7 Ways to Enjoy CBD in Drinks
Want to try something new and tasty? Interested in CBD but don’t know where to start? Whether you’re thinking of trying CBD for the first time or simply want to change up your routine, getting started with a tincture of isolate or full-spectrum cannabidiol oil may be the way to go.
CBD has been rapidly climbing the wellness ladder for its supposed health benefits, including stress relief, anti-anxiety properties, anti-depression properties, seizure prevention, sleep aid properties, and more. If you’re looking for a tasty way to enjoy CBD oil, we’ve come up with a list of our favorite drinks to add CBD to.
What is CBD?
First thing’s first: what exactly is CBD, and what is it for? Simply put, CBD stands for cannabidiol and is found in cannabis and hemp plants. Unlike its cousin THC, CBD does not cause psychoactive effects and will not produce a “high”. CBD is simply one of the hundreds of cannabinoids found in the plants and could link to numerous potential health benefits.
CBD’s popularity began to grow early on, but it wasn’t until the 2018 Farm Bill that the product truly soared. Thanks to the Bill, all hemp and hemp by-products were legalized federally for production, sale, transport, and possession, making CBD readily available across the country.
Our Favorite Drinks to Mix With CBD
Because CBD could offer incredible benefits for human health, there are many who swear by its properties. Often, CBD users claim it has helped them manage pain, anxiety, stress, depression, and more. While the most common and recommended way to take CBD is under the tongue, sometimes it can be nice to relax with a CBD latte or chill out with a CBD-infused smoothie. Here are seven drinks we recommend mixing your CBD into:
One of the most popular options to add CBD to is coffee. Iced or cold, latte or drip, coffee has a strong flavor and can offer benefits like boosting energy. Some users say that when they add CBD to their coffee, the cannabinoids help to reduce the jittery feeling the caffeine gives them. Coffee often pairs well with many different flavors. We recommend pairing it with full-spectrum oil for a tasty, well-balanced morning drink.
Another easy way to add CBD oil to a drink is to mix it into a smoothie. Because it is blended in with the rest of the ingredients, there will be little to no oil residue, making a smoothie one of the easiest choices for a CBD drink. You can try a flavorless option or a fruity oil with frozen strawberries, bananas, and almond milk for a cooling treat.
While the effects of CBD can vary when mixed with alcohol, making a classic drink with CBD instead of alcohol is a great alternative. You can either make a blended mocktail such as a strawberry daiquiri or use an emulsifying agent like maltodextrin to help the oil mix with the liquid in a cocktail like a Moscow mule. You can use a variety of flavored CBD oils or flavorless options, depending on your preference.
There’s something so tasty and soothing about a fresh glass of orange juice. The great benefits of orange’s vitamin C mixed with CBD may provide the morning (or afternoon!) pick-me-up you’ve been looking for. You can try flavorless oils or a fruity option for an extra-yummy citrus and fruit drink. Another option is to blend OJ, CBD oil, fruit, and ice for a different type of smoothie!
Kombucha is already well-known for its possible health benefits, which is why it makes a great base for a CBD mixer. Combining kombucha’s probiotic benefits with CBD’s mood-improving ones could just be the perfect wellness drink. Not to mention, kombucha, which is made from fermented tea, usually comes in great tasting flavors, so adding some CBD oil makes it an easy choice.
Matcha Green Tea
Matcha, which is a finely ground green tea, provides antioxidant properties, an energy boost, and other health benefits. Adding flavorless full-spectrum or isolate oil can make your drink even better; you can brew your matcha green tea normally, or add your CBD to a milk frother and make a CBD Matcha Latte.
For something a bit more sinful, you could even add CBD oil to any milkshake. Blending CBD with milkshake ingredients is a great way to incorporate it without any oily residue. Go for a fruity strawberry option, minty chocolate treat, or something entirely different; the possibilities are endless! You could even make it a CBD freak shake by adding CBD edibles and cake on top.
Bioavailability & Ingesting CBD
Anyone who has heard of CBD probably knows that there are many ways to take it. But how does each method affect the body differently, and why? If you’ve searched up CBD drink or recipe ideas, you’ve probably heard the term “bioavailability”.
Bioavailability is the amount and the rate at which your body absorbs a substance, and it changes depending on how you ingest something. For example, taking CBD under the tongue has a higher bioavailability than eating a CBD gummy, which is why experts recommend a sublingual dose of oil.
Ingesting CBD through a drink or food decreases the bioavailability as it must pass through the digestive system, losing some of its potency. While you could still benefit from CBD’s benefits through ingestion, it likely won’t be as strong as some other methods. If you are interested in trying different methods of taking CBD, here are some of the most common:
- Sublingual drops under the tongue
- Ingesting gummies, drinks, foods, or capsules
- Inhalation methods such as vaping
- Topical options like lotions
Ready to Get Started?
At Elixir Lounge, we offer a variety of CBD types to help you relax and rejuvenate. While our company is centered around kava, our team knows CBD inside out as well and can help make the best suggestions for you. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at 801-706-1929, or send us an email. You can also check out our blog to learn more about CBD, kava, and more. We look forward to hearing from you!