If you’ve ever had a night of heavy drinking, you’ve likely experienced a hangover. But have you ever woken up after a night of toking up with your friends with a headache? Are weed hangovers real?
What are Hangovers?
Hangovers most often occur after a night of heavy alcohol use. The next morning, the unlucky person will experience a pounding headache, extreme thirst, nausea, dizziness, and the horrible feeling that they made an ass of themselves. All of these symptoms are caused by dehydration and your body processing and filtering out the alcohol that you poured in the night before. Well, the first four symptoms are, at least.
Hangovers have been experienced by practically everyone on the planet since the beginning of time. Kings, scholars, artists, politicians, scientists, and inventors have all experienced the pain and suffering of this affliction. So if you’ve ever had a hangover, or if you’re hungover right this very moment, you’re in good company. Congrats!
Excessive alcohol consumption causes the vast majority of hangovers. When you drink a lot of alcohol, you tend to forget to drink water. It’s totally understandable. After all, Drunk Logic doesn’t really distinguish between liquids. And everyone knows that Drunk Logic takes control after you’ve had a certain amount of liquor.
A lack of water isn’t the only thing that makes you sick the morning after. Anecdotally, beverages with sugary additives (AKA mixers) tend to exacerbate hangovers. Long Island Iced Teas may be delicious, but we all know they lead to miserable mornings.
Because alcohol hangovers are so common, remedies to combat them are a dime a dozen. Many people combine coffee, Gatorade, and greasy food to alleviate their symptoms. Others might suggest the more spartan route of a liter of water, two ibuprofens, and sleeping it off. Some people (mostly lushes) swear on Hair of the Dog cocktails, such as Corpse Revivers or Bloody Marys.
Are weed hangovers real, or are they a myth perpetuated by the anti-cannabis brigade? Many stoners firmly believe that one cannot get a hangover from weed. Their reasoning is that ganja is completely natural and totally beneficial to body, mind, and soul, unlike alcohol, which is processed and reprocessed and then often mixed with juice to make it palatable.
Other cannabis users report sometimes feeling a bit off the morning after. This is usually after smoking more than they usually do, like at a party. These instances usually include headaches and mild to moderate nausea, and maybe a bit of dizziness.
Does weed cause these hangover-like symptoms, though? The answer is, probably not. If you have a “hangover” after smoking, and you’ve ruled out any possibility of an allergic reaction, your symptoms are likely caused by dehydration.
Final Hit: Are Weed Hangovers Real?
So are weed hangovers real? Kind of. But it’s 100% preventable. To prevent getting sick after smoking, make sure you drink plenty of water during your smoke sesh as well as after. This is an especially good idea if you’re already prone to getting cotton mouth.
Hydration is important for your health in general, and you’re likely not drinking enough water as you should be anyway. If you’re getting bored of plain tap water, try drinking flavored, sparkling water. Hey, it might even satisfy your munchies!