One-third of people in the United States have tried CBD at least once, and for a good reason. CBD is full of all sorts of benefits, and these days, you can even find it in hemp-infused seltzer. You might be familiar with CBD in the form of oil, vape juice, and edibles, but what about CBD drinks?
Do CBD drinks work the same as other CBD products? What can you expect from consuming CBD seltzer and what is the drink like anyway? Keep reading and learn all about what makes CBD drink options so special.
What You Need To Know About CBD Drinks
Before we dive into the world of CBD beverages and CBD mocktail and cocktail recipes, you should first know exactly what CBD is. CBD's full name is cannabidiol and comes from the marijuana and hemp (collectively known as cannabis) plants. Most manufacturers prefer to get CBD from the hemp plant because it produces far more compared to another cannabinoid, THC.
Marijuana plants, on the other hand, produce high amounts of THC (which is the cannabinoid that produces a psychoactive high) in comparison to CBD. For that reason, it would be inefficient to harvest CBD from marijuana plants because it occurs in such low amounts. CBD is one of the most popular cannabinoids around, and that's saying something since there are more than 100 cannabinoids in hemp and marijuana plants.
Unlike THC, CBD does not produce a psychoactive high when consumed. However, while its effects are not as noticeable or intense as those of THC, that doesn't mean that you can't feel CBD take effect. In fact, some people find that CBD can help them relax after a long and stressful day.
Some believe that CBD can even help with feelings of anxiety and can help them sleep better, but more scientific studies are necessary to see how true these claims are.
CBD usually comes in the form of an oil, and skilled scientists have found ways to make this CBD oil water-soluble. To do this, they use rapid, tiny sound waves to break up the CBD oil into minute particles. This is called sonification.
This is important because some people find the taste of CBD oil unpleasant, and CBD-infused drinks like Shimmerwood’s blend CBD with real fruit flavors and cocktail bitters to make you wonder why you hated the taste in the first place.
But what kind of CBD is used for these drinks anyway? There are three main categories of CBD: full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate.
Is one better than the other, and which one is best for CBD drinks?
Types of CBD You Should Know About
While the three main types of CBD are more or less the same, there are some important differences. One of the most popular forms of CBD is full-spectrum CBD.
There are several reasons why this form of CBD in particular, is so popular. It is the least filtered out of any of the other types of CBD, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. This limited filtering ensures that full-spectrum CBD is not only filled with CBD but also with other cannabinoids as well as terpenes, flavonoids, and plant products like plant fats and oils.
Some believe that all of these ingredients together make full-spectrum CBD healthier compared to other forms that are more filtered. This is known as the entourage effect. It involves all of these components working together in the body to produce a more beneficial effect.
However, more research is necessary to see just how true the entourage effect is. Either way, if you want to make sure that you're getting all the healthy components that the hemp plant has to offer, you should always be on the lookout for full-spectrum CBD. Broad-spectrum CBD is quite similar, but it is a bit more filtered.
It does have some plant fats and oils, but it does not have any THC at all. Full-spectrum CBD is allowed to have up to 0.03% of THC since this is the legal limit.
Broad-spectrum doesn't have any at all. However, you should always double-check the ingredients when buying this type of CBD. Some broad-spectrum CBD manufacturers may still have trace amounts of THC in the product.
Many people report that trace amounts of THC in board or full-spectrum CBD contribute to the entourage effect.
What You Need to Know
Lastly, there is CBD isolate, which is the most filtered form of all. It is so filtered that, as mentioned before, its natural form is a fine, crystalline powder. As the name suggests, CBD isolate only consists of CBD without any other cannabinoids or plant products.
This makes it a good product to try if you would like to try only CBD without any other compounds getting in the way. However, some people believe that CBD isolate may not be as healthy as other forms of CBD as it does not contain any beneficial terpenes, flavenoids, or other compounds. Even so, CBD isolate is quite versatile, and you can mix it into oils, lotions, drinks, and so on.
For CBD seltzer drinks, full-spectrum CBD is undoubtedly the superior choice. When you drink this kind of CBD drink, you can rest easy knowing that not only does the beverage taste great, but you are also getting all the benefits that full-spectrum CBD has to offer. But what kind of benefits can you expect to experience when consuming CBD in this way?
More than that, what are the different ways you can consume these drinks? Should you drink them as they are, or should you experiment with some CBD mocktail Recipes?
The Benefits of CBD Drinks and How To Drink Them
There are many benefits of CBD and one of them is that CBD is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants fight against free radicals in the body which cause inflammation, among other problems. In fact, some scientific studies have found that free radicals, which are unstable atoms, can even accelerate the aging process and cause certain types of cancer.
This is because free radicals damage human cells through a process called lipid peroxidation. If you have too many free radicals in your body, your body will be wrought with inflammation. Fortunately, antioxidants like CBD can reduce the number of free radicals and also reduce the damage they cause.
This will give your body a chance to relax from any inflammation the free radicals may have caused. Besides the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, CBD also has calming properties. Anecdotally, many people find that CBD can help them relax if they've recently been stressed.
Some even find that CBD can not only help them go to sleep but stay asleep throughout the night as well.
Fortunately, there are many ways you can enjoy CBD drinks, so you can enjoy these benefits as much as possible. Of course, you can always consume these drinks as they are, but there are many fun ways you can mix them with other ingredients.
For example, why not use Just Hemp Shimmer Seltzer to create a gin and tonic? All you need to do is switch out the tonic for your CBD seltzer drink. The rest of the recipe is simple, and all you need is a bit of gin and a wedge of lime.
Of course, if you don't want your drink to be alcoholic, you can always leave out the gin and substitute it with something else. You can also try your hand at some delicious CBD sparkling lemonade. All you need is some fresh lemons, sugar, and your favorite CBD seltzer.
Once you mix these ingredients together in the right concentrations, you will be left with some fantastic (and tasty) drinks.
All About Hemp-Infused Seltzer
If you're looking to incorporate CBD into your daily routine, hemp-infused seltzer is the best way to do it. CBD is known to be full of benefits, and since it is an antioxidant, anecdotal evidence indicates that it does a particularly good job at reducing inflammation. Besides that, CBD drinks are known for being delicious and easy to mix with other ingredients if you feel like creating some CBD mocktails.
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