The new hangover remedy
Have you ever had a hangover so bad and not known what to do about it?
We all have our “go to” hangover cures, whether it’s coconut water, coffee, Advil, or a trip to a favorite greasy spoon. The reality, however, is that few hangover treatments have gone through any scientific review, so basic steps like sleep, hydration, and consuming complex carbohydrates to increase blood sugar levels are likely a good course of action.
However, given what we know about hangovers and the associated symptoms, more and more people are turning to CBD products for corrective relief.
It makes sense too. CBD is known to help attenuate pain, ease inflammation, relieve nausea, and manage anxiety, all of which sound like the worst hangover imaginable.
What Is A Hangover, Exactly?
Despite their prevalence, scientists aren’t entirely sure what causes hangovers, physiologically speaking at least.
A hangover is your body’s response to complex chemical imbalances such as dehydration, enzyme conversion, excess cytokine production (which can cause inflammatory responses such as headaches or nausea), and elevated acetaldehyde levels (a toxic byproduct that’s produced as our body metabolizes alcohol).
Put more simply, you likely know a hangover when you see it (or, more accurately, feel it). Classic hangover symptoms include:
CBD Helps with a Hangover
Since CBD is a known neuroprotectant and antioxidant, consuming cannabidiol in the morning might add some much-needed vitamins back into your body and help flush out those hangover-inducing toxins like acetaldehyde.
Another potential bright spot? Headache relief. CBD is known to exhibit anti-inflammatory properties and researchers are optimistic in its ability to help treat conditions like joint inflammation and arthritis pain. Scientists have so far focused more intently on the role of cannabis in treating headaches, finding “sufficient anecdotal and preliminary results,” but similar pain relief effects might be possible from other cannabinoids such as CBD.
Finally, there just might be hope for that dreaded, never-ending wave of nausea. Cannabinoids are known to have anti-emetic effects, meaning there’s potential to help ease that upset stomach and other undesirable symptoms. For example, a 2011 review of pre-clinical and clinical trials found that CBD effectively treated nausea and vomiting, particularly in patients undergoing chemotherapy.
If you do decide to treat your hangover with CBD, give our Inflammation Tincture a try! The shining light in this tincture blend is Spirulina - a nutrient-dense microalgae that has a detoxifying, energising and alkalising effect on the body. It also works to fight the free radicals left over from alcohol metabolism and replace vitamins and minerals that have been depleted by a night of drinking.