All About Weed Hangovers

Stephen Andrews
08 Jul 2022

Weed hangovers are real. They could happen after you chain-smoke, a joint after a joint. Or when you munch a space cookie after you've already had half bag of weed. It's when you take more weed than your body and brain can tolerate for the evening. Okay, you get me there.

While there's a little scientific endeavoring into the uncharted space of weed hangovers, some users swear they have experienced the typical hangover symptoms the morning after an intense Mary Jane session. Symptoms of weed hangovers are similar to hangovers from alcohol, so let's take a look.

The Symptoms

  • Foggy brain. Imagine your brain's grey mass is substituted with a cloud, and there's little chance of commanding yourself to do anything productive for the rest of the day. 
  • Headaches. Yeah, it can hurt. Just like after downing ten shots of tequila in two hours. Pain and discomfort may spread to other parts of the body.
  • Light and sound sensitivity. Everything is too much. You just want to spend the better half of the day in the bed, door closed, curtains shut. 
  • Dehydration. It feels like the desert Sahara in your mouth even though you have already had several glasses of water and your belly is full.
  • Nausea. The tummy feels upside down. There was an urge to vomit. It got better, but your gut feeling says I want to stay home today in case I need to take some more time in the toilet. 

Why Do Weed Hangovers Happen?

It's not supposed to, but it does. We are told weed is safer than alcohol. However, THC is an intoxicating compound, and when there is an excess build-up of this compound in the blood, it may result in hangovers. Upon contact with fat cells, THC binds to them, creating byproducts that may impair the nervous system. That would explain the next-day grogginess and the haunting feeling that you are still high as fck as if you did it just an hour ago. 

When Does it Happen?

Weed hangovers are more likely to happen when you ingest extra potent extracts, including infused edibles, tinctures, hash, sun rocks, or rosin dabs. The intensity of the hangover will vary from person to person. It also differs based on other factors such as how much you ate that day, if you drank enough water, the amount of THC in the herb, and your personal tolerance level. There's a greater chance of a hangover when mixing different types of pot products. Or combining cannabis with alcoholic beverages, even if it's an innocent beer only. 

weed hangovers and how to prevent them.

How to Prevent Weed Hangovers?

It's pretty easy to prevent weed hangovers. It's up to you. You are in control of how much marijuana you put in your body, and you know your limits best. Sometimes you may be tempted to smoke another joint or eat just another bar of that THC-heavy chocolate. Even so, there is much to learn from these indulging experiences on how much weed your body can process. It will help you understand when is enough. 

Another thing to consider is that if you consume weed every day, after a while, your body will require just more and more. All while feeling somewhat less high, relaxed, or exciting than it did before. This may lead to messing up with the quantities of pot products you consume and constantly feeling lethargic or foggy-headed in the morning. When you become aware of any such sensations, it's good to step away from the grinder, especially if you have important duties coming up on your calendar. 

Taking occasional breaks from weed, whether short or long, allows the body to cleanse, regenerate and reset tolerance levels. The THC level in your body returns to normal, and there's little threat of hangover-like symptoms.

How to Manage Weed Hangovers?

There are several different things you can do after overconsuming sessions of marijuana. Most of it is healthy habits that you should anyway consider in your daily life. 

Take a rest

If your body says it needs a rest, then lay down and rest. If it means staying longer in bed, stay longer in bed. Skip your cup of coffee and grab a cup of tea instead. Chamomile, mint, or any herb that calms. Play some relaxing music and prepare for a night of deep sleep. Sleep always restores the body. 

Eat healthily

Nourish your body with foods rich in antioxidants. Stick to a diet regime that regenerates. Need ideas? Eat cherries, berries, apples to replenish the eyes. Beef, dried fruits, and leafy, green vegetables such as spinach and kale to reinvigorate the blood. Ginger, garlic, brown rice, cabbage, and green tea to detox the system. Plenty of water for dry mouth and dehydration. 

Pain medications or CBD

Headaches and other physical pains can be treated with over-the-counter pain-relieving medications. The same you would take for a cold or regular headache. Alternatively, you can go ahead with CBD, which is generally beneficial for any pains, nausea, anxiety, or other symptoms accompanying your weed hangover. You can take it as a gummy, tea or a tincture, or a CBD roll and wait until your hangover subdues.

In most cases, weed hangovers won't cripple you to the same extent as other hangovers, and they're just as easy to prevent and avoid. There's no quick fix for a hangover once it's there, but you can handle your side effects and avoid feeling out of space in the future with these tips!

Stephen Andrews