I'm considered a CBD enthusiast among my friends. From regularly using pure CBD oil to testing skincare infused with the anti-inflammatory ingredient, I've managed to integrate it into as many areas of my life as possible—or so I thought. The buzzy compound only seems to be growing in popularity, and when I was handed the opportunity to try sparkling water infused with cannabidiol, I was all too willing to give it a go.
Recess offers its CBD-infused drink in six delectable, low-sugar, low-calorie flavors, all of which are crafted with real fruit and functional herbs. And popping open a can of what the brand calls "calm, cool, and collected" sparkling water, full of hemp extract and adaptogens in flavors like blood orange and blackberry chai, has proven to be a game-changing remedy in relieving my everyday stress.
Here are three good reasons you shouldn’t waste your money on CBD sparkling water:
Most CBD Sparkling Waters Don’t Contain Enough CBD (or the Right Kind)
CBD is fat-soluble, meaning its molecules dissolve in fat, which is why it’s most effective when taken with fatty foods. Obviously, there is no fat in water. Typically, brands try to get around this issue by claiming to use some kind of nanotechnology or microemulsification technique — Daytrip, for example, claims it “uses high-frequency energy to minimize the multi-spectrum, hemp-derived CBD particle-size and then infuse it into sparkling water, creating particles that are 100 percent water-soluble and small enough for the human cell to process.”
As you may have noticed, CBD sparkling waters are not cheap, costing up to $6.66 a pop. However, high price tags aren’t unusual in the world of CBD. Growing, extracting, and processing CBD is expensive, so it makes sense that the products that contain it would be, too. The real issues with CBD sparkling waters, though, are even bigger than their price tags.
The Many, Many Problems With CBD Sparkling Water
Regardless of how a given CBD sparkling water maker tries to solve the solubility problem, they’re still swimming upstream. Your body simply can’t process orally-ingested CBD that well; a 2002 study suggested that its bioavailability is around 13-19 percent, while other estimates put it as low as 4 percent. For comparison, a 2018 review published in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology found that smoking CBD had a bioavailability of 31 percent.