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Top CBD Waters: Plus All You Need to Know

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Top CBD Waters: Plus All You Need to Know
CBD lemonade and CBD ciders in the Erewhon store in Venice, California. Irma Omerhodzic

With the ever growing popularity of CBD oil, consumer demand has paved the way for various other types of CBD-infused products and application styles. It's easy to find CBD edibles, but now hemp-infused beverages like CBD water are becoming more prominent within the industry. What is CBD water and what are our top recommendations? Read on to find out.


What is CBD water?

CBD water has become a recent hot topic in the consumer market, especially as people question its efficacy. The primary difference between CBD water and a regular bottle of water is the addition of cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found in cannabis plants. There are many potential benefits of CBD oil that have intrigued consumers and scientists alike, since it has anti-inflammatory and calming effects.

However, the main question on people's minds is do these products actually work?

For the most part, a CBD-infused bottle of water won't have any of the pain-killing or anxiety reducing effects that a quality CBD oil tincture can provide. Instead, these trendy beverages are an easy way to get a microdose of CBD that can promote general health and wellness from the inside out.

Most CBD waters are made with nano emulsified CBD, or tiny particle sized CBD molecules that make it easier for the bloodstream to absorb the compound. These nano CBD particles are more compatible with water, despite the hydrophobic nature of macro CBD molecules that usually have to be infused with oil based products.

Our Top Picks for CBD Water

Each product featured here has been independently selected by the writer. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.

How We Picked the Best CBD Waters

When reviewing CBD water, and every time we review CBD brands and products, we focus on six major factors:

  • Value — how much does the product cost?
  • Strength — how much CBD is in the water, and what type of CBD is it?
  • Source — where does the company get their hemp?
  • Flavor — does the product come in any flavors and do they flavor them naturally?
  • Transparency — does the company offer third-party lab test results and information about each batch of CBD?
  • Customer experience — what do customer reviews say about the product and purchasing experience?

Using these standards we were able to select our picks for CBD water. Learn more about our choices below.

HOLISTIK Wellness Sampler

HOLISTIK is a member of the IMPACT COLLECTIVE, a group of forward-thinking brands committed to making an immediate and positive environmental impact. For every HOLISTIK STIK sold, the brand will pull one plastic bottle out of the ocean — which is great. We like buying from a brand that things about its place in the world.

Why buy: It's nice to shop a wellness brand that delivers on its promise of helping people feel better. HOLISTIK has a sleep, stress, recover, and digestion blend. All of their STICKs mix directly into the water of your choice and 10mg of broad-spectrum CBD plus complimentary natural ingredients.

$20

Raw Health CBD Water

The CBD-infused water shots from RAW Health are made with 9 all-natural ingredients and feature 25 mgs of broad spectrum CBD hemp extract. They are available in three different formulas, each with a unique flavor: Refresh (gives an energy boost with a strawberry taste), Relax (alleviates anxiety and has a blueberry flavor), and Renew (helps you get over a hangover and tastes like mixed berry).

Why buy: This product includes broad spectrum CBD, which means you get all of the benefits of CBD with zero THC.

$5

CBD Living Water

CBD Living is well known as a company that produces CBD-infused water, which is made with 10 mg of nano-CBD in each standard sized 16.9 oz bottle of water. You can purchase one bottle for $4.99 or stock up and save by getting the 24-pack of water. Before your purchase consider the amount of plastic in the case of water. We think this is a viable option, but the STIKs have a lesser downstream impact.

Why buy: Vegan, Kosher, THC-free, and made with hemp grown on licensed farms in Oregon and Colorado.

$84

Is CBD Water Safe to Drink?

While the jury is still out on the efficacy of CBD-infused waters, the consumption of CBD is considered to be generally safe by the World Health Organization (WHO). The 2018 Farm Bill federally legalized hemp nearly 2 years ago, but there is still some confusion when it comes to CBD. Generally speaking, CBD is completely legal to sell and purchase across all 50 U.S. states. Although it is important to note that cannabidiol products like CBD water have not been evaluated by the FDA, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The Downside of CBD Water

CBD is a notably unstable compound that can be easily degraded when exposed to light or oxygen. Because of this, many high quality CBD oils are sold in dark glass bottles, and it's suggested they be stored away from direct sunlight.

Given the volatility of CBD molecules, some people believe CBD water is not a suitable form of CBD absorption. The doubts surrounding CBD in water form is often due to the light exposure that easily penetrates through clear water bottles, which may render the CBD ineffective. However, some brands have sought out solutions to this issue, like the nano emulsification of CBD to increase bioavailability and decrease the chance of degradation.

Although, the use of nanotechnology is still a relatively new concept when it comes to CBD, and it's still unclear whether this process truly enhances the bioavailability of CBD, or if it prevents the compound's degradation when exposed to light or oxygen.

Should You Buy CBD Water?

If you're looking for an easy way to get a dose of CBD and stay hydrated, CBD water is a fun way to do that. With that being said, I would consider CBD water to be a luxury item that perhaps not everyone can afford. And if you're looking to see real results like anxiety relief, pain reduction, sleep improvements, and even seizure reduction, you'll probably be better off purchasing a regular pack of bottled water and a high quality CBD oil.

A full spectrum hemp oil extract with higher amounts of CBD is more likely to elicit any potential health benefits associated with this compound. Although if you're really into the idea of drinking your hemp extracts, there's other options like CBD tea and CBD coffee, as well as water soluble CBD oils that can be mixed into any beverage to create a CBD-infused drink of your choice.

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