One of the fastest growing trends in the coastal US cities, recently halted by a number of Health Departments in various cities, is spiking foods and beverages with CBD. Beyond the current Canadian black market of THC and CBD edibles, this trend was adding CBD to common menu items such as lattes, cold brew coffees, smoothies, kombucha. You name a snack, food or beverage, and it too could be supplemented by a squirt or two of CBD (most likely an isolate as it wouldn’t adulterate any existing flavours as much).

In theory, a drop or two of CBD would potentially mellow out that espresso’s stimulatory effects

The problem is with any cannabinoid, is in the dosing and dosage. Most additive CBD and commercial edible products have fairly modest doses of CBD. A single gummy might only contain 15 milligrams of CBD while many drinks may only contain 5 milligrams of CBD or less. 

Another thing to consider is that cannabinoids are fat soluble. Anyone claiming they’ve formulated a water soluble CBD or THC is probably exaggerating just a little or has found a hack so not all of the cannabinoid is left sticking to the inside of the mug, glass or container. That means a lot of the CBD will probably just be wasted. 

It’s definitely being worked on by many companies and labs, but we’re wary of any claims until there’s extensive proof. After all, whoever solves this would be sitting on a billion dollar innovation — not just with cannabis but how about olive or avocado juice — anyone?

Edibles however are potentially a very efficient deliver system for CBD as long as the production or cooking doesn’t involve temperatures over 355º Fahrenheit. Above that, the terpenes that might be in a full-spectrum CBD extract its effects start to degrade. With a CBD isolate, this wouldn’t be as much of a problem, however CBD under high heat does degrade its potency.

Any foods with a relatively high fat content, from chocolate to cakes or cookies, as long as they’re prepared with temperatures under 355º F would be good hosts for CBD. 

As with anything cannabis related, start low and go slow. Up dosages as needed. 

To read more on CBD laced foods and drinks, checkout out this article on Vice.com.

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