Anyone who has consumed alcohol and used marijuana will tell you that one core difference between the two is that, unlike alcohol, cannabis does not induce a hangover. While you may feel a little foggy and lethargic following a night of cannabis consumption, you will feel none of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with an alcohol hangover.
However, since anecdotal accounts of how cannabis doesn’t leave users with a hangover rarely count in the grand scheme of things, researchers have repeatedly set out to determine whether or not marijuana has a hangover effect via the scientific method. A review of 20 such studies by University of Sydney researchers has further challenged the idea that cannabis has hangover effects and raised questions regarding the legitimacy of drug policies that punish certain individuals for prior cannabis use.
The researchers analyzed 20 studies that reviewed the effects of cannabis eight hours after consumption; they focused on assessing the performance of subjects to detect any hangover effects. The author of the study, Danielle McCartney, stated that most of these studies did not observe any next-day effects after using cannabis. McCartney, a research fellow at the University of Sydney’s Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, then noted that although some research did observe some next-day effects, those studies had substantial limitations.
The studies also did not report on the magnitude of these next-day effects nor did they provide data on THC doses, means of THC administration and the type of assessment used. McCartney highlighted that, overall, there was scant scientific proof to support the claim that cannabis can impair a user’s performance eight hours after initial consumption.
The researchers’ findings, which are due to be published in the “Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research” journal, are already available online. In their conclusion, the researchers argue that more research is needed to fully understand the next-day effects of cannabis on performance, noting that their findings are relevant to employment and driving policies for cannabis users.
The study found little concrete evidence that people should not drive or work in safety-sensitive positions at least 24 hours after using cannabis.
The investigators also noted that policymakers should be aware of the serious consequences that follow the enforcement of conservative regulations in the workplace, such as losing employment due to a positive drug test despite being completely sober at the time of the test.
They explained that employees who needed medical cannabis to manage conditions such as chronic pain and insomnia could suffer from a lower quality of life if they were forced to stay away from medical cannabis to keep their jobs.
This concern comes as even more jurisdictions are allowing qualifying patients to grow their own medical marijuana. As a result, there is an expanding market for requisite indoor cultivation equipment from enterprises such as Advanced Container Technologies Inc. (OTC: ACTX).
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