The latest craze in the world of health and wellness is CBD water. Whether you’re aware of the buzz surrounding this controversial, yet widely misrepresented product, or if this is the first time you’ve heard of it, there’s plenty for you to learn. In this article, we’re going to take a close look at what CBD water is, why everyone’s talking about it, and why you should give it a shot.
What Is CBD Water?
CBD water is water infused with cannabidiol (CBD) particles, a naturally occurring substance found in the hemp plant.
Although CBD is found in hemp and cannabis, it cannot get you high. CBD is a non-psychoactive substance that doesn’t appear on drug tests—instead, it’s THC that gets you “stoned”, which is not contained in CBD water. Drinking CBD water can help you reap the health and wellness benefits of CBD while also hydrating your body.
Water Soluble CBD
In recent years, we’ve seen advancements in the development of water-soluble CBD. In the past, CBD oil couldn’t be absorbed by the bloodstream because, like any oil, CBD oil isn’t soluble in water. In other words, it cannot dissolve in water and therefore can’t enter the bloodstream through this route.
A recent study found that traditional CBD oil is only 4% bioavailable in water. Therefore, a whopping 96% of all the CBD oil is wasted when it’s absorbed via water.
However, times have changed. New water-soluble CBD oil allows the particles in CBD oil to break apart in water, emulsify, and still remain stable. Subsequently, we’ve seen many products recently hit the market that includes “water-friendly” CBD oils.
CBD Water Benefits
The benefits of CBD water are many. Not only do you get the benefits of CBD and its many health and wellness properties, but you also benefit from the myriad benefits of adequate hydration. Below, we’ve listed some of the main benefits associated with CBD water.
- Anti-Inflammatory & Restorative Properties
- Lowers Cortisol Levels
- A Powerful Painkiller
- Reduce & Relieve Anxiety
- Effective Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Proven Epilepsy Treatment
- Anti-Acne Agent
- Cancer Treatment
Now, let’s break down each of the health benefits of CBD water listed above. This way, you can get a closer look at why you should be incorporating CBD water into your daily routine.
#1 Anti-Inflammatory & Restorative Features
Many recent studies demonstrate that cannabinoids, such as CBD, are useful treatments for pain and inflammation. CBD has natural anti-inflammatory properties that support the immune system, and how our bodies look and feel.
Inflammation is the body’s response to injury or infection. However, excess levels of inflammation can lead to chronic health problems that you’re better off without. Fortunately, CBD oil is a natural anti-inflammatory that can reduce pain and irritation associated with inflammatory responses in your joints and muscles.
#2 Lowers Cortisol Levels
Cortisol is the main stress hormone in the human body. Excess levels of cortisol are what cause you to stress out and ruin your mood.
Fortunately, CBD oil helps bring down cortisol levels and can put your mind at ease. A double-blind study found that patients administered CBD had lower levels of cortisol in their bloodstream, which reduces overall levels of stress.
#3 A Powerful Painkiller
If you suffer from chronic pain, CBD is an invaluable resource. Over 60 per cent (4) of those who take CBD do so to alleviate pain without pharmaceuticals. As a natural anti-inflammatory, you can alleviate pain and stiff joints by taking water-soluble CBD products.
#4 Reduce & Relieve Anxiety
More people today suffer from anxiety than ever before. Thankfully, CBD water can reduce the effects of social and general anxiety by lowering stress hormone levels in the brain. Although it’s no cure for anxiety, CBD water can act as a low-impact remedy for generalized anxiety disorders.
#5 Effective Treatment of PTSD
Many people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) find relief in CBD oil. A recent study found that CBD products are effective alternative treatments for PTSD. Therefore, CBD water may help patients overcome the effects of trauma.
#6 Anti-Acne Agent
CBD clears sebum from the surface of the skin, which allows the pores to breathe and cleanse themselves. With less sebum accumulation on the skin, CBD helps prevent breakouts and acne flare-ups.
#7 Cancer Treatment
There’s no evidence that CBD can cure cancer, but it can help manage pain, inflammation, and mood-related symptoms of cancers. Therefore, many cancer patients find solace in CBD water and other CBD-infused remedies.
How Much CBD Water Should I Drink Daily?
CBD water products don’t contain very much CBD. In most cases, there are about 2 to 5 milligrams of CBD per dose. A 2017 scientific review found that the average clinical trial on patients taking CBD took doses between 20mg and 1,500mg, which was well-tolerated.
Although it may be a bad idea to consume as much as 1,500mg of CBD water, there’s no evidence that over-consuming CBD water is harmful or life-threatening. Instead, it’s a good idea to only drink between 20 and 100mg of CBD water if you want to be on the safe side.
What's The Correct Dosage & Can You Drink Too Much?
There’s no evidence that you can drink too much CBD water. However, to be on the safe side you shouldn’t drink more than about 100mg of CBD.
CBD Water vs CBD Oil
CBD oil and CBD water both pose similar health benefits, but they differ in their bioavailability. Whereas CBD oil cannot fully dissolve in water, water-soluble CBD water fully absorbs into the bloodstream once swallowed and digested. This is why CBD oil is often taken sublingually (under the tongue), while CBD water is drunk as a beverage.
Bioavailability refers to the proportion of a substance that has an active effect once absorbed into the bloodstream. CBD water has significantly greater bioavailability (near 100%) compared to CBD oils or non-soluble CBD water.
The endocannabinoid system is the natural cell-signalling system that regulates sleep, mood, memory, and fertility in the body. The system is influenced by endogenous cannabinoids made by your way, and CBD supplementation can augment your endocannabinoid system to improve your state of wellbeing.
CBD supplementation has been proven safe and is well-tolerated in high doses for adults.
Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Technically speaking, CBD is one class of cannabinoid, alongside THC and others.
Possible Side Effects
Nothing’s perfect, not even CBD water. Below, we’ve listed a few side effects that may arise when you use CBD water.
Cotton mouth refers to acute mouth dryness, which can sometimes happen if you sip too much CBD water over a short period of time.
Limited Ability to Process Medication
You should speak to your doctor before you take a CBD supplement. There is some evidence to suggest that CBD interferes with some pharmaceutical medications. To be on the safe side, you should speak to your doctor first before trying CBD water if you’re taking prescription drugs.
What Do Experts Say?
Medical experts and CBD activists strongly support CBD water and other forms of CBD supplementation. For those who use cannabis to reap the benefits of CBD, one of the main issues is that it’s difficult to control the dosage of cannabinoids. As CBD expert Stephanie Cion points out below, cannabis products are hard to properly dose, whereas CBD water allows you to perfectly measure the right CBD dose for you.
#CBDNews🗞️ A study by the University of Buffalo & University of Michigan suggests that most cannabis users, even those who are more experienced, have an inadequate understanding of cannabis products and dosing – Read the full story.https://t.co/ETPUcS0Yfm @findhempCBD_ pic.twitter.com/gRthJ4JHHR
— Stephanie Cion (@StephanieCion) April 30, 2020