Among the many claims that surround CBD, its ability to treat hangovers is one of the most inviting. Here’s what experts say.
Hangovers are awful and really hard to treat. While there are all sorts of pills and drinks that claim to fix your body, not to mention an endless stream of home remedies, most of the time, what works best is sleep, water and time.
One of the many, many claims that surround CBD is the compound’s ability to treat hangovers. While there’s no way to know definitively, since the research isn’t there yet, some experts have provided reasons why CBD could provide relief from some of the worst symptoms of hangovers.
Some of the main benefits that CBD provides coincide with many of the symptoms produced by hangovers. Unpleasant side effects like trouble sleeping, nausea, heightened anxiety, headaches and sore muscles are common for hangovers, and are known ailments that CBD can help relieve.
Jennifer Landa, MD, spoke with PopSugar and explained that CBD interacts with neuron pathways in the brain that affect nausea, pain and appetite. “Phytocannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid (EC) system,” Landa said. “In the body, there are compounds that bind to the EC receptors. The main two are called 2-AG and anandamide.” CBD increases the presence of these transmitters in your brain, which is why the compound has been so positively received for people who suffer from these conditions on a regular basis.
While all of this information paints CBD as a very competent hangover cure, there’s still much work and research to be done before a conclusion can be drawn. Hangovers, despite the fact that they affect a large percentage of drinkers, remain mysterious and misunderstood. It’s known that dehydration plays a big role since ethanol, the alcohol in your drinks, depletes your body of fluids. But a large part of your hangover symptoms are also influenced by your genes and the way in which your body processes toxins.
While some experts believe that there’s some validity to CBD as a treatment for hangovers, others are more negative. “There is absolutely no evidence, nor any rationale, why CBD should be effective to cure a hangover,” says Dr. Jordan Tishler, head of the medical advisory board at CannabisMD and frequent Fresh Toast contributor.
If you’re a person who suffers from severe headaches and anxiety when they get a hangover, some CBD oil might provide relief. Don’t expect CBD to work miracles, though. The best way to treat a hangover is to prevent it. The night of, watch your alcohol intake and drink consistent water as you drink your alcohol.