When it comes to smoking weed, there are many associated effects that you need to take into consideration. These will range in type and strength from person to person, depending on all sorts of factors.
Some people will experience intense cravings, whereas others will feel sluggish and tired after smoking weed. The type of weed does have a role to play also, as different strains provide different effects.
There are some effects that occur which might be less than ideal, such as getting a headache after they smoking a joint or lighting up a bong.
Some people claim that they get a form of ‘weed hangover’ after a heavy smoking session. It is pretty common to hear people talking about this phenomenon, and this can lead to a myriad of effects that are usually common with an alcohol-induced hangover, such as headaches, brain fatigue, and more.
While there have not been many studies conducted on the side effects of marijuana, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence out there related to this issue. There are some myths that can be dispelled, and exploring these might go a long way towards answering any questions you may have.
Is there any research that has been conducted related to hangovers from smoking weed?
When it comes to the effects of cannabis as a whole, there are very limited studies. This is because it was an illegal drug for so many years, so there weren’t many people carrying out scientific and objective studies on the matter.
It is only in recent years that people have begun to realize the potential benefits cannabis and CBD, a key compound in cannabis, can have when it comes to a variety of different medical conditions. There is emerging research showing the great benefits, but this is still in the early stages.
There are a couple of points of research which showcase different possibilities regarding weed hangovers and whether they are actually a legitimate thing.
One of the studies that is talked about the most in relation to this matter was first published back in 1985. This was a small study that only had 13 participants, all of which were male. The study gave them either a placebo or a cannabis joint that contained THC with a strength of 2.9%.
They were then given different tasks to carry out after they had finished smoking it. The tests were repeated after they had slept for an entire night.
These results showcased that there was a residual effect when it came to those who had consumed the cannabis, pointing towards the existence of some form of hangover in effect. However, there was not much precision provided when it came to the exact makeup of this so-called hangover.
Statistically, the results were significant, but of course people will point to the tiny sample size and conclude that this is, in fact, not a significant finding.
In terms of anecdotal evidence over the years, there are plenty of instances and tales that relate to there being some form of hangover in effect.
Usually, this is observed after consuming a large amount of weed in a given session, especially when it came to more potent forms of weed, like edibles.
Why might certain types of cannabis potentially cause a hangover?
Of the bits of evidence that have been acquired to date on the topic, it appears that the over-consumption of weed is what is most likely to cause a hangover or headaches the following morning
Of course, the amount that is fine for one person may be way too much to handle for another person, as everyone tolerates weed and THC differently. This is why beginners to weed should start off with low doses and build their way up, rather than trying to take on too much too soon.
Often, it appears that people who consume extracts or edibles tend to be more often afflicted with a hangover. When it comes to actually smoking weed, there is usually less chance of this happening.
Often times, edibles are tricky in terms of their doses and it can be hard to gauge just how much THC you are putting into your body. This is often because the serving sizes are not portioned very well. For example, you may purchase a brownie and eat the whole thing without realizing that only one bite is probably enough to get you high.
As you don’t see the effects as quickly when it comes to edibles compared to smoking weed, there is the chance that you will end up taking a higher dose before it has kicked in, leading to overconsumption which in turn can lead to hangovers and headaches.
Sometimes when people wake up the following morning when something like this happens, they report that they still have somewhat of a high lingering around because it takes longer for the edibles to metabolize through your body.
Is dehydration a factor for these headaches?
One of the most common causes of headaches is said to be dehydration. There are studies showing that smoking weed can lead to the consumer being dehydrated, and this is one of the key symptoms of a hangover.
Some people even believe that smoking weed will make you more dehydrated than alcohol, but there has not yet been any evidence showcasing this to be true.
Often, people think they are dehydrated when in fact they are just dealing with dry mouth, which surprisingly is not actually linked in any way with a person’s hydration levels. The main cause of dry mouth is not having enough saliva.
The reason people experience dry mouth following smoking weed is because THC actually binds to some of the glands found in your mouth which have the role of producing saliva. This leads to a temporary stoppage in saliva production, which in turn leads to dry mouth.
There is still a need to stay well-hydrated when you are smoking, even if there is no direct correlation as of yet with dehydration. Every day, people go about their lives in a dehydrated state without realizing, and this has a myriad of health and wellbeing consequences, not least having a lack of energy all of the time.
Typical weed hangover symptoms
These relate closely to the symptoms you would probably associate with an alcohol-induced hangover.
You might have to deal with the likes of dry eyes, nausea, fatigue, headaches, and brain fog.
One of the most common of these is the headache. A lot of people believe this is due to dehydration, but as mentioned above, there has been no concrete link as of yet linking the two together. However, when you consume a lot of cannabis, it may be easy to forget to be constantly drinking water, which may lead to you going to bed lacking in fluids.
To help ease your headache, there are a few different treatment methods you can utilize, such as massaging the temple, using a cold compress, or buying over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin.
As time goes on, more and more will be discovered about the effects – both positive and negative – that smoking weed has on the body. This may lead to concrete evidence coming out some day that either backs up the idea of a weed hangover or dispels it, but there is certainly a lot of anecdotal evidence out there pointing towards its existence.