For most people, a weed hangover is an abstract concept. That’s because the vast majority of cannabis users hardly experience any bad consequences after a relaxing session with Mary Jane.
But for some, a weed hangover is a well-known fact. It can have an array of effects, from brain fog to headache — but none of them are as serious as with an alcohol hangover.
After all, these two shouldn’t even be compared in this matter. Cannabis is a strong and versatile medicine while alcohol is essentially a poison.
Nevertheless, we’d like to shed some light on the “weedover” phenomenon.
To begin with, let’s ask one basic question.
Is Weed Hangover A Real Thing?
As much as we love weed, we cannot lie to you and therefore have to admit that yes, a weed hangover is real.
For a small group of cannabis users — mainly those smoking concentrates and using edibles — the herb can induce morning-after headaches, heavy eyelids, as well as mental and physical fatigue.
Often referred to as a weedover or a bongover, it can also cause symptoms of nausea in heavy users the next day.
But, this doesn’t necessarily mean that a weed hangover is caused by cannabis alone — we’ll get to that later in the article.
For now, let’s focus on the science behind weedovers.
What Does Science Say About Weed Hangover?
The evidence surrounding weed hangovers is scant. Even the existing studies are often outdated or methodologically insignificant — in other words, they have major limitations.
One popular study on weed hangovers was conducted in 1985. In the study, a group of 13 male subjects went through a series of sessions that involved smoking either a low-THC (2.6%) joint or a placebo cigarette and then accomplishing a series of tests.
The tests included activities like judging time intervals and sorting cards. When the subjects repeated the tests, the group of weed smokers had 10 to 30 seconds longer judged time intervals than they actually were.
According to the authors, although the day-after effects of smoking cannabis are mild, they probably exist. However, the study involved a small sample size of one gender, which are significant limitations.
A similar study — from 1990 — had similar restraints. It analyzed 12 male cannabis users who smoked weed over one weekend and a placebo over another, then took a number of subjective and behavioral tests. But contrary to the above study, the authors of this experiment didn’t notice much of an effect the following morning.
More recently, a 2017 study investigated the medical potential of cannabis among people with chronic pain. One of the self-reported adverse effects was a weed hangover described as a foggy, non-alert sensation in the morning.
However, the researchers didn’t reveal how many subjects reported this effect.
A 2015 review on the medical applications of cannabis recommends that healthcare professionals teach patients about the possible weed hangover. It also suggests describing this phenomenon as lasting a minimum of one day after the last time cannabis was taken.
Common Symptoms of a Weed Hangover
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, weed hangover isn’t quite the same as the one triggered by alcohol. Weed hangovers are usually more tolerable and much milder than alcohol-related symptoms.
Common signs of a weed hangover include:
- Brain fog
- Dry eyes and mouth
- Mild nausea
Now you’re probably wondering what causes a weed hangover and is it just weed alone.
Read on to find out.
What Can Trigger a Weed Hangover?
Feeling a little off after using weed?
Here’s what may contribute to your weed hangover:
- Taking too many edibles or dabs: THC from edibles gets released gradually and it has a delayed onset given the administration route. Given this, you may not feel the effects after the first 30 minutes and try to hasten the effects with another piece. But 10 minutes later, you’ll realize you’ve just made a big mistake. The effects from both doses will start to pile up and thus make you experience the aforementioned side effects. A similar scenario can happen to novice dab smokers who want to impress their friends with how much THC they can handle.
- Drinking alcohol while using weed: many people report headaches the day after smoking weed, but when asked what they were doing that time, they admit to drinking alcohol as well. If you tend to consume other substances along with weed, hey might change the way you feel the next morning.
- Cannabis withdrawal: withdrawals from weed are extremely mild when compared to, say, opiates, but they do exist. Withdrawal symptoms include sweaty hands, changes in mood, difficulty sleeping, and weaker focus.
- Lasting effects of weed: the duration of a weed high depends on a variety of factors, such as dose, concentration, delivery method, THC tolerance, and metabolism. Most of the time, the cannabis high lasts up to four hours.
If you haven’t used any other substance with cannabis, and it’s been at least five hours since you last used it yet you’re still experiencing the aforementioned side effects — this might be a weed hangover.
How to Get Over a Weed Hangover
A weed hangover typically passes pretty soon on its own. However, there are certain strategies you can employ to spur things a little, such as:
- Staying hydrated: maintain a regular liquid intake before, during, and after using weed. This will help relieve symptoms such as dry mouth, dry eyes, and headaches.
- Eating a hearty meal: a healthy, balanced breakfast will supply you with the necessary nutrients that relieve the symptoms of a weed hangover
- Taking a shower or a hot bath: this will help you feel refreshed after smoking weed, not to mention it will make the skin hydrated.
- Drinking caffeine: a cup of coffee should solve the problem of impaired focus
- Making ginger tea: Ginger is known for helping with digestive symptoms, such as nausea.
- Trying CBD: CBD can alter the effects of THC when you go overboard. It can also improve your mood if you’re dealing with withdrawal.
Is a Weed Hangover Preventable?
Yes, a weed hangover can be prevented with just a single step — using weed responsibly.
Cannabis is a highly versatile herb and strong medicine, but as with anything in life — moderation is the key. If you don’t want to experience a foggy state of mind or lack of motivation the day after your smoking session, just don’t blast several bowls one after another or don’t dabble with concentrates and edibles if you’re not familiar with less potent formats.
Have you ever experienced a weed hangover?