Cannabidiol (CBD) has gained significant interest in recent years due to its potential health benefits, such as reducing pain, improving sleep and relieving symptoms of stress and depression. It is the non-psychoactive compound found in the hemp plant, which means it doesn’t get you high and is considered non-addictive. Indeed, a report from The World Health Organisation (WHO) found that “in humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with [its] use.”
Though often associated with oils, CBD can be found in just about anything now. And drinks are no exception. CBD drinks are considered a more convenient and tastier alternative to oils, and often offer their own host of benefits. Let’s find out more.
What Are CBD Drinks?
CBD drinks are beverages infused with Cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive and non-addictive compound found in the hemp plant. They boast the same benefits as other CBD products on the market, such as oils or edibles, but are often considered a more convenient and tastier way to enjoy your dose. CBD drinks come in a variety of both non-alcoholic and alcoholic forms, including water, carbonated drinks, juice, tea, coffee, beer and wine. These will contain varying amounts of CBD, and some might contain other natural ingredients, such as botanical extracts, to both enhance the flavour and boost the benefits.
There are also different types of CBD extract to consider, as not all drinks will contain the same type of CBD.
- Full Spectrum CBD contains all occurring compounds found in the hemp plant, including Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
- Broad Spectrum CBD is similar to full-spectrum CBD but contains no Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This means it is certified drug-free and won’t show up on a drug test, and poses no risk of psychoactive properties.
- Isolate CBD is isolated and purified to remove all other compounds, including other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
Both full-spectrum and broad-spectrum products will deliver the entourage effect — the idea that all the compounds work together to produce a better effect than when taken alone — but isolate products won’t, and therefore aren’t considered as effective.
What Do CBD Drinks Do?
CBD drinks are thought to produce a range of therapeutic benefits for both your physical and mental health. This includes reduced inflammation, pain relief, improved digestion, relief from the symptoms of anxiety and depression, faster recovery times between workouts, increased focus, and a better night’s sleep — amongst (many!) others.
One survey concluded that the top 4 reasons for using CBD were self-perceived anxiety (42.6%), sleep problems (42.5%), stress (37%), and general health and wellbeing (37%). Another found that more than 60 percent of CBD users were taking it for anxiety, with chronic pain, insomnia and depression close behind.
How? CBD drinks are absorbed into the bloodstream via the digestive system, and then thought to interact with the endocannabinoid system, a cell-signalling system connected to the central nervous system that plays a role in regulating a range of our cognitive and physical functions.
Are CBD Drinks Legal in the UK?
CBD drinks are legal to purchase in the UK as long as they contain less than 0.2% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) — the main psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that is responsible for the high.
Are CBD Drinks Safe?
CBD is generally considered safe, and negative side effects are rare, as long as it is made from high-quality hemp and manufactured using strict quality control standards. You should check with your doctors if you’re taking any medication and follow the recommended dosage on the label.
We would recommend that you start with a low dose, monitor your body’s response, and then increase your intake until you find the perfect dosage for you.
What to Look for in CBD Drinks
When looking for CBD drinks, there are a few key factors to keep in mind.
Some CBD drinks will contain THC. To avoid the risk of a positive drug test, or if you don’t want to consume THC for another reason, choose a drink with 0% THC in.
We would recommend drinks that use broad-spectrum extracts as these contain no THC, but still deliver the desired entourage effect.
Check the ingredients list to find out what CBD the drink contains, and exactly how much. You want to make sure there is enough of the compound to produce the desired therapeutic effects.
If you are new to CBD, we would reccomend that you start with a low dose and then increase as need be. 10 – 20 mg is often accepted as a low starting dose.
Check the label for any additional ingredients, such as sweeteners, preservatives, or artificial flavours. You want to make sure that your drink is made with natural and organic ingredients.
Third-party lab reports will confirm the amount of CBD and other compounds in your drink, as well as deem the drink safe for consumption.
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