Pausing drinking for a month after the excesses of the holiday season — otherwise known as Dry January — has become a popular New Year’s resolution. Luckily, there’s a worthy new substitute for alcohol in town: CBD. Looking for alcohol alternatives to survive Dry January? Read on!

For those invested in their personal growth in 2022, the new year is a great time to reflect on one’s physical and mental health goals. Whether you’re participating in Dry January, or looking to make a long-term change, drinking less alcohol is a popular new year’s resolution that can help you achieve both of those aims.

What is Dry January?

Dry January, as in ditching alcohol in the first month of the new year, is an annual tradition for many people. Dry January offers your body and mind a chance to reset and reflect after the seasonal bloat and weariness. The new movement of scaling back drinking to live more fully in the moment can, and should, happen year-round. Rather than cutting out alcohol entirely, though, a growing number of people are “sober curious,” exploring elements of a booze-free lifestyle without fully abstaining.

Dry January isn’t just about the negative effects of drinking alcohol. It actually doubles up to support your other resolutions side-by-side:

  1. Focus on Improving Health: Everyone wants to live a long, fulfilling life. And the number one resolution proves just that. It goes without saying that alcohol is detrimental to your health. By abstaining, you can become more motivated to eat right, exercise more and spend more time on mindfulness practices such as yoga and meditation.
  2. Save More Money: A Fidelity survey found that 41% of survey respondents expressed a strong desire to prioritize paying down debt in 2022. Making it the second most popular resolution for 2022. By quitting drinking for 31 days, the average American moderate drinker will save $310!
  3. Invest in Relationships: Alcohol affects the brain causing lower inhibitions, which makes us feel more confident. But lower inhibitions can also make us say or do something that we may come to regret. And this can lead to arguments. 
  4. Look After Mental Health: Alcohol is a depressant. So while the effects of alcohol can sometimes have a short term positive impact on our mood, in the long term it can cause problems for mental health.

Furthermore, the people who took part in Dry January last year noted numerous mental and physical health benefits as well as a “healthier” bank account. More specifically, a study by The University of Sussex found:

  • 93 percent of participants reported experiencing a sense of achievement at the end of the alcohol-free month
  • 88 percent had saved the money that they would otherwise have spent on drinks
  • 82 percent of participants reported an enhanced awareness of their relationship with alcohol
  • 80 percent felt more in control of their drinking habits
  • 76 percent understood when they felt more tempted to drink and why
  • 71 percent of participants learned that they did not need alcohol to have fun
  • 71 percent said that they enjoyed a better quality of sleep
  • 70 percent reported better overall health
  • 67 percent had higher energy levels
  • 58 percent of participants lost weight
  • 57 percent reported improved concentration
  • 54 percent said that they noticed better skin health

Cutting back on booze may be challenging—especially in our cocktail-happy culture. But it has proven whole-body benefits, from greater peace of mind to clearer skin. Luckily, Lost Range CBD products may be able to help you conquer your dry January goals and kick off the new year right with supplementing the right CBD products for you. But first and foremost…. 

What is CBD Exactly?

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a particular cannabinoid which is one of over 400 chemical compounds present in the Cannabis sativa plant (yes, marijuana). However, CBD contains almost zero THC (less than 0.3%) which is the chemical compound that produces a high from marijuana. These cannabinoids are similar in structure to the body’s own cannabinoid system, called the endocannabinoid system. 

For more CBD information, here’s a blog post from us explaining every question you may have regarding cannabidiol.

Can CBD Really Help Control Alcohol Intake? 

Cannabinoids contain a variety of health benefits. CBD specifically not only appears to facilitate reduction in drinking alcohol, but research from Frontiers in Pharmacology also shows the compound “may provide idiosyncratic protection to the liver and brain, which could reduce the development and impact of alcohol-related liver disease and alcohol-related brain injury.”

Essentially, CBD may prove to be overall very useful in reducing and even completely eliminating dependency on alcohol for two main reasons:

  • CBD is known to reduce the presence of pro-inflammatory compounds in the body and brain, removing a major roadblock for the production of feel-good brain chemicals. It may do this by repairing oxidative stress in a similar manner as antioxidants.
  • CBD directly restores our natural endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids (and even the number of endocannabinoid receptors) have been found to be severely depleted and even extinguished entirely by heavy drinking. 

A narrative review of studies pertaining to the assessment of CBD efficiency on drinking reduction, or on the improvement of any aspect of alcohol-related toxicity in AUD. Experimental studies find that CBD reduces the overall level of alcohol drinking in animal models of AUD by reducing ethanol intake, motivation for ethanol, relapse, anxiety, and impulsivity. Moreover, CBD reduces alcohol-related steatosis and fibrosis in the liver by reducing lipid accumulation, stimulating autophagy, modulating inflammation, reducing oxidative stress, and by inducing death of activated hepatic stellate cells. Finally, CBD reduces alcohol-related brain damage, preventing neuronal loss by its antioxidant and immunomodulatory properties.

Further clinical trials will ultimately provide researchers with a better understanding of how CBD can help with alcohol use disorder and alcohol use overall.

How to Take CBD

For some people, taking CBD is part of their daily wellness routine, like taking a morning vitamin or medication. Others prefer to enjoy the many CBD-infused food and drinks on the market, or soak in a CBD bath at the end of the day.  But, the question is, what’s the best and most effective way to experience the effects of CBD? If you’re just beginning your CBD journey, we suggest starting with a CBD oil tincture, because it’ll give you the full CBD experience. (To take it, place a dropper of oil underneath your tongue, and hold it for at least a few minutes before swallowing.)

You can also add a few drops of CBD tincture to your baking, coffee, smoothies and more.

How to Choose a Quality CBD Product

When shopping for CBD, it’s crucial to pick a quality product. But it can be tough to sort through all the options on the market. To ensure you’re buying a quality product, make sure the company displays these key marks:

  • 100% field-grown hemp extract
  • Enhanced bioavailability
  • Non-GMO
  • Sustainably farmed
  • Filler-free
  • Pesticide-free
  • Allergen Free
  • Hemp sourced in the USA, preferably Colorado.

Always look for third-party testing results that indicate the formula is clear of contaminants and contains appropriate CBD and THC levels.

Final Thoughts

Whether 2022 is the year you kicked the booze, you’re taking part in Dry January, move into a “Cali Sober” lifestyle or you want to simply cut back on the alcohol; premium CBD can help get you there.

In addition to CBD products to help you make it through dry January, doing it with a partner or keeping accountability through family and friends can also be helpful. The more connected you can be, whether that be with a professional or a peer support system, the better.

Regardless of your overall goals in 2022, we want to help you be the healthiest and happiest version of ‘you’ in 2022. Check out our full line of products here and make sure you are ready to conquer your goals and start the year out on the right foot. Our Lost Range family wishes you a very Happy New Year! 

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