Hangovers: the Age-Old Menace
A night out with friends or family or coworkers can be a great time. Laughs, good conversation, talking about past things you have done or experienced together, talking about future endeavors—just enjoying each other’s company. For those who drink alcohol, we know that a few drinks can make these types of nights all the more enjoyable. It helps loosen everyone up, can allow the conversation to flow more naturally, and can help you feel closer to one another.
Then the morning comes. If you’ve overdone it slightly the night before, you immediately know it and regret it. You wake up not feeling rested, with a headache, and possibly with nausea. That’s what we call a hangover.
Now, hangovers have near endless “cures” which typically amount to nothing more than old wives’ tales or myths. The consensus generally forms around some combination of ample sleep, loads of water, pain pills, and greasy food—all of which work together to eventually pull you out of your hangover haze as the day goes on.
However, could there be something else to assist with the common hangover symptoms?
Can CBD Help Hangovers?
CBD is beginning to show promise of far-reaching, and downright amazing health benefits. More and more are being discovered and researched on a continuous basis. Most well-known of these reported benefits include things like pain relief, anti-anxiety, and anti-seizure applications.
But what about hangovers?
To be sure, on the long list of health ailments and disorders that CBD may help, relieving self-induced hangover torture probably isn’t at the very top in terms of importance or life-changing. At the same time, though, relieving hangovers is probably a CBD application that most of us could get behind and one that most of us would welcome greatly.
What Might CBD Do for Hangovers?
“Hangover” is essentially a catchall or umbrella term that describes the combination of all the symptoms typically associated with decreasing amounts of alcohol in the blood after drinking. Other than time, sleep, and maybe water, there is no way to “cure” a hangover overall. The best we can hope to do is treat the various symptoms.
This is why CBD shows so much potential with easing the ill effects of a fun night out. Because there is ample evidence that it may have the ability to treat essentially all the painful symptoms of hangovers. These include:
- Headache relief
- Nausea relief
- Anxiety relief
- Antioxidant properties
- Liver damage
For lack of a better term, alcohol is essentially poison. Coming from someone who enjoys drinking on occasion, there’s no judgement in that statement. It’s simply something we all know to be true, even those of us who choose to partake. The symptoms of a hangover are your body’s response to this poison.
CBD for Hangovers: Headaches and Nausea
Hangover headaches and nausea, in particular, are the very palpable effects of your body reacting to a substance it knows isn’t good. That splitting headache you are experiencing is the result of your immune system’s inflammatory response induced by alcohol. While nausea that has you running to the bathroom is thanks to an increase in acid production in your stomach. Alcohol is an irritant to your system and induces this surge of acid.
There is much evidence that CBD works great as an anti-inflammatory, which is exactly what you need to combat that pounding headache and any other aches you may be experiencing after heavy drinking. Studies also have shown that it may reduce the frequency of migraine headaches and neuropathic pain. When it comes to nausea, there is mounting evidence that CBD is effective at treating vomiting resulting from chemotherapy or other therapeutic treatments by interacting with serotonin receptors in your body. The same is thought to hold true for vomiting resulting from alcohol.
CBD for Hangovers: Other Benefits
Feeling depressed after a night of drinking is a common occurrence. It’s not quite understood why, but alcohol commonly leads to anxiety and the questioning of one’s entire life and existence the following day. Other than its anti-inflammatory wonders, one of the most common uses of CBD is to treat stress and anxiety. When it comes to alcohol, this means that CBD can potentially treat hangover induced feelings of low-ness, uncertainty, and sadness.
CBD is also thought to be a powerful antioxidant—possibly even more powerful than vitamins C or E. People often turn to antioxidants to give them the boost of brain and body repair they desperately need when gripped by a nasty hangover. The antioxidant properties of CBD could help reduce the free radical damage done from one too many drinks at that birthday party the night before.
As you probably know, large amounts of alcohol put your liver through the wringer. Studies show that CBD may be able to reduce the degeneration of the liver as a result of alcohol consumption by as much as half. As we mentioned, CBD is thought to be an antioxidant and also a neuroprotectant which can help to repair cells that alcohol consumption may have damaged.
Conclusion: CBD Can Help
Although there have been limited studies related directly to alcohol, there have been ample studies which have looked into the effect CBD can have on most of the symptoms related to alcohol. People who try CBD for hangovers have reported that the best time to take CBD for hangovers is a double dose (usually 50-75mg) once they start drinking or before their evening ends.
It’s true that drinking can bring about some pretty nasty feelings in the form of hangovers. However, it’s also true that alcohol is intimately intertwined with humanity and our social interactions in particular. Drinking in moderation can be very enjoyable and can help you cultivate deeper social bonds and relationships. CBD can help you enjoy the positive aspects of alcohol consumption while minimizing the negative and painful effects associated with it. In proper doses, CBD can potentially work wonders in reducing your hangover.