Jan 012012
 January 1, 2012

weed hangoverCan You Get A Hangover From Consuming Too Much Marijuana?

I recently wrote an article about using marijuana to help cure an alcohol hangover. While I was looking at stuff online about that topic, I constantly ran into articles dealing with a hangover from marijuana. I personally don’t think I’ve ever had a marijuana hangover, but I have consumed so much marijuana in a night that I was still very high when I woke up the next morning.

I’m wondering if maybe that’s what people are experiencing and calling it a hangover. When I wake up clear headed, and then consume marijuana throughout the day, I can ease into my high and adjust my mood accordingly. However, when I wake up high from the previous night’s marijuana session, I don’t have that adjustment time, which I’d imagine can be quite much for the ‘once in a while’ marijuana consumer.

I found a government study that deals with the topic of marijuana hangovers. Since the government has long been in the business of spreading anti-marijuana propaganda, take it for what you will:

“Thirteen male marijuana smokers participated in a study to determine whether marijuana smoked in the evening would result in measurable subjective or other behavioral effects the following morning. Subjects smoked either active (2.9% delta 9THC) or placebo (0.0% delta 9THC) marijuana cigarettes according to a standardized smoking regimen. Smoke inhalation was monitored by measuring expired air carbon monoxide (CO) levels before and after smoking. Acutely, active marijuana produced significant changes in heart rate, CO level, various measures of subjective effects, and behavioral tasks of card sorting, free recall and time production. When the test battery was repeated the following morning (approx. 9 h after smoking), significant changes were observed on two subjective effects scales and on the time production task after active, but not placebo, marijuana. These apparent ‘hangover’ effects were different from the acute effects of marijuana. The findings suggest that marijuana smoking can produce residual (hangover) effects the day after smoking. The precise nature and extent of these effects, as well as their practical implications, remain to be determined.”

If the marijuana hangover is real, and you feel that you are experiencing it, here are some recommendations that I’ve found on marijuana forums:

“If you don’t have a vaporizer then turn on the shower for a bit…only hot or you can put yourself into a regular shower and steam your throat and lungs that way w/an added bonus: the sound and feel of the water can be very “trippy”. I like drawing on the mirror in the steam afterwards…quite cool FX as your face appears beyond the condensed steam (with a BIG smile!). You can also try following the pot smoking with tea drinking. Then keep taking “hits” off a regular water bottle as your mouth and throat dry up again till you drift off into a colourful sleep. I hope that helps. Pleasant dreams my friend.” – MyInner Child

“more sleep= less hangover. trust me on this, i was a capt fucking pothead a few years back. I smoked about 5 grams a day for a year. in the end, I burnt out, and i only smoke chron on the weekends now. but yeah, more sleep. oh, I also found eating 1.4 of a grapefuit in the morning helped me out.” – ThePyschonaut52

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Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.
  • jrmegada

    I use to get weed hangovers…..it was when I got super high and smoked from bongs or blunts or steam rollers and gravitiy bongs and was mostly from reggie but some good can do it also….but it was just a groggy feeling and it was when I had to get up early for work the next day and it did slow me down a bit. Oh well experienced smokers and real men can deal with any situation when it occurs….get over it and enjoy…it didn’t always happen and all I had to do was get high again for it to go away or just get to workin and wake up…all good in lovin ur weed….

  • Duncan20903

    I wasted a year and a half of my life drinking to excess. In order to call what occurs the next morning after enjoying cannabis a “hangover” requires nothing short of a complete redefinition of the word. Of course the prohibitionists have no problem with doing that. They’ve also redefined the words “addiction” and “withdrawal symptom” by broadening those words’ definitions enough to include cannabis. It’s nothing other than the Humpty Dumpty school of sophistry.
    ———-

    ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone,’ it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.’

    ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

    ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.’
    ~~ Lewis Carroll “Through the Looking-Glass” — Chapter Six (1872)

  • collegestoner

    I occasionally feel groggy/shitty the morning after smoking a shit-ton of weed but usually I feel normal – this may be because I’ve smoked every day for almost a year. But marijuana absolutely cures alcohol hangovers. Hell marijuana cures a lot.

  • Bryce

    I am so fucked, I would love to be in the shower right now and then straight back to bed but I have the morning shift at work today, being 16 and having to move carts around that weigh like 100 pounds each in the morning with this killer hangover is seriously going to fucking suck.

  • Nanapopo

    Weed gives me hangovers and massive headaches if I smoke a lot, allll day/night. I feel groggy, gross, tired, have a mild headache, and am completely unmotivated after a night of smoking. But i don’t smoke very often.

    HOWEVER, when I get an alcohol/molly hangover, two hits is the BEST cure.

  • Zoidberg..

