How to Prevent and Manage Weed Hangovers


Ever woken up feeling lazy and under the weather after a night of heavy smoking? You’re probably experiencing a weed hangover. 

Sure, it may be nothing compared to alcohol hangovers, but it can still impact the beginning of your day. Luckily, a weed hangover is easily manageable. 

Let’s find out how.

What is a weed hangover?

Put simply, a weed hangover refers to the lingering after-effects of smoking that you might experience after a heavy night of enjoying your favourite strain

Though the term hangover is more commonly used with alcohol, thankfully weed hangovers are never as severe or bad.

You see, smoking weed causes several physiological and psychological changes. 

Once the cannabinoids enter your bloodstream, they bond with your endocannabinoid system and cause what is typically known as a high. 

But this does have a few side effects, like dry mouth, increased appetite, heightened senses, reduced reaction times, etc.

Though most of these side effects occur during the peak of the high, some users may still experience them the next morning as well. 

Sure, many cannabis lovers enjoy these effects, and would not call it a hangover, they can quickly become irksome if you have an urgent meeting or an important commitment.

What are the symptoms of a weed hangover?

Just like cannabis affects different people in different ways, there also isn’t just one form of a cannabis hangover. 

Some people might only experience one symptom, while others may suffer from all of them. 

Some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Brain fog
  • Lethargy
  • Fatigue
  • Red eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

What causes a weed hangover?

Unlike alcohol, there isn’t any one reason for a weed hangover. Instead, there are many variables that impact how you’ll feel the next morning. Let’s take a look.

  1. High doses of THC

If you spend the night hitting moon rocks and munching on THC laced brownies, there’s a high chance that you’ll wake up stoned the next morning. 

Why? Simply because your body needs time to process all of that THC.

So even if those brownies are some of the best you’ve ever tasted, try and limit yourself to one or two pieces.

  1. Smoking weed

Especially if you use tobacco paper, or add tobacco to your joint. And even if you don’t, smoking still tends to cause more fatigue and lethargy than other forms of consumption.

  1. The munchies

Sure, it may seem like a good idea to eat all that good at the time. However, once the high starts to die down, the excess fats and sugars in your body will start making their presence known. 

More often than not, the fogginess and irritability you feel is because of this extra sugar that is in your body.

How to recover from a weed hangover?

Luckily, weed hangovers are much more forgiving than alcohol hangovers. Let’s see how you can quickly get over a weed hangover.

  1. Drink water 
  2. Have a cup of coffee
  3. Take a shower
  4. Eat a filling breakfast
  5. Counter the effects of THC with some CBD oil.

Can you avoid weed hangovers? 

Yes, it is possible to avoid weed hangovers, and do it without abstaining from weed altogether. How? Let’s find out.

  1. Use low THC strains

Sure, we all love high THC strains. They’re great for parties, weekends, and even medication and falling asleep. But if you want to avoid that weed hangover, why not go for a low THC, or high CBD strain instead?

  1. Don’t mix substances

Many people suffer from weed hangovers because they mixed their weed with tobacco, booze, or other substances. So unless you’re at a party and there’s nothing to drink but beer, try not to mix substances.

  1. Start and finish early

If you really want to enjoy some high THC strains at night, don’t wait till 1am to do so. Start early, and finish early. And then go to bed and allow your body the time it needs to process all that THC.

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