How Cannabis Drinks Can Help You Drink Less

Whether you’re participating in Dry January or are just looking to mix up your mixology skills, there are many reasons to set alcohol aside this month and try something new—cannabis drinks!  These simple swaps provide all the taste, pleasure, and fun of our favorite alcoholic drinks, but with none of the hangover.

While alcohol and cannabis affect the brain differently, they share a similar target called the dopamine reward system. Both alcoholic and cannabis drinks produce feelings of joy, pleasure, and euphoria. Plus, they both have complex and tasty flavors that complement the experience.

When you are looking to buy CBD and THC drinks, try Sava. We pride ourselves on having the best of the best on our shelf, and we are thrilled to have a cannabis drink for every occasion. Our curated selection is second to none, making us the best place to buy CBD and THC drinks in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Why You Should Substitute Alcohol with Cannabis Drinks

According to a recent Harris Poll, almost half of cannabis consumers aged 21 and up have replaced or reduced their alcohol consumption with cannabis since the beginning of the pandemic. But why?

Though marijuana drinks are relatively new on the market, they not only offer similar relaxation to alcohol, but also provide a more discrete way to enjoy cannabis than smoking or vaping. 

Comparing cannabis vs. alcohol is nothing new. For years, many people have preferred the mellower and more low-key cannabis buzz to that of alcohol—not to mention the milder side effects the next day. With delicious cannabis drinks, making the switch has never been easier. 

Say Goodbye to Your Hangover

Even when we promise to be good, sometimes one glass of wine turns into three before we even realize it. It’s fun in the moment, but what about the next day?

Headache, dry mouth, nausea, groggy and foggy mind that can last all day. It’s enough to make us text the group chat “no more wine for me!” But without alternatives, we quickly find ourselves at the same restaurants, ordering the same glass of wine that threatens to lead us into another sleepless night, a headache or both.

What if there was a way to have just as much carefree fun without the irksome side effects?

There is!

Instead, you can enjoy a couple of cannabis drinks for a night of just as much fun, and wake up fresh as a daisy in the morning.

If you’re looking for a place to start, try our Lime Basil Social Tonic, a collaborative beverage made with our friends at Cann, at your next weekend brunch or dinner party. This bright and refreshing edible drink has just 2mg THC and 4mg THC, so you can enjoy more than one, and has just 30–35 calories per can. Say goodbye to pre-gaming with can after can of heavy, filling beers just to feel a light buzz, and say hello to our refreshing social tonic. These tasty edibles drinks are fast acting, with an onset time of 10–15 minutes.

Fast-acting cannabis edibles, or drinks in this case, are absorbed differently than traditional edibles and cannabis consumed via smoking or vaping.  Cannabis drinks can be absorbed through the stomach lining or mucus membranes, bypassing the liver and directly entering the bloodstream, providing an experience more like smoking or vaping than traditional edibles. The onset is faster than with traditional edibles, and doesn’t last as long, but lasts longer than vaping or smoking. Cannabis drinks are in a category of their own for a perfectly balanced experience.


Cannabis Drinks Make for Tastier Treats than Alcohol

When it comes to the battle between cannabis vs. alcohol, the impact on your palate makes marijuana drinks the clear winner. A cannabis drink from Sava offers you so many options in terms of terpenes and sophisticated flavor profiles. From light and bubbly to herbaceous and straightforward with complex terpene flavors, the wide variety of cannabis drinks available today is truly amazing. 

No more drinking the same old ho-hum red wine with dinner. At Sava, we are obsessed with the innovative and delicious drinks coming onto the market today, and love using them for a special night out. 

Here’s a special cocktail recipe by Sava’s co-founder, Amanda Denz.

Cannabis Spritzer Canna-Cocktails

  • 50ml serving of Artet Cannabis Aperitif (2.5mg THC)

  • Your favorite mixer (juice or lemonade are our favorites!)

  • Sparkling water

Fill the special party glass halfway up with ice cubes. Pour over your Artet Cannabis Aperitif. Top with a mixer and sparkling water to taste. Stir and enjoy! 

The Artet Cannabis Aperitif is a delicious and unique cannabis drink created from a balanced blend of botanicals, terpenes, and precisely dosed THC for a complex and delicious flavor with your favorite balanced, hybrid-cannabis effects. It even comes with a perfect little shot glass to help you measure out the ideal pour.