    I think it is not the same if you smoke or if you vaporize (or eat). There are many combustion by-products, from the plant material it self, like from

    Chlorophyll.

  • Yaspar

    I never had a hangover from weed, until about a year ago, when indica strains became the only strains my sources would get. Since then I have been unable to find any weed that does NOT give me a hangover, and an awful, groggy, drowsy, stuporous high. The indica-weed hangover is the worst hangover of all, impossible to dispel with coffee or physical activity, and lasting up to 48 hours. I think the so-called “medical” marijuana fad has driven growers and dealers to sell indica-dominant strains, with high CBD and CBN levels. I hate indica! Keep your head clear, smoke sativa!!

  • Cali Girl

    I’m here to tell you, it is possible to get full blown hangovers from weed, because it happens to me. 2 years ago I got a card so I could smoke it legally, for some nerve pain issues I was having at the time. I’m in my early 50′s, and had rarely used pot prior to that, other than the occasional 1 – 2 hits if offered by a friend. Never had a hangover from it, either.

    When I got my card, I got a great supply, gratis!, of butter and herb, from a friend who was growing for the dispensaries. I didn’t want to smoke it, so started off making brownies. The first time or two, all was well, but after that, I would get a full on hangover the next morning with terrible headache and vomiting, until about mid day. It doesn’t seem to matter if I smoke or ingest it, the results are the same. Thankfully, the nerve pain resolved itself. Now, I occasionally, and very cautiously, use pot recreationally. Some times, I’m OK, but I just never know if the next hit is the one that will make me sick.

    It is possible that the particular strain I have (I believe it’s Indica) could be the issue, I haven’t tried others, since it started making me sick.

  • FirstTimer

    okay, so here’s my situation. it’s my first time to consume weeds last night and i ate 2 and a half brownies plus a few shots of gin… I woke up early this morning cuz I have school and after waking up i thought i was okay but i started to feel like vomiting. I felt like shit the whole day. UNTIL NNOOWW. 24hrs has passed and i can still feel it. i feel like im not in reality but im fully aware of what is happening is real… i don’t know.. i can’t explain this feeling. I’m really scared right now cuz im not sure if this feeling is ever gonna go away. I will never ever do pot ever again!!! i getting reaaaally really paranoid right now.

    • jusjus

      you mixed weed with alcohol and you shouldn’t do that unless your experienced with it. just smoking weed won’t do that to you. plus you ate weed brownies which is stronger than other ways of consuming weed. for that being your first time you over did it for sure. just hit a blunt or bowl and you won’t feel bad in the morning at all, just hungry.

    • jusjus

      you mixed weed with alcohol and you shouldn’t do that unless your experienced with it. just smoking weed won’t do that to you. plus you ate weed brownies which is stronger than other ways of consuming weed. for that being your first time you over did it for sure. just hit a blunt or bowl and you won’t feel bad in the morning at all, just hungry.

  • dingdong

    smoked some, finished up about 1am Friday night, did not really come right till Monday morning. I felt like I was mildly concussed as if I’d been hit on the head with a hammer. No alcohol involved. There is no doubt there is a hangover from weed.Fuzzy sluggish head.
    People seem to confuse tolerance with hangover argument.
    Let’s be clear. Weed causes hangover.

    • Hoss Fly

      Weed CAN cause a hangover not every time for everyone. Let’s get something clear. Weed hangover depends on weed tolerance. Self evident have a nice day.

      • Yaspar

        It seems strain-related to me. I have had batches that gave me awful 48-hour hangovers. So bad that I flushed it down the toilet. Others, woke up happy and clear-headed.
        No need to be rude, Hoss.

  • Mike

    ok i smoked weed 2 days ago my mind is fucking with me i hate it i will be v it feels like very high one moment and spacey it fells like imma die

    • Hoss Fly

      After you are familiar with the way it feels or the way it effects you, that sensation of anxiety or paranoia evolves and you will be comfortable with these effects because you will be used to the way they effect you and as you develop a tolerance you won’t get effected so ntensely by the thc. Alcohol was similar somewhat because when I had my first drink I was acting very silly and immature and my nose went numb quickly, not anymore and I rarely and I mean rarely drink but when I do I know what to expect. Remember that marijuana psychoactivly effects everyone differently meaning you will develope your own set of traits of how marijauna effects you. You may become talkative or lethargic it might be your video game steroids or musical creativity or you smoke wax freak out and land yourself in the er with a panic attack. There are different forms and grades of marijuana just like alcohol smoke responsibly. At least that’s what I’ve read off the internet because marijuana is illegal where I live and I wouldn’t know because I’m a first rate citizen. I bet the best way to battle a marijuana hangover is plenty of water while and after smoking with a little food and plenty o rest ballpark of 9 hours, do a workout session or run just 15-30 minutes and you will probably change your life, I guess.