Do you ever wake up the morning after a heavy smoking session and feel rough? If so, you probably have a weed hangover. It happens when you’ve taken on more THC than your body can handle, and can leave you feeling groggy, fuzzy, and somewhat impaired the next morning – not ideal if you have things to do, a job to go to, classes to attend, or a 1000-piece jigsaw to be completed before noon.
Like most effects of THC, however, the experience varies from person to person and depends on numerous factors such as experience, tolerance, or whether you combined cannabis with anything else – did you have a few beers as you partied?
Even the most experienced cannabis users can underestimate the effects of weed from time to time. Smoking weed won’t do you much harm, but too many bong hits mixed with a sleepless night can ruin even the strongest stoner’s morning.
You can get too much of a good thing!
The Symtoms of a Weed Hangover
While an alcohol hangover can carry symptoms like nausea and dehydration, a weed hangover is a little bit different and usually less severe than the fallout from a booze binge. Although there is less research into weed hangovers to draw from, anecdotally, users report after-effects like feeling foggy, confused, and less alert.
You may even find your thought process slowed, and your problem-solving skills restricted if you’ve had a heavy session the night before. Some hangover symptoms cross over between alcohol and cannabis use – nausea, dizziness, poor concentration, a reduced heart rate, and mild cognitive impairment to name a few, but a weed hangover may be accompanied by severe dry mouth, dry eyes, red eyes, headaches, and an increase in appetite.
Why you have a Weed Hangover
The simplest explanation is that you overdid it. High levels of THC take longer for your body to process, and if you had a late smoke or a heavy session the night before, next-day residual effects should not come as any great shock.
When THC (tetrahydrocannabinol ) enters the brain and binds to the cannabinoid receptors, you get high, and the effect can last two to three hours. The more cannabis you consume – or the higher the dose of THC – the longer the residual effects take to dissipate.
Other factors come into play, too – did you succumb to the munchies before bedtime, and overload on carbs and sugar with some weed brownies? Did you drink water after the sesh? That would certainly play a part in your morning-after sluggishness.
Did you get your THC hit in the form of edibles? If so, remember that the onset of effects from edibles takes longer, at around 60-90 minutes, but also lasts longer, at around 6-8 hours in some cases. Did you wash away that cottonmouth with a few beers while you smoked? Combining alcohol with cannabis is going to increase your chances of brain fog the next day. Or maybe you’re confusing a cannabis hangover with a weed hangover? Either way, the below should help treat the side effects of even the most hungover reader.
How to Manage a Weed Hangover
Mercifully, a weed hangover is usually nowhere near as bad as its alcohol-induced cousin – it’s highly unlikely you’ll have the same horrid symptoms, and you’ll likely remain largely able to function. While a weed hangover isn’t something you can instantly remedy, steps can be taken to mitigate those symptoms and potentially get you back in the game faster.
Drink Plenty of Water
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Chances are you have a dry mouth and dry eyes, so drink lots of water and keep sipping throughout the morning. Dehydration also causes headaches, so H20 is your best friend here.
If you have the luxury of time to make breakfast, make breakfast. Carbs, protein, and fruit should do the trick of increasing blood sugar and giving you some much-needed energy to put the spring back in your step.
Jump in a Hot Shower
Boost those endorphins and get the blood flowing. A shower will refresh you and open your airways, helping to clear your head.
Take Some CBD
If you have it or can get it, some good-quality CBD may help mitigate the symptoms of THC and reduce that fog fairly quickly. Sprays and oils can be taken sublingually (under the tongue) or buccally (in the cheek) and can act fast to counter any residual feelings of sluggishness. Make sure your CBD doesn’t contain any THC, though. If you’re in a state with dispensaries, buy strains or cannabis products low in CBD to keep handy in case this happens again.
How to Avoid a Weed Hangover
Moderation is a start, especially if you have commitments the next day. Knowing when to tap out – or avoid weed altogether – is a fairly bulletproof means of avoiding a hangover, but if you have to indulge, don’t mix substances, try to avoid edibles, and resist the temptation to smoke late into the evening. Other than that, you could simply opt for low-THC strains to lower the chances of waking up the next morning in super slo-mo.
Low-THC Strains are available on Seedsman, so if you’re prone to rough mornings after heavy nights, here are some strains to consider adding to your collection:
Peyote Wi-Fi CBD 2:1
With twice as much CBD as THC, this strain is an excellent choice for cannaseurs wanting a chill smoke without the worry of impaired function the next day. 6-8% THC and 12-14% CBD makes for a relaxing experience, free from any heavy psychoactive effects and little to no chance of brain fog impeding your morning after.
Purple Kush CBD 1:1
This high-yielding beauty is a hybrid of Purple Kush CBD Auto and Purple Afghan CBD Auto. THC content is 7%, finely balanced with a CBD content of 8% and an earthy, fruity taste. It’s an indica-dominant strain with a physically relaxing effect that won’t push you into couch-lock territory, and no paranoia or anxiety to manage during or after consumption.
Doctor Seedsman CBD 30:1
Just what the doctor ordered! With an ultra-low THC content thought to be less than 1%, and a high CBD content of 20%, this amazing and aromatic sativa comes with no psychoactive effects and an experience that is bolstered by its powerful taste of ginger and pine. The relaxing, soothing body effect is deeply calming, without any impairment or cerebral effects.