CHICAGO — As the excitement around cannabidiol, or CBD, products continues to grow, manufacturers are looking at the various ways to position CBD—a nonpsychoactive chemical said to have medicinal qualities—for consumers. While gel caps, gummies and tinctures are among the more familiar ways to package CBD, increasingly CBD companies are finding beverages an attractive way to deliver the ingredient, which advocates say can help with insomnia and pain and stress relief. Here’s a look at eight CBD beverages that have come to market in recent months …
Sprig is a CBD-infused soda that includes 20 milligrams of the highest-quality CBD, derived from Colorado and North Carolina hemp, according to the company. The sodas are available in four flavors: Citrus, Lemon Tea, Melon and Citrus With No Artificial Sweeteners. Sprig is distributed in 17 states. A 12-pack sells for $50.
2. Above Water
CBD USA Grown produces Above Water, a CBD-infused water with 15 milligrams of active CBD and 0% THC per bottle. Above Water is formulated with a water-soluble CBD powder to be refreshing and great tasting, according to the company. The product is certified kosher and received full regulatory approval in 2018. Above Water is available in 20-ounce bottles.
3. Prokana Hemp Water
Prokana Hemp Water is a hemp-infused purified water made with “nano emulsified hemp oil.” It also contains coenzyme Q10, which, like CBD, is said to have various but unproven medicinal qualities. Prokana Hemp Water is available in 16.9-ounce bottles in Original, Mango and Strawberry flavors.
4. Alkaline88 Soothe
The Alkaline Water Co. Inc. is preparing to launch a line of water-soluble, full-spectrum bioactive CBD beverages to market. All CBD-infused waters, produced through Alkaline Water Co.’s A88 Infused Beverage Division Inc. will be branded Alkaline88 Soothe and will initially be available in a 500-mL size with a dosage of 8.8 milligrams of hemp-extract per bottle. A88 Infused’s new line of hemp-extract beverages will include flat and sparkling styles in four flavors: Grapefruit, Peach Mango, Raspberry and Lemon Lime.
5. Marley Mellow Mood
New Age Beverages Corp. introduced a line of CBD-infused drinks under the Marley Mellow Mood brand in January. Each 15.5-ounce drink includes 25 milligrams of pharmaceutical-grade CBD per serving, according to the company. The drinks are available in three flavors: Herbal Honey, Lemon Raspberry and Peach Raspberry.
6. Hemp Energi
Sisu Inc. launched its Hemp Energi shot in January. Hemp Energi shot is a 2-ounce energy boost formulated with hemp oil. Available in a Berry Crush flavor, Hemp Energi has eight nutrients and four B vitamins. It contains no artificial colors, sweeteners or flavors.
7. Honeydrop CBD Lemonade
Honeydrop Beverages, a producer of cold-pressed lemonades, launched a line of Honeydrop Cold-Pressed CBD Lemonades in partnership with Evo Hemp, a supplier of U.S.-grown hemp. Made with 20 milligrams of CBD sourced by Evo Hemp and a teaspoon of raw honey, the CBD lemonades contain 4 grams of sugar per bottle and are available in three flavors: Revive (Matcha), Relax (Lemon) and Rehab (Turmeric).
Phivida Holdings Inc. launched its Oki beverage brand in September. This line of functional beverages is infused with active hemp extract and initially available in natural specialty stores across the United States. Oki beverages are infused with 10 milligrams of active hemp extract per bottle and come in two different formulations: iced teas and flavor-infused water. The infused waters are available in Plain, Watermelon Renew, Cucumber Mint Refresh and Cranberry Revive. The iced teas are available in Mint Relax, Lemon Ginger Harmony, Honey Tranquil and Raspberry Serene.