It’s 6 o’clock in the afternoon and you’re finally out of work. You had a long day at the office, and all you can think off is hitting the nearest bar with your coworkers. Rings a bell?
Drinking after work is a well-established tradition which helps people to relax and socialize with their coworkers. However, while alcohol can make it more difficult to get up early the next morning, cannabidiol-infused drinks could help you loosen up without getting wasted.
CBD cocktails are the newest drinking trend today, one which is taking bars all over the country by storm. Though originally used as a way to offer pain relief for a variety of health conditions, more and more bar owners are using CBD oil to prop their drinks.
CBD drinks are going mainstream
The FDA’s lax stance towards CBD-based products has led to its increased use in all types of drinks, going from coffee to tea, flavored water, and alcoholic cocktails.
However, this wouldn’t have been possible if the bitter, earthy taste of CBD hadn’t been addressed. For many companies, this is fixed by encapsulating CBD in a water-soluble form which is odorless, tasteless, and can be easily dissolved in a drink.
This new technique, called SöRSE, can also reduce the time it takes to feel the effects of CBD, helping it to ease social interactions and prolonging the relaxing effects of the drink.
A softer way of loosening up
It’s easy to see why CBD cocktails have taken off in big cities. The hectic, relentless pace of life in a major metropolis leaves little room for relaxation. Something which can be worsened by drinking caffeinated or alcoholic beverages — both of which create a temporary rush effect in the body.
CBD, on the other hand, is said to produce a calming, soothing effect which helps people slow down after a hard day of work or calm their minds before heading to the office in the morning.
Some users have described the experience of taking CBD drinks with practicing meditation. But while both activities can help mellow you out, drinking CBD-infused drinks has the benefit that it can be done in a social setting.
CBD drinks still exist on a gray area
Despite the liberalization brought by the approval of the farm bill last year, many businesses serving CBD drinks do so at their own risk.
In states like Missouri and Kansas, where hemp-based CBD oil is legal, some drinking establishments have been told by the local agencies which oversee alcohol licenses that serving drinks containing CBD is illegal. Those who disobey the local regulations could be risking to face fines and even closures.
But despite the dangers, many bar owners remain hopeful that newer federal and state-level regulations will sort things out. In the meantime, the increasing sales and popularity of CBD drinks more than make up for the additional legal risks.
It’s hard to say if the increased interest in drinks containing CBD is caused by a novelty effect or whether it really helps people to relax, as their supporters say. However, as regulations relax and more people pick on this trend, the day when we will be able to buy CBD cocktails in our local liquor store may be nearer than we think. Cheers!
- The Sydney Morning Herald (2019, January 25) Relaxed laws see Americans riding CBD high
- Fox 4 Kansas City (2019, January 1) KC restaurant gets shot down after trying to launch CBD oil cocktail
- The Fresh Toast (2019, January 15) Solving for CBD’s Funky Taste Before Beverages Can Go Mainstream
- Miami New Times (2019, January 15) CBD Is in Everything From Ice Cream to Cocktails on Miami Menus