Sober Spring is a thing. Many people abstain from alcohol consumption for personal or wellness reasons during this time of year. It focuses on reducing the harmful effects that come with too much booze. Some of these sober curious consumers avoid alcohol and use cannabis instead. Although cannabis can be intoxicating like alcohol, it has several health and wellness benefits, making it a good addition to a healthy routine. In this article from The Hemp Doctor, find out how to use cannabinoid products as an alternative to alcohol while still having fun.
It’s Time for a Change.
Similar to Dry January, Sober Spring is a movement that supports an alcohol-free lifestyle. Its purpose is to help break bad habits and encourage adult consumers to reevaluate their relationship with alcohol, starting in mid-March and continuing until June each year. The World Health Organization shares shocking statistics about alcohol abuse and reports there are over 3 million deaths every year worldwide. Therefore, spring could be a good opportunity to practice healthy living habits for consumers with moderate to severe drinking habits.
The disadvantages of alcohol consumption:
- Short-term health risks include injuries sustained from a motor vehicle accident or physical altercation, alcohol poisoning, hangovers, dehydration, etc.
- Long-term health risks like cancer, heart disease, liver disease, weight gain, increased anxiety, and more.
- Alcohol-related social problems with family or work.
- Complications during pregnancy, including birth defects.
Is there a healthy limit? According to The Right Amount, the low-risk drinking guidelines suggest a standard serving size of alcohol is 142 ml (5 oz). It also recommends the maximum limit for men is three, and for women, it’s two drinks per day with occasional days off during the week.
Cannabis Consumption and Harm Reduction.
You don’t have to drink alcohol to have fun. Although, it remains a common perception among adults. Many reliable studies show that consumers are choosing cannabis over alcohol. As much as forty percent, says this 2009 study. Cannabis is unlikely to cause death compared to alcohol and has fewer health risks, which is why it’s generally accepted as being a good alternative. Further research is needed to determine the long-term effects of cannabis, as few as there might be.
Advantages of consuming cannabis instead of alcohol include:
- Health benefits of cannabinoid therapy.
- Could reduce the symptoms of a hangover.
- Considered less addictive than alcohol.
The cannabis plant contains several helpful chemical compounds which work together with your body to produce beneficial effects. There are over 500 different compounds found in the cannabis plant and over 100 different cannabinoids identified. These include a variety of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Consumers report feeling euphoric, relaxed, energized, or uplifted depending on the compounds available in a particular cultivar. You can help many health conditions with cannabinoid therapy.
But why choose non-traditional sobriety? Besides the potential health benefits, choosing cannabis over alcohol can sometimes be for lifestyle reasons. Maybe there’s a history of alcohol abuse in the family, religious considerations, or just a lower tolerance to booze, etc. Cannabis products come in a wide variety of formats. Some produce a more intense experience, like THC-O, and some provide benefits without any intoxication. For example, hemp-derived CBD provides a non-intoxicating, calming experience preferred by consumers over the effects of alcohol.
Alcohol-free Spirits Featuring Delta 8 THC Oil Tincture
There are many inhaled products available, like dried flower and concentrates. In addition to these traditional methods, there are ingestible products that range from capsules to beverages. Below we feature a low-potency option that swaps out the liquor for a premium tincture.
Delta 8 THC products can provide a milder buzz with less of the paranoia that can sometimes be associated with other cannabinoids, such as Delta 9 THC. Our tinctures are made using organic fractionated coconut oil and whole-plant hemp extract. Flavored with naturally occurring terpenes and comes in three varieties. These Delta 8 tincture formulations are derived from hemp and therefore comply with U.S. federal law.
Let Eddie Coughlin inspire you with something new. As he said in Cocktail (1988), “anything else is always something better.” So take your mocktail to another level with this cannabis-infused Red Eye recipe.
- 15ml of Delta 8 THC Oil Tincture
- Celery Salt
- 1 Lemon and Lime
- 4 ounces of tomato juice
- 2 teaspoons of prepared Horseradish
- 2 dashes of your favorite Tabasco sauce
- 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 pinch of ground black pepper
- Optional garnish (parsley sprig, celery stalk, etc.)
- On a small plate, sprinkle the celery salt.
- Then use a lemon or lime wedge to rub along the lip of the glass.
- After rolling the outer border of the glass with celery salt, fill it with ice and set it aside.
- Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into a shaker.
- Add the tincture, tomato juice, horseradish, Tabasco, Worcestershire, black pepper, a pinch of celery salt, and ice. Shake gently to combine.
- Strain the beverage into your prepared glass.
- Finish with a garnish of your choice.
Enjoy your infused beverage responsibly!
Keep Your Mind and Body Healthy
All substances have their risks and rewards. So why not make this spring sabbatical a yearlong thing? Considering the overall safety of cannabis compared to alcohol, it’s easy to see why some individuals prefer this natural supplement. In addition to the wellness benefits, cannabis can also be used as a harm reduction tool. You can reduce negative outcomes by being mindful of why you consume and how much. Responsible consumption is key.
When using Delta 8 THC tinctures, do not drive or operate heavy machinery. Drugs or alcohol should not be used during pregnancy. Remember always to consume cannabis with intention and proper caution.
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