Too Much Booze? How Cannabis May Help Your Hangover

You wake up after a long night of drinking. Your head is throbbing, your mouth is dry, and you might even feel like you must vomit. Maybe you took some ibuprofen and drank a tall glass of water the night before, but you still woke up feeling like you were just hit by a beer truck. Yep. you probably have a hangover.

Perhaps a little cannabis is just what you need.

How will that help me?

Cannabis is commonly used for pain (and your head is throbbing from the hangover, right?) and nausea. There may not be peer-reviewed studies aimed to answer the cannabis-for-hangover treatment, but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that we can pair with what we know cannabis does (and doesn’t do) to draw some conclusions.

What cannabis isn’t going to do is relieve your dry mouth – in fact quite the opposite – so start with a glass of water, and then pour another glass. Now assess how you feel – is this the type of hangover that will subside in a couple of hours or are you going to be pushing through this all day? The answer to that will help decide which product or consumption method might help cure what ails you.

Hangover treatment cannabis products

Let’s start with what type of cannabis product will be most effective. The best option for many is something high in CBD and low in THC. CBD-dominant products greatly reduce the risk that you’re going to trade feeling like death and feeling too euphoric. CBD-rich strains also have anti-inflammatory properties to reduce that throbbing in your head. THC-rich strains won’t just best serve you if you just want to go back to sleep or your experiencing an intense headache that needs to be quelled quickly – THC reduces nausea symptoms better than CBD.

CBDA benefits nausea

Canadian researchers found that THC stimulates the CB1 receptors in the brain, especially those located in the regulatory centers responsible for nausea and vomiting. CBDA, on the other hand, the raw form of CBD has been found in preclinical studies as a powerful compound to relieve nausea. The problem, though, is the best way to consume CBDA comes from juicing raw CBD-rich plants, which most people don’t have access to.

You might want to skip the flower

Coughing is going to make you feel worse; amplifying the throbbing and if you cough hard enough it might lead to vomiting. Edibles won’t make you cough but they take a while to take effect (an hour in some cases, a lifetime when you’re hungover) and you run the risk that the edible could turn nausea into vomiting. A topical might help with the headache but not much else. Which leads up to vaporizing.

Your standard tabletop vaporizer – which uses flower but produces no smoke – could do the trick, depending on how your hangover is affecting your dexterity and how much preparation you can handle in the state you’re in. Table-top vaporizers require ground flower (or bud) and many vapes need some time to warm up.

Try a CBD-THC vape pen

A vape pen filled with 1:1 CBD:THC oil might do the job. You can control your intake from a pen – a couple of small pulls from a pen is an easier task than a couple small puffs of flower, but just as fast-acting and less likely to make you cough. Vape pens require no preparation (as long as it’s already charged) and that ease-of-use might save you a proverbial headache on top of the actual headache you’re trying to get rid of.

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