Adding to the pressure sticking to those lofty resolutions to start the new year off strong, what is widely known as “Dry January” is now encouraging you to take an entire month off from drinking.
The pledge 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. A study published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet titled “”No level of alcohol consumption improves health” caused a media firestorm of concern in 2017 and 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. Another report said that taking January off from drinking resulted in the continuation of consuming less eight months later.
While FDA-approved facts and figures on the health benefits of consuming CBD are still largely lacking, there’s enough out there that has caused the non-psychoactive sister of THC to take over the wellness world. Whether its lotions and potions to save your skin or gummy supplements and vitamin pills to 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 at across the country from Bristol Farms to Whole Foods. With an instant cult-following compared to the likes of Lacroix and Spindrift, sips of sparkling CBD beverages are equally as refreshing — 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, “Plants and herbs that assist the body in adapting 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.”
While cannabis has yet to be officially classified as an adaptogen, CBD does meet the requirements of being non-toxic, stress-reducing and balances the body overall. When CBD and adaptogenic plant ingredients are formulated together, the benefits of each are reported to be stronger.
Whether it’s just for this month or well into 2019, here are the six best bubbly brands out there to help curb your cocktail cravings and chill out for your health (all shippable nationwide):
Designed to “take the edge off life’s stressors without impairment” each glass bottle contains 25 milligrams of full-spectrum, Colorado-grown CBD—more than double the standard canned beverage dose—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). DRAM’s dreamy cans have already won accolades from World Brand Packaging Design and were designed by co-owner couple Brady Becker and Shae Whitney. They say of their inspiration, “We 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.”
Founder Alex Mountjoy’s motto “must love bubbles” comes from his own family’s sparkling water obsession. An early believer of the healing powers of CBD, it’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 darling of the movement first got noticed for its millennial-minded, Instagram-friendly packaging, but what’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 hemp with three adaptogenic ingredients: American Ginseng to improve memory, Schisandra to boost immunity and L-theanine to reduce stress.
What started as California’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: The effects of CBD are still being studied, so consult with a medical professional before consumption.