What is the best alcohol replacement drink?

Oct 11, 2023The nama Team

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What is the best alcohol replacement drink?

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Why should I find an alcohol alternative?

People are over the damaging effects that come with boozing. As we get more woke about wellness and moderation, many of us are looking beyond alcoholic drinks. We want the social benefits of drinking, without the toll on our health and wellbeing. 

We want that lit feeling, just without the nasty next-day headaches, guilt, and regrets. It’s time to trade craft cocktails for craft mocktails and take care of our social life at the same time we care for our bodies and minds.

Here are the reasons many of us are getting off alcohol and looking for non-alcoholic substitutes: 

  • Stress relief and mood enhancement. We want something that provides stress relief instead of stressing us out more. Alcohol provides seductive temporary relief, but the net long-term effect is higher stress. It’s time for something that provides stress relief in both the short and long term.
  • Social experience. We all love a good social scenario—a birthday party or a networking event—where we can drink and mingle. And we can’t even imagine a party without drinking. But trust us, going alcohol-free doesn't mean you'll miss out on the fun. In fact, it opens up a world of creative and delicious non-alcoholic drinks, making social gatherings even more exciting and way more responsible.
  • Keeping it responsible and safe. Alcohol is the least responsible option for having a good time. Its negative consequences outweigh the temporary enjoyment it provides. Choosing alcohol-free options means you can enjoy a night out or a cozy evening in without worrying about crossing the line. It's all about making smart choices and staying in control. 
  • Health benefits. Ditching the booze can only do wonders for your health. Alcohol has well-documented negative effects on your brain, liver, kidneys, and overall health. Non-alcoholic options are like a high-five for your body. Say Sayonara to negative side effects. 
  • No hangovers. Do you often feel like you’re nursing hangovers longer than the party lasted? We hear you. No one enjoys the misery of the next-day headaches, nausea, or fatigue. With alcohol-free alternatives, you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to seize the day, with no headaches or nausea involved.
  • Hydration. Alcohol dehydrates you. Your body needs hydration. This isn’t rocket science.
  • No intoxication. Getting wasted sucks on every level. You lose decision-making abilities, sacrifice motor control, and are at risk of endangering yourself and others. No thanks. 
  • Fewer calories. Alcohol has a lot of calories. Alcohol-free drinks are packed with flavor but without the calorie overload. Skip the booze and watch your waistline slim. 

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How do you feel after drinking alcohol?

We get it: drinking can be fun in the moment. A glass of wine unwinding after work, a beer while watching the game, a festive cocktail on a night out. Alcohol's ability to lower your inhibitions and offer short-term relaxation makes it an ever-popular pastime.

But once those drinks wear off, alcohol's aftereffects set in. And, boy, they can be harsh. Here’s how alcohol makes you feel after the party’s over:

  • Do you ever feel thirsty in the morning after partying hard the previous night? That’s because alcohol dehydrates your body. It’s the dehydration that triggers headaches, fatigue, and the overall misery of hangovers when you stop drinking. Alcohol acts as a diuretic, forcing the kidneys to go into overdrive and eliminate excess fluids. 
  • Toxins in alcohol inflame the stomach lining, causing bloating, cramping, acid reflux, and an overall heavy discomfort in the gut.
  • Over time, drinking can negatively impact your mental health. Alcohol acts as a depressant on the brain, slowing neural activity and worsening symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. 
  • Heavy alcohol intake puts a lot of stress on the liver, causing it to work overtime to filter out toxins. This is why you often feel tired, nauseous, or overly sensitive to medications after you drink.
  • Alcohol raises blood pressure and heart rate. This further triggers anxiety, shortness of breath, and rapid or irregular heartbeat sensations. It’s a given that increased anxiety is bad for your mental health, but the other cardiovascular consequences of alcohol consumption can pose a serious threat to your physical health as well. Excessive drinking over time can lead to stroke, heart failure, and other potentially fatal conditions. 
  • Speaking of neural activity, did you know that long-term, excessive alcohol consumption shrinks brain volume and leads to cognitive decline? The toxic effects of alcohol can cloud focus, impair coordination, memory, and judgment, and slow reaction time. You know exactly how this feels. 