If you don’t feel like mixing a cocktail, another fun cannabis drink for your special weekend party is Wunder Higher Vibes High-Dose Beverage. This drink is crafted with all-natural fruit juice and is as delicious as your favorite cocktails. Higher Vibes High-Dose Beverages are perfect for delightful elevated feelings with 10 mg Delta-9 THC and 10 mg Delta-8 THC. That’s 20mg of THC per drink total, so these are definitely best suited to folks who are already familiar with cannabis and are looking for a stronger effect. Available as a 4-pack with four different flavors (Blood Orange Bitters, Lemon Ginger, Watermelon Basil, and Grapefruit Hibiscus), you can find just the taste you prefer.

Great Buzz with Less Calories

It’s no secret how the calories in alcoholic drinks add up quickly. The average calories per bottle of beer range from 100–350, while the average calories per serving for CBD or THC drinks is around 0–50.

But that doesn’t mean that marijuana drinks skimp on flavor. Mad Lilly Cannabis Infused Spritzers are—as their name implies—mad delicious. These drinks are available in three refreshing flavors (Raspberry Hibiscus, Passionfruit Mango, and Ginger Pear), and boast just  40 calories per bottle. Made with a balanced ratio of 5mg CBD and 5mg THC, these drinks produce elevated effects within 15 minutes after drinking, but we recommend giving it 10 minutes to feel the effects before drinking more.


No More Hangovers, Insomnia, or Regrets

Let’s face it– we’re not college kids anymore. When we go out, we’re looking for a special, memorable, elevated experience that won’t exhaust us or leave us with headaches. Even a couple of glasses of wine is enough to keep us up for hours, failing to sleep, or to give us a nasty headache in the morning. Alcohol has its place, but when it comes to social lubrication that won’t leave us with any exhaustion, headaches, or regrets, cannabis drinks are definitely superior.

While these delightful cannabis cocktails will help you to loosen up and unwind, you won’t have to worry about telling an embarrassing story or getting too loud. Instead, you can count on an evening of some much-needed relaxation and rejuvenation with a fun, carefree spirit that doesn’t veer into carelessness.

And if you go for that second CBD infused beverage, it won’t give you the headache that the second glass of wine will. Instead, you may get drowsy and head home to cuddle in your bed with a smile on your face, for a deep, natural sleep that will leave you bright and refreshed in the morning. We’ll take that over a tired morning lined with ibuprofen and regrets!

For a simple and delicious way to dose, we recommend Pamos Cannabis Infused Spirit. Serve it up however you like for a better buzz with no booze, no artificial flavors, and no unpredictable wait. Available as a low-dose (6mg THC) and microdose (2mg THC) beverage, Pamos is delicious both on the rocks and in a cocktail.  


New Year Resolution: Stay Dry with a Buzz

The New Year is here and many folks have made resolutions for a healthier lifestyle. For some, Dry January is a part of their New Year’s resolution to reduce their alcohol intake, while others use it as a balance to excessive drinking over the holidays.

People are thinking more about their health as part of their lifestyle. With cannabis drinks, it’s a sign of the times: people are willing to invest in premium ingredients that support their cognitive wellness without feeling tired and hungover in the morning.

Just because your January is dry from alcohol doesn’t mean it needs to be devoid of social, light-hearted, and stress-free fun! A standard for any Dry January, CANN Cannabis Infused Social Tonic comes in a variety of delicious flavors, and with 4mg CBD and 2mgTHC, you can enjoy a light, refreshing social buzz within 10–15 minutes. We love extra CBD infused beverages like these for their easy-going effects.


Cannabis Drinks are Easier on Your Body

Decades of misinformation from our federal government and supporters of marijuana prohibition have led people to believe that marijuana is so dangerous that it must be kept illegal at all costs. In the meantime, alcohol has been celebrated as a necessity for folks to de-stress from their lives.

Now, thanks to advances in science and the steady support of health-conscious experts, we know that alcohol use is actually much more harmful than cannabis. Even very light drinking can lead to sleep deprivation, headaches, and spilling secrets that are better left unsaid.

Still, when we go out with friends, or are even just having an intimate dinner at home after a long day, we often feel the urge to have something to help us relax and unwind from the stress of our lives. The older we get, the more important it is to make sure that our recreational activities are easy on our bodies and minds.

