Many of us know the signs of a brutal hangover: headache, nausea, dizziness, and more. And the only "cure," aside from plenty of electrolytes and Advil, is really to tough it out. Where most people don't think to look, however, is weed. It may seem counterproductive — the last thing you want to add on top of your miserable condition is another substance. But trust me, for some, it can be the most effective remedy out there (read all the benefits of cannabis here).
How Will I Feel?
Significantly better than how you felt waking up if you're anything like me! I prefer vaping or taking a couple puffs of a joint for immediate effects. The last thing I want to put in my mouth when I'm really hungover is an edible, and the onset time takes much longer to hit your bloodstream than smoking does. If you're on the verge of vomiting, weed will reverse that yucky feeling ASAP. Your achy body will feel more relaxed, as well. Depending on the strain, you're likely to feel tired on top of your existing fatigue, but you'll find it much easier to sleep off your hangover. You may also notice your appetite returning, so be sure to replenish your system with food — like eggs, bananas, chicken soup, and oatmeal — to refuel your body from the night before. And remember to stay hydrated!
What Are the Best Products For My Hangover?
If you're able to spend the day lounging around at home, I recommend smoking an indica-dominant strain. Otherwise, look for a sativa to help you feel better and be productive throughout the day. If you're a new or occasional smoker, it's important to not overdo it. Getting overly high might even make you feel worse, so stick to two to three puffs maximum every couple of hours to start.
"One of my favorite strains for hangover relief is the Sour Tsunami by Native Roots," Erik Knutson, CEO of Keef Brands, told POPSUGAR. "The near 1:1 ratio of CBD and THC is a perfect combo to help blast the inflammation caused from over indulgence 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."
Lucas Farrell, dispensary manager of Blum Reno, suggests taking preventative measures by drinking plenty of CBD water before any alcohol. He says that CBD water can help the body maintain homeostasis and protect it against alcohol's disarming ability. If you're already past the point of no return, "go for an almost pure CBD flower and pair it with a heavy indica strain like Blue Cheese, Bubba Kush, or Kosher Kush." He added that if you're dealing with a severe headache, sativa-based strains like Blue Dream, Dream Star, or any other Haze strain are the way to go for relief.
"Overall, it would be best to get cannabis-derived CBD in your system if you have a hangover," Farrell said. "The difference with cannabis-derived CBD is that it is simply a more enhanced version. When paired with THC, terpenoids/flavonoids, and other cannabinoids, the ultimate effect changes due to the other benefits that the other compounds are seeking to accomplish in your body. This is what has been known as the 'entourage effect.'" His favorite cannabis-derived CBD strains include Harlequin, Ringo's Gift, and Harle Tsu.
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