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We’ve all had that hangover that makes you wish you never took a sip of alcohol the previous night, despite our pleas to never drink again. Whether you’re taking frequent bathroom breaks at work or glued to your toilet at home, hangovers aren’t fun for anyone. It’s almost like the universe is evening out the fun we had while drunk, keeping everything in balance and making us pay for the bullying of our livers.
Many of us make adjustments during our boozing, frequently drinking water in-between drinks or eating healthier food to give your stomach one less battle to fight, but sometimes you just can’t avoid the negative effects of a hangover.
It’s important to note that everyone’s body is different and all of us will experience different hangover effects after a night of throwing back the firewater. There are some individuals that encounter hangover symptoms after just one drink (30 year-olds are new to this phenomenon) and others whose tolerance is so high that they wake up the next day ready to take another trip around the bend.
There are many factors, including dehydration and loss of electrolytes, among other things, that contribute to our hellish morning and possibly afternoon.
Waking up with a bad hangover, the first stop is often the bathroom. This is due to alcohol irritating your stomach lining by increasing the production of stomach acid and delaying the emptying of your stomach. That delay ends quickly the next morning as you rush to the bathroom, doesn’t it?
The fatigue, shakiness, and mood swings that often accompany hangovers are caused by our blood sugar dipping to a low level. This altering of blood sugar can also cause seizures in some individuals. For diabetics, blood sugar levels can rise or fall to dangerous levels during alcohol consumption, and medicines designed to combat the disease do not mix well with booze.
The immune system is also affected by the sauce, which messes with your body’s immune cells and their interactions. This causes us to have physical symptoms like memory and concentration problems, decreased appetite, and loss of interest in usual activities.
In fact, the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has conducted studies that indicate a single night of drinking can suppress the immune system for up to 24 hours.
As most stoners know, there’s nothing like a joint or ten to ease your symptoms following a night of binging (my grandma would suggest Menudo as the top solution for that hangover, but hey, why not both?). With all the benefits the weed brings to the body and mind, it’s not difficult to see why many stoners have an easier time with hangover symptoms.
Isn’t it peculiar that a substance that is often illegal is a great remedy for a perfectly legal liquid that does more harm than good?
Well, it wouldn’t be our world without such contradictions, and luckily there’s weed and hemp-derived products like Delta 8 THC and CBD that offer a legal attempt to ease symptoms of a bender.
CBD is an antioxidant, meaning it decreases the harm that free radicals bring to the body. The term ‘free radicals’ doesn’t describe the attendees at Woodstock, but something much more damaging to the body.
They are intensely reactive compounds, like alcohol, that contain an excess of energy which they attempt to lessen by reacting with chemicals in the body.
This prevents the cells from functioning properly and along comes antioxidants to the rescue.
While CBD has not been studied specifically for its positive effects on hangovers, there are many tested and true benefits that the Cannabinoid can provide someone suffering from headaches, fatigue, nausea, and anxiety.
CBD affects the endocannabinoid system and has the ability to reduce inflammation. It also has been studied to reduce aches and pains, which are common side effects of a hangover.
These beneficial products are separated by THC dosage, giving you a wide variety of options depending on the harshness of your hangover.
Recess has been gaining popularity for its high quality, delicious, and low-calorie products made with real fruit. Their hemp extract has a calming effect on the mind and centers the body, easing your anxiety and your physical symptoms.
American ginseng is another advantageous ingredient that focuses your mind and boosts vitality. Lemon balm supports equilibrium (which we probably could’ve used the night before the hangover) and helps you relax and unwind. L-theanine, also found in mushrooms and green and black tea, eases tension and brightens your day.
With each can containing 10 mg CBD and the legal minimum of 0.03% THC, these sparkling waters will give you a boost in antioxidants without the psychoactive effects from high THC strains.
Full-spectrum CBD derived from hemp and contains less than 0.03% THC is just what you’ll need to target those hurting areas the morning of your hangover. Miraflora’s hemp flower oil nourished your endocannabinoid system that is feeling attacked after a night out drinking.
Do your body a favor and bring it back to balance with these third-party lab-tested beverages that contain necessary vitamins and nutrients, a low amount of calories, and no sugar.
One of my favorite brands of beer has offered a solution to drinking too many of their famous ales by unleashing the CBD-rich Hi-Fi Hops cannabis-infused sparkling water.
With 18 mg CBD that overshadows the less than 2 mg THC, this drink will give you the usual cannabinoid benefits to the body without the psychoactive effects. This 18:1 concoction contains the highest CBD levels of all their drinks. If you’re looking for higher THC there are a few more options that provide a more even CBD to THC ratio.
Deemed as a ‘social tonic microdose with cannabis,’ Cann’s natural and herbal beverages contain 4 mg CBD and 2 mg THC. Not from concentrate like some of the nastier sodas and juices out there, these all-natural flavored and lightly sweetened potables weigh in at a low 35 calories per can.
This Lime-flavored seltzer comes with 20 mg of Delta 8 THC and offers a less psychoactive high that would benefit someone experiencing mild hangover symptoms. Delta 8 has been known to deliver a lighter high
It sounds like the last thing you would want during a hangover, but this ‘tonic’ contains no alcohol, but many ingredients that could come to your rescue.
This cannabis cocktail brought to you by Artet has juniper, chamomile, lemon, cardamon, and gentian that tastes great while benefiting the body. They can contain an even 5 mg CBD and THC with only 35 calories and 6 grams of sugar per serving.
Packing a lot of power in a little bottle, Delta 8 Living’s grape flavored shot delivers 30 mg Delta 8 THC and comes in the first slot of the drinks with higher THC content. The shot contains less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC, meaning it can be legally purchased in most states.
These little hangover remedies are vegan, non-GMO, and made in the good ol’ US of A. Nothing too complex about these guys, just give a good shake and bombs away. Unlike the shots you took last night, this one is entering your body with nothing but healing and relieving intentions!
As we climb the Delta 8 dosage ladder, we have the privilege of enhancing our drinks with this powdered beverage enhancer, which offers these beverage enhancers in the delicious Blue Raspberry Lemonade, Grape, and Tropical Punch flavors. The packet of powder is to be mixed with 2 quarts of water, which creates 5 servings that each contain 48 mg Delta 8 THC.
Free of gluten, caffeine, and any type of sweetener, these drink mixes are worthy of a try especially if your friends are hungover as well. Get the Kool-Aid jug out and distribute accordingly!
Featuring a higher dosage of our friend Delta 8 THC, this premium hemp-derived shot from Delta Effex packs a fruit punch that you’ll notice and appreciate while nursing that hangover. A mighty 75 mg Delta 8 THC might just be the perfect way to alleviate your symptoms.
These little guys are perfect to throw into your purse or pocket the night before, just in case you end up somewhere other than home (not judging) the next morning.
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