What Is a ‘Weed Hangover’ and Why Does It Happen?

Cannabis Hangover Studies

At Nootripure Laboratories, we like to cover all nootropics including marijuana, which may seem like the opposite of a nootropic, but indeed it can have mentally stimulating effects and has very little side effects, which allows it to be classified as a nootropic. Although healthy in small doses, we would like to explore the case when one consumes larger doses. The morning after a huge smoke session where you wake up after sleeping for a longer time than usual and feel groggy and lazy and also can have a range of effects from brain fog to headache – then it is the weed hangover.

You will find limited studies about weed hangover and the most famous one was published in 1985 where the experiment was conducted in a very small sample size of only 13 male participants.[1] The participants were given either placebos or joints containing cannabis with 2.9% THC. Then they were given several behavioral tasks after smoking, for instance card sorting, free recall, and time production. After a whole night’s sleep, the researchers tested the subjects again and observed a residual consequence in only the cannabis users and declared, “The findings suggest that marijuana smoking can produce residual (hangover) effects the day after smoking. The precise nature and extent of these effects, as well as their practical implications, remain to be determined.” Though the results of the study were concluded to be significant, it had a very small sample size lacking in diversity, leaving definite room for improvement. However, many anecdotal accounts users say they have experienced a weed hangover report much higher consumption rates, especially in the manner of RSO and other potent products like edibles.

What Kind of Cannabis Products Cause Hangovers?

Studies suggest that a weed hangover is normally connected to overconsumption. However, cannabis is the only single plant that can affect every individual differently depending on strain, tolerance, THC content, and body chemistry. But, keep in mind that what is too much for you may be an appropriate quantity for others. As mentioned above, many anecdotal accounts users who have experienced a hangover symptom, report that they have used other potent products like edibles or extracts.  In accordance with the statements, the experience is far less common because of more widely conventional consumption methods of cannabis such as smoking. However, now any one can infer that it is much easier to consume cannabis in over quantity with edibles than from smoking. That may be the reason why some consume cannabis with products like edibles that metabolize in the body. No matter what the method of consumption is, it might just come down to a lessening in dosage that does not lead to any unpleasant lingering effects.

Does Cannabis Cause Dehydration?

It’s a claim of several resources that cannabis might cause dehydration directly and such dehydration can direct to the symptoms of a weed hangover. Instead of their exaggerated claims [2] of cannabis being more dehydrating than alcohol, there is cleanly no science to support their claim. Rather these people are wrongfully calling dry mouth as dehydration and their dry mouth may be a lack of saliva. So, what is the reason behind this? A study shows [3] the cannabinoid THC combining itself to the glands in the mouth is responsible for creating the greater part of saliva and in doing so, this combining stops the production of saliva for the time being, causing dry, uncomfortable sensation. Some studies suggest that many Americans are dehydrated due to not consuming enough water during the day and their dehydration may lead to a slew of issues that may not be fully treated without the assistance of hydration.[4] For instance, in an article, the author who is a medical cannabis user said he got relieved from chronic back pain with cannabis much though the prescription medications could not help him bring such longer-lasting relief. But he was still experiencing severe pain in the back and spine from time to time. Later he paid a closer attention and discovered the culprit is dehydration which he solved by correcting his water intake. Ultimately the author enjoyed a healthier life with greater spinal flexibility.[5]

Cannabis Hangover Symptoms

The notable described symptoms of a weed hangover involve brain fog and fatigue, headache, nausea, and dry eyes. Most of the symptoms we can know based on user reports as the abovementioned studies did not research all of these symptoms. There may be other factors that come into play, but we cannot confirm such claims without proper studies.

  1. When you have woken up feeling groggy, dazed and unfocused, you are familiar with incredibly unpleasant brain fog and fatigue. To re-spark your battery, get moving, take a cool shower, adjust your eating habits, and try a stimulant.
  2. A common symptom of the weed hangover is headache which is due to dehydration, according to many. But there is no proof to support the idea that cannabis simply causes dehydration; rather one may forget to keep hydrated while consuming cannabis in large quantities.
  3. Another symptom is nausea that some consumers of cannabis claimed they experienced during a weed hangover. This is less common. And still, in severe case, ensure you’re keeping hydrated and trying to eat some gentle, mild foods, or anti-nausea medication.
  4. When you wake up the next day and find yourself with dry eyes, consider some rewetting drops to calm the redness and restore moisture.

Cannabis Hangover Symptoms

We see a lot of research for and against the use of cannabis, and we believe that a good amount of them are correct on both sides. How can this be? Well, even though many research studies have proven powerful healing and mentally stimulating effects of cannabis, if consumed in an improper or harmful way, can cause negative side effects that may even outweigh the benefits. Here at Nootripure Laboratories, it is our mission to dive into the medical literature to find out how you can optimize your cognitive health as safely as possible.
The effects of smoking anything can lead to negative effects as not only the active cannabinoids will enter your blood stream but so will pesticides, heavy metals, and other plant materials contained in the plant. The rapid induction of THC into one’s system can also cause spikes in neurotransmitter levels causing either receptor desensitization (tolerance buildup), or long term damage. We certainly appreciate the nootropic effects that cannabis can give, but we acknowledge that cannabis can be a double edged sword, and that if misused can lead to negative results. Cannabis can be consumed much more safely than smoking by either eating in the form of an edible such as a candy, or inhaled from an oil vaporizer where the oil is crafted by a well regulated company that specializes in producing oils that are safe to vaporize. Moderating one’s dose, and cycling are also extremely important in negating negative side effects. By taking these precautions, one can reduce the unhealthy, and unpleasant side effects, and enjoy more of the nootropic, mind enhancing effects of cannabis.

Cannabis Hangover Symptoms