CBD for Hangovers

CBD For Hangovers

It was my sister’s bachelorette party last night. Usually, I don’t drink much but last night for the fun of it, I thought I would let my hair down and get a bit wild. Let’s just say, what happens at bachelorette parties, should stay at bachelorette parties.

From dancing wildly on the table, to downing shots of tequila and playing an absurd game of truth or dare, I ended up being totally wasted. Getting a taxi home, I somehow managed to crawl up the stairs and climb into bed, in my sexy little sparkly black clubbing dress. 

That night, or should we rather say early morning, I struggled to fall asleep. Dehydration had taken over my body as if I were stranded in the desert.

My brain felt foggy and as if someone had stuffed my head full of cotton balls. Waves of nausea hit me like I was out on a ship at sea. And this horrible feeling is why I usually don’t drink. Eventually, I drifted off to sleep, smelling like liquor and cigarette smoke. 

The next morning all I could remember was thinking could someone please switch off the sun. Sunlight streamed in through my curtains like a solar flare. My head was pounding and it felt as if I were by train. 

Great, a hangover of note. 

As I ran to the bathroom to expel my insides, I remembered reading an article saying that CBD can help for hangovers. I had a bottle of CBD in my bathroom cabinet, mainly for anxiety, but I thought let me give the trusted oil a try. This is what I found.

Does CBD actually help a hangover?

I took a drop of CBD after my wonderful rush to the bathroom (note the sarcasm). After an hour or so, surprisingly my migraine felt a bit better. CBD, helps with headaches interestingly enough, because it reduces inflammation. It’s interesting to note that symptoms of a hangover include:

  • Nausea

  • Migraines

  • Muscle pain

  • Anxiety

  • Dehydration

No wonder CBD works for hangovers because it is used to treat most of these ailments. 

Cannabidiol has been clinically proven to reduce inflammation and its the inflammation that causes migraines. A study in 2011 showed how CBD oil reduced the effects of inflammation in rats.


According to the American Migraine Foundation taking CBD oil, can help with joint and muscle pain associated with a migraine. It’s interesting to note that CBD oil helps with individual symptoms of a hangover. 

When it comes to having a migraine after a hangover, CBD oil will help mask the pain of your migraine, but it would be a good idea to get an oral rehydration solution as well because hangovers also occur because of dehydration. 

If you use CBD oil along with an oral rehydration solution, you will probably feel your migraine dissipate in no time. CBD also has antioxidant properties and therefore could help get rid of toxins from a night of drinking.

Having a hangover can also make you feel depressed, a study in depressed rats, CBD oil increased the levels of serotonin as well as glutamate.


This shows how CBD can help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, a common symptom of a hangover. 

Take CBD and help cure nausea!

After taking my second drop of CBD for the day, I felt a remarkable difference in the amount of nausea that I was feeling. 

Cannabis has been used through the centuries to help cure nausea and vomiting. 

Cannabinoids work directly with the body’s endocannabinoid system. You can see how cannabis interacts with the endocannabinoid system in your body by watching this YouTube video.

Many cancer patients actually use CBD oil to help treat symptoms of nausea during chemotherapy. A study published in 2011 by the British Journal of Pharmacology showed how cancer patients benefited from CBD oil and how it helped to alleviate nausea. Some cancer patients even mentioned that CBD helped more than other medications prescribed to them by their doctors. 

I found this to be true, as my nausea symptoms disappeared and I started to feel better after taking my CBD oil. 

You don’t have to worry about getting high off CBD

One of the best parts about using CBD is that you can’t get high off it. It is not psychoactive.

You can have all the benefits of this amazing natural product without having to worry about it affecting your mental state.

The reason for this is that CBD contains a tiny amount of THC (the stuff that gets you high) most pure CBD products contain less than 0.3% of THC. Whereas in comparison, the Cannabis plant contains between 5 to 20% of THC. CBD is derived from Hemp plants. So even though Hemp and Marijuana look and even smell the same, Hemp contains 0.3% of THC, whereas Marijuana contains up to 20% of THC. Some CBD oils don’t even contain any THC. 

CBD will make you feel relaxed, but not high. 

You might also feel:

  • Calm

  • A reduction in pain that you feel

  • Relieved

  • Your self

Very rarely a person might experience some negative effects of CBD, these include:

  • Dry mouth

  • Initial dizziness

  • Diarrhea

  • Drowsiness

These symptoms are rare though.

A homeopath once mentioned to me that you can even give one drop of CBD oil to babies with colic. This proved to me that CBD is really safe as well as effective. Some professionals even use CBD to help them focus at work, especially if they have ADHD.

CBD won’t even test positive during a drug test because it contains so little THC (if any).

Therefore you don’t have to worry about getting high from CBD. It is important to use pure CBD products. The better the product, the better the results.

How does CBD affect your brain?

CBD attaches to certain receptors in the body and this is how it produces its effects on the body. It’s interesting to note the human body produces some cannabinoids on its own. The body has two receptors for cannabinoids called CB1 and CB2 receptors. 

There are CB1 receptors in your entire body, but they are mainly in your brain. These CB1 receptors are responsible for many functions in your body, including mood, coordination, and pain. THC attaches to these receptors.

CB2 receptors are present within the immune system and affects pain as well as inflammation.

Studies have now shown that CBD doesn’t attach to these specific receptors but helps the body to use more of its own receptors. 

Feeling Dehydrated? Could it be the CBD?

If you feel dehydrated after a hangover, it’s definitely the effects of alcohol, but many people do complain about feeling dehydrated from taking CBD. After a bit of research, I found some interesting information with regards to CBD and dehydration.

 Did you know that a lot of people are actually dehydrated but don’t even know that they are? According to studies, some 75% of Americans suffer from dehydration, without even knowing it. So if you feel dehydrated, it could actually just be that you need more fluids and that the feeling of dehydration is not from the CBD oil.

One side effect of CBD is the feeling of having a dry mouth. This is common with most cannabinoids because it inhibits the production of saliva. The Salivary glands produce 70% of our saliva. Just like in the rest of our body, the salivary glands also contain cannabinoid receptors. These receptors interact and reduce the amount of saliva that is produced, causing cottonmouth. So you might not be dehydrated, but drinking water will help with this particular side effect. So make sure to drink a lot of fluids whilst taking CBD, and increase your fluid take especially after a night on the town. 

Do you get the munchies from CBD?

CBD does not make you hungry.  THC is the culprit for the munchies. THC increases your appetite and makes you crave sweet and fatty foods. It also affects dopamine, which is responsible for feelings of pleasure, so if you had to smoke marijuana, and get the munchies, you will experience a feeling of pleasure while eating. 

So CBD does not make you hungry, but rather THC. CBD might make you want to eat though if you were feeling nauseous, because, remember CBD helps nausea go away; and once those feelings of nausea are gone, you might actually want to eat.

Can you take CBD capsules instead of CBD oil for Hangovers?

I must admit that I hate the taste of CBD oil. So if you prefer, rather take CBD capsules. They are tasteless and you can take the bottle with you anywhere. It depends on which capsule you use, but Faithful to Nature sells CBD soft gel capsules that contain 6,4 mg of CBD. This might be a better option if you hate the taste of CBD oil. 

So whether you’re out partying, or enjoying a few drinks with friends, remember to keep some CBD nearby. It was a complete lifesaver after my sister’s bachelorette party! My throbbing migraine subsided and it calmed my queasy stomach down, not to mention, it helped me feel less anxious. 

CBD is really all the rage at the moment and for good reason! It helps with an array of medical conditions without making you feel high. 

So if you want a cure for a hangover, try CBD. It just might work for you, as it did for me.

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