Can Full Spectrum CBD Oil be used to cure hangovers?

You trusted your body to handle this. You might’ve even force-fed yourself an hour or two ago in a desperate attempt to salvage the Sunday to come. But when you do wake up, Saturday night is a complete blur. Your head hurts, your mouth is dry and you can’t stop feeling nauseated, thanks to the drinks you’ve thoroughly enjoyed throughout the night.

Hangovers can be difficult to deal with, not to mention your compromised state of mind. But there are cures targeted towards its individual symptoms. Full spectrum oil that contains all natural compounds found in the Cannabis Sativa plant including CBD and THC can greatly reduce some of these symptoms by binding with our cannabinoid receptors and consequently alleviating nausea, anxiety and headaches.

But first, let’s understand what happens to our body during a hangover.


How Your Body Reacts To Alcohol

When you consume alcohol, it travels down the Gastrointestinal tract and reaches the liver where the liver’s enzymes break it down. However, when you have one drink too many, the liver fails to keep up and the alcohol starts to overflow in your bloodstream. Eventually, the alcohol migrates to different organs like the brain, which in this case suppress the vasopressin hormone.

Vasopressin is responsible for reducing your urine flow. Without it, you’re forced to go to the loo again and again causing you to lose 3-4 times the fluid you’re gaining by consuming alcohol. This leads to dehydration, the party pooper responsible for those hammering headaches.

Simultaneously, our body releases a byproduct of alcohol called Acetaldehyde which induces vomiting and nausea.


How can CBD oil help?

CBD and THC are two of the most well-known therapeutic compounds found in the cannabis plant. They are also the most extensively researched of them all and have together shown great potential in terms of treating the individual effects of a hangover.

Both these healing agents are known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiolytic and antioxidant properties which work faster than the other, more common home remedies that may or may not help you with the hangover. Let’s go by each of the effects to see how they can help:


How to cure hangover headache, anxiety and nausea

Hangover Headaches

Studies have shown that CBD can regulate the production of cortisol and serotonin in the brain by working with the Endocannabinoid System in our body. A reduction in the stress hormone ‘cortisol’ can then help alleviate a headache, leaving you calmer and more relaxed than before. The combination of CBD and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) have also been shown to lower migraine attacks in a study conducted in 2017.

Nausea and Vomiting

Considerable evidence demonstrates that THC effects the endocannabinoid system regulates nausea and vomiting in humans as well as other animals. By activating the CB1 receptors found in the medulla oblongata (the area known as the vomiting centre of our brain), THC can effectively stop us from feeling nauseated. If you’re still not convinced, here’s another nugget on CBD use and nausea: Studies show that CBD can reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea in cancer patients.

 Anxiety and Depression

We all dread the day after drinking not only for its physical effects on our body but also because of the toll it takes on our emotions. It’s not uncommon to feel anxious or depressed during your hangover. CBD gives your serotonin receptors that extra boost and lowers cortisol levels to help you easily deal with stress and reduce the hues of those dreadful #MondayBlues.

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