Where booze destroys your brain, cannabis can be super good for it at low doses. A great way to microdose cannabis and boost your cognition is with our Bliss Delta 9 gummies. These fruit-flavored edibles help manage anxiety and sleep issues leaving you refreshed and ready to conquer each day with a clear and focused mind.

Don’t forget that frequent and excessive alcohol intake often leads to alcoholism. Because of its therapeutic effects, microdosing cannabis may help alcoholism, alleviate withdrawal symptoms, and reduce cravings.

Feeling like raising a glass right now? Yeah, neither do we. 

What are some alternatives to alcoholic drinks?

You want alternatives to alcohol that offer sophistication and a good time without hangovers and damaging health effects.

We've got a lineup of fantastic alternatives that go beyond the ordinary. In your quest for booze-free liquid fun, here are some emerging trends you could try:

  1. Alcohol-free wine
  2. Non-alcoholic beer
  3. Adaptogenic drinks
  4. Craft cocktails
  5. Sparkling waters
  6. Fruit juices and infusions
  7. Cannabis beverages

Alcohol-free wine

Alcohol-free wines offer the taste and complexity of traditional wines without any alcohol content. They come in many grape varieties and flavors, making them an excellent choice for those who appreciate the depth of flavor found in wine without the intoxicating effects. 

Non-alcoholic beer

For beer enthusiasts, non-alcoholic beers are a fantastic choice. They come in many styles, from lagers to IPAs, and provide the same refreshing qualities as regular beer without the alcohol. 

Adaptogenic drinks

Adaptogenic drinks, often infused with botanical extracts like ashwagandha, Rhodiola, and ginseng, are designed to provide stress relief and support overall well-being. These complex drinks offer herbal flavors and can serve as a calming and health-conscious alternative to alcoholic tipples.

Craft cocktails

Craft cocktails have taken the alcohol-free world by storm, offering complex flavors and a cocktail lover's dream experience without alcohol content. These sophisticated alternatives incorporate ingredients like balsamic vinegar, allspice berry, or citrus juice to create unique, non-alcoholic cocktails suitable for any occasion.

Sparkling waters

Sparkling waters are available in so many flavors. These alternative drinks offer a refreshing and hydrating alternative to alcoholic beverages. They can be enjoyed on their own or as mixers for mocktails. Their versatility and simplicity make them an ideal choice for those seeking a cold, complex drink without alcohol content.

Fruit juices and infusions

Real fruit juices and infusions, like lemon verbena, ginger, or Schisandra berry, provide a plethora of flavors and health benefits. These can be mixed with sparkling water or enjoyed on their own. They're an excellent choice for those who want to savor the fruity flavors without the negative side effects of alcohol.

Cannabis beverages

Here's a fascinating twist in the world of alcohol alternatives: cannabis-infused beverages. These intriguing concoctions combine the therapeutic properties of cannabis with a delightful drink experience. With options ranging from CBD-infused sparkling water to THC-laden herbal teas, cannabis beverages are a great way to unwind and relax without the intoxicating effects of alcohol.

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The case for cannabis beverages

THC drinks, or cannabis-infused beverages, are liquid products that contain small amounts of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or Delta 9 THC. They are formulated to provide the effects of THC in a liquid form, allowing for convenient consumption and precise dosing.

THC drinks let you drink socially to get your cannabis microdose, so you can skip the lung damage associated with smoking. Unlike other microdosing methods, you’ll know exactly how much Delta 9 THC and cannabidiol (CBD) you’re ingesting. 

We’re sort of experts on microdosing, so we’ve compiled a list of reasons why you should take small amounts of cannabis and ditch unhealthy cigarettes and vapes. Order our phenomenal liquid THC and experience potency in only a few drops.

Another favorite way to microdose is with our delicious low-dose THC edibles. They’re delicious, chewable, and offer a slow-release dose of your favorite cannabis compounds. 

How do you feel after drinking cannabis?

Delta 9 THC is the psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. At sufficient amounts, THC can produce a “high” and, at times, even some unwanted effects. But that’s the greatest thing about drinking our THC-infused beverages: they provide all the therapeutic and medicinal benefits of cannabis without the adverse effects

Instead of making you feel sluggish, heavily sedated, or impaired, low-THC drinks allow you to remain clear-headed and energetic.

