Hangovers suck. That’s just one of the many reasons more mainstream consumers are choosing cannabis over alcohol. And for celebrities living in the fast lane of hectic schedules and eccentric lifestyles, that choice is even more transparent. In an interview, host of Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain spoke about heroin, hangovers, and herb.
Dealing with addiction
Bourdain knows a thing or two about why cannabis helps drug addicts. He has been there. He told Men’s Journal in 2014 that:
I was a long-time drug addict, and one of the things drug addiction did, especially when you have to score cocaine or heroin every day on the streets of New York – you learn a lot of skills that are useful when dealing with Hollywood or the business world.
In a world full of bullshit, when you need something as badly as drugs, your bullshit detector gets pretty acute. Can I trust this guy with money? Is this guy’s package going to be all he says it was?
Alcohol and drugs can ruin your life
As not just a world-jotting celeb but the host of a show where he enjoys the finest drinks in the farthest corners of the world, Bourdain can get pretty drunk. But he warns that you don’t want to let alcohol take over your life.
I like to have fun. I do take intense joy in self-indulgence. But I’m honestly pretty disciplined. You see me drink myself stupid on my show all the time. And I have a lot of fun doing that. But I’m not sitting at home having a cocktail. Never, ever. I don’t ever drink in my house. I don’t even drink beer in my house. During summer vacation, maybe I’ll have some beers while I’m grilling in the back yard, because it’s part of the experience.
I’m pretty moderate in my vices: When I indulge, I indulge. But I don’t let it bleed over into the rest of my life. I have shit to do. I caught a bunch of lucky breaks, I’m not going to f*ck it up. That’s an important lesson to learn.
Anthony Bourdain’s secret hangover cure
All that drinking, on camera or off, can lead to a stiff hangover. Those are never fun. But in his years of experience, Bourdain found the perfect hangover cure.
A cold Coca-Cola or Pepsi. Wash down a couple of aspirin. Smoke a joint. And the joint will help you to develop an appetite at which point have some really spicy food. Some spicy leftover’s. Kung-pao Chicken would be perfect.
Hey, that sounds good anytime. Forget raw eggs, hot sauce, and coffee. Some quality herb makes for the perfect pick me up. Bourdain also has some hard learned advice on dealing with drinking to excess.
This is something I learned very early. I mean, if I’ve got to wake up and go to meetings tomorrow morning, I’m not getting hammered tonight if I can avoid it. I know – I’ve learned. So the thing is: Schedule. Schedule your hangover. Wake up as soon as you can.