A lot of people use weed as an alternative to other social substances like alcohol, but if they were all hoping to avoid hangovers, some are in for a rude awakening… and morning… and maybe afternoon. As we continue to learn more about the benefits of marijuana, certain downsides are also becoming clear, like weed hangovers. Now, most weed hangovers are due to user error and could be easily prevented. Likewise, not all marijuana users have experienced a weed hangover regardless of their habits and use. So, if you find yourself in this situation, you’re probably wondering “how to cure a weed hangover?”
A Hangover… from Weed?
First things first: what is a weed hangover? If you reminisce on how you’ve felt the morning after an evening out drinking, you’re probably already imagining a worse situation than most weed hangovers. Symptoms of weed hangovers can be similar to hangovers from alcohol, even if they’re usually less pronounced. Feelings of fatigue, general discomfort, drowsiness, dehydration, mental lag, or sometimes even nausea all typically occur as a result of heavy usage. Like with alcohol, these less than desirable effects can therefore be prevented.
When your body takes in an overload of THC (as well as the other psychoactive components in marijuana), your system can be overwhelmed and begin to display adverse effects compared to most users. But don’t worry! Pushing yourself over a marijuana edge is an easily forgivable sin, especially during a time when excitement around trying new products is, for lack of a better word, high! Excitement can get the best of us, and with the potency of new strains and various methods of getting high, it’s good practice to check your labels, make sure you are staying within your THC limit, and find out the best dosage for you to avoid an unpleasant weed hangover.
Severity of weed hangovers varies from person to person, as well as differing based on other contributing factors like how much you had to eat that day, the amount of THC in the strains you consumed, if you were only smoking or also ingesting edibles, and your tolerance level. While not every user will experience these effects, it’s still a good rule of thumb to be wary of your marijuana usage overall, especially when it comes to combining different types of products. Like any substance, cannabis should be used both in moderation and on its own to not only provide you with the best experience, but to save yourself from a gross morning-after!
The good news is that you can avoid these sickly side-effects fairly easily. You are in control of how much you smoke, how many edibles you take, and the types of strains you are ingesting. Education, experience, and moderation of your marijuana consumption is the first, biggest, and best key to mitigating your chances of experiencing a weed hangover. All it takes is understanding your limits and sticking to them. Prevention really is the best weed hangover cure!
Besides moderation ahead of time, overall avoidance or a period of abstention afterward can have huge impacts when dealing with a weed hangover. Unlike an alcohol hangover, which causes certain symptoms based on alcohol withdrawal, weed hangovers are usually caused by overdosing. So, by being cognizant in your daily duties and stepping away from the herb the night before an important day (or at the first signs of a hangover the next morning) you can avoid feeling lethargic or foggy-headed by letting the THC level in your blood return to normal.
Weed Hangover Cures
Okay, so you had (a little too much) fun last night and are now in that groggy, unmotivated headspace that we’ve come to know and dread. Here’s how to cure a weed hangover once it’s upon you:
Listen to your body; it knows best. If what you need the most is to stay horizontal for most of the day, lean into that feeling. Sleeping restores the body every night, and allowing yourself the space to rehabilitate your senses in a way that exerts the smallest amount of energy can be very healing!
- Fuel Your Body
Give yourself the nourishment you need to get through the day, which includes a whole lot of water and a healthy balance of minerals and fats. Water will help to reverse the dehydration you may have been building up since the night before, while whole foods will restore electrolytes like sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphate.
THC’s friendly and laid-back cousin is in town and here to help! While CBD can’t deliver a greasy brunch and water bottle to your bedside, it can provide beneficial relief to symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and even “hang-xiety”. Give it a try in a tincture, as a gummy, or in a CBD-only joint to help that hangover find its way out.
A weed hangover is probably not going to debilitate you to the same extent that other hangovers will, and is just as easily preventable. While no hangover is fully curable once it’s here, now you have the tools you need to manage your side effects and prepare yourself to avoid feeling “doped-over” in the future!
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