Medical marijuana has treated ailments for 10,000 years. Modern medicine is embracing medical marijuana to treat debilitating conditions from cancer to chronic pain. While many symptoms of marijuana use are mild, hangovers can be severe, especially if you are over-using it, or abusing it medically.
What is a Hangover?
A hangover is associated with drinking too much ethanol alcohol. Ethanol is found in beer, wine, and spirits. The effects of drinking ethanol and the ensuing hangover can last for 24 hours or more. Symptoms of a hangover can include headaches, fatigue, drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea, inability to eat, irritability, anxiety, and gastrointestinal problems.
Like an alcohol hangover, a marijuana or weed hangover occurs after over-consumption. Weed hangovers are not described with the same intensity as alcohol hangovers, but are still unpleasant.
Symptoms of Marijuana Use Over-Consumption
Weed hangovers are experienced differently for each person as are alcohol hangovers. The most common symptoms of marijuana use over-consumption are headaches, dry eyes, lethargy, mild nausea, congestion, and dehydration.
Factors that Increase Symptoms of Marijuana Use
Four factors affect the symptoms of marijuana use and potential for hangover.
- Amount of marijuana consumed: Only consume the amount of marijuana prescribed by your doctor. Consuming more can lead to hangovers and may be a sign of addiction.
- The quality of marijuana used: Only use marijuana bought from allowed distributors.
- The curing process: How marijuana is dried or processed affects the quality of the medicine.
- How marijuana is consumed: Marijuana can be smoked, taken in pills, eaten, or used in an oil.
Edibles and Hangover
Over-consumption of marijuana increases the chance of hangovers. Over-consumption occurs more often with edibles than other modes of use.
- It is hard to know how much of the plant is consumed in baked goods and can cause over-consumption.
- Marijuana can stay in the digestive tract up to 12 hours, increasing the time one may feel the effects.
- The liver metabolizes the marijuana when eaten and it gets absorbed slower than when smoked. The effects of ingested cannabis are stronger and lasts longer.
It is better to start with a low dose of edibles. Then wait one to two hours for the dose to take effect.
How to Treat a Hangover?
There is no instant cure for a hangover but the symptoms can be treated. Those who have suffered through a weed hangover have received relief through hydration, showering, exercise, and vitamin B12 supplements. The best recommendation is to avoid hangovers completely.
How to Avoid a Hangover?
The best way to avoid a weed hangover is to follow your doctor’s recommendation.
- Never over-consume marijuana.
- Stay hydrated and rested.
- Eat a well-balanced diet.
- Favor fruits and vegetables instead of sugary snacks.
When to Seek Help?
Symptoms of marijuana use are minimal when following doctor’s orders. If you are over-consuming, experiencing hangovers, or consuming without medical advice; you may have a problem and should seek medical help.
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