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Written by The Hemp Jubilation Team

Last Updated On: January 8, 2023

The benefits of drinking CBD-infused drinks are becoming most popular these days. And CBD companies are aware of consumers' desire for natural, plant-based remedies to health concerns like anxiety, pain, and insomnia. And so CBD-infused drinks are becoming a thing. 

Imagine finishing a tough workout, or a long run and quenching your thirst with a drink that also may reduce inflammation and pain.

Think about hanging out with friends or family and enjoying a beverage that may lift you up and have you feeling good and having fun without leaving you hungover the next day.

Welcome to an exciting and rapidly growing segment of the beverage market―drinks infused with CBD or THC derived from cannabis.

Because of this, some online CBD brands are intent on the public’s interest in cannabidiol, or CBD, and adding this compound to beverages and food products, including CBD-infused beverages like Sparkling Water, Sparkling Tea, and others.

CBD is a chemical produced by the cannabis plant that is commonly thought to have therapeutic benefits.

THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, is a chemical produced by cannabis that provides a psychoactive, euphoric effect.

Cannabis plants containing more than 0.3% THC, known as marijuana, and CBD or THC derived from it, are federally unlawful but may be legal in states that have legalized marijuana for medical or adult recreational use.

However, CBD derived from cannabis plants containing less than 0.3% THC, known as hemp, and the CBD derived from it is federally legal.

Unfortunately, the FDA has said that CBD derived from hemp should not be marketed in beverages. Due to this complex regulatory structure, the marketing of CBD- plus THC-infused beverages is currently controlled by state-specific laws and regulations.

Fortunately, Hemp regulations in the vast majority of states do not explicitly prohibit the use of hemp-derived CBD in beverages.

As such, CBD-infused beverages are being sold online by many popular CBD companies, like Miraflora, Cloud Water, dram, and many others.

What Should You Look For When Choosing a CBD-Infused Drink?

There are a few things you need to pay attention to while choosing a CBD drink:

Shop At Reputable Places

Please avoid purchasing CBD products at gas stations or smoke shops. Instead, consider buying CBD from licensed dispensaries or online companies that provide information on their growing and manufacturing practices, as well as their lab results.

Purchase USA-Grown Hemp Products

These are required to meet quality-control standards determined by the USDA.

Other Ingredients

Some companies may add other ingredients to their products to work alongside CBD.

Always check the product for other ingredients before buying. Added chemicals, flavoring additives, or other compounds may not be right for everyone.

Some ingredients may also cause reactions in some people. Keep an eye out for other allergens in CBD drink products, and search for any unknown ingredient names before buying any CBD product.

The type of CBD

  • Full-spectrum CBD
  • Broad-spectrum CBD
  • CBD isolate

Full Spectrum products contain all terpenes and cannabinoids of the cannabis plant, including up to 0.3% THC. Many users prefer full spectrum products, as they are often associated with the “entourage effect”—multiple cannabinoids working synergistically together.

Broad Spectrum products include a blend of the plant's naturally occurring cannabinoids but contain 0% THC. Broad spectrum tends to be a popular favorite among users, as these products contain a variety of other cannabinoids without THC.

Isolate refers to a singular cannabinoid profile contained in a product. Isolate is strictly one cannabinoid such as CBD, CBG, or CBN. Isolate is completely THC-free and does not include any other cannabinoids or additional hemp compounds.

If you don't mind a bit of THC, then the full-spectrum hemp extract might be the right choice for you, and if you want to stay on the safe side, isolate should be your go-to drink.

There are also broad-spectrum drinks if you wish to receive more CBD benefits than the isolate but do not want to get THC into your system.

It should be clear how much of these extracts are present in each serving. It's also recommended to do your research to find a company you trust to produce a high-quality hemp drink product. Organic and non-GMO varieties tend to be best.

Certificates of Analysis (COA)

A COA from a third-party lab is a detailed document that displays the lab test results. The COA provides independent evidence showing the exact cannabinoid profile, potency, and THC content in a given product plus other test results, which show that the product is free from pesticides, heavy metals, and other impurities.

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