Of all the ways to consume CBD, drinking it has to be one of the tastiest. You can find the plant compound (which has a fairly bland, earthy flavor on its own) in sweet teas, carbonated sodas, and soft cold juices. These CBD infused drinks may be easy to swallow, but do these CBD drinks actually provide any benefits? Here's what experts have to say.
Most people have heard of CBD† Of the many plant compounds found in hemp, it has been the most researched for its ability to relieve stress and promote a more stable mood.
Once extracted from the hemp plant, a spectrum of cannabinoids such as CBD can be incorporated into oils, tinctures, capsules, gummies and beverages.
June Chin, DO, a New York-based integrative physician specializing in Cannabis sativa and health, isn't surprised by the proliferation of CBD-infused drinks on the market. She sees many people enjoying it as a (hangover-free) alternative to 'social lubricants' such as alcohol.
By US law, hemp plants must contain negligible (less than 0,3%) amounts of THC per serving, meaning hemp-derived CBD drinks won't get you high. Instead, the CBD drinks are marketed to quickly lead to a calm, relaxed feeling and an overall sense of ease.
How do cbd drinks work?
CBD is a naturally fat-soluble molecule, which means it has to be specially emulsified before it can be used properly in liquid drinks, explains Chin. Due to this process there is a chance that the plant substance will lose part of its potency and absorbability. “CBD will be more easily absorbed by the body if, for example, found in a tincture containing a fat-based carrier oil such as MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) or olive oil,” said Sasha Kalcheff-Korn, executive director of the nonprofit cannabinoid research organization Realm of care.
For these reasons, there are better ways to consume hemp cannabinoid compounds and reap their benefits. That's not to say CBD drinks won't do anything to calm you down. While there is no scientific evidence to refer to, many people find them helpful for relaxing and managing stress. Whether or not they work for you will likely depend on the amount of hemp extract and CBD in the product, how it is prepared, and how your body responds to this particular plant.
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