Can CBD beverages become a health craze for all ages?

We are not talking stoner edibles here. The newest trend in adult calming and healthy beverages may surprise many of you.

     Fully legal and called the new cranberry, CBD owes much of its popularity to documented health benefits and has been showing up in coffee shops, online, grocery stores, pharmacies and hemp dispensaries. Perfect sediment for people looking for a little mellowness, without any acute mood change. Refreshing in nature, and the beverages are all legal.

     Cannabidiol of CBD is a natural occurring compound present in cannabis plants. The World Health Organization clears the non-addictive hemp oil or CBD oil as a solid safety profile that won’t get you high but is very promising for its relaxing qualities and is not addictive. The health benefits include treatment of epilepsy, anxiety and several other conditions including better sleep and de-stress. There are no THC properties, so no need to worry about “getting high” or any psychoactive results. A calm frame of mind and enhancement of healthy cells are benefits that speak to all of us!

     The market is being “infused” with CBD coffees and teas, soda and seltzer these days and, interestingly, are most popular with a growing number of older consumers. While CBD is considered a controlled substance, it cannot legally be added to alcohol (which would defeat the idea of consuming a non-addictive healthy beverage.)

     We tested several products over the last few months and while some gave us no redeeming effect, we did find CBD coffee slightly eliminates the jitters. Of the emerging market of craft sparkling hemp beverages, such as James & James, we tried a cherry vanilla (with 25mg of CBD). We found a smooth tasteful beverage with zero sugars, zero carbs and zero calories. Not everyone will feel an obvious calmness, but the health benefits entering the body can be as beneficial as a smoothie.

    Bottled CBD water is projected to surge in the beverage industry. There are, or shortly will be, hundreds of bottled waters that promise additional electrolytes and increase of energy. Interestingly, CBD waters contain the same legal, non-addictive qualities as hemp or CBD infusions.

    The internet hosts hundreds of brands, and even recipes to infuse your own oils. A simple CBD tea, twice a day, can be very relaxing and bring a sense of tranquility.

An easy recipe for CBD tea:

1 teaspoon CBD oil

1 tea bag, any flavor will do

½ cup boiling hot water

1 teaspoon natural flavor additives

Pour the boiling water over the tea bag and then add CBD oil.

Remove the tea bag and gently press to release the aromas extracted from the tea.

It’s that simple. Now sip and relax.

A graduate of Johnson & Wales, Judi has managed restaurants and owned restaurants in the northeast and was the founder of a successful dessert company. Today, she is a sought-after restaurant consultant, TV cook on the ABC affiliate in her hometown, and culinary editor of a city magazine. Her personal passions are culinary travel to exotic places and holiday cooking in her home for huge gatherings of friends and relatives. Her guilty pleasure? Bruce Springsteen concerts. “I follow him around the country and have for years,” she admits. “But, in every city where Bruce sings, I do check out new restaurants and talk to up and coming chefs. I want all the food news I can get.”
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