Can you get a weed ‘hangover?’
The legalization of weed in multiple states is prompting more and more people to become interested in its after effects, including whether or not it can lead to a “hangover.”
Researchers have studied the health effects of marijuana, but they currently know very little about “weed hangovers.”
In this article, learn more about potential weed hangovers, including some symptoms and possible cures.
Share on Pinterest After smoking weed, a person may experience dizziness, nausea, and a dry mouth.
Medical professionals do not yet know if weed causes a hangover, and only a few studies describe weed hangovers. Some suggest that using weed can lead to hangover effects, while others indicate the opposite.
The reported effects of weed use vary widely between studies, and researchers do not know if the participants in these studies used other substances alongside weed. It is also unclear whether or not age or sex can influence the “hangover” effects of using marijuana.
Studies that say it can
In 1985, researchers conducted a study examining the after effects of smoking marijuana. The study only included 13 males, but it showed that a hangover effect from using weed might exist.
Other research teams continued to study whether or not weed hangovers might exist, as well as what people can expect the morning after using the drug.
One study showed that smoking weed can lead to daytime fatigue the following day. Another study suggested that smoking weed can have significant after effects, such as irritability and feeling miserable.
More recent research analyzed the results of 19 different studies into marijuana use and its negative effects. The researchers found that marijuana had a “medium sized association” with certain negative effects.
Studies that say it cannot
One study showed that participants who smoked marijuana in a controlled setting experienced effects for a few hours, with levels falling after 3.5 hours. The investigators did not notice any effects of marijuana the day after the person used it.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse explain that the noticeable effects of smoking marijuana last around 1–3 hours. These effects may last longer if the person ingests marijuana in the form of edibles.
It is unclear whether or not frequent users have a different experience than infrequent users.
Each of these studies had a different design and used different amounts of the drug. If the negative effects of marijuana use are dose-dependent, this might also partially explain the differing conclusions of each study.
Researchers from the New York Psychiatric Institute studied the dose-dependent effects of marijuana. They noticed a dose-dependent effect on increased heart rate and decreased marijuana cravings in people who smoked weed.
During this study, the effects on attention, psychomotor function, and recall tasks were not dose-dependent. It is unclear whether or not this is the case when a person takes edible preparations.
Now that most of the United States and many countries around the world have legalized marijuana, researchers have the opportunity to conduct further studies into the potential of weed hangovers.
The effects of marijuana use may linger for hours. If a person smokes or vaporizes the drug, these effects may last between 1 and 3.5 hours.
Ingesting marijuana in the form of edibles causes longer-lasting effects than inhaling it. A person who takes edibles may experience effects for up to 8 hours. These effects may last even longer depending on the amount of marijuana the person used. So, if a person takes an edible at night, they may still feel the drug’s effects the next morning.
Some potential effects of marijuana include:
- dry mouth
- increased sense of happiness
- increased heart rate
- breathing problems
Potential ‘weed hangover’ effects
A study in the journal Pain explored people’s perspectives on using marijuana for pain relief. Some reported weed hangovers that caused a foggy feeling in the morning. Some also felt a lack of alertness the day after using marijuana.
Some other potential effects of a weed hangover include:
- dry mouth
- dry eyes
- mild nausea
However, it is important to remember that some people use marijuana and alcohol at the same time. In these situations, it may be difficult to know which substance is responsible for the effects.
Many people use marijuana, either for medical purposes or recreationally. However, can this lead to a 'weed hangover?' Learn more in this article.
Feeling numb and having panic attacks after marijuana use
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Age: 20 Sex: Male Height: 5’10” Weight: 165 lbs Race: White Duration of complaint: 3 days Location (Geographic and on body): Hands, body, brain Any existing relevant medical issues (if any): none Current medications (if any): Finasteride I was at a party almost exactly 3 days ago. I was a little bit drunk so I decided to take some hits from a marijuana pipe that was being passed around. I am not a frequent marijuana user, but it’s not the first time I’ve smoked. I took a huge hit, and everything was fine for about 20 minutes. I felt stoned and relaxed. After that short period, I experienced what I understand to be a panic attack, which I have never experienced before. My mental state locked up completely, and luckily I was able to reach out for help and a friend was there to take me back home. During this time, it felt like my conscious mind was taking the back seat while someone else was taking the wheel of my actions. It felt very dissociative. My body became completely numb, however I was still able to physically sense and my feeling function didn’t decrease at all. We made it back and the panic attack subsided for about 30 mins, wherein I was able to explain the situation to my friend. Then another episode occurred, similar to the first one. Lost control of my thoughts, rapid heart rate, etc. I decided to sleep it off and hope the situation got better in the morning. As I type this, I still have this physically numb feeling, like there’s no sense of feedback in my hands, however I can still touch and use them just fine. Morning comes and I feel much better. I want to rest for awhile to make sure that I’m completely fine. I went to go eat dinner today. At dinner, about 2.5 days after the initial incident, I almost had another panic attack for no apparent reason – increased heart rate, sense of impending danger, etc. however I was able to get home quickly and recuperate before it hit me. Emotionally, I feel fine. Same old me. No problem with anxiety/socializing/laughing/getting excited, etc. Physically, I have that numbness which cycles on and off, and these panic attacks which I have never experienced in my life. I wouldn’t say I had any serious anxiety before this, either. I am almost certain the marijuana was not laced with anything. It was from a dispensery and came from a reputable source. Did this marijuana mess me up mentally? I thought that weed was supposed to be a very safe therapeutic drug with no serious lasting side effects. Obviously I was wrong. One thing’s for sure; I’m never doing drugs again. Edit: Last night I felt a rush and felt completely normal and back to baseline for a short time. Woke up again this morning with the same numbness and kind of strong/fast heartbeat and anxiety.
Age: 20 Sex: Male Height: 5'10" Weight: 165 lbs Race: White Duration of complaint: 3 days Location (Geographic…