What are CBD Drinks?

The ever-increasing popularity of CBD has spread far and wide. Long gone are the days when CBD was only found in the form of a tincture.

Today, CBD is added to practically everything.

CBD drinks are quickly becoming a go-to method of consumption for countless individuals who find benefit in the non-psychoactive cannabinoid.

Not only is CBD being added to specialty drinks in restaurants and bars in cannabis-friendly states throughout the country, but the mainstream CBD beverage market is set to boom.

What are CBD Drinks?

CBD drinks are basically just what they sound like. Drinks that contain cannabidiol.

And although very new to the beverage scene itself, CBD drinks are quickly becoming all the rage as the prevalence and popularity of cannabis products continues to become more common.

CBD drinks include pretty much any beverage that contains CBD. There’s CBD water, coffee, tea, energy drinks, and more. Basically, if you can drink it, CBD can be added to it.

CBD drinks have been dubbed “one of the hot crossover moves this year.”

Beverages, in general, are always going to be a popular product. Mix in CBD and you’ve got something set to be one of the trendiest products to hit the beverage scene since bottled water.

CBD drinks are more than just a trendy new product to hit mainstream, however.

CBD drinks allow people to more easily benefit from the cannabinoid in their everyday lives.

Sipping on CBD water during a workout makes it much easier to enjoy the benefits of CBD while getting your fitness on, wouldn’t you say?

While CBD drinks, CBD water, CBD soda, and other CBD-infused beverages have yet to make it onto the shelves of your local grocery and convenience stores, with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill it should be only a matter of time that CBD drinks become as common as the other countless beverage options that line supermarket shelves.

How are CBD Drinks Made?

While CBD drinks sound simple enough, there’s a little more to the process of their development than simply adding some CBD tincture into the mix.

While you might find some bars and coffee shops in progressive cities across the country doing it this way, CBD drinks made on a larger scale (think those that you’d potentially buy at your neighborhood 7-11 or those already available online) are made using a different approach.

CBD drinks and CBD water that are produced on a larger scale are typically made using water soluble CBD .

You’ve likely heard the expression “oil and water don’t mix.”

Seeing as CBD is typically found in the form of an oil, CBD beverages are made using CBD that can actually dissolve in water.

Using proprietary, state-of-the-art technology, CBD particles are broken down into tiny nanoparticles that are so small they can eventually infuse into water or other liquids.

CBD drinks can also be made using CBD isolate, however, when compared to this crystalline form of CBD that boasts some of the highest CBD bioavailability (how much CBD is actually absorbed into the bloodstream), water soluble CBD is superior when it comes to making CBD drinks and CBD water.

What’s the Difference Between CBD Drinks and CBD Water?

Is there any difference between CBD drinks and CBD water?

Not really.

The only difference would be the ingredients used to make them. The CBD drinks that are currently available on the market are typically made up of different ingredients known to produce certain effects.

A lot of the time CBD drinks will include different herbs and ingredients known to promote relaxation, increase energy, or support focus and concentration.

A CBD drink made specifically for relaxation, for example, might include other ingredients such as kava, passionflower, chamomile, valerian, and/or other calming herbs.

CBD water, on the other hand, is just that. CBD mixed with water.

CBD water is typically made using nanotechnology, the process that breaks down CBD particles into the tiny nanoparticles that blend seamlessly with water molecules.

The Benefits of CBD Drinks and CBD Water Made with Water Soluble CBD

The benefits of CBD water soluble CBD surpass those of oil-based CBD products when added to CBD drinks and CBD water.


It all comes down to the bioavailability of water soluble CBD.

CBD drinks and CBD water made with water soluble CBD are thought to be absorbed by the body more rapidly, meaning it takes less time to feel CBD’s effects.

While the theories are promising, you should keep in mind there is a lack of hard evidence for this. With time, and the increasing public interest in CBD, there will be more evidence found for or against the benefits of CBD in general.

With water soluble CBD there’s also less waste of the cannabinoid, meaning more of the product is actually put to use.

Less waste means you don’t have to purchase as much, which could have a serious impact on how much money someone spends on CBD to meet their personal needs.

Water soluble CBD is also extremely versatile.

There are already options available to purchase water soluble CBD products that can easily be added to your favorite drinks and the water you drink at home.

How Much CBD is Usually in CBD Drinks?

The CBD drink market is poised to become HUGE. There are already quite a few options available when it comes to CBD drinks and CBD water that can easily be found online and in states that have passed legal cannabis laws.

Just like other CBD products, CBD serving sizes vary in CBD water.

A 16oz bottle of CBD water, for example, might contain 10-25mg CBD.

With a bit of research we found that when it comes to CBD water, serving sizes range from 4mg-30mg, with a 500ml bottle containing an average price tag of right around $10.

CBD drinks are much the same.

CBD-sparkling sodas could contain 20mg CBD per 12oz can.

There are CBD-infused cold brew coffee and tea options that contain 20mg CBD per 11oz bottle.

For the more sophisticated pallet, there are options that might include lavender sparkling water infused with 15mg of CBD.  

There is also the option of purchasing water soluble CBD that you can make your own CBD drinks and CBD water from. This allow you to customize exactly how much CBD is in your drink of choice.

Why CBD Drinks are Expected to Explode in the CBD Industry

When it comes to beverages, everyone has their favorite go-to.

Whether strawberry soda, unsweetened iced-tea, an energy drink to help you make it through the day, cold brew coffee, or kombucha, we’ve all got some type of beverage we drink on the reg.

And seeing the numerous benefits associated with CBD, it’s addition to your favorite drink can only make your beloved beverage that much better.

Also, when you consider that the bottled water market is something else rapidly growing (approximately 600 million households consumed bottled water in 2018). That’s one-million bottles per minute in case you were wondering.

Seeing that CBD has become (almost!) as popular as bottled water itself, the CBD water market is bound to become bigger than we might imagine.

Those who have already made CBD drinks and CBD water a part of their regular wellness routine have done so for several reasons.

For one, CBD drinks make it really easy to get a serving of CBD. And seeing that most CBD drinks on the market are made with water soluble CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid is quickly absorbed by the body, meaning it goes to worker faster to provide relief.

CBD water is a popular addition to the workout routines of countless fitness enthusiasts everywhere. It’s no secret that CBD is becoming one of the most popular wellness products for those who engage in regular exercise or play sports.

It’s said to be excellent for post-workout recovery, as well as for pre-game focus and concentration.

Have you ventured into the world of cannabidiol beverages?

If so, what’s your favorite CBD drink?

We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.

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