Can CBD Help With Hangovers?
Posted on June 17th, 2022 to Uncategorized
A night of drinking with friends and family is always fun and exciting until you wake up the next day and beg to differ. Almost all adults who consume alcohol have experienced hangovers more than once in their lives. Additionally, for some, drinking does not come without the negative side effects. Most people treat their hangovers with high calorie fatty foods and OTC pain relief medications. However, if you are looking for a healthier and much more effective way to treat your hangovers, you are right where you should be! Emerging research has shown that CBD could be a great supplement to provide relief for symptoms associated with a hangover. Read on to find out how CBD relieves hangover symptoms.
What Causes A Hangover?
Our liver processes alcohol efficiently at a rate of one drink per hour. When you drink alcohol faster than your body can process it, toxins such as acetaldehyde start to build up because the liver cannot expel them as fast as you are drinking. When the alcohol in your blood starts decreasing, you start to feel negative symptoms that are known as the ‘hangover’. For most, a hangover involves headaches, nausea, body ache, thirst, fatigue, sweating, sensitivity to light and sound and irritability. However, everyone has a different rate at which their liver can process alcohol; some are more sensitive than others. Also, if you do not consistently drink water while consuming alcohol, it will make hangover symptoms much worse. Although hangover symptoms do not last more than a day, sometimes you have work or responsibilities that require your attention and you cannot afford to be bedridden all day.
The Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors, and modulating bodily enzymes. It’s referred to as a signal network or a regulatory system to maintain homeostasis in the body. It plays a role in sleep, mood, appetite, memory, brain function and reproduction. When there is an imbalance of endocannabinoids, it could disrupt the homeostasis. So, CBD acts as a replacement for endocannabinoids and binds with the receptors thereby maintaining homeostasis. Alcohol also plays a role in the ECS but produces negative effects. It could really imbalance the ECS over long time use and research has shown that alcohol use can decrease endocannabinoids in the body. So, when alcohol disrupts the equilibrium in your system, CBD and other cannabinoids can help to bind with receptors and reverse the effects.
How CBD Helps Treat Hangovers
Hangovers are usually associated with headaches, stomach aches and muscle weakness. Several animal studies have proven that CBD boasts anti-inflammatory effects and works on pain-sensing systems to alleviate pain. Also, a few human trial case studies show that the use of CBD can help relieve pain. CBD also fights free radical damage, protects the cells in the brain, and even assists in generating new ones. Hence, this can help you recover faster after a night of drinking.
Feeling nauseous a day after consuming alcohol is not uncommon. In fact, most of the discomfort associated with alcohol has to do with nauseous feelings. CBD acts as an efficient antiemetic and can help with nausea or vomiting. It does this by activating the serotonin receptors in the brain. Studies have shown that CBD could be prescribed for nausea associated with chemotherapy, hence it could also be effective for nausea induced by alcohol.
During a hangover, everything seems annoying and one’s mood is highly irritable. This can also trigger feelings of anxiety and depression as alcohol increases cortisol levels. CBD acts on serotonin receptors and promotes a calm state of mind. It can help you relax and prevent negative feelings.
Feeling exhausted after drinking is completely normal. Taking CBD to alleviate yourself from fatigue is a natural and healthy alternative to caffeinated beverages. Research has shown that CBD could help patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Other Ways to Treat Hangovers
Alcohol causes severe dehydration which can worsen the hangover symptoms. Keep drinking water throughout the day. If you are someone who forgets to drink water, set reminders throughout the day. Do whatever it takes for you to ensure you are keeping yourself hydrated.
Sleeping helps your body recover faster after a night out. Make sure you aren’t sleep deprived and get plenty of rest. CBD has shown to be an effective way to get a restful sleep and help yourself relax.
Eat Nutritious Foods
Alcohol causes low blood sugar levels. To regain energy, try to eat foods high in protein and healthy carbohydrates. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits high in vitamins and minerals. You can also consider taking magnesium or vitamin Bnsupplements which help with metabolism of alcohol.
When to Contact A Doctor
It is important to know the difference between hangovers and alcohol poisoning. Too much intake of alcohol can cause uncontrollable vomiting, confusion, unconsciousness and hypothermia. This can cause serious issues such as low blood pressure and seizures. If you notice yourself or someone else displaying these symptoms, do not hesitate to call 911 or visit the doctor immediately.
At Hempeutics Pharmacy, we specialize in custom compounding CBD products to cater to our patient’s individual needs. Contact us for a free consultation from our in-house licensed pharmacist, Dr. Peggy, to discuss what options are best for you.