By Amanda Tiberi, MSCN, HHP
With the holiday season a distant memory, so many people are setting out on journeys to conquer sobriety. Starting with Dry January and spreading well into the year, giving up alcohol is becoming quite the trend. All the cool kids are doing it! But if you are anything like me and spent most of your adulthood with a cocktail in hand, it can be daunting to think of giving up your happy hour. Lucky for you (and me!), I found a perfect alternative to alcohol. Ladies and gentlemen, CBD has entered the chat.
Why do people drink alcohol?
Before getting into replacing alcohol, lets take a moment to explore why people drink alcohol. Now, this is truly a loaded question so with the exception of doing deep into anyone’s personal trauma, I will say that studies have found that most people drink to enhance sociability, to reduce anxiety, to escape their problems or for genuine fun (nothing wrong with fun by the way!). In my search for a replacement, I truly wanted to grab something that could potentially benefit or fill the need for those mentioned occasions. Not to mention that drink to take the edge off after a long day of work!
Why choose CBD?
Okay, so you may be thinking that I am just jumping on the hemp bandwagon, but the evidence-backed benefits of consuming CBD speak for themselves. Studies show that consuming CBD, while it doesn’t cause the same psychoactive effects of THC, it still has a positive effect on the CB1 receptors found in the brain, without the high. What this means is that CBD interacts with our brain receptors that modulate memory, pain and emotion. The beneficial impact on these receptors has shown to results such as reductions in inflammation, boosts in mood and even improvements in sleep.
One in the hand…
So now you are getting the picture that with replacing alcohol with a CBD-infused drink can result in all benefits without the hangover, but you might be missing the socialization piece and how to move forward. I always recommend holding a glass or a bottle of a non-alcohol drink (such as a hemp-infused drink), in your hand so that my hands don’t feel empty. Additionally, you can spice it up with a fun mocktail recipe or a fancy glass. That way you can relax, socialize and not have to worry about losing sleep or any awkward morning after conversations. Cheers!
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