Will CBD cause a hangover or maybe beats it?

by Edward J. Ross

What is a hangover?

Can CBD treat a hangover?

Evenings that are a little too watered tend to give way to a less glorious tomorrow. Between extreme fatigue, stomach ache, nausea, and lack of sleep, the body needs to get back on its feet, and a battery of symptoms reminds us of the fleeting euphoria of the day before. This is what we call the hangover, of its scientific name the "veisalgia." This somewhat barbaric word comes from the combination of a Norwegian word, kveis, synonymous with discomfort following debauchery and the Greek, algia, pain.

You will understand, this term was created to group all the symptoms of complications tomorrow. These symptoms are manifold and differ from person to person. Unfortunately, it is impossible to ignore it. 

The reasons hangovers occur have been much discussed, but basically, it is the effects of alcohol (ethanol) on the body that one goes in and examines. Based on this, various hypotheses have been put forward as to what is the cause of hangovers.

Dehydration is a major symptom because alcohol acts as a diuretic. This is one of the reasons why you experience thirst, headaches, and dizziness the next day. Also, during the breakdown of alcohol, acetaldehyde's toxic substance is formed, which causes some other unpleasant symptoms such as palpitations and nausea. Some of the other substances that alcohol contains also help create irritation and the body will react to these as with any other type of poisoning. When you consume large amounts of alcohol, it also goes in and disrupts the body's sleep patterns. When you have drunk alcohol before going to sleep, the sleep will often be of shorter duration and poorer quality, partly because you usually go to bed at a later time than you normally do,

One last thing that helps to influence your body to react "the next day" is tobacco smoke. With cigarette smoke, you get hydrocarbons and other toxins into the body, which can intensify the hangover you already get from alcohol. It is from these reasons for the emergence of hangovers that one can go in and work on a hangover cure.

Things to do before and while consuming alcohol

When consuming alcohol, the body needs extra salt and sugar. Therefore, there are some things you can do already before and while drinking to calm the hangover a bit. First of all, it is important not to drink alcohol on an empty stomach, so you may well have eaten a proper meal before you start consuming drinks, wine, and beer. It is also essential to drink a lot of water if one wants to reduce the risk of hangovers.

As a rule of thumb, say one glass of water per—object, but otherwise, just as much as possible. Two glasses of water just before going to bed should also be excellent. You can also stay away from cigarettes while drinking because, as mentioned earlier, many toxins come in with the smoke, which makes the hangover worse. Otherwise, it is good advice to drink in moderation - think about what you are consuming.

What helps on hangovers?

What is unique about hangovers in relation to common diseases or poisonings is that, in most cases, it goes away within a day. It can at least be a consolation if none of the advice works optimally. However, the best way to cure a hangover is by treating based on the knowledge that is about the various symptoms. For example, this is done by treating fatigue and lethargy with coffee, cola, or other liquids, sleep deprivation, and dizziness with a good, long nap or headache with painkillers and supplements. The last option with painkillers can be beneficial as headache is one of the most unpleasant symptoms. Besides, pills and supplements can also act as a simpler and clearer cure for hangovers than the housewife, as mentioned above tips, which do not necessarily work for everyone.


CBD and alcohol

How do you get a hangover?

"Okay, but it's the last drink." This is how we could summarize at what fateful moment a hangover is looming on the horizon, but let's take a closer look at the subject. Alcohol is a toxic substance to be consumed in moderation. The euphoria of the first drinks often leads to a decrease in vigilance overconsumption. We tend to "let go" after a few drinks, and the evening can quickly become "too alcoholic." The result is difficult tomorrow with a hangover set in for two main reasons: dehydration and alcohol toxicity. 

CBD and wine alcohol

Paradoxically, by drinking alcohol, the body becomes dehydrated. This is why it is possible to reduce the effects of a hangover by drinking excessive water during the evening and before bed. The body is less strained; it can more easily eliminate all the accumulated toxins. Alcohol is a toxic substance; all vital functions are affected, the liver, the kidneys, by the alcohol being carried by the blood.

Finally, alcohol has an analgesic effect, we no longer feel the pain, or we perceive it differently for a while when we are intoxicated. As soon as the alcohol level in the blood disappears, the body goes back into a state of alert, and the old pains reappear, accompanied by headaches.

Hangover symptoms are manifold: nausea, vomiting, headaches, stomach and liver aches, and extreme fatigue.

CBD for alcohol hangovers

To date, there is no cure for the most severe hangovers. Drinking plenty of water and getting rest are still the best recommendations. Of course, not everyone is equal in the face of a hangover; some people have better resistance, often in the liver. This allows them to recover faster and suffer less from the side effects of alcohol. Others, on the other hand, will spend several nights and entire days to recover. As such, more and more studies and anecdotal returns indicate an interest in CBD to fight against the effects of alcohol and hangover. Can Cannabidiol (CBD) help people recover more quickly and efficiently from a difficult tomorrow?

CBD for hangovers

And yes, cannabidiol, in addition to its known therapeutic properties (everywhere except in France apparently), works directly against some of the effects of hangovers.

CBD and nausea

Nausea and vomiting are among the most common hangover symptoms. In 2011, a scientific study made it possible to link CBD consumption and the fight against nausea and vomiting. CBD, by acting on the endocannabinoid system, activates and regulates the CB1 and CB2 receptors. In the specific case of nausea, focus on the CB1 receptors. These have a direct impact on feelings of nausea and acid reflux. Thus, CBD may decrease these unwanted nausea effects if they are persistent. Indeed, despite everything, if you have nausea due to excessive alcohol consumption, it is sometimes preferable to evacuate the excess alcohol still present in the stomach, as you can.

CBD and headaches, migraines

Second great "classic" of hangovers, headaches, and migraines. When the body is dehydrated, all functions are on high alert because, just like a mechanical vehicle, all fluid levels in the body tend to drop and blink !! As a result, the alert message results in headaches and/or migraines, set in overtime! The CBD has precisely the characteristic of struggle against chronic headaches and some forms of migraine. A 2017 scientific study demonstrated the role of cannabidiol in the management of pain associated with headaches. The results were so convincing that experts have gone so far as to present CBD as a possible headache treatment that is even more effective than many of the generic drugs on the market.

CBD, for a good mood

The head of a bad day also results in a terrible mood. The antioxidant effects of CBD, considered more powerful than vitamins C and E, promote regained energy. By attacking free radicals that affect tissues, cannabidiol allows the body to better filter harmful toxins from alcohol. (See the study). Finally, CBD impacts various hormones, such as cortisol (see the study) or serotonin (see the study). By reducing the cortisol level, the stress hormone, and by stimulating that of happiness, serotonin, CBD helps alleviate the crankiness characteristic of a difficult tomorrow.

CBD, against the long-term harmful effects of alcohol

A preclinical study in mice has shown that CBD can finally prevent long-term and toxic effects of alcohol by working against liver damage associated with excessive consumption. In short, CBD protects the liver from the ravages of chronic alcoholism. Obviously, this is about taking CBD as a long-term treatment to get convincing results. Despite everything, a CBD dose after straining your liver excessively can therefore not hurt in the fight against hangovers.

Final Verdict

CBD is a real tool in the fight against hangover symptoms, even if it can't make it go away with a wave of a magic wand. The symptoms are multiple and unique to each, but CBD can greatly reduce the main ones: headaches, nausea, vomiting, and protect against the harmful effects of alcohol in the long term. To conclude, we would like to remind you that alcohol abuse is dangerous for health and that it should be consumed in moderation, and that CBD, in the form of CBD oil, in particular, is now a valuable asset. To recover more effectively from abuse.