CBD drinks are the future of healthy beverages and companies currently operating in the market show promising results for health & wellness enthusiasts.
CBD Drinks: The Highlights
- CBD can be infused into beverages such as tea, water, and even coffee
- CBD drinks may provide wellness benefits to the user to help with issues such as chronic pain and anxiety
- CBD does not produce side effects, so you can indulge in as many CBD-infused beverages as you like
- As with other CBD-based products, CBD beverages will not make the user feel “high” because it contains little to no THC
- One industry analyst projecting the cannabis beverage market to be worth $600 million by 2022
What Are CBD Drinks?
CBD drinks are nothing more than drinks that contain CBD.
CBD (short for “Cannabidiol”) is one of over 120 substances in cannabis. It is a non-psychoactive molecule found in cannabis – that’s extracted from the leaves, resins, and flowers of marijuana plants.
Since it contains little to no THC, CBD does not make you feel high or experience any kind of abnormal feelings like smoking marijuana does.
Researchers have been studying and analyzing how CBD may be a natural, alternative medicine to reduce pain and inflammation within the human body.
This has led to a CBD boom of using CBD oil, tincture, vape, sprays, capsules, and even gummy bears. Now, people are starting to use CBD in their beverages, including water.
However, CBD oil still remains the most popular way to take CBD.
What Are CBD Drinks Good For?
As with other forms of CBD, people are drinking CBD to provide them relief from some sort of health ailment.
Research over the past 30 years has uncovered that CBD may be a remedy for several health issues.
They discovered that CBD works by interacting with cells in both the brain and nervous system. These molecules are called cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2)
Through medical research, CBD has become synonymous with dealing with a slew of health problems such as:
- epileptic seizures
- multiple sclerosis
Speaking of anxiety, one freelancer tried CBD coffee for 5 days and felt that it helped ease his anxiety (once he found the amount of coffee that worked for him.)
From his 5 day trial, he came to the conclusion that it depended on how much a person drinks and the type of drink that determine the effectiveness of CBD beverages.
A 2017 study published in the Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine journal looked at CBD stability in cannabis tea and discovered that temperature affects CBD content.
In other words, the milligram amount of CBD one might require for his or her health condition will not be consistent when delivered in a heated drink.
CBD Drinks And The Entourage Effect
One phenomenon that is gaining traction in the medical cannabis community is the entourage effect.
The entourage effect is when the many components within the cannabis plant interact with the human body to produce a stronger influence than any one of those components alone – it’s a synergistic effect.
This synergistic interaction of the cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and fatty acids in a broad spectrum extract as opposed to CBD (cannabidiol) alone.
Many CBD beverage companies believe in the entourage effect to maximize the effectiveness of their product, thus infusing their drinks with several elements of cannabis, not just CBD by itself.
The CBD Market Continues To Grow
Medical marijuana raked in around 9 billion dollars in 2017 and many expect the numbers to be higher in the next several years.
As more US states continue to legalize medical marijuana, that figure is expected to swell to more than $23 billion by 2022.
That is a staggering number for a plant that was pretty much outlawed everywhere in the US just a few years ago.
The CBD boom catering to anxious millennials will only grow with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill.
CBD Attracts Big Corporate Money
Even tobacco companies (e.g., Marlboro), as well as liquor companies, are looking to cash in on the CBD market.
These companies are afraid that consumers will start replacing cigarettes and beer with CBD-based products, especially beverages.
One industry analyst projects the cannabis beverage market to be worth $600 million by 2022.
The First Cannabis Drinks Expo
The first Cannabis Drinks Expo was in July 2019 in San Francisco, the perfect place for big startup money and venture capitalists to co-mingle with weed growers and professional pot enthusiasts.
However, since medical marijuana is still not legalized everywhere, it may be tough for some people to get in on the business due to where they live.
Best CBD Drinks To Enjoy In 2020
Now that you are aware that CBD drinks are a thing, let’s look at some of the most popular brands on the market.
CBD Living Water
Water is the most important nutrient for nearly all species, including human beings. So it was only natural for a CBD-based company to sell bottled water.
CBD Living Water is made with 100 percent organic and natural hemp CBD extracts using cutting-edge nanotechnology to infuse natural CBD extract in approximately 9+pH alkaline water.
The company proclaims that their water helps people hydrate while getting an adequate dose of CBD. You can drink it whether you are at the gym or walking in the park.
Each 500 ml bottle of water contains 5 million nanograms of CBD and is highly bioavailable and absorbable. One bottle cost $5.99 while a 24-case costs $119.99.
Wine is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in the world. So it is only fitting that a CBD-infused wine is created.
Cannawine is a Spanish wine aromatized with hemp extract enriched with cannabinoids. They have two types of wine: Cannawine Red and White.
