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CBD Water: Refresh by Taking a Drink of CBD-Infused Water

Janet Miller

Janet Miller

Last updated: November 2, 2019

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CBD water is a safe, refreshing way for people to get their daily dose of hemp extract. But how do they even make it, you ask, well, it is not so easy. Oil (the form that cannabidiol usually takes) and water do not mix, as everyone knows. A person could mix in isolate (its powder form) into their water, but the results could not come out well.

For these reasons, producers have turned to science to figure out how to get the hemp extract into a delicious and savory beverage. This article will take you through the ways companies manage to make the impossible possible, as well as tell you everything you need to know about CBD water.

What Is CBD Water?

CBD water is regular water infused (through several methods) with cannabidiol. For those of you who do not know, cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid found in hemp plants. THC is another type of cannabinoid found in hemp and marijuana plants, but it is distinct from CBD in many ways. The latter does not have any intoxicating effects, most importantly, unlike THC.

CBD water, aka hemp extract, does have other potentially helpful properties. Many studies have found it could be useful for treating things like:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • That CBD has antioxidant qualities
  • That it can even provide mild-pain relief

All these claims are unproven. No cannabidiol-based product is recognized (other than Epidiolex) as a treatment for any illness or condition by the FDA. With that said, if people are thinking about taking cannabidiol as a supplement or for non-medical reasons, then CBD water offers a recognizable, easy-to-consume way for people to get their feet wet (not literally).

Why Should I Drink CBD Water?

CBD living water offers users a familiar way to take hemp extract anywhere and daily in 2019. They are convenient, as users can pop one open like they would with any other soft drink or beverage. Users also do not have to worry about the correct dosage of these products, as the entire bottle contains a specific dose of hemp extract that the user can take all at once.

The truth is, there are myriad ways to take CBD products. Some methods have more benefits for specific reasons. A balm or cream might have more of an effect on someone with joint pain than CBD water for the same reason. If you do suffer from a specific ailment, and you’ve gotten the approval of a medical professional to use cannabidiol, CBD water might not fit with that purpose.

The doses of CBD in drinks and beverages are low (between 10-25mg), and as it passes through the liver, much of the compound does not get absorbed into the body. Beverages with cannabidiol should be more at home with casual, non-medical users of the hemp extract and not for those looking to benefit from its potential healing qualities.

How Do They Even Make CBD Drinks?

It might seem as simple as dropping a few drops of hemp extract into a drink, giving it a shake, and then drinking it. But, in reality, making CBD-infused water is not so simple. Cannabidiol is a notoriously volatile compound. When exposed to light and air, it degrades.

Let’s also not forget that oil and water, since time immemorial, do not mix. Dropping a few drops of oil into a cup of water would dilute the extract, while also exposing it to light and air that then reduces its effectiveness even more. A person would be better off ingesting the drops rather than foolhardy mixing it into another beverage.

Makers of CBD water and other beverages have turned to science (yeah, science!) to successfully infuse water with CBD molecules and vice-versa. There are three methods that CBD water makers are using to make the beverage successfully:

  • Nanotechnology – reducing the size of the hemp extract to an extent where they can add it to water particles
  • Water-soluble CBD – this method involves making cannabidiol water-soluble by adding emulsifying agents and other carriers to mix the compound into the water
  • Nano-emulsions – this method is a mixture of nanotechnology and emulsifiers, as the nano-sized CBD particles mix with other agents to help them attach to liquid particles

Makers of living water like to claim that these processes are the safest, most effective, way to create the beverages, while also retaining the purity of the extract. These claims are hard to verify, though. Unlike other hemp-based products, makers of CBD beverages and water do not always send the water to be third-party tested (although some do).

This lack of transparency might present a problem for people who want to know as much as they can about their cannabidiol products. For hemp-based beverages, though, a different set of standards apply. People are more interested in finding out how these products were extracted, how it was infused into water, and if there are any other cannabinoids present.

What is the Difference between Water-Soluble and CBD Oil?

Water-soluble cannabidiol can dissolve and mix with water particles, whereas regular cannabidiol oil cannot. Water-soluble CBD is created, though, and does not occur naturally. Scientists must first mix cannabidiol particles with emulsifying agents to make the liquid soluble. When it does become soluble, that is when manufacturers add it to a juice or beverage.

What’s the Right Amount to Take?

One of the benefits that CBD water and drinks have over other products is that they are all correctly dosed. In each bottle can contain a specific amount of the extract, so there are no second-guessing or doubts about how much cannabidiol a person is taking.

The typical range of strengths among hemp-based water and drinks runs from 10 to 25mg. For most brews, this means that every 1ml contains one gram of cannabis extract. As people usually drink the entire bottle in a single sitting, they get up to 10 or 25mg of cannabidiol with every bottle.

