Perhaps you went a little overboard last night. Maybe you dipped too far into that bottle of whiskey. Possibly those final tequila shots were a bad decision. And now? It’s the morning after—and you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus.
Hangovers are nature’s way of reminding us to slow down and drink less next time we’re consuming adult beverages. However, there are methods to lessen the effects of a hangover. All kinds of DIY remedies have been attempted, including the alleged “cure” of the “hair of the dog that bit you.” A Harvard Medical School article reports that re-introducing a small amount of alcohol to your system will ease the alcohol withdrawal you’re experiencing, but it doesn’t allow you to recover.
Instead, the institution suggests drinking lots of fluids and taking a pain reliever—but that could damage your liver more. For those looking to recover from their morning misery naturally, cannabidiol (CBD) might be the answer.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than 60 chemical compounds called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plants marijuana and hemp. It has been studied for its myriad therapeutic effects and has been found to be anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anxiolytic—a near-perfect combination to treat a hangover. Plus, the World Health Organization reports it bears no health risks, unlike pain relievers such as ibuprofen. Additionally, it is non-psychoactive, so it doesn’t make consumers feel “high” like its cannabinoid cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Read on to find out how the organic chemical compound can alleviate common hangover symptoms.
The booze went down the hatch all too easily last night, which is likely why it feels like it’s making its way back up this morning. Alcohol is intoxicating—emphasis on “toxic”—so it’s no surprise that you could get an upset stomach when you drink. Alcohol irritates the lining of the stomach and can cause abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.
CBD has been studied extensively for its potential ability to reduce nausea. One trial saw positive results, suggesting that CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids may aid in the treatment of this side effect.
Alcohol causes inflammation throughout the body, which could be why you feel like your head is being split in two the day after you tie one on. CBD could be exactly what you’re looking for to make the pounding between your temples go away, as it has been studied for its anti-inflammatory effect and potential to treat migraine headaches.
Feeling a little uneasy about your current situation (or last night’s events)? You’re either a naturally apprehensive person, or that’s your hangover. CBD could also mitigate this hangover effect, as numerous studies have confirmed CBD has anxiolytic abilities.
Our CBD elixirs can be used on their own, or you can add them to any liquids you’re consuming to enhance your hydration. If nausea is preventing you from consuming anything, consider using one of our CBD vape cartridges or dabs.