4/20 has come and gone and if you feel unexpectedly worse for the wear (after all, can’t you only get a hangover from drinking?), you might have a “stoneover,” or a weed hangover.
Firstly, are “stoneovers” even real? Very little credible research has been done on weed hangovers, but your personal experience of waking up on April 21st with a dry mouth, headache, and spaced–out sensation may be enough to confirm their existence to you. A few common symptoms of being “stoned–over” may include the aforementioned symptoms as well as fatigue, nausea, bloodshot eyes, and differences in mood and productivity.
But these symptoms may also be residual effects from overuse. Basically, you’ve simply woken up still high. The method of ingestion, the amount of marijuana consumed, and whether your body is accustomed to it can all affect how long you’ll feel the effects of being high.
Marijuana doesn’t dehydrate your body in the way that alcohol does. The THC in cannabis activates the cannabinoid receptors in the submandibular glands (they’re responsible for producing 70% of the saliva in your mouth), thus temporarily inhibiting the production of saliva. Commonly known as “cotton mouth," this is easily alleviated by drinking lots of water.
Similarly, just getting back on track health–wise can alleviate any feelings of grogginess. Go out and enjoy the long–overdue, warm April weather. Take a cold shower, eat healthy meals, exercise, try to get a solid amount of sleep.
Everybody reacts to and breaks down marijuana differently. Only 362 days until April 20th, 2019—plenty of time to learn your limits.