Here’s how low-dose THC beverages really make you feel:

  • Relaxed and at ease. Your muscles will relax without any of the lethargy or sleepiness that high doses of THC can induce. Microdosing cannabis is really good for alleviating anxiety and stress, so there’s no doubt that a few drops of our liquid THC will give you sweet stress relief any time of the day. 
  • Gently euphoric. There’s nothing worse than those intense highs after you smoke or vape cannabis. None of that with our THC drinks, because low doses provide gentle euphoria that makes activities more engaging without making you feel sluggish and hazy. 
  • Creative and motivated. Sometimes all you need is a little push to get that work done. Our low-dose cannabis drinks offer a mild enhancement in focus and creativity, allowing you to brainstorm with an upbeat buzz.
  • Sociable and talkative. But not in a bad way. Sipping on your favorite mocktails with a sprinkle of cannabis can increase your sociability and talkativeness—but without the risk of uninhibited behavior from getting too inebriated.
  • Relieved of pain. Effective relief from aches and pains is perhaps the main reason why people are turning to microdosing edibles. Read more about the analgesic properties of cannabis
  • Improved cognition. There are so many ways microdosing cannabis aids your brain and improves your cognition. Did you know that small amounts of CBD and THC can promote neurogenesis, a process that generates new brain cells? These cannabis compounds boost blood flow and stimulate the hippocampus, triggering the growth of new neurons. We bet you also didn’t know that microdosing weed can help dementia patients improve cognitive function, activate underperforming regions in the hippocampus, and reduce inflammation. This one-two punch keeps neurons healthy and functioning, slowing the progression of memory loss.
  • Safe from inhaling toxins. Another huge plus for weed drinks is the lack of respiratory risks associated with smoking and vaping. Inhaling combusted or vaporized cannabis can irritate the throat and lungs over time, while the toxins and tar increase the chance of lung infections and respiratory issues. Yuck. If you want to incorporate cannabis without taxing your lungs, drinkable THC products are the way to go.

THC drinks provide quick uptake. You can feel the effects of THC beverages 10–20 minutes after consumption. This rapid onset happens because the THC gets absorbed directly through the stomach lining.

While weed drinks kick in much faster than gummies, their effects don’t last as long. Once they kick in, you can feel the effects of THC drinks for up to six hours, which is way longer than with cannabis cigarettes but less than the 8-12 hours associated with gummies. 

The following factors determine how long the effects of a THC drink will last.

  • THC concentration in the drink 
  • Serving size 
  • Whether you’ve had a meal before or not
  • Your metabolism 
  • Your tolerance to cannabis

If you really want to feel good, how about whipping up a good old-fashioned cocktail? Minus the booze, of course. One of our favorite THC drink recipes is the always-popular Pink Lemonade

It takes seconds to make, but the flavor will linger on almost as long as the effects of our THC Buzz drops

If you’re not in the mood for mixology, you can always pop out our Pink Lemonade gummies and hop on the fun. 

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Why THC-infused beverages are better than alcohol

Cannabis offers some major perks that your average piña colada can't match. With THC drinks, you can curate your ideal social buzz instead of playing catch-up with Mr. Hangover the next morning.

Check out more reasons why our low-dose cannabis-infused beverages are the perfect alcohol replacement:

