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    A shiny new year is just around the corner, which means many of us are already deciding 2019 will be ouryear. Maybe this is the year we’re going to cut back on the booze, or really stick to that workout plan, or get a handle on some health issues. Those are all admirable resolutions, and here’s a little tip. Incorporating CBD and THC may be the kick in the pants you need to see them through. Here’s how cannabis can help with those New Year, New You resolutions.

    That Nightly (or Morning) Drinking Habit

    A glass of wine or a beer (and probably more than one) may be something you look forward to all day long. It’s how you unwind, a habit you associate with a little stress relief after another busy day. Maybe it’s just what you need to quiet your mind so you can catch some zzz’s. But there’s a downside to alcohol, and anyone who’s ever been hungover is vividly aware of it. Add to that its other drawbacks – alcohol is fattening, addictive, and seriously unhealthy, linked to shorter life expectancies, ulcers, nerve damage, and liver disease – and it becomes one of those vices we hang on to out of habit.

    Maybe you’re not into the booze, but you can’t even imagine living life without your morning caffeine kickstart. You wouldn’t be alone. Way back in 2006, close to 70% of Americans considered themselves hooked. But too much caffeine is associated with jumpy nerves, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and a decrease in bone density.

    So here’s an idea. If unwinding at the end of a long day is important to you, or you really do need something to get you going in the am, consider an infused edible. Because whatever effect you’re chasing with that glass or three of wine can be enjoyed through cannabis – without the morning-after downsides (churning stomach, headache, or that loss of control that means you went a little overboard – again). The thing about edibles is the sheer range of products, and just as many effects. A breakfast smoothie with a little CBD boost is chock-full of fatty acids, antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals, which puts your usual latte or frappuccino to serious shame.

    Your OTC Pain Relievers

    Popping an over-the-counter pain reliever for that aching back, your pounding headache, your sore knees, or any other physical pain is the norm. But just because some 17 million Americans will gobble an NSAID, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like aspirin or ibuprofen, every single day doesn’t mean the side effects of these common drugs aren’t equally common. Risks of adverse reactions to NSAIDs, which include ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding, heartburn, headaches, dizziness, leg swelling, stroke, heart attack, even death, can be as high as 26%. And these are risks we take willingly, because trying to power through the day with a splitting headache just isn’t happening.

    Good news – cannabis can be a viable alternative, and it comes without the laundry list of potential complications outlined above. Terpenoids and phytocannabinoids have powerful anti-inflammatory benefits that have been proven in multiple studies over the last twenty years. And again, the breadth of options means people have choices when it comes to how they consume and what they feel. There are a variety of non-smokable delivery methods and so many products that let you customize your cannabinoid use to target your source of inflammation.

    That Fitness Slump

    Actually getting yourself to the gym can be the hardest part, which is why good habits can be the key to sticking to your workouts. Another key? Something to get you up and going. Sativas are known for the energetic, euphoric effect – an effect that can make all the difference when you just need the motivation to get there. Proponents of cannabis and fitness point to its ability to help them stay in the zone during training and its recovery benefits after a hard workout. It’s also been shown to reduce muscle spasms and pain and increase the oxygenation of tissues and ligaments.

    Real Talk

    Cannabis is just like anything. If you’re consuming irresponsibly, it’s going to have negative consequences, and that’s true for something like caffeine. But there’s an argument to be made that moderate cannabis use – particularly when it’s taking the place of your current bad habits – will actually make your life better. So when you’re making those new year, new you resolutions, cannabis may make all the difference between success and failure.