Who else has started 2024 by saying, “New year, new me”? It’s that time of year when, after weeks of over-indulging and dealing with the residual effects of alcohol, we start to realize that we have enjoyed the festive season a little too much. Sound familiar? Luckily, January often brings the “Dry January” tradition—a month-long hiatus from alcohol consumption. It’s a powerful initiative that allows us to reset our relationship with alcohol, detoxify our bodies and reset our goals for the year ahead.
But Dry January isn’t just about abstaining from alcohol; it’s also about finding healthier and more mindful alternatives. This is where cannabis comes into play. Cannabis is a clever substitute for alcohol, providing relaxation and enjoyment without the potential drawbacks. Our premium, spray-free cannabis products are an excellent choice for those seeking an alternative to alcohol.
In states where adult-use cannabis has been legal for years, there is a noticeable decrease in the growth of alcohol sales while the cannabis market continues to grow. For instance, a recent report claims that in Colorado, cannabis sales have grown to approximately 10% of the size of the alcohol market, a significant increase from the 2% share it held just five years ago.
There are many reasons why replacing alcohol with cannabis is a better choice:
Lower Health Risks: Cannabis is generally considered to have fewer health risks than alcohol. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to liver damage, addiction and various health issues, whereas moderate cannabis use is less likely to cause severe physical harm.
Non-Toxic: Unlike alcohol, which can be toxic in large quantities and can lead to alcohol poisoning, cannabis is not lethal when consumed in reasonable amounts. To date, there have been no fatal overdoses solely from cannabis use.
Reduced Aggression: Alcohol is known to lower inhibitions and can sometimes lead to aggressive or violent behavior. Cannabis is often associated with a more relaxed and peaceful state of mind, which may reduce the likelihood of aggressive outbursts.
Medical Benefits: Cannabis has a growing body of research supporting its potential medical benefits. It can alleviate the symptoms of various medical conditions, including chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and nausea. Alcohol, on the other hand, lacks such significant medical applications.
Cannabis as a Substitute for Dry January
Cannabis elixirs are a versatile and convenient way to explore the benefits of cannabis during Dry January. Made from 100% full spectrum cannabis, our Warrior and Thrive elixirs provide precise dosing, making them a perfect replacement for alcohol. Elixirs are perfect for replacing alcohol in your favorite cocktails. Just remember to start low and go slow so you can find your dosage sweet spot.
Here’s a delicious beverage recipe to get you started.
Grapefruit Rosemary Spritzer
This non-alcoholic grapefruit rosemary spritzer is a refreshing, botanical drink. The savory hint of rosemary makes this a perfect grownup, elegant beverage.
- 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
- 4-6 tbsp rosemary syrup
- Crushed ice
- Soda water
- 12 drops of Thrive Elixir
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 sprig of rosemary, chopped
- To make the syrup, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil on medium-high heat. Cook for 4-5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.
- Remove from heat and pass through a sieve to remove the rosemary. Cover and let cool completely.
- To assemble the spritzer, pour 1/4 cup grapefruit juice into each glass. Add 2-3 tbsp of rosemary syrup to each glass along with drops of the THC elixir.
- Fill the glasses with crushed ice and then top with soda water.
- Garnish with rosemary and grapefruit slices if desired.
With the power to customize your dosage, you can create a Dry January that delivers a delicious and refreshing twist that can extend past the month and into your new year. Cheers to that!