Carbonated water

What is CBD Soda?

CBD soda and CBD sparkling waters are carbonated beverages infused with CBD. The terms soda, sparkling water and sparkling beverage are used interchangeably, as all three are carbonated beverages, with varying dosages of CBD introduced. Most of the these sparkling waters come in refreshing fruity or herbal flavors like peach-ginger, lemongrass, blackberry-chai or lemon lime, and not traditional soda pop flavors.

The majority of these sparkling beverages on the market are made with hemp-derived CBD, and most labeled as CBD beverages either contain trace amounts of THC, or none at all. These sodas and sparkling waters are infused with either broad or full-spectrum CBD or CBD isolate, via CBD oil, with dosages that range from 20-25 mg of CBD per can.

 Furthermore, a number of brands are using sugar-free natural sweeteners to offer calorie-free or low-calorie beverages. Many of those products, in a similar fashion to CBD infused teas, include herbal ingredients that can have other therapeutic benefits (often called “adaptogens”) in order to offer specific CBD soda experiences. While this kind of soda is currently trendy, it’s still not widely distributed and can mostly be purchased online.

How is CBD-Infused Water Made?

Most CBD-infused waters are made with CBD extracts produced by nanotechnology as a way to permeate the water. Nanotechnology makes tiny, nano-sized CBD molecules for the infusion, and from there any additional minerals or flavors are added. Some producers, like CBD Living, claim this kind of CBD infusion offers the highest bioavailability, (the body’s ability to absorb and reap any possible therapeutic advantages from the CBD). CBD water has been criticized for potentially not being as effective as other CBD-infused beverages because of the comparatively low dosage per bottle. Usually 15mg of CBD is recommended as a dosage starting point and many CBD-infused waters offer much lower CBD dosages than their sparkling counterparts — typically between 5-10 mg per container¹.

What is the Difference Between CBD Soda and Kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented, probiotic beverage that’s made with tea. It’s been trending for the last few years because of the possible therapeutic assistance it can provide, as probiotics can help with overall “gut” health. Kombucha is made with bacteria, yeast, and sugar, and during the fermentation process becomes slightly carbonated. Kombucha comes in a range of flavors, usually of the herbal or fruity variety.

Kombucha is often touted as a health supplement, and now CBD-infused versions have entered the market. Kombucha is very different from sparkling waters or sodas, mostly because it has a strong, vinegar-like smell and a more sour taste, due it being a fermented beverage. Kombucha is typically a lot less sweet than CBD soda or sparkling water, and usually less carbonated. CBD-infused kombucha tea ranges in dosages from 10 mg to 50 mg per bottle. Overall, it’s a great product for those looking for potential probiotic benefits like better digestion, who also enjoy the effects of CBD.

 CBD Sparkling Water: Say Yes to Bubbles

The range of CBD-infused beverages on the market really mean there’s something out there for everyone. For those who enjoy carbonated drinks, sparkling CBD waters and sodas are a fun, refreshing way to get a daily dose of CBD in a variety of flavors. CBD-infused water could be ideal for first-time CBD users who are looking to start with a low dosage and gauge the possible effects.

References

1. Zhornitsky, S., & Potvin, S. (2012). Cannabidiol in humans—the quest for therapeutic targets. Pharmaceuticals, 5(5), 529-552.

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