OK, maybe not an entirely Dry January

January has always been a month for new beginnings and self-improvement, and for many it's a month for sobriety. In recent years the "Dry January" trend has taken off as people around the nation and world commit to spend the entirety of the first month of the year away from alcohol.

The trend has officially become a cultural phenomenon as evidenced by the fact that it's been commercialized — by a beer company of all things. Heineken offered 31-packs of their non-alcoholic beer for this year's consumers who couldn't fully give up beer during their Dry January.

There are better ways to stay sober, from alcohol, this month than drinking non-alcoholic beer. Since this is the Green Zone section, you already know we're talking about weed.

If you're looking to take Dry January to the extreme and avoid all intoxicants, not just alcohol, you might want to turn to CBD for some help. The National Institute on Drug Addiction at the National Institutes of Health reported on a 2018 study that showed CBD can be helpful in the prevention of relapse.

CBD has long been hailed for its calming and anti-anxiety properties, which alone would be helpful for someone turning away from booze this month. Combine it with a scientific study showing that CBD helps prevent relapse and you would be foolish not to consider adding CBD supplements to your daily routine. Even if you're not an alcoholic, giving up booze can be hard. Make it a little easier with CBD.

But what if you're looking to just cut out the booze but not the weed? Don't worry, you can still drink and get high at the same time.

The days of smelly, stale brownies are long gone thanks to books like Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations by Warren Bobrow. Amateur mixologists can whip up crazy fancy drinks with cannabis at their home bar while leaving the liquor on the shelf.

If you're not a master drink-maker, fear not. Cannabis-infused beverages, which are sold at nearly every weed store around, make things easy.

In our Nov. 8, 2018, edition of the Inlander, writer Tuck Clarry and local bartender Chaeliegh Baucom put together a recipe for the "Fore-Twenty." It's a simple twist on the classic Arnold Palmer using cannabis-infused Ray's Lemonade instead of the traditional stuff. Check it out here. ♦

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