Just when you thought nothing could be as pure and refreshing as a glass of water, the CBD industry decides to launch CBD water, and it’s no gimmick. CBD water is, in fact, water infused with CBD. Nothing more, nothing less. Sure, CBD water might sound like a snooze, but as it turns out, it’s supposedly even more effective than CBD oil, a magical elixir famous for its wide range of benefits.
Beyond the obvious which is that CBD water is, well, water infused with CBD, it’s actually quite an interesting product and very new to the cannabis space. Ever notice how many CBD water companies have the word “nano” on their bottles? Well, it’s referring to nano-emulsion, a technique pioneered in the pharmaceutical field which was created to improve the bioavailability of oil-based drugs.
Bioavailability refers to how much of a drug is actually absorbed into the bloodstream. In fact, it may be a surprise to learn that many estimate you only ingest about 10 to 15 percent of CBD when you take an oil sublingually. So with our traditional mode of consumption, the bioavailability is very low.
By that logic, CBD water isn’t just the same old CBD oil we know and love infused into water. In theory, it’s an entirely new and far more effective way to consume cannabidiol. To learn more about CBD-infused beverages, read our guide of the best CBD drinks on the market
The technology responsible for this advancement is cutting edge, even in the medical world. A miniaturization process is used to shrink the CBD molecule down to below 60 to 80 nanometers. The molecule is so small that it can then pass through the cell membrane of the mouth and gut tissues with ease, thus allowing for a far greater absorption into the bloodstream.
This miniaturized CBD oil must then be mixed with water to create a drinkable liquid. It’s generally understood that water and oil don’t mix, so in order to make it work, the water and CBD oil must be homogenized into an emulsion.
Still confused? Think of it like a salad dressing, when you put oil and vinegar in the bottom of a salad bowl, they tend to go their separate ways. They must be whisked together vigorously into a single liquid called an emulsion. The principle is the same for mixing nano-CBD oil and water, just on a much smaller scale, hence the term nano-emulsion.
There are now a ton of CBD waters on the market. That can make it challenging to find the best ones. As you know, not all water is good water, and the same goes for CBD water. But as always, Herb has your back. Here is the best CBD-infused h20 for keeping you hydrated and chill:
CBD Living Water is not only one of the cheaper CBD waters available, but it also has more bioavailability than other brands, meaning the CBD absorbs faster and better. To assure you that what you’re drinking is safe and clean, CBD Living Water’s organic hemp CBD is triple-tested, and the results can be found right on their website. The water has no herbal taste, making it the perfect refreshment for when you’re on-the-go.
Their latest version of their flagship CBD water is this nano-spectrum water that boasts 10 mg of nano-CBD per BPA & BPS-free bottle. It also features an alkaline pH (above 9) that helps reduce acidity levels and inflammation in the body.
Pretty on the outside, clean on the inside, Recess sparkling water is infused with both 10 mg of hemp extract and adaptogens for balance and clarity. It comes in a beautiful pop-top can, perfect for chilling out with your friends after a grueling day. There are six tasty and unique flavors available, including Pomegranate Hibiscus, Blackberry Chai, Blood Orange, Peach Ginger, Coconut Lime, and Black Cherry, each containing only 25 calories and 5 grams of sugar a pop. Plus, there’s a sampler pack, in case you can choose between the flavors. Want to learn more? Check out our full review!
Miraflora Sparkling Drinks contain 35 mg of hemp flower extract, and they also feature a blend of vitamins and minerals to support health wellness goals. A great alternative for the daytime or for those wishing to cut back on their alcohol consumption, these tasty beverages are a refreshing way to stay hydrated.
These canned beverages are made from a unique, all-natural blend of bioavailable hemp extract and premium herbal ingredients specifically formulated to support your health goals. With a naturally pleasant taste and low-calorie content, you can enjoy them to your heart’s content!
Their +Balance drinks are ideal for daytime use and come in Tuscan Blood Orange and Peach Ginger flavors.
The Berry Hibiscus-flavored +Sport drink is best for active lifestyles as it is built to help your muscles recover after a workout.
Finally, they’ve got a +Relax canned drink that’s the ultimate drink if you want to achieve a wavy and chill mood thanks to its combination of full-spectrum CBD with soothing herbs like chamomile and Yuzu.
Much like Recess, CBD American Shaman’s CBD-infused beverages offer a delicious, refreshing, and soothing experience in a can. Each can contains 10 mg of full-spectrum nano-hemp extract, just enough to make you feel calmer and more chilled out after every sip. Find CBD American Shaman’s fruity beverages in two mouthwatering flavors: Watermelon-Strawberry Lime and Coconut-Grapefruit.
Wyld CBD Sparkling Waters are a delicious and healthy way to boost your daily exercise, relieve sore muscles and joints, or just relax after a long day of work. With zero calories, this beverage has an effervescent taste that goes down smooth, plus the CBD will assist in stress relief and relaxation.
The tonic and crisp taste is a great alternative to those who desire to avoid alcohol when they are out at the club, or if you simply want another option for cannabis consumption.
Here’s our full review of Wyld CBD sparkling water for more!
