Due to its rising acceptance and growing consumer base, there is now an abundance of products available to consume CBD, including; CBD oil, gummies and vape. This breadth of options allows users to receive their desired dosage of CBD in the form of their preference, including; oral CBD, topical CBD, and inhalation of CBD. The well-reported potential health benefits of CBD has unsurprisingly led to expanding consumer interest, which has increased the demand for accessible and convenient CBD products, leading to the introduction of CBD infused water.
Not only a convenient way for users to take CBD, but the production of CBD infused water also allows users to orally receive a rapid bioavailable source of CBD, allowing more effective and speedier entrance into the body’s digestive tract.
What is CBD?
Water-soluble CBD is compatible with all forms of drinking water, including;
Derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant, cannabidiol , better known as CBD, is a chemical compound well-studied and experimented with for its potential medicinal properties. Despite common misconception, CBD is non-psychoactive and does not deliver the same euphoric “high” sensation that its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the major active ingredient in marijuana, produces. To avoid these intoxicating properties present in recreational cannabis, cannabinoids are required to be extracted from hemp plants containing less than 0.2% to be legal in the UK and most of Europe.
Water-soluble CBD can be easily digested by dissolving one drop in water and dosage can be increased after seven days by one drop per intake. As with all CBD products, users are recommended to start with a low dosage and increase gradually towards their recommended daily dosage or until the desired effects are felt. Recommended daily dose should not be exceeded, to a maximum of 13 drops.
CBD water is a perfect example of capitalism at its phoniest. While plenty of companies are looking to cash in by claiming their products contain beneficial CBD, CBD water is the easiest example of how a fool and his money are soon parted.
Scientists are just beginning to understand how hemp-derived CBD is beneficial to the human body’s endocannabinoid system. Depending on the manufacturing process, the minuscule amount of CBD that CBD water contains is most likely rendered ineffective when it is exposed to light for an extended period of time, such as being stationary in a brightly-lit supermarket refrigerator or storage facility all day. CBD products should be kept out of direct light, in order for the CBD not to destabilize.
“Cannabinoids are susceptible to degradation and specifically oxidization which is very concerning, as some of those degradants are toxic. Cannabinoids are most stable in their trichomes on the flower or even in the resin where the terpenes and other natural chemicals provide some protection and anti-oxidation properties. This is why purified or isolated CBD-THC are very unstable unless properly formulated,” said Aras Azadian, CEO of Avicanna, exclusively in an email.
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Therefore, putting a dropper full of CBD into a bottle of water and sipping it here and there is not advisable either. Opening and closing the bottle numerous times and allowing oxygen and light to penetrate the container weakens the CBD, rendering it all but ineffective, quite quickly. (Unless fitness buffs do this at Soul Cycle, where the room is pretty dark and cyclists tend to chug.)
She adds that dosage is also something else it’s good to look for on CBD water labels (or the very least on the brand’s website.) Most CBD water brands have between two to five milligrams of CBD per serving.
This is the big benefit that’s linked to CBD. “Some scientific studies find that CBD helps with stress and anxiety because of the way it interacts with receptors in the brain,” Evans says. “CBD might also help decrease cortisol levels by interacting with CB1 and CB2 [cannabinoid] receptors found in the brain and body.” These receptors are part of the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is made of receptors throughout the nervous system that are activated by cannabinoid compounds like CBD. Another scientific study found that CBD has a noticeable impact on serotonin levels in mice, which could be another reason why it could help with anxiety. (However, more research is needed to confirm this effect in humans.)
As a refresher, CBD is one of several active compounds in marijuana (and hemp). It’s extracted from hemp or cannabis plants either to produce a solo CBD-only compound, or a full-spectrum compound that includes CBD plus other compounds from the plant. Jamie Evans, the founder of The Herb Somm and author of The Ultimate Guide to CBD, explains that CBD water is simply water that has been infused with CBD.
4. It could help relieve migraines
While Evans says the number of CBD waters on the market continues to grow, she says not all of them are high-quality. “Something people should know about buying CBD products in general is that brands are not required to test the CBD they’re using,” she says. She adds that some brands are going the extra mile to prove the authenticity by getting a certificate of analysis (COA), showing that the CBD in their products have been tested.
CBD is available in a variety of formats, including in oils and tinctures, gummies, and now CBD water. One of CBD’s most talked about benefits is helping to lower anxiety—something that’s certainly at a high right now. It can cause more people to wonder if CBD water could be the solution to their pandemic-induced anxiety, or at least help in some way.
There is some preliminary evidence to suggest that consuming CBD could help lower blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health. While promising, more scientific studies on humans need to be done to confirm these benefits.
You know the CB1 and CB2 receptors Evans mentioned? There’s some evidence that suggests this interaction could help relieve migraines, too. “Cannabinoids. present a promising class of compounds for both acute and prophylactic treatment of migraine pain,” concludes a 2018 review in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology , thanks to their anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. (However, more research is needed to understand exactly the mechanism behind these potential benefits, as well as how CBD can be most effectively used to treat migraines.) Proper hydration is also important for avoiding migraines, which is why CBD water in particular may be a good solution.