Too Much of a Good Thing
Cannabis is a relatively safe substance, especially when compared to alcohol or ‘harder’ drugs. That doesn’t mean it’s completely without it’s side effects!
As the old saying goes, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Just as your can overdo it with too many drinks, too much weed can leave you feeling groggy, lethargic, and crummy the next day.
A “weed hangover” is pretty similar to a regular hangover. It involves fatigue, lack of appetite, irritability, and grogginess. Read on for our tips on how to power through a weed hangover!*
You may have heard tell of the dreaded “weed hangover” back in your college days. As it turns out, the weed hangover isn’t just stoner legend. It’s a very real phenomenon, and it has everything to do with dosage. Plenty of people who use THC-rich cannabis for medical or recreational use subscribe to a “more is better” mentality. Especially if you’re using medical marijuana for its medicinal benefits, to treat chronic pain or nausea, it can be easy to keep upping your dose. In truth, many people actually find greater relief with a dose that’s significantly lower. In some cases, even a dose that’s too low to cause intoxication. That’s good news for those who are interested in using marijuana to treat a health issue, but don’t necessarily want to feel the high. And even if you’re just using marijuana to enjoy a high (hey – no judgement!) there’s no real need to go ham. You’ll probably feel much better the next day if you just take it easy.*
The Science Of It All
Marijuana and non-psychoactive CBD both work by stimulating your body’s cannabinoid receptors, and activating your body’s endocannabinoid system. When you consume THC, your body’s cannabinoid receptors are essentially being overstimulated. To counteract this overstimulation, the receptors are pulled into the cells and become inactive. That doesn’t just mean the receptors become inactive to the THC you’re ingesting. It also means that the naturally-occurring endocannabinoid compounds in your body aren’t able to bind to those receptors, either. Don’t worry – it’s not as serious as it sounds. In most cases, your body can balances everything out, without any lasting harm. The problem comes when you ingest too much, especially late at night. If you overdo it, there’s a chance you can wake up in a state of cannabinoid withdrawal. That deficiency, combined with weed’s well-known dehydrating effects, can make you an unhappy camper the next morning.*
How To Cure A Weed Hangover & Banish A “Scary High”
Treating a weed hangover is a lot like treating a normal one. The first order of business is getting rehydrated. (We suggest swapping out that mystery blue-flavored Gatorade for an all-natural CBD infused Essential CBD Honey Sports Recovery Drink!) Once you’ve pumped yourself full of fluids, the next thing is to wait it out. You might try some hair of the dog that bit you, and take a small dose of THC cannabis to counteract your withdrawal symptoms. On the other hand, if you wake up and you’re still feeling a bit intoxicated, take some CBD to counteract the psychoactive effects. While it’s true that CBD comes from the same plant as THC, CBD won’t get you high. Instead, CBD actually helps counteract the anxious, paranoid, “scary high” feelings of THC. For a quick fix, we recommend a Bulletproof CBD Chai Tea Latte. Our recipe has a one-two punch of CBD from both our Chai Awakening Hemp CBD Tea and our Wild Rosin CBD Honey. The tea is rehydrating, with just a nudge of caffeine to kick that headache and get you movin’.*
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