How To Cure A Hangover With Cannabis
HOW TO CURE A HANGOVER WITH CANNABIS
Hangover: The word incites both a laugh and a shudder from those of us who’ve experienced them, especially when witnessing someone you know suffering through an extreme one. There are a number of tactics out there for avoiding them, easing them, or curing them like drinking plenty of water, carb-loading before and after you imbibe, a hair of the dog, eating spicy foods, and my favorite, a bowl of top shelf ganja.
Smoking cannabis is the most effective way to immediately stop the debilitating nausea and ease pain rapidly, but it’s not always enough to combat the poisonous power of booze. I’ve cut back on my alcohol consumption considerably over the past year, and as a result I’m far more sensitive to the painful effects it has on my body. Since so many cannabis products exist to relieve pain, I decided to put the healing powers of the plant to the test recently and forewent using any pain meds or chemicals to treat my overindulgence and this is how I did it:
As I mentioned above, smoking flower is the fastest way I know to help take the edge off, so that was my first move. I chose a sativa-dominant hybrid for appetite stimulation and the uplifting effects, and as I inhaled the smoke, I could feel my body start to absorb the cannabinoids -- instant comfort and mild suppression of my throbbing headache. I chugged a glass of water and then went for the coffee, which didn’t help my dehydration, but was necessary for me to get going, especially on a day like this. Another glass of water then a quick walk with my dogs was next on the agenda.
Small Dose of Edibles
Since the point of this experiment was to avoid pills and chemicals, I needed an alternative solution for my pounding headache -- fast! I went for a 25mg dose of Pura Vida Health’s First Love Gramola, which solved two problems since the edible offers both nutrition and healing in each tablespoon, plus a functional, mood-elevating high. (Choose an edible that isn’t full of sugar and processed ingredients for the best results; look for a higher CBD:THC ratio edible if you don’t want to experience the high.) I waited about 30 minutes before I decided to take a second dose. In the past, I’ve used a single dose of this edible to ease muscle soreness before eating breakfast to avoid taking ibuprofen, and two doses (50mg) proved to be effective at treating a headache of this magnitude for me.
Taking one of the classic hangover remedies and infusing it with CBD sounded like a grand idea to me as I powered through the morning in desperate need of hydration. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp plants, and is known to calm anxiety, ease pain, inhibit cancer cell growth, slow the frequency of seizures in epileptic patients, and therapeutically treat many other conditions. Wild Earth Naturals offers a great tasting 9.5ph CBD water at a very low cost ($5 cost, ships anywhere, and by great tasting, I mean it just tastes like water). Each bottle has approximately 15mg of CBD and uses nano-sizing, a process that delivers “ion-sized nutrients that are encased within water molecules which can easily move through cell membranes”, meaning the end user would absorb more nutrients from this water than most other CBD waters on the market. This tactic rounded out my experiment perfectly since regular water wasn’t really cutting it anymore and I was dealing with severe cottonmouth.
Cannabis for the Win!
By the time noon rolled around, I was more focused on what was for lunch than what I had to drink the night before, so I’d call this a win in favor of Team Green! Perhaps a hair of the dog would’ve kicked in faster, but all that really would’ve done is delay my hangover symptoms, not cure them.
People often compare cannabis to alcohol because they view cannabis as an intoxicant, not as a medicine. With many natural healing remedies coming to light as the cannabis and hemp plants come out of the shadows of illegality, we can all start to look at alcohol differently too: Just because a plant is illegal doesn’t mean that it’s harmful, and just because a substance is legal doesn’t mean that it’s harmless.