Are you currently experiencing nausea? How about a headache? Dizziness? Disorientation? Fatigue? Think about your answer for a second. Then, we want you to think about the night before and whether alcohol was part of the equation. If so, you might have a hangover. This is the time when you promise yourself that you’ll never drink again… at least not until next weekend. In these desperate times, can you use marijuana for a hangover?
Hangover Cure Myths
We’ve been searching for a magical hangover relief for years and mostly found just dead ends. A prime example: drowning your insides with coffee and greasy food won’t cure a hangover. And guess what? Having sex doesn’t really work either, and forget about those anti-hangover pills. They’re garbage. And now, here we are with another (potential) myth-busting moment — can marijuana curb a hangover?
The Perfect Strain Ratio
We already know that an alcohol-based hangover produces a plethora of negative side effects. To get rid of dry mouth to a pounding headache to the urge to vomit, most of us are willing to try anything. Luckily, for us regular marijuana users, there’s usually some weed conveniently lying around the living room. If you want to try this kind of relief, it’s better to reach for a marijuana strain that’s equal parts THC and CBD (a 1:1 ratio), according to Pop Sugar.
“One of my favorite strains for hangover relief is the Sour Tsunami by Native Roots,” Erik Knutson, CEO of Keef Brands, told the media outlet. “The near 1:1 ratio of CBD and THC is a perfect combo to help blast the inflammation [from] overindulgence of alcohol. The sativa element of this hybrid strain will also help get you out the door and avoid ruining a beautiful weekend morning unable to get out of bed.” In the eyes of Knutson, CBD just might be the answer we’ve been looking for. Here’s how cannabidiol can help relieve a hangover:
- Manage pain (headaches, migraines)
- Improve quality of sleep
- Elevate mood
- Reduce inflammation
- Alleviate nausea
CBD For A Hangover
But hey, it doesn’t hurt to get a second opinion. Lucas Farrell, dispensary manager of Blum Reno, told Pop Sugar that it’s better to prevent a hangover with CBD before you wake up with one. He suggests drinking plenty of CBD water during a night out (you probably know that drinking lots of water, CBD or not, can help your future hangover). You could also eat CBD gummies or ingest CBD oil from an eyedropper. If smoking is your preferred method, opt for one of these high-CBD, low-THC strains the morning after:
Additionally, the experts recommend Strawberry Banana for working up an appetite and relaxing your body, and Green Crack to help you get up and moving if you absolutely need to get out of bed. As Sunny, a budtender in Los Angeles puts it, the marijuana strain you choose highly depends on how productive you need to be on the day of your hangover. Some of us might have to work. Yikes!
So, what can we gather from this information? For starters, it sounds like CBD is more effective in treating a hangover than THC. You don’t need the added psychoactive effects when you’re already riding a rollercoaster of unpredictable symptoms. You just never know when you’ll be running to the bathroom again. CBD-based liquids, gummies, and oils are your friends. Did you know that CBD coconut water is a thing? Sounds delicious! Double down on CBD before you start drinking and chug water between rounds, and you may not have any hangover to deal with! Ta-da!