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winstonk

Hookah Headaches?

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So I just got my own hookah this week and have enjoyed it several times since. I have been smoking hookahs for probably the last year now. I have recently found that after I have smoke maybe a bowl or two out of my hookah I get this pounding head ache wallbash.gif . Does this happen to any one else? Or no what might cause it? I used to smoke cigarettes awhile ago and i used to dip up until about a month and a half ago so I can't imagine it being just noting being used to nicotine. Any advise would help, I don't want to have to put my baby on the shelf!!! sad.gif

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Welcome to Hookah Head. It usually happens when you have smoked too much in one sitting, or you smoke hungry, or if you are dehydrated. Are you smoking a little more to play with your new baby? Best thing you can do is get more oxygen to your brain. Seriously though, take a break now and then from smoking and grab a snack, or drink something, let your body get more oxygen and work some of the nicotine out.

Best cure I've found for it if I get it is pleanty of water, 2 pain killers of your choice, and some fresh air....

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QUOTE (mushrat @ Feb 8 2008, 03:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Welcome to Hookah Head. It usually happens when you have smoked too much in one sitting, or you smoke hungry, or if you are dehydrated. Are you smoking a little more to play with your new baby? Best thing you can do is get more oxygen to your brain. Seriously though, take a break now and then from smoking and grab a snack, or drink something, let your body get more oxygen and work some of the nicotine out.

Best cure I've found for it if I get it is pleanty of water, 2 pain killers of your choice, and some fresh air....


yeah, probably didn't help i had not eaten anything at all today and had not drank very much either as well as a sesh of 3 large bowls. hmmm. Other nights thought i had been properly fed and had enough water in my system so i dunno.

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QUOTE (winstonk @ Feb 8 2008, 03:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (mushrat @ Feb 8 2008, 03:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Welcome to Hookah Head. It usually happens when you have smoked too much in one sitting, or you smoke hungry, or if you are dehydrated. Are you smoking a little more to play with your new baby? Best thing you can do is get more oxygen to your brain. Seriously though, take a break now and then from smoking and grab a snack, or drink something, let your body get more oxygen and work some of the nicotine out.

Best cure I've found for it if I get it is pleanty of water, 2 pain killers of your choice, and some fresh air....


yeah, probably didn't help i had not eaten anything at all today and had not drank very much either as well as a sesh of 3 large bowls. hmmm. Other nights thought i had been properly fed and had enough water in my system so i dunno.


If you are smoking 2-3 bowls in a session, even with a number of people, you are just ASKING for the pain....If you are by yourself, ya gets what ya deserves... tongue.gif

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tongue.gif sometimes I can smoke 4 bowls consecutively on my onesy, on an empty stomach and smoking rapidly, and be fine...

Othertimes I can share a single bowl with a friend and get hookah head. I'm anal about always being super hydrated, so I reckon there must be some other factor for me.

Oh, and a warm shower is the ultimate cure for hookah head, in my experience.

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Ya, all that mushrat said is true.
I sometimes go through periods of times where I get headaches in general if I smoke or drink a little alcohol(like 2-3beers).
My other cures are taking dramamine + aleve, drinking lots of cold water, and peppermint oil on the back of my neck and on my forehead.

Welcome to the forum and enjoy your new lifetime activity

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The best thing is what Mush said, take your time, drink plenty of water and have a little snack(the snack part also helps you taste the tobacco better). Take breaks, the coals will last. Also if you are using QL's, I have found they give me a headache even when properly light and no black let on them. If you are able to open a window, do that also. Try to smoke in a bigger room also.

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ive smoked for 15 hours once, no headache until i put some AF watermelon on there (when i did that there were more people smoking so i was smoking it less) some tobaccos just cause you to get headaches. thats how it is with me. if you wanna go headache free you could always do tangiers, but then you run into the problem of acclimating it right. another brand that is lighter on the headaches is tonic and layalina (though both have given me headaches)

you will never get a headache with tangiers.

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QUOTE (Canon @ Feb 8 2008, 07:43 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
ive smoked for 15 hours once, no headache until i put some AF watermelon on there (when i did that there were more people smoking so i was smoking it less) some tobaccos just cause you to get headaches. thats how it is with me. if you wanna go headache free you could always do tangiers, but then you run into the problem of acclimating it right. another brand that is lighter on the headaches is tonic and layalina (though both have given me headaches)

you will never get a headache with tangiers.


thats totally wierd i got a horrible headache when i smoked af watermelon, ive only smoked it once so i just thought i took to much but i love the flavor and i hope it doesn't give me future headaches ...

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I've gotten a few headaches from tangiers..

Recently I've been getting them a bit more, as my friends are slowly buying or acquiring (my old ones) hookahs. The other night there were 3 of us, each with out own hookah going.. 3 different flavors and no down time. The hoses just went in a circle, and this gave me a bit of a headache.

Usually with 2+ to a pipe I dont get a headache but sometimes and upset stomach, which I assume is from not eating.

