When people hear the word, “cannabis,” they may only be able to conjure up a picture of joints, water bongs, and bloodshot eyes. But cannabis-derived CBD is a way to use the plant without getting high or otherwise impaired. In fact, it’s possible to use CBD in a variety of products, lotions, tinctures, and even food and beverages. Since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the CBD and hemp industries have experienced a revival that is not set to slow down anytime soon. The newest CBD products to start trending this year are CBD-infused foods and drinks, and they are legion. But first, it’s important for CBD hopefuls and curious consumers to understand exactly what CBD is, and how it differs from the pot that gets a user high.
What is CBD?
The cannabis plant comes in two different strains – marijuana and hemp. Both of these types of plants possess more than 100 different chemical compounds, called cannabinoids. CBD, and also THC, the stuff that gets someone high, are part of the cannabis plant’s cannabinoid arsenal. Manufacturers have created an accurate, safe way to extract CBD from the cannabis plant, and then infuse the CBD into a variety of products, lotions, and potions.
How is CBD infused into a drink?
For the most part, the process of infusing CBD into a beverage depends on the type of drink someone wants to consume. For example, some drinks will taste better if they are infused with CBD oil, while some would be more potable infused with a CBD tincture. CBD oils integrate well with drinks that are foamy or have a “head,” such as beer or sodas. Tinctures tend to work better with cocktails, alcoholic beverages, and other non-foamy, non-fizzy drinks. But in general, mixing a beverage with a dose of either CBD oil or a CBD tincture will suffice.
Creating a CBD-infused drink isn’t much different than the standard process for making the beverage without CBD. For example, a CBD infused coffee or tea would be brewed regularly before adding a dose of CBD to the mixture.
What different types of CBD drinks are there today?
CBD drinks started to become extremely popular in 2018, and they are still holding fast as one of the top products in the CBD world. However, manufacturers and CBD enthusiasts are now using the same infusion principles for making CBD drinks into other food products. Now, it’s possible for consumers to find a wide variety of CBD-infused snacks and beverages. The most common types of CBD drinks include:
- Energy Drinks
- Sparkling Water
- Coconut Water
- Lemon Water
What is CBD water?
It’s possible for consumers to find bottled CBD water that’s infused with CBD. Some products are flavored with lemon. CBD water is one of the latest forms of CBD beverages to hit the market. However, it can be difficult for consumers to get consistent doses of CBD in these products, plus the serving sizes can vary significantly from one drink to the next. Most CBD waters contain between 2mg and 5mg of CBD. But, the majority of CBD sources recommend that consumers use up to 15 mg of CBD per day. A lot of CBD water companies will claim that reducing the amount of CBD for each beverage is beneficial for consumers because the chemical compound has been shrunk down to a smaller size. Research on CBD and nanotechnology is limited at this time, but rumors on CBD water’s benefits claim that lipid-based CBD nanoparticles might be easier for the body to absorb than the standard sized CBD particles.
Cannabis Energy Drinks
Consumers who want a bit of an energy boost but don’t particularly care for the taste of coffee or tea can enjoy CBD-infused energy drinks. These beverages come in a variety of flavors, doses, and sizes. In fact, CBD energy drinks are some of the most popular CBD drinks to-date. Unfortunately, they can be quite high in added sugar. CBD-infused coffee might be a better choice for those who want to win the Battle of the Bulge.
CBD-infused coffees can be found in a range of flavors. Consumers can purchase bags of coffee grounds infused with CBD extract, or buy already brewed coffees in a variety of flavors that have been infused with CBD. Consumers can also find CBD-infused coffee in single-size serving containers for quick, convenient brewing.
CBD-infused teas can be purchased as loose-leaf teas, or in bags. Consumers can mix different flavored, loose-leaf teas for a customized brew.
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What are the benefits of drinking CBD beverages?
A lot of consumers do not enjoy the taste of a sublingual CBD oil or tincture. It’s possible for consumers to purchase a high-quality CBD oil or tincture and then place a few drops into a beverage, instead of taking the CBD directly. This allows the user to get the desired dose of CBD, without having to deal with an off-putting smell or taste present in the oil or tincture.
Who sells CBD drinks?
With the rise in popularity of the CBD industry, many brick-and-mortar restaurants and cafes are starting to make and sell CBD-infused beverages. Consumers who live in states where CBD is legal can enjoy these products while out dining. It’s also possible for consumers to purchase their own CBD oil or tincture and mix it with their favorite beverage. There are also many reputable online companies that sell CBD beverages, CBD infused-teas, and coffees.
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