Does Smoking Marijuana Help Cure An Alcohol Hangover?

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Today is of course New Year’s Day, and if you consumed too much alcohol last night chances are you are regretting it today. I am not here to pass judgement, as I consumed a little bit of alcohol last night myself. I’m happy to say that I do not have a hangover today, likely because I consumed about ten times as much marijuana last night as I did alcohol, and didn’t consume enough alcohol to be drunk.

But I have definitely been hungover before and it’s absolutely no fun. If you are hungover right now, you are likely looking for anything and everything that can help you feel better. There are many people out there that swear that marijuana can help cure an alcohol hangover. In order to evaluate that claim, we must first look at what an alcohol hangover involves. Per the Mayo Clinic:

  • Alcohol causes your body to produce more urine. In turn, urinating more than usual can lead to dehydration — often indicated by thirst, dizziness and lightheadedness.
  • Alcohol triggers an inflammatory response from your immune system. Your immune system may trigger certain agents that commonly produce physical symptoms, such as an inability to concentrate, memory problems, decreased appetite and loss of interest in usual activities.
  • Alcohol irritates the lining of your stomach. Alcohol increases the production of stomach acid and delays stomach emptying. Any of these factors can cause abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting.
  • Alcohol causes your blood vessels to expand, which can lead to headaches.

Marijuana does not help with dehydration, but it there is scientific evidence that marijuana helps with the other problems related to having an alcohol hangover. Many studies have shown that cannabis can help with the human body’s inflammatory response from the immune system, including a study from 2010. Marijuana has long been used to help reduce nausea, as pointed out by the American Cancer Society and numerous studies. A study from earlier this year found that marijuana helps treat headaches, which is something that previous studies have also found.

Marijuana also has an intangible quality for treating marijuana hangovers. Consuming marijuana helps consumers endure conditions that would otherwise be unbearable, including an alcohol hangover. Marijuana is not a guaranteed fix for an alcohol hangover, but it can certainly help. A person still has to re-hydrate their body, which as I previously pointed out is not something that marijuana can help with. Remember folks, marijuana is 114 times safer than alcohol, so next time you are gearing up for a party consider making the safer choice and avoiding the alcohol hangover altogether!

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6 Comments
  1. saynotohypocrisy says

    What’s a poor alcohol supremacist bigot gonna do? Science just isn’t giving them a break these days. It never did, and now the truth can’t be suppressed any longer. They get no happy new year wishes from me until they grow up and get real.

  2. Byrond2 says

    CBD and THC protect the liver from ethanol. That has been demonstrated by different studies such as this one: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4112960/
    But it may be that CBD protects the liver much better than THC. This, people, is why we need to stop breeding out the CBD. You don’t need 30% THC, you need 25% THC and 5% CBD or maybe vise versa. But I’m guessing that CBD/hemp oil added to alcohol could save a lot of livers.

    1. Annonamice says

      Uh, no thanks, Byron… you use your CBD strains the way you like, I’ll choose not to use ANY CBD or other canbinoids which mess up my receptor uptakes for THC, rendering my “dank” smoke to semi-“wank” choke. Give the, “people”, what they want.

      Uh, “no thanks, again, Byron.

  3. Captain Jim says

    Never seen any flower that is 25% THC and 5% CBD have you? But if it were available, I would definitely be interested. I guess you could always just mix a high THC strain with a a bit of a higher CBD strain as well.

  4. Annonamice says

    You smoked ten times the amount of alcohol you drank? one drink contains about 12 grams of ethanol… are you sure you smoked about 100 grams of weed?

  5. Captain Jim says

    All I know is using cannabis almost always causes me to drink less which is definitely a good thing. Certain cannabinoids also have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

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