Does Cannabis Help With Hangovers?

August 4, 2023
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Dr. David Pompei, PharmD, MS

Does weed help with hangovers?

Can cannabis cure a hangover? We've all been there: the night started out innocently enough, but somehow you ended up drinking way too much, and now the hangover is setting in. You're dehydrated, nauseous, and your head feels like it's about to explode. Luckily, there may be a silver lining – marijuana could help ease your hangover symptoms. 

Some claim that cannabis may mitigate the symptoms of alcohol-related hangovers. But is marijuana a viable solution? The answer is yes... kind of. Read on to find out if weed can help you recover from a hangover.

Does weed help with hangovers?

While it may not be possible to “cure” a hangover, there are a few things you can do to relieve its symptoms. Of course, drinking water is the first thing you should do. However, don't reach for the Advil bottle without considering cannabis.

As with over-the-counter painkillers, marijuana has anti-inflammatory properties which may help relieve pain after overindulging. However, the mainstream go-to drug class, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), may induce mucosal injuries, ulceration, and other unwanted damage to the stomach lining. Not all NSAIDs carry these risks, but marijuana does not harm your stomach lining and is effective at treating pain according to numerous studies.

Due to weed's ability to combat nausea, anxiety, and pain, many weed smokers swear cannabis helps them recover from hangovers, with multiple social media threads offering anecdotes. Some consumers joke that THC stands for The Hangover Cure. But others are skeptical, claiming that marijuana could worsen hangover headaches, or induce anxiety, paranoia, or vomiting.

Smoking or eating edibles is also a hot topic, as well as different theories about the best strain to use based on one's symptoms. Other critics questioned why anyone consumes alcohol when they could smoke marijuana instead. Taking a step beyond anecdotes, what are the scientific findings about consuming marijuana to treat a hangover? Is it really effective?

Despite extensive anecdotal proof, it appears that cannabis does not have any specific scientific support for its use in curing hangovers.

It should be noted, nonetheless, that cannabis receptors can be found in both the gut and parts of the brain that are associated with appetite, nausea, and vomiting. Couldcannabis affect hangover symptoms through these pathways?

Why might weed help a hangover? 

Despite the scientific debate, some people in the cannabis industry unequivocally look to cannabis products as ways to cope with the pain of hangovers.

The antiemetic properties of cannabis can help reduce nausea and vomiting. Additionally, hangovers are uncomfortable. One of the primary ways that cannabis affects pain is by making pain less bothersome. The euphoric effects can boost mood and alter the psychological experience of the hangover. 

Cannabis is well-known for its relaxing properties, which can help ease muscle tension and relieve mild aches and pains. As a result, headaches can be reduced in severity. If you're experiencing a hangover headache, try applying a cannabis-infused topical rub (as well as herbal pain relievers) to relieve headache pain. You may also find cannabis helpful if you're feeling sluggish and fatigued from a hangover.

So, what is the best way to consume cannabis for a hangover? Smoking is by far the easiest and most efficient method due to the near instantaneous effects of inhalation. However, edibles are another good option, but it takes about 30 minutes to feel the effects on an orally ingested cannabis product. 

Conclusions on marijuana as a hangover cure

So, if you're feeling rough the day after a night out, should you break out the cannabis? The jury is still out, and there's still no clear consensus on how weed interacts with alcohol hangovers. But there's no harm in trying and seeing if cannabis can ease your hangover symptoms.

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