Cannabidiol (CBD) products are pretty much everywhere these days. They are in many grocery stores and pharmacies almost all across the country. Because of its popularity, CBD manufacturers are trying to find as many products to make CBD into as possible. However, quantity does not always guarantee quality. Some CBD products are just not very good ideas. One that has been circling around that may not be the best is CBD water. But let’s talk about exactly why CBD water is not always the best option.
An overview of CBD
There is a fairly good chance that if you clicked on this article, you already know what CBD is. However, it is always good to review the basics and this time the basics boil down to defining CBD.
CBD is one of over 113 different cannabinoids, which are chemical compounds found in cannabis plants, like hemp and marijuana. Cannabinoids are largely unknown to most people with just a couple of famous exceptions. CBD is one of those exceptions, its fame coming only recently due to us understanding better in the last ten years or so what it could do. The other exception is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Seeing the letters “THC” probably sparked some sort of connection for you, even if you are new to CBD. This is because THC is the main psychoactive component of cannabis. That means that it creates an inebriated state, more commonly referred to as a “high.” THC’s fame still kind of outshines CBD’s. As a result, many people think that CBD creates the same psychoactive effect as THC. However, that is just not the case. CBD is psychoactive and does not create any sort of high. So, if that was a concern for you, you can put it out of your mind.
When CBD manufacturers make their products, they usually use CBD that has been extracted from hemp. There are a couple of reasons for this. One main one is that hemp has a very high CBD content and a very low THC one (less than 0.3%). The other is the hemp is legal in most states. There are a few exceptions, but for most of the United States it is legal. Marijuana is a different story. It has varying levels of CBD and high levels of THC. It is also federally illegal in the US, with a few states legalizing it on one level or another.
Is CBD water worth it?
In case you did not already guess, CBD water is water that has CBD in it. Which at first glance does not seem like a bad idea. However, when you look more closely at CBD water, you will probably change your mind.
Most CBD waters come in bottles similar to other bottled waters. Meaning they come in clear plastic bottles. This may not seem like a big deal. However, CBD extract breaks down when exposed to light for too long. Most stores have very bright florescent lighting and display their products out in the open. Generally, that is fine, but when you are dealing with something that works best when stored in the dark, it is not great.
The other problem with CBD waters is that their prices generally do not reflect their concentrations. Most bottles of water cost around a dollar, but CBD waters cost about five dollars per bottle. On top of this, they generally only have around 10mg for a 500ml bottle. That is a very low concentration and is not likely enough to actually give you the effects of CBD.
So, to put it simply, CBD water is probably not worth it. Between all of the drawbacks of how it is stored and the general price, it just does not make the best CBD product. But there are other CBD products that you can choose from.
What about other CBD edibles?
After reading the above section, it may be easy to believe that CBD edibles are just not worth your time. But there are many CBD edibles that are so much better than CBD water and for some very good reasons. Afterall, CBD edibles are among the most popular kinds of CBD products out there. With so many people loving them, there has to be some virtues to edibles. But what are they?
One thing about CBD edibles that appeals to many is the flavor. Many CBD extracts (though not all) taste like hemp. For many people this is not a problem at all. In fact, some may actively look out for that flavor. However, for others that is a serious drawback. This is where CBD edibles provide a solution. Most edibles taste like the food that they are. Any hemp flavor is more or less overpowered by the food. This makes the CBD much easier and even pleasant to take.
Another upside of edibles is that they make it very easy to know exactly how much of the cannabinoid that you have taken. Sometimes, with other oral CBD products, it is easy to accidentally take too much or forget how much CBD you have taken. For example, most oils and tinctures come in little bottles with droppers attached to the lid. When measuring out a specific amount, it is all too easy to allow an extra drop or two fall in your mouth, or wherever you are placing the oil. This is not likely to cause you any serious harm, but it can be a pain if you are trying to stick to a specific amount. Most CBD edibles do not have that problem. They are made with the same amount of CBD in every serving. That way you always know exactly how much you have taken going off of how much of the edible you have eaten.
One thing that does turn some people away from edibles for their CBD intake, is the fact that they take the longest out of all CBD products to start working. This is because in order for the CBD to work, the food it is in needs to digest. So, this could take a couple of hours. However, many people who use CBD edibles report that the effects of the edible last longer than most other CBD products. So, you just have to decide if the wait is worth it to you.
When it comes down to it, CBD water is probably not your best bet for getting the full potential of CBD. However, there are still many other options that could work for you. If you had your heart set on taking CBD in the form of some food or drink, no worries. Most CBD edibles from reputable companies are definitely worth it.