What Does It Mean to Be 'California Sober'? The Lowdown on This Buzzy Lifestyle Choice
The past year has been trying for many —emotionally, physically, logistically —and if you were one of the many who found themselves turning to alcohol to numb, cope, or just take the edge off, you are not alone. Now that we're a month into 2021, you might find yourself reevaluating your relationship with alcohol and noticing how it impacts the way you feel. Maybe you even completed a dry January and now you're questioning your nightly cocktail and wondering if it's doing you any favors along your quest for peak physical and mental health. But you're not quite at the point where you want to go full-on sober. If this rings true, you're in good company. There's a growing trend of people across the country who are choosing to drink less alcohol in general, but who aren't necessarily seeking out traditional versions of sobriety with full abstention from all substances.
Enter: the "California Sober" mindset. California Sober is a term typically used to describe people who decide to quit consuming drugs and alcohol—with a few exceptions.
While everyone interprets this lifestyle choice differently, marijuana is the most commonly cited "acceptable" substance for someone who considers themself California Sober. Some people expand the definition to include psychedelic drugs, such as psilocybin (aka "magic mushrooms''), LSD, and ayahuasca. For our purposes, we'll be using the term to refer to cannabis, since psychedelics drugs are not yet legalized in the United States (save Oregon, which just moved to make psilocybin legal in 2020).