So how could CBD help to treat a hangover exactly?In fact, ongoing research in this area, has led to the approval for a clinical trial to investigate CBD use against alcohol use disorder suggesting a moderate dose of CBD leads to a reduction in alcohol consumption, alcohol craving, inflammation and anxiety associated with alcohol use.
Hangover headaches are generally caused by dehydration, which leads to inflammatory responses in your brain. CBD has been proven to be an anti-inflammatory and an effective treatment for pain. CBD could hence be a powerful aid in treating the pain associated with hangovers and alcohol withdrawal
Nausea & Vomiting
The by-product of the break-down of alcohol in the body (acetaldehyde), is a toxin and our body will work to get rid of this by any means possible, often leading to the feeling of nausea the next day. CBD has been shown to help quell nausea in animal studies.
The anxiety associated with alcohol withdrawal, otherwise known as ‘the fear’ is well known by many, an can leave us feeling down and out. CBD can interact with serotonin receptors in our body which help influence your mood and reduce anxiety, in fact CBD’s main function within the plant appears to be to downplay the effects of THC; the psychoactive and paranoia inducing cannabinoid; and make us feel all much more relaxed
Brain fog and fatigue
Whilst no doubt more sleep may be the best cure for fatigue. CBD can help in a number of ways; as already mentioned CBD can interact with serotonin receptors in our body; not only will CBD’s interaction with these receptors ensure our anxiety levels remain lower, but it will also help us to feel much clearer headed, and if it is at all possible the day after the night before aid in allowing us an undisturbed sleep.
The day after a night spent drinking can often leave us feeling slightly shaky. CBD is widely used therapeutically to stop tremors. High doses of pharmaceutical grade CBD are used in the US to treat severe forms of epilepsy. A 2015 study carried out by the international essential tremor foundations concluded, that in animal studies doses of CBD suppresses tremors by activating receptors in the central nervous system.
The breakdown of alcohol causes oxidative stress in our body; CBD can help reduce this stress as it has shown to be a powerful antioxidant also.
CBD is one of hundreds of cannabinoids most commonly found in the Cannabis plant. It is the second most abundant chemical next to THC found within the plant, however unlike THC it does not cause a ‘high’ or have any psychoactive properties. There are various studies to show that cannabinoid interaction with the body can help ease the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, and where THC can often exacerbate the effects, CBD has been shown to aid alcohol withdrawal by counteracting withdrawal symptoms such as tremor and nausea.
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