Guide to CBD Water
Many people use CBD to cope with their epilepsy, arthritis, and PTSD. A growing number of people take CBD for general wellness as well. CBD can relieve the occasional bout of anxiety or insomnia, and it can also soothe post-exercise aches and pains.
You can take CBD in a variety of ways. There are the traditional oil tinctures and vape oils, as well as more exotic options like CBD chocolates or bath bombs.
One of the most recent entrants to the CBD market is CBD water.
What Is CBD Water?
Simply put, CBD water is water that contains CBD. CBD is one of over 100 chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant.
When you ingest CBD, it engages your endocannabinoid system. Your endocannabinoid system is responsible for keeping your various bodily functions—like your appetite, mood, sleep, and temperature—within healthy limits. As a cannabinoid, CBD has a similar structure to the endocannabinoids your own body produces, and it can bind just as well to cannabinoid receptors in your brain and throughout your body.
When you consume CBD, you can give your body an extra boost of cannabinoids. As a result, your endocannabinoid system can do a better job bringing everything back into balance. For example, if you have arthritis pain, the CBD helps reduce the inflammation in your joints. If you’re suffering from PTSD, it activates the serotonin receptors in your brain to calm anxiety and relieve depression.
By drinking CBD water, you can receive these same health benefits of CBD, while also helping yourself stay hydrated. It’s like a two-for-one health deal for your body.
How Is CBD Water Made?
Most CBD products undergo an extraction process, whereby CO2 or another solvent is used to extract CBD from the hemp plant in an oil form. Then this oil is added or mixed with other ingredients to create different types of CBD products, like CBD capsules or creams.
CBD water undergoes a different process. Instead, scientists use nanotechnology to create miniature particles of CBD molecules, which up to one million times smaller than their original size. This significantly improves the bioavailability of the CBD.
The Bioavailability of CBD Water
When we talk about bioavailability, we’re describing how much of a substance gets absorbed by the bloodstream—without being broken down by the digestive system first. When a substance has high bioavailability, it means that you can ingest less of it and still enjoy the same benefits.
CBD has a notoriously low bioavailability. Part of this is due to the fact that it’s an oil, so when you introduce it to the human body (which is primarily a water-based system), it simply doesn’t get absorbed as well.
Most CBD products that are consumed orally—like CBD gummies, capsules, chocolates, and other edibles—have a bioavailability as low as 4% to 20%. They have to travel through the digestive system before entering the bloodstream, where they interact with the endocannabinoid system. During that journey, some of the CBD will be lost and broken down. As a result, the CBD will be less effective unless the user adjusts by taking a higher dose.
Because CBD water is created using nanotechnology, scientists believe the resulting CBD particles have a higher bioavailability. Because they are so tiny, the CBD particules can make it through the digestive system without being broken down. In other words, nanotechnology essentially transforms CBD oil into water-soluble molecules. As a result, more of them can be absorbed by the bloodstream, enhancing the effects of CBD.
What Are the Benefits of CBD Water?
CBD can be effective no matter how you consume it, so ultimately, the product you choose depends on what you do or don’t like. Here are some of the reasons why you might choose CBD water over another type of CBD product:
- CBD water helps you stay hydrated. You need to drink water to stay healthy anyway. Drinking CBD water helps ensure you both get your dose of CBD and meet your daily goal of eight glasses of water a day.
- CBD water is discreet. Some people feel uncomfortable swallowing a CBD capsule, applying drops of CBD oil under their tongue, or vaping CBD oil in public. When you drink CBD water, no one has any idea your water contains CBD. It just looks like a normal bottle of water (provided you remove the label, of course).
- CBD water makes dosing easy. The label on your CBD water will clearly state how many milligrams of CBD the bottle contains. You can drink the entire bottle, or only drink a portion of it, according to how much CBD you’d like to consume.
- CBD water contains other healthy ingredients. Besides CBD, it’s common for CBD water manufacturers to add other essential nutrients to their water, like vitamins B and C, iron, zinc, fiber, and magnesium.
- CBD water is relatively easy to buy. You can buy CBD water online, as well as in person at dispensaries or local health and wellness stores.
- CBD water tastes better than natural CBD. The natural taste of CBD is earthy, like the hemp plant. For those who don’t like this flavor, CBD water is a nice alternative. CBD water either tastes like regular water, or it may taste like fruit, thanks to natural sweeteners.
What Are the Downsides to CBD Water?
CBD water has a lot of benefits, but there are a few downsides as well, and they’re important to know about.
