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Have a Drink. This Water is Infused with Cannabidiol

Nicholas Demski
Written by Nicholas Demski

How extraction technologies have turned your average drink into your tasteless medicine.

Sleep at least 7 hours a night. Read at least one good book per month. Walk half a mile to the store instead of driving.

There are plenty of things we can do to improve our health that don’t take a significant amount of effort. One you hear pretty frequently is that the recommended about of water you should drink per day is eight glasses. While there isn’t much evidence to back up that exact number, drinking water is generally good for you.

That’s especially true with what the cannabis industry has been able to figure out. We’ve gone from smoking pure flower to drink (nearly) pure water. Its only added ingredient: cannabinoids, or CBD.

How to Get CBD into Water

Cannabinoids are notoriously hydrophobic [1]. They repel off water just like oil. Ostensibly, that’s traditionally extractions take place in oil-based mediums.

However, that same hydrophobic nature makes it almost impossible to extract cannabinoids into water. Almost.

Thanks to the persistence and ingenuity of the cannabis community, that’s all changed. Now, with the proper setup, it’s fairly common to see companies extracting cannabinoids directly into the water. Unsurprisingly, due to the rise in popularity of CBD, you’ve probably seen CBD-infused water already on the shelf.

So, how are they getting CBD into water even though it’s a hydrophobic compound?

Through a combination of ultrasonication and emulsification, it’s possible to disturb cannabis so much that its compound will extract into water [2]. The machinery is expensive and can take significant technical knowledge to understand, maintain, and consistently produce a quality product.

Benefits of CBD Water

Ostensibly, the most important benefit that someone can get from water is what they can remove from their diet when they make the switch. For people who are used to consuming an edible CBD product or a drink with extra calories, they can now enjoy their CBD consumption without the added food intake.

Furthermore, it’s a quick way to get CBD into your system. It’s tasteless, effective, and fast-acting. Adding it to a well-rounded diet and a healthy lifestyle is a great way to improve your health.

So, what are you doing to take care of your health this year? Are you taking the walk around the block, reading the book, and drinking your CBD-infused water? Let us know your routine in the comments!

References

  1. Huestis, Marilyn A. “Human cannabinoid pharmacokinetics.” Chemistry & biodiversity vol. 4,8 (2007): 1770-804. [Times cited = 390; Journal Impact Factor: 1.444]
  2. Agarwal, C. et al. “Ultrasound‐Assisted Extraction of Cannabinoids from Cannabis Sativa L. Optimized by Response Surface Methodology.” Journal of Food Science. 2018. 83:700-710. [Times cited = 5; Journal Impact Factor = 1.815]

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