Cannabis is a plant that has been used for both medicinal and recreational purposes for thousands of years. While it has many benefits, it can also have some adverse effects, including what is known as a "cannabis hangover” or most commonly between friends as a “weed hangover”.
In this article, we will explore what a weed hangover is, whether it is real, its main causes, and how to prevent and treat it. No more cannabis or marijuana hangovers for you! So… continue reading.
The term “weed hangover” is used to describe the after-effects of using cannabis, it can be something you experience after a smoking session, vaping weed, or even eating THC edibles. This hangover feeling can be characterized by a range of symptoms, including headaches, fatigue, dry mouth, nausea, and brain fog. These symptoms can last for several hours, and in some cases, even up to a day… this depends on each person, just as the alcohol hangover you all have experienced.
Man with cannabis hangover holding a glass of water (Envato)
Is Weed Hangover a Real Phenomena?
While some people may question the existence of a cannabis hangover, many users have reported experiencing it. Research on the topic is limited, but certain studies have found evidence to support its presence. For instance, a study published in the Addiction Journal indicated that 10% of cannabis users reported experiencing it after using the drug. So, even though this number is not very high as the ones reported after drinking alcohol, is a good percentage to say the presence of weed hangover is something real for some people.
The Main Causes of a Weed Hangover
There are several factors that can contribute to a weed hangover. One of the main causes is the THC content of the cannabis. Basically, it is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that is responsible for many of its effects, including the high. When the body metabolizes THC, it can produce a range of byproducts that can cause hangover-like symptoms.
Another factor that can contribute to it is dehydration. Cannabis can cause dry mouth, which can lead to dehydration if users do not drink enough water. Dehydration can cause headaches, fatigue, and other similar symptoms. As you may know, when you feel “hangover” this might be because you’re basically dehydrated.
Finally, the method of consumption can also play a role in its occurrence. Smoking or vaping cannabis can irritate the lungs and cause inflammation, which can lead to headaches and other symptoms. Edibles may also cause it if users consume too much or if the edible contains other ingredients that can cause hangover-like symptoms, such as sugar or alcohol.
Preventing a Weed Hangover
The best way to prevent a cannabis hangover is to use the drug responsibly. This means choosing strains with lower THC content, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding other substances that can exacerbate symptoms, such as alcohol or sugar.
It is also important to choose a method of consumption that is less likely to cause a hangover. For example, using a vaporizer instead of smoking can help reduce the risk of lung irritation and inflammation. Consuming edibles in moderation and choosing products that are low in sugar and other ingredients that can cause similar symptoms can also help prevent a cannabis hangover. Important: Never mix cannabis with alcohol, this is one of the main causes of hangovers too!
Hangover woman with a headache holding a glass of water (Envato)
Man feeling fatigued by cannabis hangover (Envato)
Treating a Weed Hangover
If you do experience a cannabis hangover, there are several things you can do to alleviate the symptoms. Drinking water can help rehydrate the body and reduce headaches and fatigue. Taking a hot shower or bath can also help relax the body and alleviate its effects.
Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help reduce the discomfort. However, following the recommended dosage and not exceeding the maximum daily dose is important.
Finally, getting plenty of rest and avoiding other substances that can exacerbate its effects can also help alleviate a weed hangover.
Overall, a weed hangover is a real phenomenon that can be caused by a range of factors, including THC content, dehydration, and method of consumption. While the best way to prevent it is to use the drug responsibly, there are several things you can do to alleviate the effects if you do experience one. By following these tips, you can enjoy the benefits of cannabis without suffering from a hangover.
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