  1. Low amounts of THC provide euphoria and sensory enhancement without severely impairing cognition or motor skills. Alcohol is kind of notorious for doing just that, but your THC-infused virgin Bloody Mary doesn’t have to be. 
  2. Low doses of THC allow you to feel uplifted and “buzzed” without intense intoxication or a lack of control. Our cannabis drinks are perfect for precise dosage and customized experiences, so you always have control over how much THC you consume and how. 
  3. Even experienced drinkers can’t always escape those awful next-day hangovers. THC-infused drinks will not leave you hungover, nor will they put extra strain on your liver, kidneys, or heart. 
  4. The relaxation THC and CBD provide leaves you feeling recharged rather than sedated. You would have to take enormous amounts of weed to match the alcohol-induced sedation, but since we’re dealing with small, controlled doses of purest hemp-derived cannabinoids, no sedation, slugginess, or drowsiness will take place.
  5. Switching from alcohol to our low-dose cannabis drinks gives you a bouquet of health perks that are impossible to ignore. 
  6. Hangovers are never easy, especially on your head. If you're prone to migraines or headaches, alcohol can only make your conditions worse. Our cannabis drinks could be your saving grace. Many people find that low doses of THC and CBD help alleviate migraine symptoms, providing soothing relief without the need for over-the-counter pain relievers. 
  7. Have you ever noticed how booze gives you temporary relief from back pain but once the effects wear off, you’re back face to face with chronic aches? While alcohol consumption can exacerbate pain long-term, cannabis has long been hailed for its pain-relieving properties. 
  8. Alcohol can also temporarily numb stress, which is always fun. What’s not so fun is that it often increases anxiety in the long run. Taken in small doses, cannabis has calming effects that may genuinely reduce your stress and fight off anxiety, fostering mental well-being and relaxation.
  9. For those grappling with insomnia, alcohol is the last thing you need to disrupt your sleep patterns. Your favorite cocktail doesn’t stand a chance against the relaxing properties of our drinks. Promote a restful night's sleep without the unwanted grogginess of alcohol or traditional sleep medications and choose our THC-infused alcohol-replacement.
  10. For some people, alcohol often irritates and disrupts their digestive system, leaving them with uncomfortable and unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms. Low-dose THC beverages can in fact enhance digestive well-being and offer potential relief from issues like nausea, indigestion, and various gastrointestinal discomforts. 
  11. Low-dose cannabis alternatives have the upper hand over alcohol when it comes to health issues such as liver damage, heart problems, and addiction. 
  12. We didn’t even get to the best part! Alcohol carries a certain number of calories with every drink. But with cannabis drinks, you don’t need to worry about that. A piña colada can have upwards of 500 calories, but the cannabis-infused, alcohol-free alternative would have none aside from the mixer ingredients. 

The choice is clear: low-dose cannabis drinks beat out alcohol's empty calories, toxic effects, and morning-after dread. 

With that in mind, we crafted our micro-measured THC Buzz drops to infuse your favorite mocktails with. Our hemp-derived, water-soluble formula allows you to calibrate your buzz down to the milligram. 

Don’t know how to make a THC-infused drink? Let’s get into it.

How to Make THC-Infused Drinks

Move over margaritas—cannabis cocktails are taking over happy hour. 

Making THC drinks is easier than you think. With the right ingredients and techniques, you can infuse everything from orange juice and ginger ale to steaming mugs of cocoa with a sensual buzz. 

Here’s how to do it:

  • Choose your preferred base liquid. It can be anything from water and tea to lemonade, orange juice, sparkling water, or even milk and coffee. Feel free to experiment, as our Buzz Drops won’t affect the flavors of the base. 
  • Experiment with toppings. You can add herbs, spices, or any other ingredient that you think goes well with your base. 
  • Sweeten your cannabis drink with honey, sugar, or other sweeteners to taste. (Or leave sugar completely out of it. The choice is all yours.)
  • Adjust the amount of cannabis used during the infusion. We recommend you start low and go slow until you find your preferred dosage. At 2.2 mg of THC and 2.9 mg of CBD per full dropper of our THC drink, you've got total control over your dose. Go for a half dropper when you want to ignite the perfect chilling mood.

Not sure where to begin? Start with the synergy of sweet and tart in our cannabis mojito mocktail recipe.

Are you craving something creamy yet sparkly and totally buzzy? Here’s another dead ringer worth trying: our blood orange and cream cannabis mocktail recipe.

So, the next time you want to imbibe without the downsides, reach for our liquid THC solution instead of liquor. We help you ditch the hangovers and unwanted calories without missing out on the social fun.

Feel free to explore more recipes and flavors with our ultimate THC drink recipe book

Tips for consuming low-dose THC drinks

Regardless of the ingredients and type of soft drinks you infuse with our Buzz drops, drinking cannabis can be super fun, but safety comes first. 

Here are some need-to-know tips for getting your THC drink on deliciously and responsibly.

