Can CBD help hangovers?

Author: Joy Hughes

Most adults who consume or have consumed alcohol, have experienced one or several hangovers in their lifetime. And by most accounts, a hangover is the last thing anyone wants to experience. The symptoms alone can be debilitating, causing a mountain of pain and an oath to never touch an alcoholic beverage again, until of course you do, with the shaky promise of not going overboard. However, depending on the person, as little as one drink can cause an unforgettable hangover.

Searching around online may promise odd and creative hangover remedies, but it seems more people are turning to CBD to relieve the uninviting symptoms of a dreaded hangover. After all, CBD is known for its many therapeutic benefits and even backed by scientific studies showcasing these benefits. Still the question remains, is CBD a good remedy for hangovers? And what is it about alcohol that turns an exciting Friday or Saturday night into a horrible, sometimes unmanageable morning, or next couple of mornings?

Young man is hungover and touching his forehead like he has a headache and holding a glass of water

What is a hangover?

The over-consumption of alcohol is usually followed by a class of debilitating symptoms:

  • Dehydration
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache/Migraines
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Gastrointestinal pain
  • Sleep problems
  • Sensitivity to sounds and light
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Sweating
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Tremors

Although hangovers are not well known scientifically, researchers have found that alcohol directly affects the body's overall function: urination, digestion, sleep, etc. Drinking alcohol causes a few things to happen in the body, the first being dehydration.

Consuming alcohol first causes the pituitary gland to stop producing vasopressin — an antidiuretic hormone that allows the body to reabsorb water. When this hormone is stopped, the liquid is sent straight from the kidneys to the bladder, thus leading to dehydration. Sodium, potassium, and magnesium (electrolytes and minerals) are often lost with excessive urination, which help in the proper function of our cells.

Drinking alcohol causes the body to lose one to four times more liquid than it gains.

As we continue to drink, our organs begin to steal water from the brain, which then shrinks the brain by pulling from the membrane inside your skull, causing massive headaches that often turn into migraines.

The second course of action is how we digest and metabolize alcohol. The liver metabolizes alcohol by first breaking it down into ethanol, which actually creates a toxin known as acetaldehyde — a molecule broken down from liver enzymes that cause a number of hangover symptoms.

The enzymes in the liver, along with glutathione (a natural antioxidant) then break down the acetaldehyde even more, rendering the liver unable to keep up with the filtration process. The liver is then left with harmful toxic leftovers, which cause an imbalance in the body and damage to brain cells. In other words, when we drink alcohol,  we’re essentially slowly poisoning our body.1

How CBD can help relieve symptoms of a hangover?

How does CBD help with pain and sleep?

CBD’s ability to prevent anandamide from metabolizing too quickly could help in reducing the perception of pain associated with migraines and headaches. Perhaps what’s most alluring is CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties. Studies involving animal models suggest that CBD helps reduce inflammation and the pain that follows.2

In a 2008 review, involving studies between the 1980s and 2007, researchers noted that CBD effectively managed pain without any harmful side effects. Sleep is often lost in the days after a night of partying. It was also concluded that CBD helped with insomnia associated with chronic pain.3

How does CBD help hangover-induced anxiety?

Studies have suggested that CBD’s anxiolytic effects help relax and calm the receptors in the brain that cause fear and anxiety. Additionally, CBD is a neuroprotectant. It reduces brain damage and promotes new neuron growth. As alcohol enters the body, it damages the brain cells, which often leaves one in an anxious, forgetful state.4

How does CBD help with nausea and vomiting?

Nausea and vomiting are among the most common symptoms for hangover sufferers.  Preclinical research suggests that CBD could effectively treat nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy and “other therapeutic treatments." 5 This shows promise to those who suffer from nausea and vomiting after a long night of drinking.

Mixing CBD with alcohol - CBD and alcoholism

To suggest that CBD is a cure for hangovers may be a bit presumptuous. Although there's little scientific evidence to support this theory, many people have reported they feel better after taking CBD while experiencing a hangover. Reddit users have developed a message thread of their personal experiences with hangovers and one user stated, “I can attest, CBD is super effective for hangovers." 6

To date, CBD has been dubbed a healing elixir by its users. However, the debate on whether or not mixing CBD and alcohol together is safe or wise is still to be determined. In one study, the combination of CBD and alcohol produced “significant impairments” in healthy volunteers.7 Yet, in other studies researchers see how CBD may potentially help in addictive behaviors, which could be a positive remedy for those who suffer from alcoholism.8
For now, it’s safe to say that consuming CBD away from alcohol may effectively help reduce or halt the dreaded symptoms of a hangover.