Ten or 25mg is a good amount of cannabidiol to take as a supplement or for non-medical reasons or if someone has never tried it before. Hemp-based drinks and water do not have as much bioavailable extract as other products, so expect to lose some of those same compounds when drinking it.

Will CBD Water Make Me High?

One of the benefits is that hemp-based water will not get you “high.” As much fear and loathing people have for THC – the intoxicating cannabinoid – it is the exception rather than the rule. It does intoxicate so it can also create a dependency, but no other cannabinoid – out of the hundreds that exist, including cannabidiol – has intoxicating effects.

It follows then that no other cannabinoid is habit-forming or toxic. The fact that THC and CBD are so closely-related in 2019 makes a lot of people think they are the same thing. Their differences, however, are more significant than their similarities.

Is it safe to drink?

As CBD has no intoxicating nor habit-forming effects, CBD living water is safe to use. For CBD water, consumers should worry more about any other ingredients in the cocktail that, while not “dangerous,” could be detrimental to your health. Consumers should be on the lookout for things like artificial flavors and sweeteners or any other additive that could be bad for you.

Should I Worry About Any Side Effects?

As previously mentioned, CBD water is non-intoxicating, non-toxic, and non-habit-forming, so there is no chance of becoming addicted to it or taking too much (overdosing). People should not be fooled, however, into believing that because CBD is natural and organic that there is no risk at all from taking it.

If someone is taking CBD to treat a medical condition, they should first check with their doctor, especially if they are taking medication, before they start to use it. Despite its natural origins, cannabidiol could interfere with other chemicals a person is taking to treat a specific condition, like blood pressure, for example.

As for the side effects of taking CBD water alone, people have reported the following as the main side effects of taking hemp extract:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Mood changes

These side-effects of CBD water are mostly mild, and they usually occur in people who have never tried anything related either to CBD or cannabis. Adverse side effects could also be a sign of a poorly-made, low-quality CBD solution.

Depending on the extraction or filtration process, other contaminants could have entered the extract of cannabis or have been added during production. If you continue to experience severe side effects from taking a CBD product, you should discontinue use.

CBD water, regardless of what it ends up in, costs a lot of money to produce. Not only does it entail the growing, cultivation, and harvesting of acres and acres of hemp plants, but also the extraction, manufacturing, and processing of the cannabis extract.

All this is a preamble to warn the reader not to be shocked by the price tag of some (especially high-potency) cannabidiol oils, gummies, sprays, and vape juices. Even something that might seem as low-cost as water or a CBD beverage is the opposite, given the technology and equipment needed to make it.

A twelve-pack of CBD water, to compare, in cans costs $50. Each bottle can is the same as a 10mg serving of cannabidiol. A high-potency bottle of CBD oil, on the other hand, costs about $35. It has a total amount of 240mg of the extract, with each serving (about 1ml) containing a total of 50mg of CBD extract per serving.

Best CBD oils and tinctures are also more bioavailable as glands under the tongue absorb the compound directly into the bloodstream. This manner of absorption is different than the substance getting drunk and passing through the digestive system that breaks it down, diminishing its effects.

Is CBD legal?

CBD is legal as long as it:

  • Contains less than 0.3% THC
  • Comes from hemp plants (legal) and not marijuana plants (illegal)

These were the guidelines outlined in the Hemp Farming Bill of 2018. To be sure, these are federal guidelines that apply to the commercial cultivation and sale of hemp and hemp-based products. States may have their laws and regulations surrounding cannabis, so users should be aware of them before buying or using any hemp-based product.

Closing Thoughts on CBD Water

CBD water is one more best product to add to the ever-expanding list of CBD products in 2019. This version of cannabidiol is best-suited for people who are curious about the extract rather than people who need it for a specific health problem. The dosages are low, the effectiveness is low to mid-range, and the cost is higher than other product versions.

Still, a CBD beverage could serve as an excellent introduction to the extract. It is more palatable, convenient, and easier-to-take than other methods like oil or capsules. A lot of cannabidiol-based drinks also contain other health-promoting vitamins and minerals, so it is an excellent way to get many beneficial elements in one gulp.

Have you tried CBD water or other CBD-infused drinks? Have you tried CBD-infused beverages like alcoholic cocktails, cappuccinos, or beer? Did you notice any of the effects when drinking these beverages? Let us know in the comments section below.


Janet Miller

Janet Miller

Janet is a medical specialist with 10 years of experience as a physician and writing passion. She aims to help people and expand humans mindset. Chat with Janet on Twitter @Janet_Miller_MD or via our contact page.


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