Is CBD Or Hemp Flower Right For Hangovers?
If you've ever had a hangover, then you know how unpleasant the experience can be. First of all, there's the headache, combined with a feeling of nausea, followed by extreme tiredness, and the whole thing just sucks! What better time to talk about hangovers and CBD, than right after New Years!
While CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-anxiety medicine on its own, it's most well-known for working as an all-natural medicine to relieve symptoms of the common hangover. Hangovers are a result of your body having processed toxins and stimulants which, in turn, causes an inflammatory response in your body which can also cause an increase in anxiety.
On the subject of why CBD works to alleviate symptoms of a hangover, the cannabinoid receptors are part of our endogenous cannabinoid system which is composed of endocannabinoids and their receptors. Cannabidiol fits snugly into both types of receptors, CB1 and CB2. Though researchers don't yet understand exactly how cannabinoids prevent headaches, they suspect it's because cannabidiol also activates serotonin receptors in the brainstem and central nervous system. So maybe instead of reaching for some “Emergen C”, you might want to try some “Emergen CBD”. In this article we will break down the pros and cons of using CBD products or smokable hemp after "tying one on".
Researchers have found that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex cell-signaling system. They found this by analyzing THC, which was first discovered in the early 1990s.
Researchers are still studying the human body and its roles, but we do know that the endocannabinoid system is active in all of us and plays a role in regulating a variety of functions and processes. These include :
- reproduction and fertility
CBD interacts with the ECS in the body. In contrast, alcohol also interacts with the ECS, but it is much more negative than CBD.
Alcohol consumption can lead to serious imbalances in the endocannabinoid system. Some research also shows that even short-term alcohol consumption can cause unpleasant effects on the endocannabinoid system..
In an interesting study on rats, scientists gave them a liquid diet of alcohol for 24 hours.
Scientists have discovered that alcohol reduces endocannabinoid levels in the brain, which leads to an improvement in mood. A research review published in 2013 found that N-acylethanolamines — related compounds to cannabinoids, which are found in cannabis — could be linked to a happier mood.
These effects happen in brain regions that are associated with stress, emotion, feeding, and motor-related processes — areas that are linked to the development of alcohol addiction.
Alcohol and CBD are both cannabinoid agonists, meaning they interact with the brain's endocannabinoid system. Some people wonder if CBD can help reduce symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, such as headaches and nausea.
Does CBD Work On Hangovers?
Don’t expect CBD to cure your hangover. However, it can help alleviate some of the side effects of a hangover.
In the past, studies have found that some people use CBD for migraines and nausea. A 2011 study of animals found that CBD might be able to stop nausea and vomiting. However, there isn’t much research on CBD for migraines specifically.
Although alcohol consumption is linked to inflammation, CBD may help alleviate it. One study found that heavy drinkers experienced increased levels of the marker for inflammation called C-reactive protein. The more alcohol they consumed, the greater their CRP levels were.
A new study shows that CBD can affect how the body reacts to inflammation. That’s because CBD is a chemical compound that affects endocannabinoid receptors, which are part of the body’s endocannabinoid system.
For now, we don’t have enough study results to recommend CBD as a hangover cure. We need to do more research to determine its pharmaceutical potential, as well as the proper dosage.
It's the day after a night of drinking. Will taking CBD make you feel worse than ever?
Even though CBD oil may have some positive effects, it can also make you feel nauseous and fatigued. This obviously is not helpful when you're hungover.
If your hangover symptoms include nausea, try a different remedy.
Are you wondering whether CBD is safe to use if you've been drinking?
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that CBD is overall thought to be safe. However, there are a few side effects one may experience, including:
- appetite changes
- changes in weight
CBD is not regulated by the FDA. The only FDA-approved CBD drug is Epidiolex, which treats epilepsy.
Before trying CBD, it's a good idea to talk with your doctor. This is especially true if you're taking any medications, as CBD may interact with them.
When shopping for CBD, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the options. How do you know what to buy?
Choosing organic CBD, or hemp flower for your hangover, or other health conditions is vital because you must get a quality product. Otherwise, it does not even make sense to treat your condition with something that can make the situation worse in the long run, like non organic CBD.
FDA has not yet approved any over the counter CBD products, as we mentioned. You will have to conduct a thorough research in order to find the best CBD product online.
If you want to purchase a quality CBD product, here are a few tips.
- Find a transparent, organic CBD brand and buy directly.
The website should be easy to navigate and give you all of the relevant info you need to make an informed decision. If you are still in doubt, you should send them a message to guage thier response.
CBD products are not available on Amazon or Ebay, which prohibits one from purchasing them there. It is recommended to avoid such sites.
There are probably fake products anyways on Amazon's website, that are listed as CBD products, or they may simply be hempseed oil products. The cannabinoid CBD can only be found in the flowers, leaves, and stalks of the hemp plant, not the seeds.
- Do Your Due Diligence.
Check if the company has any pending lawsuits or has received any warning letters from the FDA.
Sites like Trust Pilot and Google are great for checking online reviews. That way you can see what the public think about the said CBD company. At Dreamland Organics we boast all 5 star reviews on both platforms, not an easy task.
- It is important to check ingredients carefully.
Make sure to read the label and make sure there are no ingredient you are allergic to, or that there are no synthetic fillers. We use organic MCT oil in our tinctures, which may not be suitable for those with nut allegies.
Of Course if you are using organic hemp flower to treat your hangover, you don't have to worry bout ingredients.
- Check Out The COAS (certificate of analysis)
A lab test shows that the company is legit and has done what is necessary to ensure the CBD product or flower has been inspected by a third party
These tests will show exactly how much CBD and THC the product has. If the product label matches the stated CBD and THC concentrations, cross-reference the COA to see if the company stands behind its advertised claims.
Alternative Hangover Remedies
Try these traditional home remedies for treating your hangover if CBD does not seem appropriate.
- getting hydrated
- Getting plenty of sleep.
- eating healthy foods
When To Consult A Doctor?
You must understand the difference between hangover symptoms and signs of something much more serious, like alcohol poisoning. Alcohol poisoning is no joke and can even lead to death.
The symptoms of an alcohol overdose include:
- intense vomiting
- perception changes, including confusion.
- body temperature drops, known as hypothermia.
- unconsciousness or passing out.
Alcohol supresses your nervous system, meaning you can also experience serious complications from drinking too fast for your liver to process it. This can lead to complications including:
- slow or stopping breathing, heart rate, and gag reflex (all of these are managed by your nervous system)
- After a drop in your body temperature or hypothermia, you may experience cardiac arrest.
- seizures due to low blood sugar levels
These are all signs of alcohol poisoning, but an alcohol overdose may still occur without showing them.
If someone is unresponsive or has a slowed breathing rate of less than eight breaths per minute, call 911 or local emergency services.
CBD may help some with headaches, inflammation, nausea, and vomiting. On the other hand, it may also cause some side effects like nausea and fatigue, which isn’t good news, if you have a hangover.
Drinking water, getting rest, and eating a hearty meal are often the best ways to recover from a hangover.
Should you choose CBD to help you lessen that bender you went on, make sure it is from a reputable, organic CBD brand like Dreamland Organics. Our reviews speak for themselves and if you have any questions we are always here to help. Next time you tale a 6 pack to the face, you might want to try a little CBD. It's worth a shot, pun intended.