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4 Herbal Options to Replace Alcohol and Drugs

A wild night of alcohol-induced debauchery is often a wonderful life experience and right of passage. Yet, the body’s need to recover afterwards creates such internal strife that we often curse our actions and vow to avoid them in the future. As soon as the pain of hangover wears off, the desire to use these substances grows once more.

Despite the feelings that come with alcohol and illicit drugs, there are legal alternatives that can provide a similar sense of euphoria, social ease, and increased happiness without many of the negative drawbacks. Within this article, you’ll find four different herbal options that you can use in order to replace alcohol and illicit drugs.

  1. L-Tyrosine and 5-HTP – From the names of these two natural remedies, you might be concerned about the supplements you’re taking. L-tyrosine is a non-essential amino acid you can find in many foods, which produces a brain chemical called dopamine. 5-HTP is a molecule that humans create, which produces another brain chemical called serotonin. Between dopamine and serotonin, you’ll find a huge mood boost as these are the two chemicals most responsible for feelings of happiness. Try to take a 10:1 ratio of L-tyrosine to 5-HTP if you use these together.
  2. Kava Kava Root – This is a natural root that you can find in extract form or even a kava bar near your home. Kava kava is native to the Pacific islands where it has been used for hundreds of years. Studies show it is a great way to reduce anxiety, stress, and improve mood. Even more interesting, it is one of the few natural compounds that increases the female sex drive, which is attributed to the reduced anxiety.
  3. Maca Root – Native to the Andean mountains, maca root is used as a way of reducing anxiety and increasing libido. For men and women who are going out on the town, reduced anxiety and increased libido are two of the main side effects of alcohol usage. This is a great herbal replacement that doesn’t create the side effects and hangover that accompanies alcohol. Instead, you can take maca root every day that you desire. Just keep in mind, it doesn’t usually taste great so it may be best used in a smoothie!
  4. Lemon Balm – If you are looking for a way to really relax and not a raging party drug, lemon balm is your go-to option. Lemon balm tea is made with dried leaves from the Mediterranean. The tea specifically helps to increase a brain chemical called GABA, which is the main one responsible for relaxation and calmness. Many people drink a glass of wine or two in order to reduce their anxiety and sleep, but lemon balm might be an adequate replacement.

All of these options are natural and come with far fewer side effects than alcohol and illicit drugs. In fact, you can take these herbal options whenever you want and feel safe that the side effects won’t overwhelm you the next day.

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