The Benefits of Replacing Alcohol with Cannabis
How Cannabis Can Enhance Your New Year’s Resolutions
A new decade is upon us and that means many people will be setting new goals to better themselves in the new year. In addition to the usual resolutions like going to the gym more often or quitting cigarettes, some are participating in “Dryuary,” and are choosing to remove alcohol from their diet for the entire month of January.
Allowing your body to detox from alcohol proves to have many health benefits, such as improved sleep, mental clarity, and clearer skin.
- A Better Night’s Sleep
- Even those who drink a moderate amount of alcohol can feel the effects that alcohol has on the body’s sleep cycle. Alcohol reduces the production of melatonin, a hormone that tells our bodies when to go to sleep and when to wake up. By giving your body a break from alcohol, you might notice that you’re sleeping more soundly throughout the night.
- Improved Gut Health
- Drinking alcohol can cause fatty liver disease, inflammation of the liver, and over time, cirrhosis and liver failure. Alcohol can cause stomach cells to overproduce gastric acid, which can irritate the stomach and ultimately cause ulcers. By giving up alcohol, your gastrointestinal system will be able to detox and repair itself, making for a healthier 2020!
- Clearer Skin
- All alcohol, including beer and wine, dehydrates your body and promotes inflammation. When you give your body a break from alcohol, your skin will likely become more hydrated. Your body will also be able to absorb more Vitamin A, increasing cell turnover, and will keep your skin looking healthier, giving you a new year’s glow!
Cannabis Strains to Pair With Your New Year’s Resolutions
If you do choose to participate in Dryuary and are looking for something natural to replace your nightly glass of wine with, cannabis is a great choice that can enhance your experiences as you work toward achieving your new year resolutions.
When you ask someone what their new year’s resolutions are, the first thing they usually list is to lose weight. Believe it or not, certain strains of cannabis can actually give you energy and help elevate your exercise experience. Something to make going to the gym more fun? Yes, please! If your resolution is to increase your activity level and spend more time with Mother Nature, try hiking or walking one of the many beautiful trails California has to offer. Once you reach your destination, try out Clementine, a Sativa Hybrid known for producing a nice, energetic high. Since this strain is Sativa dominant, you won’t feel physically heavy or “couch-locked” This strain will give you a nice, euphoric buzz and make your outdoor activities more enjoyable.
A few great hiking spots around California:
Orange County: Back Bay Loop Trail
Back Bay Loop Trail provides beautiful views and is great for the whole family — even your pup! This 10.5 mile route will take you around Newport’s Back Bay and has many destinations along the way, such as the Aquatic Center, Mariners Park and Library, Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, and the Back Bay Science Center. If you’re looking for a fun water activity, check out Pirate Coast Paddle Board Company, located off of this trail. Located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, the company offers paddleboard and kayak rentals at affordable prices.
San Diego: Florida Canyon Trail
Another family- and pet-friendly hike is Florida Canyon Trail located in Balboa Park. This 2.2 mile trail is an easy hike that will lead you to beautiful views and, if you’re lucky, some wildlife. Open year-round, this trail is great for those looking to see parts of San Diego that are off the beaten path. After your stroll through Florida Canyon, check out one of the 17 museums that Balboa Park has to offer or the San Diego Zoo, which also is located in the park!
Northern California: Land’s End Trail
A popular hike with gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Land’s End Trail is a picturesque route that will have you leaving with more than a few perfect pictures to post on Instagram. This moderate difficulty trail is on the northwest end of San Francisco and is just over 4 miles. Be sure to wear proper footwear, as some parts of this trail can get a little rocky.
2020 is the start of a new decade and that means you get to create a new you. Put down the take-out menus and TV remote, and instead, check out some live entertainment! California is home to the entertainment capital of the world and has multiple venues across the state that host themed dance nights, concerts, live theater, stand-up comedy, and more! A great strain to smoke while you’re out exploring your area’s nightlife scene is Jack Herer, a Sativa-dominant hybrid that will have you feeling blissful, clear-headed, and creative. (Be sure to follow local laws about public consumption.)
