Is CBD Good For Hangovers?
Too much to drink last night? CBD may be just what you need to treat that pounding headache and severe nausea. And those are just the effects that you can feel. Heavy drinking also does serious damage to your brain and liver.
What Causes Hangovers?
Alcohol is literally poisonous to the human body. It's your liver's job to filter that poison out of your bloodstream. When your liver is working overtime to filter toxins it can cause your blood sugar to drop to dangerously low levels making you feel sick and tired all over. On top of that, alcohol causes dehydration resulting in low electrolytes. Dehydration can cause severe headaches. However, lab studies have shown CBD to have headache killing properties. And on top of that, additional studies show that CBD has the ability to regulate blood sugar.
Permanent Effects of Alcohol Toxicity
Frankly, headaches and nausea are the least of your worries. I'm sure you've heard it said that heavy drinking kills brain cells and damages your liver. That's not just an old wives' tale. Overdoing it can also do permanent damage to both your brain and liver.
A study done at the University of Kentucky attempted to determine if treatment with CBD could prevent or repair the brain and liver damage done by alcohol. The scientists injected rats with enough alcohol to cause life-threatening seizures due to severe neurodegeneration - the technical term for killing brain cells. During the test, researchers administered CBD transdermally. The found that CBD treatment reduced damage to the liver and reduced neurodegeneration by almost 50%.
It doesn't just stop there. Alcohol overindulgence can also cause free radicals - molecules that can damage cells and DNA and cause cancer. CBD is known to have antioxidant effects which can reduce damage done by free radicals.
With all these combined benefits, CBD oil could be more than just a way to treat the symptoms of alcohol poisoning. It could even be a real lifesaver. Combined with plenty of fluids it may be just what the doctor ordered to treat your hangover.