We’ve all been there, waking up from an incredible night out, only to be greeted with a banging headache, intense nausea and the room spinning. A hangover is the price our bodies pay for consuming a little too much alcohol. The intensity of a hangover can vary from person to person, and many factors can impact the severity of the symptoms.
What is a hangover?
A hangover is a range of symptoms caused by the effects of consuming alcohol. These Symptoms include:
- Dry Mouth
- Muscle aches/pains
- Sensitivity to light
- Changes to the mood such as anxiety or depression
- Rapid heart rate
Hangover symptoms usually go away on their own within 24 hours, however there are a few ways to reduce the chances of suffering from a hangover, such as staying hydrated, drinking in moderation, and not drinking on an empty stomach.
How can CBD help a hangover?
There is no clear evidence or research to prove that CBD can cure a hangover, however the properties of CBD may be beneficial in reducing the symptoms of hangovers, which could as a result make them slightly more manageable.
Studies show that CBD could potentially reduce pain by impacting the receptor activity in the endocannabinoid system. Whilst there is no clear research into the effects of CBD for headaches, many people find that Full Spectrum CBD products help to reduce the severity of their headaches and help to provide some relief. It is important to note that the effects of CBD can vary from person to person.
Nausea / Vomiting
CBD interacts with serotonin receptors in the brain, which as a result can help to alleviate nausea and vomiting. Vomiting can also contribute to dehydration if the body is losing more fluid than is being put in. Alleviating the symptoms of nausea and vomiting may reduce the changes of the body being dehydrated, which is a huge factor in helping a hangover.
Not only can alcohol have physical effects on the body, but may also have psychological effects. Alcohol consumption can potentially induce anxiety. This can leave the suffer anxious and worried about the night in question, which can be an unpleasant side effect. CBD is said to bind with serotonin receptors in the brain which could help to regulate the feelings of anxiety, fear and stress.
Ways to take CBD
Coffee is known to be the go-to beverage on the morning of a hangover. CBD infused drinks like tea and coffee could be a great way of taking CBD, and helping to hydrate the body. Other CBD drinks could also be a great alternative for those who dislike hot drinks. Carbonated drinks like CBD sparkling water may support the symptoms of a hangover, as it could help to hydrate the body. Some CBD drinks are also packed with vitamins and minerals which are essential to the body.
CBD edibles such as gummies, cookies, flapjacks and honey may be a great way to take CBD after a hangover. Vomiting may cause blood sugar to drop, and sugary CBD edibles could help to increase blood sugar levels, whilst also benefiting from the effects of CBD.
CBD Oils and Capsules
CBD oils and capsules may be a preferred way to take CBD if a hangover has caused vomiting. CBD oils and capsules are often flavourless and odourless which may be easier for the user to stomach after episodes of sickness.
Overall, the best way to avoid a hangover is to make sure that you are drinking responsibly, staying hydrated, and getting lots of rest following a night of drinking. Whilst there may be many remedies that claim to “cure” a hangover, taking precautions to reduce the risk of a hangover may be the most effective way of avoiding that banging headache.