Staying Hydrated When You Take Cannabis

ImageNobody ever told me that using marijuana would make me dehydrated, I found that out on my own. Ok, I am bright enough to figure out that is what causes ‘cottonmouth’ but I never thought about the implications of taking something long term that is chronically creating a state of dehydration in my body. 

Dehydration does a number on my body. When I am dehydrated my joints ache, I get headaches, my energy sucks, and my brain just doesn’t function as well. That is the opposite of what I am trying to achieve by using cannabis for pain management.

I have found over the two years or so that I have been using cannabis medicinally that the dehydration gets worse when my tolerance to it has increased and I am taking medicine more often. So what is a health oriented girl to do? 

Here are a few things that I do to stay hydrated:

1) I start each morning with a big cup of warm or hot water. I usually squeeze the juice from 1/2 a lemon in this to help detoxify and cleanse my liver. This little routine gets my day started on a hydrated note and is perfect for the days when I wake up thirsty. 

2) I carry water with me everywhere. It is rare to find me without my stainless steel water bottle/thermos and I do make an effort to sip on it often and always come home with it empty. 

3) Taking medicine breaks. To reset my tolerance I try to take regular breaks where I take no medicine. This gets tough when I am in a lot of pain but it is a work in progress. At first I was taking a month off for every three months of use. Now I am experimenting with shorter reset breaks and having success in taking a few days off here or there. This approach feels more balanced for me right now. The little breaks also allow my body to get fully hydrated without any interference. 

4) I avoid caffeine and sodas as much as possible so as to have one less thing to contribute to low hydration levels. 

5) I go to bed with water on my nightstand. Every once in a while I wake up in the middle of the night and will be thirsty but don’t want to get up. Having it right there in a sippy cup (so I don’t spill it) solves that issue for me. 

Like I said, finding the right balance and staying hydrated is a work in progress for me but even just this one thing has been monumental in maintaining my vitality when I am on cannabis. 

Until next time…Stay Hydrated and Eat Your Greens!



3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Paz on January 9, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Don’t be confused tho and think that cannabis causes it in any way, that isn’t the case, apart from a dry mouth occasionally depending upon the ingestion method. 🙂 I would also recommend having different strains as oppose to having a sabatical and suffer pain, different cannabinoid profiles can keep it working nicely. Great is if you are able to rotate several strains a week.

  2. Thank you for your input! I have been schooled this week about strains like never before, trying a bunch of new ones, and learning more about what to look for to create certain effects. It is amazing to me how a different strain can change everything. Thanks for reading. Have a great day!

  3. I’ve been trying your advice with different strains throughout the week. I’m understanding better how important it is to know the varying effects from different strains. Thanks for this handy advice.

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