Watch out THC, your cannabinoid sister CBD might be stealing your spotlight. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and has been famous for decades. However, THC is only one of the chemicals known as cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant. Another popular cannabinoid is CBD or cannabidiol. While THC has psychoactive effects, CBD does not. AKA you might get high ingesting or smoking THC. You will not get high ingesting or smoking CBD.
CBD first made national headlines in 2013 after a CNN documentary shared the story of a young girl named Charlotte who used CBD to treat her debilitating seizures. In 2017, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) approved the use of CBD by athletes. Today, CBD oil can be purchased in over the counter settings across much of the United States, in various different forms and products.
Proponents claim CBD can help ease pain, anxiety, depression and stress, boost focus and productivity, improve the immune system, reduce inflammation and increase relaxation. Preliminary studies have shown CBD to have anti-inflammatory, anti-pain and antipsychotic properties. That being said, more testing needs to be done on dosage and side effects. CBD isn’t just making waves in the medical field, it’s also quickly becoming one of the latest health and wellness fads.
Aside from oil, cocktail, and juice form, CBD can also be found combined with seltzer water. Queen City Hemp http://www.queencityhemp.com is a Cincinnati based company that manufactures health and wellness products derived from hemp. We spotted their CBD seltzer water at Rooted Juicery, and decided to give it a try. I’ve tried both the blood orange and the guava flavor. Both flavors were tasty and refreshing. A little bit like a Kombucha meets a LaCroix. Molly claimed the drink knocked her out, and that she slept better than she had in weeks. I definitely felt relaxed. Honestly, I don’t care if that was a placebo effect or not--whatever works.
I’m a fan, and plan to continue to sprinkle these babies into my diet. After researching online, it’s clear that the anecdotal evidence is high, and I look forward to the clinical research catching up. Certainly if CBD can help with stress, anxiety, and pain without the addictive properties of many existing pharmaceuticals, that would be a big win for all of us.
Have you tried CBD seltzer, or oil? What’d you think?