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Get your chill on with the best CBD-infused drinks on the market

As the global appetite grows, we take a look at some of the tastiest options  from cold brews to gin dupes

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Things can get muddy when getting to the facts about CBD’s therapeutic effects

Things can get muddy when getting to the facts about CBD’s therapeutic effects

Calm CBD Infused Sparkling Orange 10mg, 330ml, €4

Calm CBD Infused Sparkling Orange 10mg, 330ml, €4

Intune Grapefruit & Mint, 10mg CBD, 250ml, €3.50–4

Intune Grapefruit & Mint, 10mg CBD, 250ml, €3.50–4

Trip CBD Infused Peach Ginger, 15mg, 250ml, €4

Trip CBD Infused Peach Ginger, 15mg, 250ml, €4

Trip CBD Infused Cold Brew Coffee 15mg, 250ml, €2.50–4

Trip CBD Infused Cold Brew Coffee 15mg, 250ml, €2.50–4

Parachute CBD Infused Sparkling Lemon & Juniper + Green Tea

Parachute CBD Infused Sparkling Lemon & Juniper + Green Tea

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Things can get muddy when getting to the facts about CBD’s therapeutic effects

Welcome to the muddy waters of CBD-infused drinks. Most of these drinks are, in fact, sparkling flavoured waters, and bright and clear in flavour and appearance. Some are based on natural fruit juices or green tea, others on sugar-free colas or cold-brewed coffees. All 15 sampled for this column had transparent ingredients listings — these sometimes include sweeteners but rarely sugar, and often include added vitamins or natural botanicals like L-theanine (an amino acid extracted from green tea and believed to enhance sleep and reduce anxiety). Each was crystal clear regarding how much CBD they contained: typically 10-15mg in a 220ml can, well below the maximum recommended daily dosage of 70mg.

It’s in getting to the facts about CBD’s therapeutic effects that things become a little muddy. The marketing spiel on most CBD-infused drinks suggests that it will help you chill out and rebalance your system — though strict advertising regulations prevent direct health-related claims.


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