Can CBD really cure a hangover?
Like many, you've likely tried dozens of different remedies after drinking too much the night before, all with varying success. Coffee, hair of the dog, a greasy breakfast...
The question is, can CBD really work to cure a hangover? This wonder compound is promoted as a natural remedy for almost everything else these days, from healing body aches to relaxing your mind and easing anxiety.
Let’s Start With What Causes a Hangover.
When you drink alcohol, the liver can break down approximately 90-98% of it at the rate of ten grams (one standard drink) per hour. This process transforms the alcohol into a harmless blend of carbon dioxide and water that your system expels naturally.
Hangovers occur when you drink faster than your system can process it, so toxins like acetaldehyde start to build up in your system. You’ll begin to feel the effects of the hangover several hours after drinking as your blood alcohol level starts to go back down.
Everyone’s hangover symptoms differ, though common ones include fatigue, nausea and stomach pain, muscle aches, sensitivity to light and sound, sweating, painful thirst, and a pounding headache.
It’s hard to predict where your limit is for ending an evening unscathed. Some people develop hangovers after one drink, while others can take shots all night without any ill effects. Your genetics play a role in how sensitive you are to alcohol, as does whether you drink on an empty stomach, pair alcohol with other drugs, or whether you get enough sleep afterward to give your body time to process out the toxins.
Compounding things, alcohol is a diuretic. If you aren’t sipping water throughout the night, you’ll end up dealing with dehydration symptoms that can make even mild hangovers more punishing.
HOW CAN CBD HELP HANGOVERS?
he endocannabinoid system is responsible for keeping you in a general state of equilibrium. It regulates body processes ranging from sleep to appetite and even your pain response, and drinking too much alcohol can throw it off.
CBD is the second-most common cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. This chemical compound interacts with the CB2 receptors within your endocannabinoid system. Unlike THC (the most common cannabinoid), CBD won’t get you high. Rather, it is used as a natural remedy for health problems like anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, and more.
Most forms of CBD can be taken sublingually.
Sublingual absorption occurs when something absorbs directly in the bloodstream through the blood vessels in your mouth. To take CBD sublingually you just need to hold the material, whether it is an oil, tincture, or powder, under your tongue.
Sublingual absorption has a higher rate of bioavailability than oral dosing. It also affects the body faster. Sublingual absorption is preferred by many because you get more value for your purchase.
As sublingual absorption is much more potent than oral CBD, you may not need it very much. It’s worth starting with a dose as low as a few milligrams and working your way up.