weed smoking does not happen overnight. Just as it took time for the pigmentation to get settled in, it will also take some time for you to completely get rid of it.
A word of advice. Even though, heavy weed smoking might cause your lips to turn dark. That doesn’t necessarily mean every case of lip darkening is the product of excessive weed smoking. It might be something else that is causing or have caused your lips to turn black. That being said, apply any of the remedies discusses above to get rid of weed lips.