Are Weed Hangovers Real? 5 Signs You've Had One


If you've ever been hungover from drinking, then you already know that the miserable side effects caused by one, fantastic night of boozy indulgence can really mess with your mood, well-being, and productivity the entire next day. (Personally, I can't recall a single occasion in which I got drunk and then didn't wake up at least a little bit off the next day.) But have you ever had a weed hangover? Because, evidently, weed hangovers are a real thing, too.

As you can imagine, the research on marijuana hangovers isn't exactly substantial, but according to a 1985 study performed by the National Institute of Health on 13 male, marijuana smokers, some people really do exhibit symptoms of a weed hangover the morning following a serious smoking session.

I don't know about you, but any symptoms I've ever experienced the morning after over-indulging in marijuana have always been so bearable, and relatively easy to treat, that I didn't even think they were serious enough to be considered the symptoms of a weed hangover. After researching for this article, though, I'm beginning to think that weed hangovers may be real — they're just so easy to handle (especially compared to alcohol-induced hangovers) that most stoners don't usually mind them that much.

So whether you're wondering if you've ever had a weed hangover, you think you have a weed hangover right now, or you're hoping to avoid one in the future, read on. Here are five symptoms of a weed hangover, and what you can do to make yourself feel better if you ever experience one.

1. Headaches

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Why It Happens: Even one bong hit can cause dry mouth, (or, as it's more commonly referred to, "cotton mouth") so if you overdo it on weed, it makes sense that your body's going to be dehydrated the next day — and dehydration causes headaches.

What You Can Do: If you want to spare yourself from a weed-induced headache, there are steps you can take to do so. The next time you spend your Saturday night getting baked with friends, just be sure to avoid any super salty foods, and drink lots of water before, during, and after your marijuana adventures.

2. Brain Fog

Why It Happens: Marijuana can slow down your perception of time — and studies have shown that when used long-term, weed can also mess with your cognitive function and your short time memory. Also, dehydration messes with your memory and brain function, and smoking weed dehydrates you. So if you combine all these side effects together, you end up with what is not-so-affectionately referred to as "brain fog."

This symptom of a weed hangover is worsened by the fact that, if you stayed up late getting high and having fun, you probably had to sacrifice a few hours of sleep to do so. However, even after putting plenty of sleep between you and your high, your brain can still wake up feeling a bit sluggish if you got a little too enthusiastic with your bud the night before.

What You Can Do About It: Other than coffee, good food, and lots of water, the best cure for brain fog is to get out and exercise. So the next time you wake up with brain fog, go for a long walk or run, then cool down with some yoga, and take a hot (or cold) shower afterwards. It may not make your mental fogginess go away completely, but you'll definitely feel sharper and more alert.

3. Dehydration

Why It Happens: The THC in marijuana is a cannabinoid, and when that cannabinoid binds itself to the receptor of our submandibular glands (the glands in the floor of our mouths which are responsible for producing around 70 percent of our saliva) our mouths temporarily stop producing saliva. This leads to "cotton mouth," and it's also why waking up really, really dehydrated the morning after you get super high is a totally normal and unfortunate aspect of being "stoned-over."

What You Can Do About It: Luckily, dehydration is actually a pretty easy symptom to deal with. To rehydrate and recover, drink lots of water, (I really can't stress this enough) and chow down on water-rich fruits and veggies throughout your day.

4. Dry Eyes

Why It Happens: Again, too much weed will dry you out, (especially if you don't hydrate properly during your festivities) and it will keep you dried out long after your high has worn off. Weed-induced dehydration affects nearly every part of you, and that includes your peepers.

What You Can Do: Hydrate, stay away from fast food, and buy yourself some soothing, rewetting drops to combat any eye discomfort you feel the morning after a weed-binge.

5. Fatigue

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Why It Happens: Although weed may help you fall asleep way faster than you normally would, and lots of stoners actually use cannabis to ease their insomnia, some studies have shown that smoking marijuana can lead to poor, restless, sleep. So, if you smoke before bed, it's possible that your high could be messing with the quality of your sleep — and ultimately making you feel fatigued the day after you smoke.

What You Can Do About It: Naturally, the best way to remedy this hangover symptom is by getting lots of sleep — but if that's not an option for you due to work or social obligations, then all you can really do is try to treat your body well throughout the day. Drink coffee and water, eat healthy meals, go for a long walk, and consider taking the day off from weed — or just smoke with caution, and try to refrain from over-indulging too often in the future.

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