Cannabis drinks are just the ticket. They give us pleasant, euphoric, relaxed feelings without dehydrating us, or giving us trouble trying to fall asleep. In fact, after an evening with a couple of delightful cannabis cocktails, you can count on a good night’s sleep to wake up refreshed and lively in the morning. That’s more than we can say for wine!

Not only are cannabis drinks less harmful, they can actually actively benefit our bodies and minds. The health benefits of cannabinoids are exactly why two women started the Kikoko cannabis company. They were inspired by a friend who was battling cancer, and could benefit from cannabis, but didn’t like smoking or the unpredictable high of cannabis edibles

Kikoko’s flagship products are delicious teas with different formulations and concentrations of CBN, CBD, and THC for a variety of effects, such as Hibiscus Cardamom Rose for sensuality, Chamomile Valerian for sleep, and more. 


Long-Term Use of Alcohol vs Cannabis Drinks

When we choose cannabis vs. alcohol, it’s not just for the short-term benefits and to escape hangovers. The long-term effects of frequent alcohol use and frequent cannabis use are also wildly different.

Frequent Alcohol Use

Drinking alcohol in moderation isn’t necessarily bad, but drinking too much or too often can lead to serious health issues.

Drinking alcohol can weaken the immune system, increasing the chances of getting sick. Long term drinking can cause organ dysfunction such as the brain and nervous system, heart, liver and pancreas. Alcohol can reduce communication between neurons, making coordination more difficult, leading to learning and memory problems.

In serious cases of prolonged alcohol abuse, people can even suffer from cirrhosis of the liver and other chronic, serious health conditions.

Frequent Cannabis Use

On the other hand, frequent cannabis use can help consumers ease the pain. Our founder Andrea Brooks uses cannabis to help her recover from a disabling injury. Our co-founder Amanda’s mom was a chronic migraine sufferer, she has been a cannabis user her whole life for medicine and pleasure. Cannabinoids, the chemical components in the cannabis plant, have anti-inflammatory properties that may relieve chronic pain.

Frequent cannabis use reduces your stress level by regulating the production of cortisol. Therefore decreasing anxiety is another superpower of cannabis (with low and moderate use).

Cannabis can also promote a healthy libido. Studies show that people who use cannabis for sex tend to be more relaxed, and have increased levels of desires and satisfaction.

Cannabinoids have even been shown to have antiproliferative properties, meaning that it inhibits the reproduction of malignant cell growth, circumventing cancer.

Long story short, cannabis is a potent and powerful addition to your lifelong health routine.

Find Cannabis Drinks that Cater Your Specific Needs and Lifestyle

Here at Sava you can find many cannabis edible drinks that suit your desires. Whether you want to cozy up with a cup of tea and a book, shake up some cannabis cocktails for a night on the town, or just crack open a cold one to enhance your evening, we have the perfect CBD infused beverages, THC drinks, and cannabis spirits for you. Replacing some or all of your alcohol intake with cannabis drinks is a great way to prioritize your health without sacrificing fun.

With an onset time of only 10–15 minutes, cannabis drinks are faster-acting than many other edibles, giving you an almost-instant feeling of calm and relaxation. Whether you want to consume THC drinks or even make your own CBD infused water, there are many ways to begin enjoying cannabis beverages, even for beginners.

Non-Alcoholic Cannabis Drinks Recipe to Try

We are such big fans of CBD and THC drinks that we put together a very special list of cannabis cocktail recipes just for you!

Choose Your Favorite Cannabis Drinks with Sava!

With the amazing selection of delicious drinks available to us, you can see why more and more people are using THC and CBD infused water or drinks as a replacement for hangover-hazy alcohol.

At Sava, we know that the answer to your drinking desires lies in the latest and greatest in marijuana drinks and CBD infused beverages. Our well-stocked and carefully curated dispensary makes us the only place to buy CBD or THC drinks in the San Francisco Bay Area that you’ll ever need.

We pride ourselves on being a woman-owned company, and we are on a mission to provide our clients with amazing products from other minority-owned and mission-oriented businesses that produce only top of the line, safe, easy, and powerfully empowering cannabis treats.

Our educated, knowledgeable cannabis connoisseurs are here to help you choose your cannabis adventure for an elevated experience. If you are wondering where to buy CBD or THC drinks online, order from our online shop, call at 415-993-9973 from 9am to 5pm PST Monday through Saturday, or email us anytime at We deliver 7 days per week and offer free delivery on orders over $100 to anyone 21+ in our service area.