Weed Hangovers 101: Prevention and Treatment

Alas, you have a forsaken weed hangover. Has your favorite Northglenn smoke shop done you dirty? Do you feel betrayed? Confused? Or just…mildly ill?

Luckily for you, our online head shop is no stranger to weed hangovers. We’ve seen our custom glass pipes bring about weed hangovers for years, and most (okay, all) of our staff has dealt with weed hangovers themselves.

So we figured we’d put together a little handy guide to help you get through your pain. Take all of our tips into consideration and you’ll be feeling better in no time!

And maybe next time you’ll go a little easier on the kush, eh?

What is a weed hangover?

A weed hangover is a hangover you get the day after smoking. Symptoms include:

  • Mild nausea
  • Dry eyes
  • Foggy mind
  • Lethargy
  • Headache

Weed hangovers tend to be milder than alcohol hangovers. This is because they aren’t a result of you damaging your body. Rather, they’re withdrawal symptoms, a lingering high, or a combination of both.

Weed hangovers are typically caused by overconsumption. It also depends on THC content, strain, and your tolerance levels.

Weed hangovers are more common when you use edibles or extracts rather than glass pipes because your body metabolizes these products more slowly, so you may wake up still slightly high.

How to prevent a weed hangover

Take a tolerance break

Weed hangovers are sometimes caused by withdrawal symptoms. If you need to smoke a lot of weed to get high, you are more likely to get weed hangovers because your body is used to constantly consuming large amounts of weed.

Take a tolerance break to lower the amount of weed you need to smoke. When you smoke less, your body will depend on it less and you won’t get such extreme withdrawal symptoms.

Use low-THC weed

The higher the THC level, the easier it is to get really stoned.

Often weed hangovers come the day after a night flying in the clouds, pushing your limits a dizzying amount until reaching the ultimate high. But that high comes at a cost.

Using low-THC weed will help you avoid getting too high, thus effectively dodging a weed hangover.

Don’t mix

If you smoke and drink, or smoke and use other drugs, it’s A) incredibly unsafe, and B) going to cause a weed hangover.

Your wellbeing should come first. Don’t ever mix marijuana with other substances.

Talk to your doctor before smoking if you’re on prescription medication.

Don’t abuse

If you have a weed hangover, there’s a good chance that went a little overboard. If you get weed hangovers regularly, you’re probably going a little too hard a little too often.

If this sounds like you, it might be time to reevaluate your relationship with pot. Are you getting stoned every night? Do you smoke before work? Do you take a hit every time you’re feeling down?

Although marijuana isn’t physically addictive, it can certainly be abused.

Go easy on new strains

You never know how a new strain is going to affect your body.

If you’re trying out a new strain, err on the side of caution. You can always go nuts with it the second or third time, but take it easy on your first go.

How to treat a weed hangover

Stay hydrated

One of the main symptoms of a weed hangover is having a headache. And we all know that the best way to treat a headache is by staying hydrated.

It’s easy to forget to drink water when you’re high, but if you drink water before, during, and after your session- as well as the morning after- your weed hangover will be much less severe.


If the weed hangover’s really got you beat and you don’t have anything to do that day, take it easy. Snuggle up on the couch and watch your favorite shows or scroll on your phone.

As a weed aficionado, you’ll probably be tempted to use this time to browse our online smoke shop and see if there’s any new heady glass you want- if the thought of weed doesn’t make you too sick!

Move around

If you’ve tried chilling out and it’s not doing the trick, it’s time to pack your bags and head outside. The fresh air will wake you right up and the nature of a park or your favorite hiking trail will bring you some peace.

Just don’t overdo it. Cap it at a brisk walk.

Eat well

If you’re ever going to eat healthily, today is the day. A hearty breakfast is sure to give you a head start, and the caffeine of a good ole cup of Joe will help with that brain fog.

Ginger tea throughout the day can ward off any residue of nausea. Add some honey and you’re all set!

Take a day off

When you have a weed hangover, it isn’t wise to smoke any more. A cloud of confusion on top of a hangover will just make you feel worse.

You might be tempted to take some hits to ease the pain, but it’s really not a good idea. It will only add to your hangover and even cause a worse one.

Final thoughts

Don’t take any of our observations personally! We’re simply giving you the facts.

So ask yourself: did you contribute to your sudden weed hangover? Did you go a little overboard? Were you irresponsible with that new strain?

It’s okay! We’ve all been there.

The truth is, sometimes weed hangovers are worth it. And now that you’re equipped with the tools to take care of them, they won’t be so bad.

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