Available in craft flavors like blood orange cardamom and grapefruit rosemary, these tonics are as refreshing as they are relaxing, making them a great choice for parties or social settings. Each can boasts four milligrams of CBD and also two milligrams of Sativa-dominant hybrid THC to help you feel “buzzed” without alcohol.
This delicious summery drink is make from fresh-squeezed strawberries, lemon juice, and lavender extract to naturally balance out any bitterness, and it’s infused with a potent 25 milligrams of hemp extract per bottle. With only 20 calories and 4 grams of sugar, it packs a punch without the dreaded sugar crash.
VYBES Strawberry Lavender ($42 for 6-pack; idrinkvybes.com)
Perhaps one of the most well-known CBD drinks on the scene, these sparkling waters come in unique flavors like peach ginger, blueberry chai, coconut lime, and blood orange. Each can contains 10 mg of cannabidiol as well as tension-releasing, mood-boosting adaptogens to help you feel good, naturally.
Elegance Brands Gorilla Hemp CBD Energy Drink ($10 for 4-pack; elegance-brands.com)
Trade in your daily LaCroix for this bubbly delight, which melds fruity peach and pomegranate flavors together. The sparkling water is made with natural flavors (no impurities or preservatives) and infused with 20 milligrams of CBD to quickly you bring a sense of calm.
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The way these drinks make you feel will also depend on how they’re formulated, said Dr. Pieter Cohen, an associate professor of medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance who studies supplements. “You can put an ingredient like ashwagandha on a label, but you can prepare the plant any which way,” he said.
Representatives from Recess, Moment and Kin Euphorics, three popular drink brands that claim to help you relax, emphasized that their beverages aim to induce a sense of calm, not necessarily to treat anxiety disorders. And while no clinical trials have been done on these specific drinks, they said, their customers have reported lifted moods and cleared minds.
Experts say that these drinks probably won’t hurt you, but the evidence on how, or if, they can help you is murky. Here’s the science behind the eye-catching advertising and bold claims.
What’s in these drinks?
Wander down the beverage aisle of your local supermarket or bodega, and you might spot some dreamy-looking cans, in sherbet and pastel hues, promising to help you do something that seems in short supply of late: Relax. “Drink your meditation,” urges the label of one fruity, herbal tonic; “transcend stress, and open a portal to peace,” advertises another. One hemp-infused sparkling water claims it can help you feel “cool, calm, collected.”
A quick peek at the nutrition labels of a dozen popular de-stressing drinks reveals just five to 25 milligrams of CBD per container. (According to the Food and Drug Administration, “it is currently illegal to market CBD by adding it to a food or labeling it as a dietary supplement.” But some states allow products containing CBD to be sold. New York, for example, permits up to 25 milligrams of cannabidiol per product.)