The term “weed hangover” refers to the feeling you get after the Marijuana high has worn down. This can include a headache or a feeling of brain fog. However, this has led many users to ask if Delta 8 can cause a weed hangover since it’s not weed. Here is what you need to know about weed hangovers and how Delta 8 plays into it.
If you’ve ever smoked Marijuana you have probably experienced what is known as a weed hangover. The symptoms can include dry eyes, headaches, fatigue, and even nausea. Also, users can experience other symptoms as everyone reacts to Marijuana differently.
A weed hangover is different from a traditional hangover experienced from alcohol. However, a common misconception is that cottonmouth is a symptom of a weed hangover; along with other naturally occurring feelings that come with the consumption of THC.
Different From Alcohol Hangovers
The biggest difference between a hangover caused by alcohol vs. Marijuana is dehydration. According to Everyday Health, alcohol is a diuretic which means that it helps the body get rid of fluids. Therefore, a hangover caused by alcohol causes dehydration resulting in the body unable to remove all the alcohol byproducts.
This is what ultimately causes you to vomit, have dry mouth, and feel tired. On the contrary, there are no credible sources that link the effects of THC to dehydration. Just like alcohol, if you consume too much THC there is a good chance that you will feel “hungover” after the high has worn down.
These types of feelings usually happen when you consume an edible or an extract that is highly concentrated. When you take an edible your body takes longer to properly break down the THC when compared to smoking or vaping. So, instead of feeling the effects in 10 – 15 minutes, the edible won’t kick in until about an hour later. This can make your high last for up to 5 hours depending on how much you took.
Taking Too Much THC
If you take too much THC you can experience some unwanted side effects that can linger for a while even after the high has worn down. The old saying is true, too much of anything is bad for – which can also apply to THC. Also, you may try to sleep it off but end up still feeling high or with brain fog when you wake up.
This is a common occurrence with edibles because it tends to stay stored in fat cells. The more fat cells you have the longer the effects can linger as your body slowly breaks it down. Some other common occurrences that you may experience when you’re high are cottonmouth, red eyes, and having the munchies.
However, this should not be confused with experiencing a “hangover” since this can happen regardless of how much THC you take. The difference is if your eyes remain dry after your high has worn down, or you feel nauseous, that’s a sign that you took too much THC. In the event that you are feeling nauseous be sure to stay hydrated or try eating something light, and tea might help.
How To Avoid A Weed Hangover
The best way to avoid a weed hangover is by limiting how much THC you intake. It might not be easy to do with products that are edible, but using small amounts of THC at a time is a good strategy. Alternatively, Delta 8 THC tends to be less potent than Marijuana which can be beneficial.
Let’s say you did end up taking way too much THC, now you’re feeling the effects of it. Naturally, you will be inclined to search the internet and look for the best home remedies on how to bring down your high. From our own personal experience and what customers have told us is that there are some natural ways to help boost your recovery time.
However, due to limited research available on this subject, we only have recommendations and not any studies to refer to. Prevention is the key here, so avoid taking high amounts of THC, but if you’re way past that you want to make sure that you’re well hydrated. Although no studies have concluded that THC dehydrates you, you might have had the munchies and ate a lot of food that might not have been healthy. As a result, that unhealthy food is causing you headaches, nausea, or an upset stomach.
Whatever the case is, try adding some lemon to water to make sure that you’re hydrated, it could be possible that your symptoms are due to non-THC-related issues. Also, you can take a cold shower to wake up your senses, take a walk to help you snap out of it, or just try and take it easy and let it go away on its own.
Delta 8 THC
One of the biggest differences between Delta 8 THC and Marijuana is that Delta 8 comes from Hemp, while Marijuana produces a different type of THC called Delta 9. The experience between Delta 8 and Delta 9 are very similar, but Delta 9 is by far more stronger. So, a good alternative to Marijuana is Delta 8 THC, because you’re more than likely not to overdue it using Delta 8.
For a person who has experience using Delta 9 THC, Delta 8 won’t be as potent; however, for a person with no experience using any type of THC – Delta 8 will be strong. Keep in mind if you are new to THC or have limited exposure to it, less is more. This means in order to avoid any negative side effects try taking small amounts of Delta 8 first until you build a tolerance.
With any type of THC, your body will eventually get used to it and require more to achieve a desired experience. Therefore, try taking either the recommended dosage first or even half of that amount just to be safe. If you do have experience with THC then you might need more than the recommended dosage. This of course depends on how often you take it, if you took a break then your tolerance might have dropped and won’t need as much as before.
There is still more to learn about what produces weed hangovers, but what we do know is that it’s not caused by dehydration. In fact, a weed hangover is caused when you take too much THC. In order to avoid a hangover try taking less THC, or use Hemp-derived products like Delta 8 in order to prevent taking way too much THC. Just like Marijuana – Delta 8 THC can cause you a weed hangover if you tale too much of it, so use it in moderation according to how much you can tolerate.