Adding to the pressure sticking to those lofty resolutions to start the new year off strong, what is widely known as â€śDry Januaryâ€ť is now encouraging you to take an entire month off from drinking.
TheÂ pledgeÂ started in the UK and is gaining steam stateside at a critical time where the negative health effects of alcohol consumption are finally coming to light.Â AÂ study published in the prestigious medical journalÂ The LancetÂ titled â€ś”No level of alcohol consumption improves healthâ€ť caused a media firestorm of concern in 2017 andÂ researchers from University College London recently found that giving up alcohol for just one month can improve liver function, decrease blood pressure and reduce your risk of diabetes.Â Another report saidÂ thatÂ taking January off from drinkingÂ resulted in the continuation ofÂ consuming lessÂ eight months later.Â
While FDA-approved facts and figures on the health benefits of consumingÂ CBD are still largely lacking, the non-psychoactive sister of THC has taken over the wellness world.Â Whether its lotions and potions that can purportedly save your skin and gummy supplements and vitamin pills that can supposedly cure all, you can find CBD products in almost any form.
The latest is an all-out craze for CBD-infused seltzer waters with new brands hitting shelves across the country from Bristol Farms to Whole Foods.Â With anÂ instant cult-followingÂ compared to the likes of LacroixÂ and Spindrift, sips of sparkling CBD beverages are equally as refreshingÂ â€”Â they’re just better for you and often paired with adaptogens, providing effective healing properties from anxiety and stress relief to increasing focus and lifting energy levels.
But what are adapotgens? The buzz word following in CBD’s footsteps, which according to DRAM founder and herbal alchemist Shae Whitney, simply means, â€śPlants and herbs thatÂ assist the body inÂ adaptingÂ to the various stressors of human life, while promoting long term resilience of body, mind and spirit. Adaptogens work best when taken daily over an extended period of time.â€ť
While cannabis has yet to be officially classified as an adaptogen, CBDÂ doesÂ meet the requirementsÂ of being non-toxic, stress-reducing and balances the body overall. When CBDÂ and adaptogenic plant ingredients are formulated together, there are claims that the benefits of eachÂ areÂ stronger.Â
So ifÂ itâ€™s just for this month or well into 2019, here are theÂ sixÂ best bubbly brands out there to help curb your cocktail cravings and chill out for your health (all shippable nationwide):
Designed to â€śtake the edge off lifeâ€™s stressors without impairmentâ€ť each glass bottle contains 25 milligrams of full-spectrum, Colorado-grown CBDâ€”more than double the standard canned beverage doseâ€”with a dash of 100% raw honey. Behind the brand is founder Jay Moskowitz, a burned-out bond trader who left Wall Street for cannabis to combine his passion for beekeeping into one sweet soda.
From the Colorado makers of award-winning cocktail bitters, comes a foray into CBD. Among the just-launched Dose line is sparkling “adaptogenic” waters in three, fresh-from their-own-farm flavors: Gingergrass, Lemongrass and Sweetgrass (limited edition). DRAMâ€™s dreamy cans have already won accolades from World Brand Packaging Design and were designed by co-owner couple Brady Becker and Shae Whitney.Â They say of their inspiration, â€śWe looked to our surroundings, the mountains of southwest Colorado, for inspiration, colors and products for our rebrand. We design all of the look, flavor and production of our products just the two of us, so things stay cohesive.â€ť
Founder Alex Mountjoyâ€™s motto â€śmust love bubblesâ€ť comes from his own familyâ€™s sparkling water obsession. An early believer of the healing powers of CBD, itâ€™s morphed officially into Mountjoy Sparkling. Made with organic, industrial hemp and a lot of love in Sonoma County, Calif., 16-ounce servings come in recycled plastic bottles in five flavors (Blackberry, Lemon Lime, Orange, Peach and Natural) with 10 milligrams of CBD per serving and sans sugar, carbs or calories.
Queen City Hemp
Named for its home base in Cincinnati, Ohio, this low-dose line of seltzer is formulated with 5 milligrams of CBD per serving in five fruity flavors (Blood Orange, Passion Fruit, Guava and Lemon Lavender). According to the company, which uses a proprietary emulsification process of its organic, full-spectrum hemp, when smaller amounts of CBD are dispersed in water, it can have a more energizing effect.
The current media darlingÂ of the movement first got noticed for its millennial-minded, Instagram-friendly packaging, but whatâ€™s inside lives up to the hype. Three, all-natural flavors (Blackberry Chai, Pom Hibiscus and Peach Ginger) are formulated with filtered water and 10 milligrams of full-spectrum hempÂ with three adaptogenic ingredients: American Ginseng to improve memory, Schisandra to boost immunityÂ and L-theanine to reduce stress.
What started as Californiaâ€™s first scientifically made, low dose THC-infused beverage sold in medical dispensaries in 2015 has since exploded across 14 states with its CBD-only line of citrus sodas. Working in partnership with Anheuser-Busch and Pepsi distributors, Sprig has the widest reach of any CBD beverage on the market. Each 12-ounce can contains 20 milligrams of Colorado- and North Carolina-grown hemp with natural sweeteners (zero sugar options are also available in Citrus, Lemon Tea and Melon).
*Disclaimer:Â The effects ofÂ CBD are still being studied, so consult withÂ a medical professional before consumption.