If you’re looking for new live entertainment venues, we recommend:
Orange County: The Observatory
A local favorite, The Observatory on 3503 S. Harbor Blvd in Santa Ana, brings an eclectic mix of talent to an intimate space. Whether you’re looking for a spot to check out new indie bands or want to see well-known artists, this is the place for you. Visit its patio and enjoy the beautiful Southern California weather while you stick to your new year’s resolutions.
San Diego: The Music Box
From local cover bands and themed dance nights to big-name bands we all know, this three-story venue has something for everyone to enjoy. Conveniently located at 1337 India St. in San Diego, this venue is one you won’t want to pass up on visiting.
Oakland: The Fox Theater
Arguably one of the most beloved venues in Northern California, The Fox Theater has a rich history and has hosted some of the most well-known musicians in the world. If you’re in the area and are looking to enjoy some live music, check out their line up, you will not be disappointed! Located at 1807 Telegraph Ave in Oakland.
Try New Cuisine
California has some of the best chefs in the world and is a haven for foodies across the country. January is the perfect time to broaden your horizons and try new things, so why not check out some new food? Maybe you’ll find that the “new you” appreciates unique types of cuisine! A great Sativa dominant strain to try before you dine is Green Crack, which will give you an uplifted, euphoric, and energetic high.
Some great Califonia restaurants to try out are:
Orange County: Habana Restaurant
2930 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
With an interior decorated with ornate light fixtures and beautiful furniture with a menu to match, the Habana, located in Costa Mesa at the famed LAB, will have you feeling like you took a trip to Cuba. If you visit in the warmer months, grab a table outside and enjoy the relaxing ambiance surrounded by trees. Try the Plantain Crusted Chicken and one of their handmade coffee drinks, or ask your server to recommend a favorite traditional Cuban menu option.
San Diego: Kindred
1503 30th St, San Diego, CA 92102
If you’re looking for a restaurant with a fun atmosphere, Kindred is a unique restaurant that offers vegan dishes accompanied by death metal music. This out-of-the-box spot is sure to please with a menu that has something for everyone, from cauliflower steak to cookie dough truffles! Pro Tip: If you visit Kindred for brunch, try the Pear Toast with its Little Gem Caesar; you’ll thank us later.
Oakland: Brown Sugar Kitchen
2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Brown Sugar Kitchen is a soul food restaurant that boasts a wide range of menu options, from gumbo to chicken and waffles. Using locally grown, organic and seasonal ingredients whenever possible, this restaurant is great for those looking to try something new — and seeking a home run. Pro tip: The macaroni-and-cheese side dish is said to be a neighborhood favorite.
A Healthier You
You’ve vowed to start taking your vitamins, walking your dog every day and signed up for a weekly yoga class. Are you considering adding CBD to your daily routine, too? Just like with taking your morning vitamins, CBD is available in a variety of forms, including gel capsules, tablets, thin oral strips, gummies, tinctures and more. Pro tip: Did you know you could add a CBD tincture to your morning coffee or oatmeal, and don’t forget that vape cartridges are ideal for on-the-go use.
A Better Night’s Sleep
Studies suggest that getting a solid eight hours of sleep a night can improve your mood, help you lose weight, boost your immune system, and lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes. Plus, it feels good! A great strain to help you chill out is 9 Pound Hammer, an Indica that will have you feeling relaxed, happy, and dreamy. Weden also carries the Sleep Box by MyJane, a cannabis gift set curated with products to help you or a loved one drift off to dreamland with ease.
This year, resolve to carve out time for yourself to reflect on your growth and be proud of your achievements! A great way to celebrate your hard work is to treat yourself for achieving your resolutions. If you’re looking to upgrade your smoking gear, think about finally buying that Puffco Peak or vape battery that you’ve been eyeballing recently. Weden has a great selection of smoking gear, so gift yourself a little something to reward your determination to stay dry all of January.