From flavored water to sparkling water and even water for pets, Cannaki CBD water is for the folks that despise plain water. They have Coconut Mojito, Berry Blast, Lemon Lime, and Original-flavored water for those that can stand the taste, and for sparkling, there’s also Berry Blast and Coconut Mojito, plus Lemon Lime and Tropical Punch. Cannaki is yet another CBD water brand you can trust. Like CBD Living Water, they share their water quality reports and lab test results on their website. You can only buy the water in packs of 12, but it’s alright to stock up because, after just one, you’ll want more anyway.
Infused with 10 mg of Endo Hemp Oil (not Snoop Dogg’s indo), Endo Water is a delicious and healthful alternative to regular water. Whether you need better sleep, anxiety-relief, or an extra dose of antioxidants, Endo water has you covered. Available in Original, Watermelon, Lemon Lime, and Cucumber, all of which are sugar-free and derived from real fruit, you can buy Endo Water in packs of 4 or 12. It’s lab-tested, all-natural, and made in the USA.
For super sparkling CBD water, it gets no fizzier or more refreshing than Mountjoy Sparkling, made in Sonoma County, California. This no-calories, no-carbs sugar-free bevy is infused with 10 mg of organic CBD and comes in 5 natural flavors: Lemon Lime, Natural, Blackberry, Orange, and Peach. You can get a variety pack and try them all to start, and when you find your favorite, you can buy them individually in packs of 6, 12, and 24.
Canna Nano CBD water is for the health conscious and the environmentally friendly. Developed by a team of scientists, Canna Nano emulates the whole natural cycle, including evaporation, condensation, and precipitation, beginning with water from local sources and passing through sand filters, just like groundwater filters through sediment layers.
With Canna Nano, you get the purest of pure CBD water. The company uses a carbon filter, two sub-micron filters, and a UV filter to remove impurities. Even the bottle is environmentally-friendly. It’s biodegradable, 100% recyclable, and BPA and BPS free.
This company infuses CBD with purified water also using nanotechnology to better hydration. CBD Fusion Water & Hemp Springs are dedicated to providing the most essential of cellular nutrients in the most bioavailable form available! With increased nutrient delivery at the forefront, their desire is that everyone can benefit from these products and have the ability to improve their health by first feeding their cells.
Kind Water utilizes the health benefits of terpene-infusion into their water. Terpenes are the compounds that give cannabis its variety of distinctive aromas and flavors. Certain terpenes also offer a range of health benefits such as Limonene for example, with its antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties.
Sprig has been called the Coca-Cola of CBD drinks. Each can contains 20 mg of natural CBD sourced from organic hemp plantations. It is an excellent alternative to regular soda because it is low-sugar, naturally sweetened and flavored, and comes with the many benefits of CBD, such as inflammation and anxiety reduction. Sprig can be found in three flavors: Citrus, Sparkling Lemon Tea, and Melon. A refreshing, energizing, option that’s compact and portable. Perfect for drinking on-the-go.
VYBES is more than a beverage, it is a pathway to a balanced life by delivering mother nature gift of CBD. VYBES was created as a way of helping others feel more grounded. Coming in a variety of flavors, VYBES is made from vegan and organic ingredients that are as good for the planet as they are for your mind, body, and spirit.
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In general, CBD has too many benefits to name in this article. But some of its popular uses are for pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, and sleep and digestive aid. However, the dosage in CBD water appears to be quite low, often less than 5 mg per bottle. Even with the increased effectiveness of the nano-emulsion CBD, you would have to drink a lot of it to effectively treat severe conditions. Many studies that use CBD give participants upwards of 50 mg multiple times a day.
However, CBD water can still have benefits. It’s best used for everyday muscle aches, relaxation, and exercise, both during and after to aid in recovery. I also personally like to take a bottle to a party to keep me hydrated, relaxed, and hopefully to prevent any headaches that could creep up on me later. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter.
It tastes just like regular water and that’s the point. Taking CBD oil sublingually isn’t the most pleasurable experience. For those who prefer a tasteless way to consume cannabidiol, CBD water could be a great alternative. There’s no lingering weed taste or any difference from a regular bottle of water.
Some brands are also starting to making flavored CBD waters as well as sparkling CBD water. These can be fun to create CBD “mocktails” to share with friends and family for a hangover-free good time.
Now here’s the kicker, CBD water is by far the most expensive form of CBD available today. A single bottle of CBD water containing just 2.5 mg can cost more than $8. Compared to much stronger CBD oils and edibles, it is a substantial increase in cost. Even with the increased effectiveness of nano-emulsion CBD, conventional oils and edibles are far more cost-effective if you’re taking CBD daily for medical or wellbeing reasons.
No, CBD is the non-intoxicating cousin of THC and does not produce any euphoric effects. Other than a calming and relaxed sensation, there shouldn’t be any kind of “high.” You can read more about how CBD will make you feel in this article about our experience vaping CBD.
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Just like other forms of CBD, CBD water has very few side effects. Ironically, for a bottled water product, CBD water has been known to cause dry mouth. This could be off-putting if you prefer your water to be thirst-quenching and not the other way around.
In larger doses, CBD can cause drowsiness, which if you’re taking it as a sleeping aid, is actually desirable. But as mentioned, the dosage in CBD water seems to be quite low so you would have to drink a lot of it to feel anything more than a relaxed sensation.
It should also be noted that CBD can interact with some prescription medications. So if you’re on any prescription drugs, be sure to read our full explainer on CBD drug interactions before buying a case of CBD water.