Cali Sober: 3 Things to Know

Cali Sober: 3 Things to Know

Dry January is over…so what’s next? Today, many consumers are beginning to reevaluate their relationship with alcohol beyond just a one-month detox––so if you loved how you felt after eliminating alcohol last month and want to continue your sobriety journey, the California (or “Cali”) Sober lifestyle might be right for you. 

The definition of California Sober is a bit loose, and the term can have different meanings depending on the individual practicing it. For most, being California Sober means they’ve chosen to stop drinking alcohol and have alternatively opted to consume small amounts of cannabis and/or psychedelics as a means of supporting their wellbeing. Let’s dig deeper into what the California Sober lifestyle is about with cannabis specifically.



The term California Sober has been around for a long time, but with more and more states legalizing cannabis and more and more Americans becoming interested in alcohol alternatives, there has been an uptick in conversation surrounding the term. Thanks to the proliferation of dispensaries across the country, people who are interested in the Cali Sober lifestyle now have unprecedented access to a diverse range of cannabis strains, edibles and beverages. This increased accessibility has not only been a catalyst for wider use, but also for a growing acceptance of cannabis and its health benefits.

Speaking of health benefits, the increasing popularity of natural wellness  solutions has led to the incorporation of cannabis into other products such as non-psychedelic CBD-infused edibles and topicals, which has helped to further normalize the use of cannabis. In addition, many cannabis brands are offering lower dosage options (think 1 mg - 3 mg) that feel more approachable for someone new to cannabis or CBD consumption.  In short, for those who are super Cali Sober-curious (...expialidocious), it’s never been easier to get started.


As you may have discovered during Dry January, fully removing alcohol from your life can feel daunting––but the beauty of the California Sober lifestyle is that it’s not “all or nothing.” Instead, it’s about finding out how small-to-moderate amounts of cannabis can fit into your day (or week, month or year) to make you feel your best. Regardless of the dosage, the point is to be able to maintain a comfortable physical and mental state, with increased awareness and personal autonomy, and without the harmful effects of alcohol. 

Though some may feel comfortable taking higher doses of THC (you’ve heard of high-functioning stoners, right?;)), a less intimidating way to try out being Cali Sober is to explore microdosing: consuming very small amounts of cannabis to achieve subtle effects like stress reduction, increased  focus or enhanced creativity. Microdosing is a way to introduce the benefits of cannabis into the day-to-day with minimal psychoactive impact, and none of the impairment that higher dose could cause. To learn more about microdosing cannabis, take a walk through this article from CannaMD.


Perhaps the best thing about being California Sober is that it emphasizes holistic well-being. In addition to microdosing and removing alcohol consumption, the lifestyle also encourages individuals to focus on their physical and mental health by incorporating practices like therapy, meditation, nutrition and more. For our part, Verist products are made from cannabis grown on an organic and sustainable fourth-generation family farm, plus they’re  non-GMO, cruelty-free, vegan and made with natural flavors – so we happen to know a thing or two about treating your body right. 


Ultimately, the decision to adopt the California Sober lifestyle should be based on your own goals and health factors––and ideally discussed with your doctor. At Verist, we celebrate the joy of finding a balanced and fulfilled life through THC and CBD products. So whether you’re starting the journey to Cali Sobriety or looking to discover new products to add to your regimen, we’re here to help! We recommend browsing our Delta-9 THC gummies, currently sold in both Lemon and Passion Fruit flavors. Each gummy contains an approachable amount of THC (5 mg), which can be taken in halves for our microdosing fans or multiples for those with a high tolerance. If you’re reading this and live in Minnesota, take a look at our Store Locator to find retailers near you that carry Verist, or browse more CBD and THC products to be shipped to your door at

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