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CBD is Better for Hangovers

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Alcohol is relatively toxic. When you drink, you’re forcing your body to adapt to the influx of the compound and eliminate it as quickly as possible. The effects of a hangover, in general, are the results of those changes.

Hangovers will go away on their own but can take up to 24 hours to disappear completely.

To understand how CBD might help, we must discuss the underlying causes of hangover symptoms.

Alcohol Activates a Region in the Brain That Controls Vomiting

Symptoms Caused by This Effect

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Indigestion
  • Abdominal pain

Although there’s little CBD can do to prevent the effects of alcohol on stomach acid, it may offer some support for the vomiting center in the brainstem.

This might get complicated, but the bottom line here is that CBD has anti-nausea benefits through its effects on serotonin in the brainstem.

This is the only real benefit CBD has for hangover symptoms.

The vomiting center is regulated in part by the endocannabinoid system (specifically, the CB1 receptors) — It’s the primary mechanism of action CBD uses to exert its effects. Other factors include serotonin and the opioid system — both of which are also important for this region of the brain.

Research suggests that CBD exerts its anti-nausea effects indirectly by activating serotonin receptors in the brainstem. Activating these receptors is thought to lower the release of 5-HT (serotonin), which blocks the sensation of nausea and the urge to vomit.

Another cannabinoid that’s even better at reducing the effects of nausea is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

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