CBD or cannabidiol has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years for its effective health benefits. It is one of the many compounds found in the cannabis plant and has recently become more sought after than its counterpart, THC, which is also a compound found in the plant and responsible for the ‘high’ generally associated with cannabis. In simpler words, CBD does not elicit any intoxication because it is not a psychoactive compound!
CBD comes in many different forms like oils, vapes, capsules, gummies and the list goes on. CBD infused water is the latest product on the block. Read ahead to acquaint yourself with this interesting new way to use CBD!
What is CBD water?
CBD water is made by infusing CBD particles with water. Manufacturers of this special water suggest that it’s the easiest way to get a CBD fix and reap all its benefits.
How much CBD does CBD water contain?
Actually very little – proving to be one of the main problems with CBD water. This may vary with some, but most CBD water brands contain around 2-5 mg of CBD. Although recommended doses can vary, studies suggest the use of at least 15 mg of CBD per day. CBD water companies justify this tiny amount by claiming that they use nanotechnology to decrease particle sizes so the CBD is readily absorbed and used by the body. Although research on the effects of using nanotechnology on CBD absorption is limited, one study did find that lipid-based CBD may be better absorbed by the body.
Are there more factors affecting CBD in CBD water?
CBD is a highly unstable compound and needs to be carefully stored to preserve all its medicinal properties. To be precise, exposure to light and air can cause its break down, which can reduce its potential benefits. Most CBD water is stored in clear containers and placed on shelves under bright lights for days and weeks. This degrades the CBD content in the water. One study on the effect of storage conditions of cannabinoids found that light exposure causes the greatest loss of CBD. Temperature however, did not have an effect but the exposure to air led to a significant loss in the cannabinoid content. This means that once you open your container of CBD water, the already low amount of CBD starts to break down, and a less active amount remains. However, more studies are needed to support or disprove these findings.
How much does CBD water cost?
Drinking CBD water might be a pretty expensive exercise! A 16-ounce (473ml) serving can cost as much as $4-7 USD (excluding shipping and tax). Buying in bulk will save you money, but a bottle will still cost at least $3. But what’s the point when its CBD content is prone to degrading anyway?
On the other hand, CBD oil usually costs around $35-40 for 30 servings, which works out to be less than $2 per serving – a much cheaper and effective way of using CBD.
CBD infused capsules, vapes, creams and gummies also work out to a good amount of CBD at a lower cost per serving than CBD water.
Should you drink CBD water?
While CBD has plenty of benefits to offer, CBD water contains minimal amounts of it which further degrade once exposed to light and air. Leaving zero to minimal medicinal properties still present in the water.
So if you do want to try CBD and reap its benefits, it is probably best to skip the CBD water for now and stick to other forms like oil, capsules and edibles, which are all usually sold in dark bottles to avoid degradation, and are much more cost-effective.