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Hangover! No one likes this feeling, not even the alcohol loving party popping friend that’s always out and about. You understand how terrible a hangover can feel. You wake up the next morning after heavy drinking, and it feels like someone is driving a drill through your skull. It is excruciating pain!
If you are the type of person that gets a hangover after every boozy night, then you have probably tried every remedy, and you have realized nothing works. If someone told you that they know a solution, you may just dismiss them and nurse your hangover. But what if indeed there is a cure?
Have you heard of Delta 8 THC, the wonder cannabinoid from cannabis? You may have seen Delta-8 products sold around but probably thought it’s just another marketing gimmick. Delta-8 is a sister cannabinoid to the regular THC, which many people love for its high- inducing feeling.
Before we get to how this rare cannabinoid can cure your hangover, let’s first go into the detail of what it is.
What is Delta-8 THC?
Delta-8 is a trace cannabinoid with mild psychotropic effects. It is similar to Delta-9 THC (marijuana) in chemical structure. It also shares some properties with Delta-9, but it also contains some properties found in cannabidiol (CBD).
The difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9 is the position of a double bond in their structure. However, this molecular difference results in significant variance in how it interacts with the body and its effects.
The chemical constituents of Delta-8 do not qualify it as marijuana, which makes it legal. However, you’ll still get high when you take Delta-8. If CBD is legal in your state, then you should be able to use Delta-8 comfortably.
How Delta-8 Can Cure Your Hangover
Delta-8 THC may be similar to marijuana in chemical structure, but it is a far superior therapeutic cannabinoid. A single dose of Delta-8 THC can alleviate most hangover symptoms, including fatigue, weakness, headache, muscle aches, nausea, stomach pain, and anxiety.
A few dabs of Delta-8 THC can induce a clear-headed ‘high’ full of energy. Its ‘high’ isn’t like that of marijuana, which leaves you stoned and neither does it make you feel lazy. You will feel a certain spark of energy that will eliminate the fatigue that comes with a hangover.
Delta-8 THC can completely rid you of any feelings of hangover-induced nausea and stop vomiting. Studies show that Delta-8 THC has strong antiemetic properties. If your hangover comes with vomiting and you can’t control it, you might consider using Delta-8.
Like Delta-9, Delta-8 bids to the endocannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) in the endocannabinoid system. This system controls many body functions, including hunger, sleep, and pain.
The CB1 receptors are located primarily in the central nervous system, but they are also present in the gastrointestinal tract, regulating nausea and vomiting, hunger sensation, and intestinal inflammation.
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Delta-8 THC binds to the CB1 receptors in your gut where it acts as an antagonist and modulates the feeling of nausea. It is such an effective anti-nausea agent, and there are patents on its treatment for nausea already.
Research on the antiemetic properties of Delta-8 THC on cancer patients found that it is 100% effective in managing nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy. If you are worried that it might have its side effects, don’t. Delta-8 THC does not have any significant side effects like its sister Delta-9 THC.
Gut pain is another symptom that normally accompanies nausea and vomiting. Delta-8 also contains analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that may help with the pain. It may be useful if your hangover comes with muscle aches and headaches.
The endocannabinoid system plays a critical role in modulating pain, and Delta-8 could bind to its receptors to soothe the pain. When Delta-8 binds to CB1 receptors, it triggers analgesic properties. Scientists still don’t fully understand how this system works. Researchers believe that Delta-8 influences how the brain senses pain. It also triggers an anti-inflammatory response that shuts down the cause of the pain.
Scientists researching the analgesic properties of Delta-8 have found it effective on mice with corneal injury. No research on humans has confirmed whether the same effects apply to humans, but scientists believe it is equally effective.
Delta-8 is a minor cannabinoid, and little is known about it. Scientists are confident that it has lower psychotropic potency than its sister, Delta-9 THC, which you know as regular marijuana. Some people get stomach upsets when they use marijuana, and you might be afraid that Delta-8 might have similar effects.
Researchers have not identified any significant side effects of Delta-8. But animal studies show that it can temporarily raise blood pressure. You can try it for a mild hangover, but if you feel extremely sick, you better go to a doctor before taking a dab of Delta-8.