CBD, or Cannabidiol, has been making waves in the wellness industry for the benefits it provides. As a very calming herb, it is known to help with issues such as anxiety, pain relief, and sleep disorders. While the traditional methods of consumption involved people smoking or vaping the product, the market has seen an increase in creative, edible, and drinkable alternatives, all for you. The U.S. has witnessed retail CBD sales surpassing $4 billion in 2022, indicating its high and increasing demand.
Among the many ways you can enjoy this cannabinoid are the CBD-infused beverages which are on the rise, especially in the form of coffees and cocktails.
CBD Coffees: Just imagine starting your day with the refreshing power of caffeine, coupled with the calming effects of CBD. It is no surprise that cafes and brands throughout the world are experimenting with CBD coffees. These beverages provide the double benefit of revitalization from caffeine and relaxation from CBD. For those people who are looking for a daily dose of CBD, this combination offers a very convenient method of consumption.
CBD Cocktails: Going into the world of alcoholic beverages, the addition of CBD into cocktails is the new thing in town that is catching fire. Aside from the potential health benefits, CBD’s application in cocktails can lead to a multitude of flavour and texture enhancements. Its natural taste, being mostly neutral with a hint of green, can boost certain beverages without covering their primary flavours. This tricky characteristic makes it an ideal ingredient for mixologists looking to add a modern twist to classic drinks. For instance, a CBD-infused mojito might still carry its refreshing minty and lime flavours but with an added layer of depth from the CBD.
The CBD cocktail trend not only appeals to the people who consume it right now, intrigued by CBD’s effects but also those people who are curious about innovative beverages. It becomes an experience for them, one where they not only enjoy the taste but also the potential relaxation and calm refreshments that follow.
However, the introduction of CBD in cocktails is not without its challenges. Mixologists have to be precise in their measurements, ensuring that the amount of CBD does not surpass the drink or, most importantly, exceed the recommended dosages. There is also the problem of combining CBD with the right kind of alcohol and other ingredients to ensure a harmonious blend of flavour and effect for your benefit. Which is something every consumer like you and me is looking for in a product like this.
Despite these challenges, the potential benefits and the intrigue surrounding CBD cocktails have made them very popular. A lot of bars and restaurants have started putting them into their menus, offering patrons a unique and modern drinking experience.
The fact that beverages especially coffees and cocktails are now infused with CBD shows that this trend will only increase in the food and beverage industry.
This is because of the benefits of CBD, which has made a lot of people comfortable enough to try it out and use innovative ways to do that.
Whether you’re sipping on a CBD-infused latte on a cozy morning or toasting with a CBD cocktail at a bar in the evening, we cannot deny that it has this taste that is delightful and also beneficial.
However, you should always start small, and then increase with time if you are tolerant. Always check your level of tolerance and preference.
Dr. Jason O’Donnell works at Holy Cross General Hospital. He is a General Practitioner with extensive experience in cardiology, geriatrics, adult medicine, and internal medicine. Dr. O’Donnell studied at the UCL Medical School and holds a Doctor of Medicine in London in the UK. He also completed an internal medicine internship at London Imperial College. From here he went on to complete a residency in internal medicine at St. George’s London University. He is currently practicing adult medicine, cardiology, geriatrics, and internal medicine at Holy Cross General Hospital. Before he performs any operation, he first assesses the patient’s medical goals and concerns. After the surgery, he monitors the recovery of the patient and makes adjustments to the treatment program, when necessary. Dr. O’Donnell is also a proud member of Health for Humanity where he volunteers his skills in medicine for people in need across the globe.