How to recover from a weed hangover
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- What is a weed hangover?
- What causes weed hangovers?
- Research on weed hangovers
- How do I get over a weed hangover?
- Can I prevent a weed hangover?
You may associate a hangover with alcohol, but it is possible for marijuana to have similar effects the next day. The difference between an alcohol hangover and a weed hangover lies in the symptoms. While nausea, dehydration, and insomnia are commonly experienced among those with alcohol hangovers, the hangover effects of too much cannabis may differ.
Here you’ll learn all about the causes and symptoms of weed hangovers, what the experts say on the subject, how to treat weed hangovers , and how to prevent them.
What is a weed hangover?
Weed hangovers occur when you consume more than your personal limit of marijuana. Only you know exactly what that means for your body as tolerance levels vary greatly from one individual to another. Some other factors that influence whether you get a hangover and what the severity will be include the strain you consumed and the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. Cannabis with higher levels of THC makes hangovers more likely, especially if you have consumed beyond your tolerance level.
Weed hangovers occur when you consume more than your personal limit of marijuana. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Further, you are more likely to experience a hangover if you have consumed edibles as they metabolize slowly in the body and may still be active the next morning. A pot brownie or cannabis cookie, then, may cause more hangover symptoms than a joint. If you are making edibles, be sure to stick to a recipe that won’t push your limits. Marijuana smoking or vaping, overall, is less likely to lead to a hangover, although the possibility does exist.
Common weed hangover symptoms may include:
- Brain fog and inability to focus
- Dull, persistent headache
- Dry, itchy eyes
- Grogginess or fatigue
- Cottonmouth (but not systemic dehydration as occurs after drinking too much alcohol)
- Sensitivity to bright lights and loud noises
- Lingering sensation of being high
What causes weed hangovers?
Overconsumption of cannabis, particularly strains high in mood-altering THC, is the main cause of a marijuana hangover. Strains that contain close to 20% or more THC are the most likely culprits. Some of these THC-heavy strains include White Fire OG, Sour Diesel, Chemdog, and, not surprisingly, Amnesia Haze.
Other lifestyle factors may also affect how you feel the day after cannabis use. A poor diet and lack of exercise can make someone more susceptible to feeling ill after a night of indulgence. The healthier your lifestyle, the more likely it is for your body chemistry to be in balance and have the ability to stave off hangovers.
Finally, how often you consume marijuana could influence the likelihood of a hangover. Regular cannabis consumers may want to cut back on their usage and practice moderation. For example, someone who is consuming marijuana daily may want to try using every other day or exclusively on weekends to keep hangovers at bay and potentially eliminate them. Changing the time of day you consume cannabis is another possible experiment. Try consuming early in the evening rather than late at night and see if there is any change.
Research on weed hangovers
A number of older scientific studies offer insight into the residual effects of smoking weed and the associated biological processes. For example a 2006 study published in the journal “Experimental Biology and Medicine” showed that marijuana use decreases saliva secretion , which can explain dry mouth. A lack of saliva in the mouth does not, however, lead to or signify full body dehydration, a departure from the aftermath of over consuming alcohol.
Other studies have fueled debate as to whether a weed hangover is a real phenomenon or a figment of the imagination. A 1998 study published in the journal “Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior” found the effects of smoking marijuana to be minimal with an increase in heart rate as the most significant acute result . However, minimal effects were present the following day. The authors concluded that smoking a marijuana cigarette did not have a significant impact on the body or brain in subsequent days. Notably, this study had a small sample size of just 10 individuals, all of whom were men, so these findings may not prove accurate across a wider and more diverse population.
An even earlier study published in 1985 in the journal “Drug and Alcohol Dependence” found similar acute signs, such as increased heart rate, along with altered performance in behavioral tasks . These tasks included sorting cards and free recall. Researchers noted that there were some possible hangover indications, but, “the precise nature and extent of these effects, as well as their practical implications, remain to be determined.” The subjects, all male as in the 1998 study, received either placebo joints or marijuana cigarettes containing a low level of THC (2.9%). The results could have been quite different if the THC content had been higher or, again, if a wider and more heterogeneous sample population had been tested.
