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Can You Get a Hangover After Taking Delta-8?

Can You Get a Hangover After Taking Delta-8?

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We all know what it feels like the morning after drinking one too many drinks. Like a rite of passage into adulthood, this unpleasant experience is known as a hangover. It's typically defined as the set of symptoms that occur as a consequence of overconsumption of alcohol

But we aren’t here to talk about an alcohol-induced hangover. We’re talking about a Delta-8 hangover.

While it isn’t clear whether or not this commonly occurs, what we do know is that THC affects everyone differently

If a night enjoying Delta-8 left you feeling tired the next day, our tips below may help you feel better- or at least prevent it from happening again.

What is a Delta-8 Hangover?

Before you run for the hills, the definition of an alcohol-induced hangover isn’t accurate when applied to Delta-8. An alcohol hangover is associated with dehydration, nausea, and a headache. The severity of these symptoms ranges, but it's generally not pleasant. 

However, those who have experienced a Delta-8 hangover have described it as a lingering feeling of grogginess and fatigue. It's not as intense as an alcohol hangover, and generally less intense than a typical "weed hangover." But of course, everyone's experience with Delta-8 will be unique, and will depend on how much Delta-8 was consumed, the method of consumption, and your tolerance. 

What Causes a Delta-8 Hangover?

young man vaping near a pond

A cannabis-related hangover is most likely caused by overconsumption. With Delta-8, this could mean you ate too much of an edible or took too many puffs of a vape.

But there are a range of physiological factors that also affect your experience, such as your:
  • Age
  • Weight
  • Metabolism
  • Experience with cannabis (also known as tolerance)
  • Whether or not you ate food, and how much food you ate, on that day
And don't even get us started on how your endocannabinoid system processes THC. The list of variables to consider is endless, meaning there isn’t an exact science to determine whether someone will feel effects until the next morning. 

So how much Delta-8 will cause a hangover?

Overconsumption is a subjective term. There's no "dosage chart" for cannabinoids, as a 25-milligram Delta-8 gummy might be fine for your friend but too much for you.

That's why we suggest starting small and slowly working your way up. It's common for novice enthusiasts to underestimate how much Delta-8 they might need to feel the intended effects. Individuals who consume more than their body is used to will have the possibility of experiencing effects longer than expected.

What Happens If I Take Too Much Delta-8 THC?

Taking too much Delta-8 (especially if you’re new to THC) does happen from time to time. It’s worth noting that when this happens, there is not a significant risk of physical danger. Typically, an individual will feel “overwhelmed,” at most, from overconsumption of cannabinoids.

If you find that you consumed too much, we recommend staying occupied until the effects fade over time. Remind yourself that this experience is temporary and will go away on its own.

In the meantime, grab a book, paint, or binge-watch a familiar T.V. Show. Whatever you decide to do, ride the wave until the effects dissipate. If none of this helps, it might be best to take a nap.

How to Prevent A Delta-8 Hangover

If you woke up the next morning still feeling the THC, below are some of our tips to prevent it from happening again. 

Avoid Consuming Delta-8 Late At Night

woman asleep on couch

When the workday is over, and you finally make it back home, there is nothing wrong with kicking back and relaxing. But if you wait to enjoy THC right before bed, you risk the effects staying with you the following morning.

Instead, start your session a few hours before you go to bed and only use Delta-8 late at night if you have a free morning the following day. 

Eat A Large Meal Before

man enjoying a delicious sandwich and drink

What you eat before your session may seem like a small and unrelated detail, but eating before you consume cannabis can make a big difference in many areas of your experience.

Anecdotally spekaing, consuming cannabis on an empty stomach is said to enhance the effects of THC. This means that the effects could kick in faster and be more intense. It could potentially lengthen the duration of these effects, as well. Conversely, eating a meal before you consume cannabis can lessen the intensity of these effects.

Scientifically speaking, however, the effects of a meal on your experience is all depending on what exactly you ate. You see, THC is a lipid-soluble molecule. 

According to clinical studies, eating a meal high in fats or consuming an edible that is emulsified with fats will increase your bioavailability. This means your body will absorb more Delta-8, faster.

The lesson here is that certain foods will have synergy with THC, which is great when you want an enhanced experience but it may be something you don't explore just yet if you're barely starting out with THC. 

Eating before your session may also help you avoid the munchiesWe can all agree that food seems to taste the best after sessions with cannabis. But sometimes, your stomach can feel like a never-ending pit. Eating before will help with the speed and longevity of effects and keep you from all those calories from snacking.

Use Delta-8 In Moderation

Moderation is key. Cannabis products, as enjoyable as they may be, are meant to be used responsibly.

Overindulging leaves room for effects to stay longer than expected, which may put a damper on the next day. So, just stick to the low-and-slow approach and you'll be able to enjoy your experience every time. 

Stay Hydrated 

We are sure that this isn’t the first time you’ve been told to drink your water. But seriously, drinking water and staying hydrated will benefit many different aspects of your life, especially with cannabis. If you don't want THC to linger in your system, you have to aid the process by drinking plenty of fluids. This may also help combat and prevent any dry mouth as well. 

Before, during, and after each session, have water within reach. 

Takeaway

No one likes to enter a ride they didn’t expect, which is why it is critical to start small if you aren’t familiar with how your body will respond to Delta-8.

By starting small, you can always add more later on after assessing how you feel.

Keep in mind, if you do use a small amount first, wait an appropriate amount of time before reaching for more.

We hope our tips will be of use for your adventures with Delta-8. Until next time, happy exploring, and mind your mind.


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