Looking for CBD that actually works?

Find out what we thought about CBDfx and get access to an exclusive coupon.

Benefits of Extra Strength CBD Oil

July 30, 2020

Author: Amber Gibson You’re a construction worker who injured your back on the job. The surgery went well and your physical therapist says you should be able to resume work soon, although you are still having a lot of pain. Your doctor has offered to prescribe a painkiller for you, but you’re worried about getting…

Why Do I Need to Put CBD Under My Tongue

January 18, 2022

Author: Jason Beverly These studies have brought us more insight into the ways that CBD can be medicinally beneficial and increased our understanding of each administration method. Millions utilize the marijuana plant’s non-psychoactive component every day for countless reasons, so there is luckily no shortness of information out there to get you started on your…

5 Benefits of CBD for Cats & Dogs

August 13, 2019

Author: Jason Beverly After years of struggle to step out of the drug image, cannabis is finally receiving all the praises it deserves. The medical community is widely supporting the launch of medical cannabis, and cannabis-infused products that promise to heal and lead away to a healthy lifestyle. Across the world, scientists are researching more…

CBD Hemp Flower Effects

May 8, 2020

There’s no denying the fact that the whole craze about cannabis and hemp extracts has been on the rise over the past couple of years, and what started as a fad has certainly become mainstream. It is estimated that by 2022, the cannabidiol (CBD) market will contribute close to $2 billion to the U.S. economy.…

Martha Stewart CBD Review

September 11, 2020

Martha Stewart teamed up with Canopy Growth, a Canadian cannabis company, to launch a new line of CBD products. Martha joins a long list of celebrities who’ve jumped on the CBD bandwagon. Martha’s initial CBD offering consists of CBD oil drops, gummies and softgels. After testing and analyzing Martha Stewart’s CBD product line, we believe…

Is CBG The New CBD?

February 13, 2020

If you follow the wellness trends, you’ve probably heard about cannabinoids and their potential health benefits. The most well-known one is called CBD or cannabidiol. However, there are more cannabinoids behind this guy that may have equally beneficial properties. Let’s consider the latest trend in the cannabinoid scene ㅡ CBG. Meet CBG! To understand CBG…

Why Has the CBD Trend Become Popular Over the Years?

November 22, 2019

Author: Jason Beverly Cannabidiol (CBD) is everywhere and it’s been hailed as the new “avocado toast,” which all millennials had gotten crazy over just a few years back. The market is hungry for CBD and not because CBD has addictive properties. On the contrary, CBD simply makes your health better and makes you feel better…

Delta-8 THC – Everything you need to know

January 16, 2021

Author: Joy Hughes What if we told you there’s a form of THC that doesn’t give any of the “paranoid” feelings that come with regular weed? And what if we told you it’s actually legal to buy right now, over the internet, in most US states? Sound too good to be true? We thought so…

Best Ways to Consume CBD

June 25, 2020

Cannabidiol (CBD) is gaining more and more popularity due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-spasmodic effects, along with many other health-promoting properties. There are many ways to consume CBD, which can be overwhelming and sometimes confusing. Here we’ll discuss the pros and cons of the most popular ways to consume CBD. Jump to:Ways to Consume CBD…

15 Best High CBD Flower Strains

January 7, 2021

Author: Jason Beverly High CBD hemp flower has been gaining a lot of popularity lately. People are learning that there are many different ways to consume CBD. If you’ve never smoked CBD flower or bud, you’ll come to learn that it’s very similar to smoking marijuana, but without the high. High CBD flower strains are…

0 0 votes
Article Rating

About Joy Hughes

Joy Hughes writes about health, nutrition, and all things cannabis. Having experienced the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids first hand, she's been spreading the word ever since. She currently travels the country in an RV with her husband and beloved beagle.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments