Now, more than ever, the world needs less frazzled nerves and more mindfulness.
Which means more targeted wellness drinks and 20mg of microencapsulated CBD paired with botanicals working synergistically to support relaxation and reduce up tightness.
And maybe the occasional Green Monkey Mojito. Orange Koosh or Mellow Moose Spritz.
In the US, the cradle of alternative social lubricants and inhabitants of the cannabinoid space, you can now notionally get a 100 percent unadulterated, full-spectrum hemp extract Eggnog, a Happi highball, a vodka and Bored Ape Kickback blackberry lemonade, a whisky and weed soda, a plant- conscious Pina Coloda, a Jibby Cold Brew Espres-No Martini, a Joy Organics Tranquil Mint Julep, a bourbon double buzz, a live resin sparkling cider and spiked seltzer.
A non-psychoactive good time is afforded by companies like Cann, Keff, Wyld, Miraflora and Afterdream – a spirits flavoured with sumac, sorrel, lemon peel and rosemary, as well as specific terpenes to enhance the “Entourage Effect” of THC, CBD, and Delta 8.
The same goes in the UH. Where we can now make ourselves a Devonian Intune Julep, a Gibson’s Goodology Prosecco Spritz or a BumbleZest Lavender Shot Colada.
Dan Watson who founded the Haslemere company BumbleZest with his wife, says:
“I struggled to keep a balanced lifestyle working in property and living in a city with lots of distractions. To help combat this I started drinking lemon water with a drop of honey, often mixing it with different herbs we grew in our tiny Battersea garden. I packed in my day job to launch BumbleZest.”
“Our drinks range is functional; we have a drink in our range ready for everything life might throw at you. They are all wellness shots, so I guess the perfect drink depends what you/your body needs on that particular day/time!”
It has been estimated that the CBVD sector will be worth $46.3 billion by 2035. Since it first became legalised in the UK in November 2018, the number of products containing CBD has continued to grow, including supplements, gummies, oils, skincare and now drinks.
You can ingest CBD relief in pretty much any way you like. To ease pain, encourage relaxation and calm you down. CBS has also been touted for its ability to ease some epilepsy symptoms.
Most of drinks contain around 20-30mg of CBD, which is enough to give you a gentle feeling of serene detachment but won’t send you to sleep or into swirling hallucinations. Adults are recommended to have no more than 70mg of CBD per day.
Ottilia Amery, a former graphic designer, founded Truro’s Reblicious Drinks with husband Barry, a chef. She recommends a funky Cola Cocktail with brandy and a Reblicious.
Blood Orange and Turmeric CBD Recover drink is ideal post-workout or chilling winding down. EXALT’s Chilled AF CBD drinks is the same.
There is nothing wrong with upping the dosage as long as you don’t exceed the daily recommended dosage. CBDs drinks are not chasers.
Green Monkey was the first carbonated CBD drink of cocktails: great if you’re looking for a mixer with a twist.
Goodrays CBD Drinks were designed to be enjoyed throughout the day, every day, either solo, as a mixer or as part of a cocktail or mocktail. Try a Good Rays Gin and Chronic or with St Germain.
Goodrays CBD has seen over 1000 percent sales increase year on year. Each canned drink contains a market-leading 30mg of premium Colorado-grown CBD, (twice the strength of its nearest competitor), the daily recommended allowance of Vitamin D and 33 calories.
Founder Eoin Keenan wants to get the world’s wellness routines, one CBD drink at a time.
At Trinity College, Dublin, he wrote a paper on ‘International Cannabis Policy’, calling for legal and social reform and proper research funding.
Now a world expert on the hemp plant, cannabis and CBD, he currently advocates for regulatory change across the globe.
“I have witnessed first-hand the positive impact that CBD can have on anxiety and stress, by supporting the body’s natural endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for maintaining homeostasis (balance) in the body.”
He sees part of his mission to educate on how CBD usage can be helpful to deal with certain mental health conditions through natural and holistic methods.
“Goodrays want to shape the future of relaxation and wellness drinks, to be instrumental in the paradigm shift away from alcohol as the only way to chill, and make CBD as mainstream as the G&T.”
Hurricanes and other mocktails are pepped up by a CBD splash.
TRIP suggests an “anti-anxiety” perfect non-alcoholic cannabidiol well-being pour in the form of a “Glow Water” with peach ginger and 15mg of non-psychotic you know what.
A Rebelicious Slush Puppy is another option.
Kevin Pilley is a former professional cricketer and chief staff writer of PUNCH magazine. His humour, travel, food and drink work appears worldwide and he has been published in over 800 titles.
Photographs courtesy of BumbleZest and Rebelicious Drinks