Their red wine is extracted from young red grapes, 50 percent Garnacha and 50% Cariñana original from the Costa Brava, and characterized with intense red color.
They provide a sweet and sugary flavor, with a slight touch of red and black fruits.
Their white wine is 50 percent white Garnacha and 50 percent Macabeo original from the Costa Brava, which results in the perfect combination of refreshing exotic fruits with a sweet taste.
Both wines contain 14.5 percent alcohol and 50mg hemp extract from certified organic agriculture.
Their cost varies due to it being available around the world except for the United States. In the UK, one bottle of red or white Cannawine costs £ 22.50.
Sprig CBD Soda
Now, the cannabis industry is starting to make another popular beverage source, soda.
Sprig CBD Soda is crafted with 20mg of the highest quality, all-natural CBD, derived from agricultural hemp grown in Colorado. This type of soda is ideal for healthy, active individuals.
Sprig CBD is naturally sweetened and flavored. They have 4 types of flavor: Citrus Orginal, Citrus Zero Sugar, Lemon Tea Zero Sugar, and Melon Zero Sugar.
A 12 pack for either flavor costs $50. (They also offer a mixed pack that costs the same price.)
Other than wine, elixirs is another alcoholic beverage that the CBD market has entered.
Aurora Elixers is a company that infuses quality full-spectrum agricultural hemp extract that is high in CBD and zero THC.
They offer two flavors: Lavender Spice and Grapefruit Rosemary. Each bottle contains 15mg of CBD. One bottle of each Aurora Elixer costs $8.
Kickback CBD Cold Brew
Most people wake up to a cup of coffee to help get their day started so it was only natural for CBD to jump into this market.
Kickback CBD Cold Brew is a company the specializes in an array on CBD Drinks. The company has ground coffee, matcha, tea, and of course, cold brew.
An 8 oz bag of ground coffee with 120 mg CBD will set you back $25.
All of their products contain extracted CBD that has been lab-tested. It is also gluten-free and vegan-friendly.
CBD Oil and gummies are more conventional and effective ways to consume CBD. Here are some of the most popular brands.
CBD Cold Lemonade
Imagine infusing your favorite summertime treat as a child with the calming effects of CBD. Some companies, such as Kickback, have done just this with fantastic results.
There’s something about the way the sweetness of these lemonades and the tartness of the fruit flavors they choose blend in with CBD.
Some people don’t like detecting the flavor of CBD, and that’s okay—these drinks do a lot to mask that taste, so you’re left with all the calmness without any unpleasantness.
These go down easy and taste sweet, and usually include 25mg of CBD to reduce anxiety and physical swelling through inflammation.
These are cropping up all over the United States, and while there’s no clear-cut way to know when it will be available near you, it’s something you can do on your own.
Most lattes use 2oz of espresso and about 10oz of milk, so if you can infuse 25mg of CBD oil into this and mix it well, you could achieve the same effect.
If you’re going to attempt this, I just recommend that you use a flavored CBD oil if available.
Something simple like vanilla or even a burst of a fruity flavor could be enough to really flavor-charge your coffee.
This is better than using highly artificial, chemical-filled flavors that you can buy in the grocery store.
Hear me out—kombucha is very healthy and boasts a lot of benefits, so when infused with CBD, those benefits increase.
Kombucha isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and I know that it isn’t mine for sure, but you can’t deny the shock to the system it gives you by incorporating intense vitamins and nutrients to your body.
We already know how beneficial CBD is for the human body, so blending the two together is only natural.
There are plenty of CBD kombucha brands out there, but if you want to do it yourself, just take this little tip: never stop stirring.
CBD oil might not blend with kombucha straight away, so when it comes time to add it, mix even when you think you don’t need to mix anymore. Mix before drinking as well, just to avoid any further separation.
Sparkling CBD Ginger Ale
Remember having ginger ale when you were feeling sick as a kid?
Well, this is like the grown-up version of that. Sparking CBD pouts out this fantastic ginger ale that has all the carbonation of Canada Dry, but with that added effect of CBD.
If you’re a fan of the effects but not the flavor, I can tell you right now that this is basically like slipping CBD into your system without tasting a drop of it.
Because they use a broad spectrum hemp extract, it’s less flavorful, so the 20mg in every can is masked well by the 26g of sugar, and the organic agave nectar that hells nullify that sharpness.
You can get an assorted 48-pack from Sparking CBD for $180, which works out to be about $3.75 per can.
The Advantages Of Using CBD Drinks
It appears that CBD drinks will become another way that consumers seek healthiness and it makes sense.
Research continues to show how CBD can help with several health problems, including anxiety and chronic pain.
One of the biggest advantages is the ease of use that CBD drinks provide to consumers. The only question that remains is, what kind of CBD Drinks to try.