Happy New Year, foxes! Sticking to resolutions is never easy, especially when abstaining from alcohol is on the list. The idea of giving up alcohol in the new year isn't new, but it's gaining popularity with recent movements like 'Dry January'. However, with the increasing acceptance and legalization of cannabis, this concept has a new direction for us: High January.
Let's be honest, swapping alcohol for cannabis can have many benefits as a way to start the New Year. Hitting the pause button when consuming alcohol can protect you from side effects such as anger, aggression, or blackouts. In 2016, 19,000 women and 43,000 men died in Germany alone from a cause of death that was solely attributable to alcohol. However, no one can die from a cannabis overdose. Furthermore, alcohol is far more harmful to brain tissue than cannabis when long-term consumption is considered. Alcohol causes your brain to shrink and age faster, even if you consume just one glass of wine a day.
However, cannabis in all its forms and uses can not only provide long-term relief from a long list of physical and mental health problems, but also prevent alcohol cravings. Of course, too much cannabis consumption can lead to a higher tolerance, so it's best to focus more on CBD products during High January. It would also be possible to try a different variety than usual or change the way you consume it.
In order to really get through High January without alcohol, you should look for ways to incorporate cannabis as a substitute in various areas of your life. For example, if your evening routine includes drinking a glass of wine, try a high-CBD pre-roll. You can also train the brain with routines, such as: E.g. drinking tea when falling asleep, which can then replace alcohol in the evening.
Everyone reacts differently to cannabis, so it's important to have contingency plans if you have a product of a flower variety that doesn't work well with your body. Certain dosages can cause paranoia or anxiety in some people if not dosed correctly. So start low, go slow, and keep plenty of CBD on hand to mitigate the negative effects of too much THC if necessary.
Cannabis can open the mind to new perspectives and help release darker emotions that are often inflated by alcohol consumption. So instead of damaging the liver through excessive alcohol consumption, cannabis can positively relax you and help you with anxiety. Sounds like a great start to the new year!
To celebrate this new beginning and promote awareness of a healthier lifestyle, we would like to introduce the term '#ConsciousSmoker'. This stands for a conscious and responsible use of cannabis, which is not just about consumption itself, but also about understanding the effects, choosing the right strains and dosages and recognizing the reasons behind consumption. The '#ConsciousSmoker' is someone who uses cannabis not as an escape, but as a tool for self-care and relaxation, always with a deep understanding of its effects on the body and mind. This approach helps break the stigma surrounding cannabis and promotes a culture of conscious consumption.
With the concept of '#ConsciousSmoker' we are setting an example that cannabis can be used responsibly and can have a positive influence on our lives. This approach goes far beyond mere consumption, it includes understanding the effects on our bodies and minds and promotes a culture of mindful use of cannabis. As '#ConsciousSmokers' we recognize and respect the power of the plant, use it carefully and with the aim of increasing our well-being and not fleeing. It's time to overcome the stigma surrounding cannabis and show how conscious use can enrich lives.
Most importantly, it's not about what you eat, but how and why - that will determine your experience the most. So be a fox, consume cannabis consciously and we wish you much success on your High January.
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