Very little additional research exists on this topic. Clearly,fresh studies and perspectives are needed.
Research aside, you know your body and you know if you are experiencing a hangover. So, if a marijuana hangover hits, what can you do to recover from it?
How do I get over a weed hangover?
Though you might be tempted to stay in bed all day, the most effective way to shake off the unwanted after effects of excess cannabis consumption is to move your body. Another key component of the recovery process is healthy food, along with hydration, relaxation, and if you are so inclined, meditation.
Key components of the recovery process are exercise, healthy food, along with hydration, relaxation, and if you are so inclined, meditation. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Here are five healthy home remedies to help you conquer a weed hangover and feel better in the process.
- Get out in the fresh air and take a brisk walk. Breathe deeply as you walk, flooding the brain and lungs with a new supply of oxygen, and clearing away any mental fogginess. Walk for at least 20 minutes and up to an hour to maximize the positive effects.
- Roll out a yoga mat and do a few gentle stretches while focusing on cleansing, deep breaths. Back bends that open the chest and allow the body to take in more oxygen are especially beneficial. A brief five-minute period of meditation and visualization can round out your yoga practice and leave you feeling invigorated.
- Eat a power breakfast, whether that means a homemade turkey omelet or a vegan bowl of steel-cut oatmeal and fresh berries. Whatever you choose, keep it natural and nourish your body with nutrient-rich food.
- A tall glass of water is a basic way to combat any hangover, but you might want to elevate it to the next level with a caffeine infusion. Coffee or tea can help stimulate the mind and give your body a much needed energy boost. If a headache persists, lemon water with two Tylenol or another pain reliever could offer quick relief.
- If you can’t bring yourself to eat or exercise, simply step into a cool shower and refresh your senses with soothing water. The pressure from the water can have therapeutic effects, massaging and easing tight muscles.
Keep eliminating the hangover throughout the day by practicing healthy habits including balanced eating and moderate exercise. When the sun goes down, consider going to bed a bit earlier than usual, and abstain from consuming or smoking marijuana until you’re feeling in peak condition. While you’re on the mend consider applying CBD oil to affected areas such as the temples or neck if you feel any lingering discomfort. Topical CBD preparations can relieve pain in some individuals.
Can I prevent a weed hangover?
The best way to prevent a marijuana hangover is to know your personal limits and adhere to them. Smoking rather than consuming edibles is another strategy that may work. In addition, seek out strains that are lower in THC, such as Euphoria, an indica-dominant variety which caps out at a manageable 9% THC. Easy Bud, clocking in at around 12% THC content, is another good choice. There are many strains geared towards beginners and others who may be more sensitive to the effects of THC. The higher the ratio of cannabidiol (CBD) to THC, the less likely you are to feel hungover.
If you are using marijuana alongside alcohol and tobacco, try curbing the use of the latter two products and see if that makes a difference. If you continue to feel unwell after using marijuana, consult with your healthcare provider to see if there could be an underlying medical issue.
In the end, knowing and honoring your body’s boundaries is the best way to prevent marijuana hangovers while enjoying the many potential benefits of the plant.
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The 10 Steps To Recovering From A Weed Hangover
There is absolutely no worse feeling in the world than waking up with that horrible cotton mouth, a pounding headache and a $30 Chinese delivery receipt on your lap. Not to mention, a bunch of your homies (and some locas) all passed out in your living room, sitting upright on the couch as you just lie there feeling like a shell of your old self.
There’s only two words to describe this natural phenomenon — weed hangover. Somewhere during the night before, between the eight blunts, ten bong rips and three weed brownies, you lost yourself. You forgot your limitations and decided to become a master chief, which subsequently led to you munching your face off. While this may have sounded like a great idea at the time, the result is truly one of the most defeating emotions you could imagine.
There is hands down no crazier feeling than being smacked out of your mind and so full to the point of heavy breathing and full siesta. Coming from experience, this can even be more dangerous than drinking. Your life is in disarray, you feel all sorts of floaty and just cannot seem to get a grip on things. It’s that bad.
