Cannabidiol Drinks: the newest trend to hit the CBD market. Here's your complete guide.
The CBD industry is booming, with CBD-infused food and drink products galore. Whether you’re a newbie, pro, or somewhere in the middle, you’ve probably heard the hype and wondered what it's about.
In recent years, the cannabis market has exploded. Now, there is a new trend, CBD drinks. In its natural form, CBD is a molecule found in cannabis that has shown to help with various health conditions. So, what is cannabidiol? What is a CBD drink? And are they effective?
In this article, we’ll cover some basics:
- CBD Recap (what is it?)
- What are Cannabidiol drinks?
- How are Cannabidiol drinks made?
- Water-soluble CBD vs. CBD oil [benefits]
Quick Recap: What is CBD (cannabidiol)?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant that's been getting a lot of attention. You've probably heard of it, but what is it?
CBD is one of over 100 compounds in the cannabis plant that are known as cannabinoids. These compounds interact with your endocannabinoid system, which is a network of cell receptors throughout your body that help regulate many different processes. The most well-known cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. CBD doesn't have any psychoactive properties; in fact, it can counteract some of the effects of THC!
In addition to its therapeutic benefits, CBD has become popular as an ingredient in food and drinks. Why? Because it's safe and legal to consume— which makes it easier than ever to get your daily dose.
How Does CBD Work?
Scientists and researchers are still discovering more, but for now we know this:
- CBD interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system through our cannabinoid receptors.
- We understand that this interaction helps to support the ECS, helping to maintain homeostasis (balance). While this doesn’t sound like much, consider this: your body and its essential functions can only be ‘healthy’ when they are in balance.
Cannabidiol infused beverages bring a fresh take on health, helping people access CBD’s health benefits without getting ‘high’.
Let’s find out a little more, read on if you want to take a peak behind the clever marketing jargon. First stop: let’s see how CBD beverages are made.
What are Cannabidiol Drinks?
So, what are CBD drinks? Well, they’re what you think they are (and more).
CBD infused beverages? Bring it on! There is no better way to get hydrated and get your daily dose of CBD, than with a delicious beverage. Sure, you can use your oils and edibles, but having a CBD beverage on hand makes it easy.
Hiking in the heat? Pack a CBD beverage in your bag. Running errands in the city? Keep a CBD beverage close at hand. As you can see, there are a million ways to enjoy CBD, but CBD beverages are a trend that's going to stick.
From iced coffees to cocktails, CBD can be added to almost anything. But that doesn’t mean the newest CBD beverage trend is a simple recipe of a few CBD drops into your drink. On the contrary, it’s a highly developed formula to create beverages with the right amount of CBD, bioavailability, and hydration.
What Sets Cannabidiol Drinks Apart?
What's so special about CBD beverages or drinks if you can drop a bit of your favorite CBD oil into your drink?
Well, look a little closer, and you’ll find out. Literally, look closer; does the oil and water (or water based liquid) mix? Unless you've dissolved the right amount of Soy Lecithin then, no. This simple little illustration is exactly what makes CBD beverages so special. Let’s find out more about how they’re made.
Can I Add CBD Oil to Drinks?
You'll notice that the most common products are oil-based, CBD oils, tinctures, lotions, and even gummies. There's a good reason for this; it's easier! CBD's natural form is crystalline, and manufacturers find it easier to use it in an oil form and then combine it with other ingredients. But for a CBD beverage, that's not the case.
You can't just add CBD to your iced tea, because the oil and water won't mix. You need to make sure that the CBD you add is water-soluble.
What is Water-Soluble CBD?
The process of creating water-soluble CBD is more complex than just dissolving CBD in water. It requires an oil that's naturally derived, flavorless and colorless. But that’s not the end of it. From there, manufacturer’s use nanotechnology to make the oil in droplets that dissolve in water.
What is Nanotechnology, and how does it work with CBD Drinks?
Nanotechnology creates tiny droplets of oil that blend into whatever they touch. The result? A new additive that can be dispersed evenly and doesn’t affect the taste, color, or consistency of food or, in the beverage industry, drinks.
Benefits of Using Water-Soluble CBD for Drinks
Bioavailability. It’s a big word, and it carries plenty of weight in the CBD market. In short, bioavailability is the rate (or efficiency) at which your body absorbs a substance.
For example, a CBD edible is typically considered to have a low rate of bioavailability. This is because it has to pass through the digestive system, where some of its integrity is lost. CBD oil, when administered sublingual, has a high bioavailability.
When CBD oil is place under your tongue, thousands of mucus membranes absorb it. In a matter of seconds the CBD is coursing through your blood. This is why edibles and capsules take more time to make their presence known. It’s also why sublingual oils take a matter of minutes.
The same can be said for smoking. As the active cannabinoids travel into your lungs, they bypass the digestive system as they make their merry way into your bloodstream.
But what has this got to do with CBD drinks?
When nanotechnology is applied to create water-soluble CBD drinks, the bioavailability is greatly enhanced.
Think about it this way, you've heard about how our bodies are about two thirds water, right? This implies your body doesn't have to break down and metabolize the water-soluble CBD. It can simply absorb it. Food and edibles, on the other hand, would need to go through the first pass metabolism. This is where a high percentage of the active cannabinoids can be lost.
The Bottom Line
CBD drinks are a hot topic, but they're not just a passing fad. They are a clever and highly developed way for everyday people to enjoy CBD. The reason that CBD drinks are becoming more popular is because of CBD's numerous health benefits. With CBD drinks, you get the benefits of CBD without taking anything else. CBD drinks are also an easy and inexpensive way to add CBD to your day-to-day life. Nothing should stop you from including CBD in your diet.
It’s time to find your center with CBD infused drinks. CENTR offers a selection of CBD beverages, whether your vibe is sugar free or a delicious drink powder you can mix into your water bottle.
Disclaimer: Any information provided in the blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. THE FDA HAS NOT EVALUATED THE PRODUCTS SOLD ON THIS WEBSITE FOR SAFETY OR EFFICACY.
These products are only fit for use by adults 18 and above. Keep out of the reach of children. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult a health care professional prior to use.