CBD-infused drinks are becoming increasingly popular and available for purchase, thanks to the legalization of CBD and hemp-based products as detailed in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Made from cannabidiol, the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis plant, CBD beverages lack the psychoactive side effects of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, another chemical component found in cannabis plants. They include coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks.
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CBD-infused drinks are exactly what their name entails – drinks containing cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is a non-intoxicating compound that comes from Cannabis sativa. The type of CBD that the Farm Bill made legal comes from industrial hemp, which contains a negligible amount of the intoxicating tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
CBD molecules typically interact with the cannabinoid receptors that comprise the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in our bodies. By working together, CBD and the ECS display several different benefits to help maintain wellness.
These beneficial responses are what make CBD so appealing to consumers. And by infusing it into drinks, CBD companies have created one of the most popular options available that won’t cause euphoric effects or get consumers high.
You may think that making a CBD drink consists of stirring a few drops of CBD oil in liquids. And you’ve probably seen it done that way at bars and lounges, but large-scale CBD drinks are put together quite differently.
If you’ve ever tried to mix oil with water, you see how the oil typically sits on top of the water. Even if you vigorously shake or stir both together, the oil does not dissolve entirely and, within a few moments, will rise back on top of the water.
Drinks that truly infuse CBD oil have to use water-soluble CBD.
Similar to the simple definition of CBD-infused drinks, water-soluble CBD is water that has CBD dissolved in it efficiently. However, creating it is anything but simple. The process consists of dissolving a CBD isolate into a naturally derived oil that typically has no flavor or color.
And then nanotechnology creates nanoscopic droplets from that oil, resulting in a stabilized additive that won’t affect the taste, color, or consistency of whatever it blends into completely.
The CBD molecules become broken down into extremely tiny particles. These particles allow CBD to dissolve completely and bind together with water molecules. And when it mixes well with water, it becomes a hydrophilic substance, which also helps the bioavailability of ingested CBD. The bioavailability is how much of a chemical your body absorbs exactly.
CBD isolates are also directly useful for making CBD drinks because of their bioavailability, but water-soluble CBD is the superior ingredient when it comes to preparing CBD-infused beverages.
In regards to the CBD, there is no absolute difference. The only contrast between the two would be the other ingredients involved. Several CBD drinks that are available contain ingredients that may boost energy, concentration, or relaxation.
For example, a drink created for consumers to relax may include ingredients like valerian root, chamomile, and passionflower – similar to CBD tinctures useful for sleep.
And CBD water is exactly how it sounds – water with CBD mixed with it. Both products make use of water-soluble CBD, which allows CBD compounds to blend seamlessly with water-based molecules.
Now that you have a better understanding of what CBD-infused drinks are and why they’re so popular, it’s time to learn a little CBD mixology of your own.
CBD Cos-faux (Cosmopolitan mocktail)
The official mocktail of Stress and the City, this CBD-infused cos-faux is perfect for relaxing alone or sharing with friends. Makes one drink
- 3 oz. cranberry juice
- ¼ oz. CBD tincture (berry or orange-flavored)
- ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
- ¾ oz. fresh orange juice
- Orange twist, for garnish
- Combine all ingredients (except orange twist) in a cocktail shaker over ice.
- Shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds then strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with the orange twist and enjoy!
The CBD coffee craze is nothing new, but don’t worry, you’re not too latte to get in on the fun. There’s no better way to start the day than with this simple CBD-infused latte recipe. Makes one drink
- 1-2 scoops of your favorite ground coffee
- 1 cup of your preferred milk
- CBD oil
- Honey, vanilla extract, or other sweeteners of your choosing
- Brew coffee and pour into cup
- Over low heat, combine milk, CBD oil, and sweeteners in a saucepan (including your desired serving of CBD oil)
- Whisk ingredients together and heat until warm
- Pour combined ingredients into your cup of brewed coffee
- Pour over ice or enjoy warm
Whether you’re in search of post-workout replenishment or just a healthier way to start the day, this CBD-infused smoothie recipe is exactly what you’ve been looking for.
- 1 cup blueberries
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup cranberry juice
- 1 tbsp preferred sweetener
- CBD oil
- Combine all items into a blender (including preferred serving of CBD oil)
- Blend until smooth
- Pour mixture into cup and enjoy!