  • If you’re a beginner at microdosing, start low and slow. Our liquid THC drops contain only 2 milligrams of THC, making them perfect for easing you into the process until you become more experienced. 
  • Wait at least an hour before sipping more. Remember that the effects of THC drinks can take 10–20 minutes to kick in, so chill and let the cannabis work its magic.
  • Try not to combine weed drinks with alcohol, medications, or extra edibles. 
  • THC may cause dry mouth for some, so drink plenty of water and don't overdo the dose.
  • Use quality, lab-tested cannabis from reputable brands so you know exactly what you’re getting. Choose an organic, non-GMO cannabis product whenever possible to avoid pesticides or funky additives. Our drinks only use the good stuff: American hemp with no artificial junk. If you don’t want to buy cannabis products that contain a bunch of chemicals and pesticides, shop at nama
  • And of course, double-check your state's cannabis laws before indulging.

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THC drinks FAQ

There are several options to consider as great alcohol alternatives. 

  • Alcohol-free beers can provide a similar taste and mouthfeel to beer without the intoxicating effects. 
  • Non-alcoholic wines are another choice, offering the complex flavors and aromas found in traditional wine minus the alcohol content. 
  • Craft mocktails or alcohol-free cocktails made with ingredients like ginger beer, club soda, and citrus flavors can also replicate the experience of sipping a cocktail without the negative effects of alcohol. 
  • Adaptogenic drinks and botanical-infused elixirs provide a sophisticated alternative, offering complex flavors and potential health benefits.
  • For a relaxing drink that mimics alcohol's mellow buzz without the hangovers or toxicity, try a microdosed cannabis-infused beverage. THC and CBD tinctures and drink powders can turn any mocktail, tea, or juice into a cannabis cocktail. Start with just 2-5mg THC. This microdose will provide light euphoria and relaxation similar to 1-2 drinks, just much longer-lasting. 

If you feel drunk without drinking any alcohol, it may occur due to a phenomenon known as the “placebo effect.” The mind is a powerful influencer of the body, and if you believe you're consuming alcohol, your brain can trigger physiological responses similar to intoxication. 

The placebo effect can go so far as to alter perceptions, lower inhibitions, or enhance relaxation. Some people may even experience this sensation if they consume drinks with artificial flavors that mimic the taste of alcoholic beverages.

Several non-alcoholic beverages mimic the taste of alcohol. Alcohol-free beers, dealcoholized wines, and craft mocktails replicate the flavors of traditional alcoholic drinks. 

For example, ginger beer and tonic water have complex flavors reminiscent of alcoholic mixers, while non-alcoholic wines are designed to capture the essence of wine without ethanol. These alternatives provide the familiar tastes associated with alcoholic beverages while maintaining zero or minimal alcohol content.

If you're seeking a non-alcoholic substitute for vodka, try distilled non-alcoholic spirits, which are crafted to mimic the taste and mouthfeel of vodka without the alcohol content. 

You can also explore flavored sparkling water or tonic water, which can be used as mixers for mocktails. For a unique twist, experiment with herbal or fruit-infused beverages to create vodka-like cocktails without alcohol.

To replace your nightly glass of wine, the following alcohol-free options are always a great choice. 

  • The popular non-alcoholic wines offer the same depth of flavor without the alcohol content. 
  • Give herbal teas like lemon balm or adaptogenic drinks a go. They can provide relaxation and stress relief. 
  • Sparkling water with a splash of fruit juice or a crafted mocktail can also be a delightful and healthy substitute for your evening ritual.

CBD cannot replace alcohol in the traditional sense, given that it serves different purposes and has distinct effects. While some people use CBD to relax and unwind, it doesn't produce the intoxicating effects of alcohol. 

Alcohol is terrible for your physical and mental health. These dangers include an increased risk of liver disease, heart problems, high blood pressure, and certain cancers. Alcohol can impair cognitive function, leading to accidents and injuries. It can also contribute to addiction, depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. 

Long-term alcohol abuse can lead to alcohol use disorder (AUD), which can be challenging to overcome. Alcohol also impairs judgment and coordination, which leads to risky behaviors such as drunk driving. To mitigate these risks, consume alcohol in moderation and seek help if you or someone you know struggles with alcohol-related issues.

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