Consumers should be especially cautious with CBD-infused beer. Piomelli likens mixing alcohol and CBD to “sledding on a very, very dangerous path” because mixing any substances together risks effects that are “nastier than alcohol itself.”
And while some CBD drinks may leave you relaxed, it might not be from the CBD. As one company told Thrillist, they add adaptogens to enhance the purported effects of CBD. Adaptogens are fungi, roots, and herbs that wellness products claim can reduce stress. Drawing from Eastern medicine, extracts from plants like ginseng and reishi mushrooms are added to many infused drinks to improve mood. It’s scientifically questionable, just like drinks with very low doses of CBD.
“You will need approximately 20 of them to do anything that is of use,” Piomelli vehemently explained when asked about low-dose CBD capsules. “And why would you do that? Besides, what else is in those pills?”
Our digestive systems are hardy for a reason — they’re supposed to break down what we eat. A CBD gummy, for example, will go through saliva, stomach acid, bile, the liver, and then to everywhere else in the body via the bloodstream. To bypass all of that, try using CBD under the tongue.
You’ve probably stumbled across CBD-infused water, CBD tea, and oh god, even CBD beer.
I’m ordinarily not a chocolate or sweets person. But when it comes to edibles, this delivery method works best for me when I’m traveling and away from my kitchen. Kiva’s products are what I carry whenever work (or pleasure) takes me on extended trips. The ginger dark chocolate and espresso dark chocolate are my favorites. They’ve got just enough THC and CBD to help ward off jet lag and fatigue. I also take them when I’m extra sore from running or Krav Maga. (It really does wonders for pain and inflammation.) But it’d be a disservice if I only mentioned Kiva’s chocolates. The company also offers Camino gummies, of which the sparkling pear and wild berry, are superb. The THC-only Terra Bites chocolate-covered blueberries are a gift from the gods—they work, they fit nicely in my purse, and they’re delicious. Also: a single dose (5mg) is low enough so that when paired with a CBD-only confection, such as Lord Jones’ gumdrops, there’s not really a high. You only get a pleasant mellowness that radiates throughout your body, which is almost akin to a mild boozy buzz—in a happy and good way. (In budtender lingo, it’s called a body high.)
But during a trip to Las Vegas in 2017, I discovered CBD—the non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in Cannabis Sativa and hemp. I’d heard about it but I was skeptical. Could pain that had once rendered me dependent on a cane be helped by a single gumdrop? It sounded like one for the birds. I was never a big pot smoker growing up, nor have I ever been one to follow health fads. (I drink matcha because I like it—not because I think it will add years to my life.) But when I started reading more about CBD’s benefits it all made sense to me. The enthusiastic pro-CBD proclamations from friends didn’t hurt either. Plus, the prospect of natural pain relief was enormously appealing.
If you really want something that’s ultra-low dose, these goji berries are the way to go. At 1mg THC and 2mg CBD per piece, there’s no going wrong. And it’s even more delicious than Plus Products’ pineapple and coconut gummies. Beware though: They’re beyond tasty so it’s very easy to forget that they actually contain cannabis. The organic goji berries are sourced from Tibet via Imlak’esh Organics and the chocolate complements them perfectly. I could eat three handfuls. But, of course, I won’t.
If you’re the kind of person who eats, drinks, and cooks with honey, then this is the CBD product for you. Put it on ricotta toast with some figs. Make a salad dressing or sauce with it. Use it to sweeten your tea. Dump spoonfuls of it on your breakfast yogurt or oatmeal—then top the whole thing off with berries. Hell, you can even eat it right out of the jar. Anything goes, really. Just make sure you’re minding your dosage.
I’m not big on CBD drinks. But I can appreciate that others are. And in the cannabis world, CBD and THC drinks abound: There’s CBD Living Water, Recess, Vybes, Lagunitas HiFi Hops, Somatik Cold Brew, Kikoko Tea, and more. But Aurora Elixirs is what I was drawn to. It’s marketed as a mixer for when you want to make cocktails. I, however, think it’s perfectly fine on its own. Pop it in the fridge to cool and drink it whenever you need it. No complicated recipe or garnish required.
“Skepticism comes from lack of understanding. I have treated many patients with chronic conditions with full spectrum CBD and attained great results,” Dr. Amin says. “I also believe the public needs to understand that CBD works in conjunction with THC. Usually this requires at least 3–5% THC to work for serious forms of pain and more chronic medical conditions. I have patients come in with chronic and severe pain expecting to have their pain alleviated with just CBD. Although CBD works well for pain, in many situations patients with severe pain need to have some THC. [The cannabinoids ] work synergistically to help ease severe pain.”
Kiva Confections’ CBD:THC ginger dark chocolate is just the right amount of sweet. And no, you won’t . [+] taste the cannabis (which sometimes leaves a bitter green aftertaste) at all. The flavor is all chocolate.
On the flip side, CBD is safe, non-intoxicating, and widely accessible. CBD is used in several ways for its purported health benefits. Research suggests that the cannabinoid impacts the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which may aid inflammation, anxiety, and stress, among other issues.
Additionally, a variety of factors can affect how edibles are processed in the body. This leads to considerable variation from user to user. Factors that influence CBD edible metabolism include height, weight, activity level, and even what you’ve eaten that day.
Full-Spectrum and Isolate Edibles
CBD edibles have a few advantages over other types of products. Namely, they:
An ‘edible’ is a product that you eat – simple as that. Traditionally, the word edible has been associated with something that contains THC. When most people hear the word edible, for instance, they think of space cakes and pot brownies. However, CBD edibles are quite different.
It’s advised to eat no more than one edible at a time until you are accustomed to the effects produced on your body. In the event that you don’t feel anything, users can slowly increase strength or quantity.