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How to Best Use Dihydromyircetin (DHM)?

Dihydromyricetin is an herbal extract used primarily for hangover prevention. However, people also use it to reduce feelings of intoxication and reduce damage done to the liver caused by drinking. How to best use DHM depends entirely on what purpose you want to use it for.

Using Dihydyomyricetin (DHM) to prevent hangovers:

The most important thing to keep in mind is that DHM is MUCH LESS effective when taken the morning after drinking. It is a preventative measure, not a cure. If you think of alcohol as a poison (which it is), you should think of DHM as the antidote. Antidotes work best when they are taken shortly after the poison has been consumed. The longer you wait, the less effective the antidote.

For best results, you should take DHM shortly after you begin drinking, and immediately after you finish drinking. The rule of thumb is 300-600mg per three alcoholic drinks consumed. So let’s pretend you consumed 6 drinks in one night. The best way to use DHM in this scenario would be to take at least one 300mg capsules after your third drink and one more after your sixth.

Why does DHM work best as a preventative measure?

DHM reduces the effect alcohol has on GABA receptors in the brain. It also enhances two enzymes in the liver responsible for breaking down alcohol and toxic by-products created when alcohol is metabolized. When taken before, or immediately after drinking, you get DHM’s benefit not only all night while you are awake, but also while you are asleep. (This could be 12 hours or more) Letting DHM work for 12 hours is nearly always enough time to prevent or greatly reduce a hangover.

If you take DHM right after waking up, you won’t even begin to receive its benefit for about one hour, and the damage has already been done.

Some people might be wondering, “If I take DHM after my third drink, won’t that also reduce feelings of intoxication?”. Anyone wondering that would be correct. But what if you only want to prevent a hangover? For those who still want to feel the full effects of alcohol, it is best to take a dose immediately after you finish drinking. For example, let’s say you had 8 drinks in one night. As soon as you stop drinking you should take 900-1,500mg of DHM. (300-600 per 3 drinks consumed). Where you end up on that scale depends largely on how severe your hangovers are and how well your body tolerate alcohol.

Using Dihydromyricetin (DHM) to reduce feelings of intoxication:

When using DHM for this purpose a larger dose is required. We recommend 600-900mg per three drinks consumed. Also, the DHM should be taken as early as possible. It would be best to take either immediately before or during your first beverage. Taking DHM with your first beverage gives your body a chance to absorb it before the alcohol begins to affect you.

People have found that DHM is much less effective at reducing feelings of intoxication when compared to preventing hangover symptoms. There is some truth to this, but this misnomer is a factor of both people’s expectations and improper use of DHM.

Some people think they can consume 6+ alcohol drinks, take two 300mg capsules and feel completely sober. This will not happen. A dose that small may slightly reduce feelings of intoxication, but it won’t come close to making you feel completely sober. A dose closer to 1,500mg would be more effective. But even a dose that high may only reduce feelings of intoxication by a drink or two.

Below is a more realistic example of how well Dihydromyricetin (DHM) works for reducing hangover symptoms:

At the beginning of the night you take two 300mg capsules with your first drink. After drinking 3 alcoholic beverages, you might feel like you had 2 drinks instead. After your third beverage, you take 3 more capsules. By your sixth drink you will likely feel like you drank 3-4 drinks.

WARNING: Please do NOT use DHM as an excuse to consume alcohol irresponsibly. NEVER drink and drive. DHM reduces feelings of intoxication primarily by acting on GABA receptors in the brain. There is no research which supports DHM’s ability to lower BAC levels in humans.

Using Dihydromyricetin (DHM) to reduce liver damage cause by alcohol consumption:

Similar to our prior examples, DHM won’t reduce liver damage if you take it after you wake up. Your body has to be under the effect of DHM at the same time it is being affected by alcohol. Research shows that a dose as low as 300mg per three drinks can help reduce liver damage. But keep in mind, it won’t completely halt liver damage. Drinking excessively is unhealthy. DHM will only help slow the damage.

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