Is a Weed Hangover Real?

Many of us have had our fair share of alcohol-induced hangovers from a night of a few too many drinks, but even if you haven’t, you know the stereotypical signs of one. Nausea, headaches, and fatigue are some classic examples of a traditional hangover caused by alcohol but did you know that some people experience similar symptoms from smoking a little too much cannabis

However, the symptoms you might feel from over-consuming cannabis are not caused by the same factors as an alcohol-induced hangover. Both cannabis and alcohol affect our bodies differently, so let’s settle some points of contention.

How does Cannabis create a hangover feeling?

The biggest misconception that people attribute to the gross feeling they may experience after a night of heavy cannabis use is that it is caused by dehydration, but cannabis does not dehydrate people. The closest symptom that cannabis can cause is dry mouth which is not dehydrating. However, it can be common for people that are heavily intoxicated to forget to hydrate. This is why it is important to continue to drink water when relaxing.

That being said, if you are mixing substances like cannabis and alcohol, you are increasing your chances of feeling sick the next day. Often, weed hangovers are caused by an exceptionally potent edible. People are probably still feeling the effects of cannabis, which is really causing the feeling of sickness. Edibles increase this due to their slow rate of consumption and overall potency.

Symptoms of a cannabis hangover

To help emphasize the point that a weed hangover is typically just the lingering effects of Cannabis consumption, here are the common symptoms.

  • Brain fog
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Headaches

All these symptoms are common when you overindulge during the night. However, it can seem worse when the first thing you wake up to are these feelings. Please note that these symptoms can be made much worse depending on whatever you were doing in conjunction with cannabis. Mixing with alcohol should not be a practice that you are doing for a safe and relaxing evening at home.

How to deal with a cannabis hangover

Luckily, there are a few things that you can try to turn your morning around and begin to wear the effects of cannabis off. Here are just a few of the practices that you should keep in mind if you can’t quite seem to shake off the prior night. 

  • Hydration – it is important to stay hydrated during your cannabis session, but you should also be starting your day off right with a glass of water. It is easy to confuse feelings of sickness with cannabis consumption rather than the real culprit, dehydration. You need to remember to be kind to your body.
  • Proper nutrition – Just like hydration, you need to remember to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner to ensure that your body is getting the proper nutrients it needs to keep going. Protein and whole grains can be great options to start your day.
  • CBD – There might seem counterproductive, but CBD can act as a pain reliever and relieve some of the weed hangover symptoms. Just make sure that you are avoiding high concentrations of THC in your CBD.
  • Coffee – What better way to help relieve some of the fatigue and brain fog than a cup of joe. To make this method even more beneficial, consider combining it with a little CBD.

Final Thoughts

A weed hangover is fundamentally different from an alcohol hangover. In fact, “hangover” isn’t even a proper term for the feelings of overindulging in cannabis. It is more akin to overeating than it is to over-drinking. 

However, as long as you take your time and only consume your recommended amount of cannabis, there shouldn’t be any problems. Additionally, do not mix substances like alcohol and cannabis. That is one way to guarantee that you will be waking up on the wrong side of the bed the next morning.