For some, the concept of a weed hangover is just a fact of life, but it’s a complete mystery or a fabricated myth for others.
The truth is, suffering from a weed hangover is so much more common than you would think, and they’re not that much different than any other type of hangover you might come into contact with or experience.
Typically, a hangover occurs when you experience one or several physical symptoms after ingesting large amounts of a particular substance like alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and marijuana.
Still, while they may be common, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t unpleasant.
Today, we will be talking about the unsavoury experience of a weed hangover, potential causes, how it differs from an alcohol hangover as well as examples of tried and true remedies for treating them.
Is a Weed Hangover a Real Thing?
Since the legalization of cannabis in Canada in 2018, little research has been done regarding this specific topic. That said, there are a handful of studies concerning the weed hangover, which serve as a good jumping-off point for our current understanding of it now, and for the future.
For instance, a study published in 1985 revealed an experiment where 13 male participants were tasked with smoking placebos or regular THC joints. According to the results, all the joint smokers experienced some level of impairment and residual effects the next morning.
Another experiment conducted in 1998 examined the residual effects after smoking one joint that revealed the same outcome as the previous study – smoking cannabis can cause hangover-like symptoms and impairment the following day, or what would be more commonly referred to now as a weed hangover.
Science aside, there are numerous anecdotal accounts from people who experience or have experienced a weed hangover, but you’ll usually notice one common denominator between them all: overconsumption.
Weed Hangover Symptoms & Remedies
While some symptoms are reported more frequently than others, unfortunately, the studies mentioned above didn’t look at or research the potential causes of the reported side effects.
So, what little we do know about a weed hangover is based on reports from you, the consumer.
Considering this, there may be other weed-induced side effects that haven’t yet been listed or reported. So, if you find you’re experiencing something random, it could very well be from consuming too much weed the night before.
In this way, suffering from a weed hangover could present differently and vary from user to user.
Nevertheless, the most commonly reported hangover symptoms include:
- Brain Fog
- Dry Eyes
- Dry Mouth (Cottonmouth)
The good news is that time will eventually cure your hangover, but in the meantime, there are some tips and tricks you can try to help ease your symptoms.
If you’re suffering from a mean case of brain fog after you wake up, one of the best things you can do is exercise. Moving your body, especially in natural sunlight, signals our brains to convert the sleep hormone melatonin into serotonin — which will do wonders for eliminating brain fog.
While it may be one of the last things that you want to do or think about while experiencing a weed hangover, getting your body in motion could be just what it needs to start feeling back to normal.
Try Ginger or Over the Counter Medications to Settle Your Stomach
Many people find relief using ginger for weed hangover-related nausea because of its ability to neutralize stomach acids and prevent vomiting.
Other users find Pepto Bismol or Alkazelzer helpful for eliminating nausea, but aside from this, the only thing you can do is eat mild foods, keep yourself hydrated, and rest.
To treat dry or red eyes caused by consuming too much weed, simply use some lubricating or redness relieving eye drops, and refrain from toking up until they clear up.
Take a Cold Shower
While it may seem like a crazy thought, hear us out.
We know that taking a cold shower is probably on the very bottom of your list of desired activities when suffering from a weed hangover. However, braving a cold shower could help stimulate your body’s sympathetic nervous system and help quell undesirable weed hangover symptoms and side-effects.
The sudden shock will cause hormones to release that feel similar to an adrenaline rush, causing you to feel more alert and eliminate brain fog.
While it may sound counterproductive to ingest even more weed, CBD can help counteract and treat the unpleasant symptoms associated with a weed hangover, including nausea, inflammation, and pain relief.
So, if Tylenol just isn’t cutting it to relieve your headache, CBD could be just what you need.
If you aren’t sure what variation to pick, there are plenty to choose from, such as CBD edibles if you’re up to eating something and settling your stomach or CBD vapes if you’re looking for something easier to ingest by taking small puffs.
Alternatively, you can also opt for a 1:1 CBD/THC tincture to take the edge off and experience the healing benefits of CBD to help alleviate the adverse side effects and get you feeling more back to normal.
Have Some Caffeine
An elixir of the gods and a classic hangover cure for both an alcohol and weed hangover, it should come as no surprise that reaching for caffeine is on this list.
Caffeine present in coffee and tea works to stimulate the mind and increase our sense of alertness, both of which can be massively beneficial when suffering the negative side effects of a weed hangover.
So, if you’re feeling particularly run-down or exhausted, which you very likely might, a quick dose of caffeine can help give you some much-needed energy. For an added boost, you can also incorporate CBD-infused honey into your warm beverage to experience its healing benefits on top of caffeine’s energizing effects.
What Causes A Weed Hangover?
As we briefly mentioned earlier, scientific studies and personal accounts suggest a link between a weed hangover and consuming too much reefer — much like other types of hangovers.
And just like other substances, each person’s tolerance levels will differ from person to person and from strain to strain, making it neraly impossible to determine a hangover-free dose that would be suitable for all users.
This is why both professionals and experienced cannabis consumers hold the “start low and go slow” mantra in such high regard. It’s the easiest and most fool-proof way to prevent a negative experience and avoid a weed hangover.
Whatever consumption method you opt for, the most important factor for preventing a weed hangover is keeping your doses low, and allowing enough time between doses before loading up again.
Differences Between Alcohol and Weed Hangovers
Although an alcohol and weed hangover are both triggered by overconsumption, the toll that an alcohol hangover puts on the mind and body is much more severe than marijuana.
But, let’s be honest. We can all make a conscious effort to not abuse any substances, despite one being potentially worse and causing more severe consequences than the other.
That being said, the most commonly reported symptoms of an alcohol hangover include:
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Increased thirst/dehydration
- Dry Mouth
Weed Hangover – Unpleasant but Avoidable
The weed hangover subject is still a hot topic of contention among experts and cannabis consumers alike.
However, the few studies conducted and the countless personal testimonies of users who have experienced weed hangover-like symptoms the day after consuming too much cannabis indicate they are, in fact, a real thing.
They are also easily avoidable if you are aware of your personal tolerance levels and remain aware of how much weed you’re consuming. The homage “start low and go slow” is a classic for a reason, and it’s some of the best and most straightforward advice that you can receive as a new and seasoned cannabis user.
Even if you do indulge a little too heavily the night before and ultimately suffer from a weed hangover, you can take solace in the fact that the symptoms and side-effects, while they feel unpleasant at the moment, will not last forever.
If anything else, let it serve as a learning opportunity that motivates you to stay within your limits.
As always, stay safe, and enjoy.