I agree with all the advice above, 2 pain killers, a warm shower and a cup of tea fixes me right up.

Happy smoking and welcome to the forums.

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last night i had the worst hookah head of my life... seriously i wanted to die.

seven bowls straight with no food and little water will do it i suppose...

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I used to get it all the time. But now I can tell when I'm heading that way and take a short break to grab something to eat or drink, almost always works for me.

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They are all correct. What helps to get rid of it as well is running. Hurts like a mofo but it gets the blood pumping and gets oxygen back into your blood stream very quickly. Hurts while running but after a few minutes and then stopping, hookah head is instantly gone.

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QUOTE (shoresidejake @ Feb 8 2008, 09:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
last night i had the worst hookah head of my life... seriously i wanted to die.

seven bowls straight with no food and little water will do it i suppose...

Jesus christ ~ was that by yourself? How many hours were you getting per bowl?

And how many hours into the session did you start to get a massive headache, and decide to go on smoking? wallbash.gif tongue.gif

QUOTE (shoresidejake @ Feb 8 2008, 02:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
lol check out this guy with hookah head laugh.gif

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zCyVcPCits&NR=1


That guy is such a pussy. Edited by gaia.plateau

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Wow Shoreside, that guy is really pathetic.

Just don't fall asleep when you've got hookah head. I woke up the next morning with one of the worst hang overs I've ever had.

I drank some water and ate some food and it was gone in five minutes though.

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How can you guys stand to smoke for so long in a session? I can do a 2-4 hour session at MAX with breaks in between for food or water or dog belly scratching. Whatever the case may be. Take breaths in between puffs and make your times in between about 30 seconds to a minute. You'll be more relaxed and enjoy the session.

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QUOTE (Bulldog_916 @ Feb 8 2008, 06:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How can you guys stand to smoke for so long in a session? I can do a 2-4 hour session at MAX with breaks in between for food or water or dog belly scratching. Whatever the case may be. Take breaths in between puffs and make your times in between about 30 seconds to a minute. You'll be more relaxed and enjoy the session.

Do you smoke cigarettes?
I smoke a good pack a day, so thats how I can pull the 16 hr sessions. I just dont do the cigs for that day.

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What kind of Coals are you using?

coals make a big difference. when i used the Belgian 33mm QL's, my friends and i got headaches not long after begining smoking. even though i drank plenty of water, ate plenty of food, and took breaks, i still got painful headaches that would not go away no matter how much water i drank, or how many pain pills i ate, or how much fresh air i got. the only thing that seemed to help a little was a nice hot shower.

i swiched to olive wood coals, smoking two bowls back to back with no food, water or breaks. man, i was pulling so much smoke so quickly, i thought that i'd get a headache for sure. nope. not even the beginnigs of a headache. in fact, i had a headache from smoking Belgians, so i went down to the store, got the olive wood coals and then smoked a bowl using those and my headache seemed to go a way a little. i couldn't believe it.

you may benifit from reading this post:
http://www.hookahforum.com/index.php?s=&am...st&p=191127

also, use the search and typ in "headache" and you will find mor info than you'll know what to do with.

i hope this helps. we've all had hookah head. it sux. good luck.

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QUOTE (r1v3th3ad @ Feb 8 2008, 04:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Bulldog_916 @ Feb 8 2008, 06:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How can you guys stand to smoke for so long in a session? I can do a 2-4 hour session at MAX with breaks in between for food or water or dog belly scratching. Whatever the case may be. Take breaths in between puffs and make your times in between about 30 seconds to a minute. You'll be more relaxed and enjoy the session.

Do you smoke cigarettes?
I smoke a good pack a day, so thats how I can pull the 16 hr sessions. I just dont do the cigs for that day.


I avoid cigs. #1, I cant afford the habit, #2 I'd much rather smoke shisha than cigs. I can quit shisha easily.

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I've found ventilation is key. Always keep a window cracked open. That is one of the drawbacks of my "redneck stem room" .

But ditto with the food, water, and decent coals. And you can never go wrong with heavy drinking.

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QUOTE (Dom @ Feb 8 2008, 10:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What kind of Coals are you using?


I am using two squares of japs. Tonight I took you guys opinions. I made sure prior to smoking that I was plenty hydrated, in the middle of the session I took a break and hit up T-bell, and I made sure to get up and walk about to get some air. We were smoking out of a 2 hose revolver and a 3 hose ballerina and went through two bowls on the ballerina and three from the revolver. I noticed I was getting hookah head a little so took a break and it went away but by the end of the night (2:30am) I had a moderate case of hookah head but NOTHING compared to last night. Thanks guys!!! Hookah.gif

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Some days I can sit through bowl after bowl with no problem; other times, I get halfway through the first bowl and have to stop because my head and/or stomach starts hurting. I've pretty much narrowed it down to my hunger state when I start -- If I smoke after dinner and have a drink, I'm fine, but I get awful light-headed if I do it without eating anything prior.

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