Most of us are all too familiar with hangovers: that nauseous, headachy feeling that hits the second you wake up after a night—um, day—of drinking a wee bit too much alcohol. If that feeling isn’t dreadful enough, imagine also experiencing a wave of anxiety: a total panic to remember exactly where you went, who you were with and if you did anything stupid (aside from drinking too much) or embarrassing. And who’s phone number is sharpied on your wrist? Wait, is that a tattoo?
This double whammy of punishment for just trying to have a little fun has a name: hangxiety. Trust us, it’s a real thing. And it can be debilitating. The most obvious way to avoid this dreadful, post-party feeling is to control your alcohol intake and preferably consume in moderation. But for those of us that go for “just one more,” there are ways to help manage the anxiety that is teaming up with your hangover.
You guessed it: CBD. Taking CBD can’t help prevent or get rid of hangovers, but it can help put hangxiety in its place. So, without going too far into the weeds, we’ll explain the science of hangxiety and how CBD can provide some relief.
Let’s start with alcohol. When you drink, dopamine neurons in your brain start firing, giving you the sense of reward. “A margarita! Congratulations! Let’s have another!” But the feeling can be short-lived, because alcohol also messes with neurotransmitters like serotonin, endorphins and GABA. When these are out of whack, they can trigger a range of moods, from depression to irritability to anxiety. As you can imagine, your brain gets super confused, unsure what signals to send, so it adapts the best it can to maintain homeostasis. The problem is, all that upregulating and downregulating takes its toll, and you’re left with not just a hangover, but a feeling of stress and anxiety.
Enter CBD, aka cannabidiol. CBD has been shown to help regulate GABA and other neurotransmitters, giving your body a sense of balance when you need it most. But who’s going to remember all this when you get home from a blurry night out and just want to go to sleep? Just keep a bottle of CBD for Life Roll-On Oil or Tincture on the nightstand by your bed and you’ll never forget. Our CBD will gently and effortlessly support your mind and body as you sleep. And regardless of how you feel when you wake up, another quick dose of CBD in the morning can help continue to ease anxiety as you go about your day.
So what’s the moral of the story? No one but you can prevent hangovers (except you), but with a little CBD, together we can put hangxiety to bed for good.