Getting ‘California Sober’ Showed Me a Kinder, Gentler Way to Do Drugs

Michelle Lhooq, writing for Broadly:

I decided to quit all drugs, including alcohol, except weed and psychedelics for a year. (Psychedelics encompass a wide spectrum of drugs, but for my purposes, I’m limiting them to LSD, psilocybin, DMT/ayahuasca, and other trippy varietals; I am definitely not doing molly.) I call this “Cali sober,” a term some people also use when they quit everything but weed. I’d experimented with month-long stints of total sobriety before, so I knew I could survive it.

This is an interesting concept. I know several people in my own life who have given up all drugs except for cannabis and psychedelics, and admittedly I’m leaning toward doing the same myself—99% of the time, at least. Other drugs are fun to experiment with from time to time but there’s not necessarily much value to be gleaned from trying them, whereas cannabis and psychedelics have the potential to change your life for the better. When it comes to your physical and mental health, going California sober could be the best thing you’ve ever done.