One of the benefits of marijuana is that typically, it comes with all the perks of a high and none of the hazards of a hangover. While consuming alcohol (especially in excess) comes with plenty of risks to your health in the aftermath, pot usually doesn’t leave you feeling like crap the next day. Usually. Truth be told, it is possible to have a hangover from marijuana, and while the research on the topic might not be substantial, the struggle is very, very real — which is why weed hangover cures are crucial.
A 1985 study performed by the National Institute of Health and published in the Journal Drug, Alcohol Dependency studied both the acute effects of marijuana as well as the impact the next day. They found that “acutely, active marijuana produced significant changes in heart rate, CO level, various measures of subjective effects, and behavioral tasks of card sorting, free recall and time production.” While the changes that occurred the following day were different than the acute effects, there were observed significant changes in time production tasks nine hours after smoking. Researchers deemed this a pot hangover, for lack of a better term. And while we need to take this research with a grain of salt, because it’s about three decades old, it does support what many of us have learned first-hand: it is possible to feel hung-over after consuming marijuana.
Key Tips for Weed Hangover Cures
Just as there are tips to help you feel better, faster, with an alcohol hangover, there are tricks to help you while you navigate the post-high fog that often occurs.
Perhaps it’s just the leftover dry mouth you feel the next day, or the fact that you binged on salty foods while you were high, or maybe you forgot to drink water while you were having fun. Regardless, you’ll probably wake up dehydrated, and dehydration can lead to a whole list of other issues including headaches, body aches and that cottonmouth feeling. Drink tons of water as well as hydrating fruits and vegetables. This is the best hangover cure for marijuana we can think of.
It’s amazing with a little physical movement and sweat can do. In addition to being good for your overall health, exercise can also help jumpstart your mind and make you feel sharper and more alert. Plus, breaking a sweat will help you release all of the toxins from your body — it’s why it feels so good to sweat after a night of drinking too. Go for a walk, take a yoga class, go for a run, or take your favorite spinning class. Any exercise helps, and it’s all better than lying around regretting your late night.
Avoid Salty, Fattening Food
Think about what you crave when you are high; we’re willing to bet it’s not celery sticks and hummus or freshly sliced fruit. You grab the nearest, greasiest fast food you can find, and it’s amazing. But the next day, it feels less enjoyable as it sits in your stomach and punishes you from the inside out. Avoid salty foods, which will only exacerbate your dehydration and nausea, and stick to clean foods that will help you bulk up on nutrients as you recover.
You’re most likely going to feel tired as you battle a weed hangover (or any hangover), especially if you were up late having fun and you didn’t get much rest. Take a cue from your body and relax. Try to nap, rest your legs, get cozy, breathe, stretch, and go to bed early.
Take a Cool Shower
Want a quick wake up to shock your system and bust you out of a fog? Two words: cold shower. Trust us, it won’t feel great in the first second, but it will most certainly help you feel more alert and less sluggish.
When in Doubt: Coffee
And when all else fails, or when you can’t seem to wake up and shake off the hangover feeling, pour a cup of coffee, put on a brave face, and just fake it until you make it. This is a hangover for marijuana that cannot go wrong.
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