However through years of trial, failing and, finally, succeeding, we have devised 10 solid steps to help you get your life back in order. This method is a deep body cleanse for the mind, body and soul that will help you overcome your weed hangover in just one day.
Don’t just lie there in your puddle of self disgust and Hot Cheetos, do something about it. Take action and live to smoke another blunt! Smoke the weed. Don’t let the weed smoke you. These are the 10 easy steps to successfully recovering from a weed hangover.
First, look into the mirror and promise yourself that you aren’t smoking today
This game is 90 percent mental. Take a deep breath, look into the mirror and say to yourself, “No more weed today.” While this isn’t the easiest thing for a stoner to say, it’s one of the most vital steps to completing your transformation. By psyching yourself out, you will have the upper hand over your mind and, in turn, you will control the pace of the day.
Then make sure you clear your body’s cache
Between the Domino’s pizza, Oreo McFlurry and General Tso’s chicken from the Chinese spot, your body is going to have to deal with a mass exodus. Whether or not this is the first or second thing you do, always make sure this is the first or second thing you do. Clearing your cache will do a lot for you spiritually as you will be able to think more freely and approach the day with a positive and sin-free mindset. Don’t let yesterday’s transgressions dictate your future. Get rid of these demons!
Throw on some Marley!
To put your body at full peace, throw on any classic Bob Marley jam. I would suggest, “Waiting In Vain.” While it doesn’t have the most upbeat message, the sounds are very pleasant on the ears and strike the perfect tones for any hungover stoner to fully recover.
And drink a big old cup of OJ (aka Jesus Juice)
Drinking orange juice is essential during your recovery process. The vitamin C inside of the OJ actually rewires your brain and stimulates the receptors in your eyes to make you see more clearly. Not really. But, it does taste delicious and will surely wake you up in one of the most pleasant ways possible. Extra pulp is always a plus.
Then get the “Triangle Offense” breakfast at McDonald’s
To get over your hangover, you’re obviously going to need a breakfast fit for a king. And for five dollars, how much better can you get than the vaunted “Triangle Offense” at McDonald’s during breakfast hours? Comprised of a Sausage Egg & Cheese McGriddle, a breakfast burrito and hash brown; this early meal is quite literally everything. It’s not too little, not too much. It’s just damn right. Eat this and tell me it’s not the truth. I dare you.
Get cozy and take off your pants
Now that we’ve got some food in our system and we’re feeling good, take this party to the next level by taking off your pants (preferably when you’re at home). This will give you maximum comfort and a full range of motion while navigating between your couch and bed. Not only will you be experiencing awesome breezes between you balls (or cooch), but you will have ninja-like reflexes. which isn’t really helpful I guess. Oh well!
Put on some ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’
Now that you’re cozied up, put on some of that “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” Everybody loves young Will Smith and what better way to pass the day than by watching some of his teenage antics? This good-hearted show will surely change your mood and put you in that happy place you need to be.
Go get a massage. or play with your favorite pet
Why not? Achieve full body tranquility by getting a full body massage. preferably with a happy ending. There’s nothing like a middle-aged Asian woman rubbing her hands up and down your body for an hour, then schwapping your meat furiously until you feel the shame of a thousand suns. But if this isn’t you’re thing (or you’re a lady), just play with some furry little animals. It should have the same effect.
Call your grandmother and tell her that you finally got your life together
You’ve made it this far without smoking (almost 24 hours) and you’re on top of the world. Hell, you can probably accomplish anything at this point. Call your grandma who, although you love dearly, thinks that you’re wasting your life away. Let her know that you’ve finally turned things around and that you are even thinking about getting back into school. Tell her tales of your productive day and just watch as you get back into her good graces. This should give you great mental clarity and a sense of peace knowing that the old lady is proud. ish.
Smoke a fat ass blunt to the face and try not to repeat your misfortunes
Who were we kidding? There’s no way you weren’t going to smoke today. If you somehow managed to actually not smoke until this point, then bravo. But as we all know, all good things come to an end. So light one up for old times sake and just try not to munch your face off and take more than one edible. If not, then just repeat this list again. Enjoy!
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