Cannabis Use and Hangovers: Can It Help?
Ah, the hangover. Just about everyone has felt the unpleasant after effects of drinking too much alcohol, and it’s not something most people want to revisit. Of course, it still happens. But rather than trying (and often failing) with the traditional methods of black coffee and a hearty breakfast, consider using cannabis instead.
Yes, you read that right. While everyone experiences hangovers somewhat differently, marijuana has a variety of effects that can help ease a wide range of symptoms. From nausea to headaches, using marijuana can help you feel better within just minutes.
You’re Treating Hangover Symptoms, Not Using a Miracle Cure
While no studies have shown that cannabis actually CURES a hangover, it’s important to remember that there actually isn’t any “cure” for a hangover except time. So with this in mind, the key to feeling better is to treat the symptoms of a hangover so that they are more manageable. Just as marijuana hasn’t been proven to be a cure for any illness, it has been shown to make an extensive list of conditions less cumbersome.
Here are just some of the common hangover symptoms that cannabis use helps to ease:
- Stress / Anxiety
- Lack of Appetite
- Difficulty Sleeping
Again, while claims of marijuana actually curing hangovers appear to be anecdotal, most modern medical professionals agree that it can be a helpful treatment. In fact, marijuana use in Arizona is only currently legal for medical purposes, specifically when it comes to treating illnesses with similar symptoms to those listed above.
Does the Kind of Cannabis Matter?
Cannabis is a plant, and like other plants there are different varieties. Those who need to feel more alert while staving off nausea and pain would do well to try a sativa product, while an indica may help others feel more at ease and relaxed enough to sleep off their hangover. Many more will benefit greatly from a hybrid product, experiencing all-around relief and ease while not getting too sleepy. Others may nevertheless want to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC entirely, opting instead for the gentle full-body effect of CBD products.
Likewise, the way you consume marijuana can play a role in how it affects your hangover symptoms. While a rolled joint or bowl may do in a pinch for a lot of people, it might not be the best choice for others. People with nausea, for example, may prefer inhaling marijuana via a vape pen as opposed to edibles.
Others may prefer sipping it in a tea for fast, long-lasting relaxation. Tea is an especially great option for hangovers, as you can combine cannabis flower with just about any regular loose leaf tea that may be beneficial on its own. Those with nausea or an overall feeling of malaise, for example, would do well to try a marijuana-infused peppermint tea.
Using Marijuana Before Drinking Can Help Too
You don’t necessarily need to wait for a hangover to hit to start feeling the positive effects of marijuana. In fact, many people who use marijuana prior to drinking alcohol find that their hangover symptoms are lessened or non-existent. But if cannabis has not actually been proven to cure (or prevent) hangovers, then what gives?
Well, it turns out that there are a variety of factors at play. For example, many people who are already feeling the effects of marijuana are more likely to drink alcohol slower and in lesser quantities. Many people also tend to experience those famous “munchies” and eat more than they would otherwise. Having food in your stomach slows alcohol absorption and can help prevent more severe hangover symptoms.
Of course, you can always skip the risk of having a hangover entirely by not drinking. In fact, many people these days are switching over to marijuana use entirely for whenever they want to get a “buzz” going but don’t want the often-debilitating effects of alcohol. Again, only medical use is currently legal in Arizona. But if you have any questions, the pros at All Greens Dispensary are here to help!
Cannabis Use and Hangovers: Can It Help? Ah, the hangover. Just about everyone has felt the unpleasant after effects of drinking too much alcohol, and it’s not something most people want to