Though we usually associate hangovers with alcohol, the increased legality and availability of marijuana has led to awareness of the phenomenon known as the weed hangover. While the experience differs from what happens if you drink too much, cannabis consumption can lead to next-day residual effects.
At PACE Recovery, we believe in educating people about all aspects of substance use, including lesser-known issues like weed hangovers and other potential negative outcomes of cannabis.
Can You Get a Hangover From Marijuana?
Yes, it is possible to experience hangover-like symptoms after using marijuana. These symptoms typically arise the day after heavy cannabis use and can vary in intensity and duration based on several factors, including the amount you consume, the potency of the strain and your metabolism and tolerance levels.
Here are some common symptoms associated with a weed hangover.
- Fatigue and lethargy: A general feeling of tiredness and a lack of energy may make it hard for you to get out of bed or complete your daily tasks.
- Brain fog: Impaired cognitive function, such as difficulty concentrating, memory issues and a general sense of mental cloudiness can make you feel like you’re stumbling through your day.
- Dry mouth and eyes: You may experience extreme dryness, also called “cottonmouth.”
- Headaches: Mild to moderate headaches are a common complaint, which may relate to dehydration or the effects of THC on the brain.
- Mood changes: Feelings of anxiety, irritability or general moodiness can occur as the psychoactive high wears off.
Other Negative Physical and Mental Health Effects of Cannabis
Beyond the immediate hangover-like effects, there are other potential adverse consequences of cannabis use, particularly with long-term or heavy consumption.
- Addiction potential: Contrary to common belief, regular and substantial marijuana use can lead to cannabis use disorder, a form of dependence.
- Mental health impact: There is a well-documented association between frequent high-THC marijuana use and mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and psychosis, especially in young adults predisposed to these conditions.
- Respiratory issues: Like tobacco, smoking or vaping cannabis can damage the delicate air sacs inside your lungs.
- Cognitive impairment: Prolonged use from a young age can impair your memory, learning and attention.
- No motivational syndrome: Chronic marijuana users may experience decreased ambition and drive, impacting their academic careers and future potential.
Address Marijuana’s Effects on Your Well-Being
While a weed hangover and other short-term effects of marijuana use may seem manageable, don’t overlook the potential long-term physical and mental health consequences. Understanding these risks is crucial, especially for young adults with existing mental health conditions.
At PACE Recovery, we help young men understand and address their substance use patterns. If you struggle with the effects of cannabis use, we encourage you to reach out to us and start your recovery today.