- CBD water is expensive., Mostly due to the expense of nanotechnology, CBD water is significantly significantly more expensive on a cost per milligram basis than most other types of CBD oil. For example, you might pay $6 for a bottle of CBD water with 10mg of CBD ($0.60/mg), or you could pay $30 for a 30-count bottle of 10mg CBD capsules ($0.10/mg).
- CBD water may be less safe or effective. While nanotechnology has been proven to make herbal remedies more bioavailable, no similar studies have been conducted looking at CBD specifically. As a result, the potency and safety claims of CBD water are less reliable than with other CBD oil products. To ensure the safety of any CBD water you purchase, confirm that the manufacturer sources their CBD from 100% organic, locally-grown hemp, and that they use a third-party lab to test their products.
- CBD water will not contain other cannabinoids. Some people believe that full-spectrum CBD oils may be more effective than CBD alone. Full-spectrum refers to the presence of other cannabinoids in the oil besides CBD, such as CBDV or CBDA. With more cannabinoids present, people believe the CBD can more effectively target the endocannabinoid system, creating what’s known as the “entourage effect.” Because CBD water is created using nanotechnology, it contains CBD and CBD alone, so there’s no possibility to enjoy the entourage effect.
If any of these are a dealbreaker for you, no worries. You can try another CBD product.
If you want to avoid bioavailability pitfalls of oral CBD products, you have other options besides CBD water, like tinctures, vape oils, and topicals:
- Sublingual tinctures are applied beneath the tongue, so they bypass the digestive system through the sublingual gland.
- Likewise, CBD vape oils, which are inhaled, also enter the bloodstream directly.
- CBD topicals will not be absorbed by the bloodstream. However, once applied, they can interact with local cannabinoid receptors beneath the skin to relieve pain and inflammation in the targeted area.
Any of these CBD products can be a suitable alternative to CBD water.
There’s even a way to enjoy CBD water without actually using CBD water—thanks to water-soluble CBD. This refers to powdered CBD which dissolves once you add it to a glass of water. If you want to combine full-spectrum CBD with water, this is the way to do it.
How Much CBD Water Should You Drink?
The best dosage of CBD for you mostly depends on your body weight. Most people find a dose of 1 to 6 mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of their body weight to be effective. It’s very difficult to overdose on CBD, as it is well-tolerated even in chronic doses as high as 1,500mg per day, so don’t worry about going above this limit if you need to.
Once you decide on your dose, how you take your CBD water is a matter of personal preference. Some people prefer to drink a whole bottle at once, while others like to take sips throughout the day.
Drinking a bottle of CBD water first thing in the morning can give your body an early-morning hydration boost, while drinking it after a workout can reduce inflammation and hasten recovery. You could also drink CBD water before going to bed at night, as CBD has been shown to aid sleep.
Does CBD Water Get You High?
No, CBD water will not get you high, because CBD will not get you high.
The cannabis plant has many cannabinoids, and CBD is just one of them. Another one is THC, which produces the high of marijuana. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive properties, so it will not create a feeling of being high or stoned. If anything, you may experience a slight sense of relaxation upon taking CBD.
Even better, experiencing side effects when taking CBD is extremely rare. However, they may include:
- Tiredness or fatigue
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Dry mouth
- Low blood pressure
If you notice any of these after drinking CBD water, stop drinking it, reduce the amount you’re drinking, or consult a doctor about how to adjust your dosage.
Does CBD Water Help With Pain?
CBD can relieve a variety of conditions, including:
- Muscle spasticity from MS
- Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
- Anxiety and depression
- Nicotine and heroin addiction recovery
- Acne, psoriasis, and other skin issues
The applications of CBD are wide-ranging, but many people use it to relieve chronic pain caused by arthritis, neuropathy, and injuries. CBD can also relieve temporary pain, such as that caused by an over-strenuous exercise or a physical injury.
While there is no definitive research yet, CBD water may be particularly effective for treating these types of pain, since it combines hydration with the natural anti inflammatory properties of CBD. Hydrating before and after a workout is critical for ensuring a speedy recovery, and CBD water may hasten that process along—while reducing muscle inflammation at the same time.
Is CBD Water Safe?
CBD is considered very safe, but there are a few people who should speak to a doctor first before using CBD, or avoid it altogether. These include:
- People taking other medication: CBD can affect the way your liver metabolizes other prescription drugs, which could cause adverse side effects or lead to liver damage.
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women: Not enough studies have been done to test the safety or efficacy of CBD among this population, although one study has found that CBD may increase the permeability of the placental barrier and endanger the fetus.
- Children: Again, simply because fewer studies have been conducted in children, it’s best to consult a pediatrician before giving CBD to your child. However, CBD is very safe and to date, the only FDA-approved drug containing CBD is one prescribed to children with severe forms of epilepsy.