You’ve heard of CBD coffee, right? Well, now it’s time for CBD cocktails! Yep, next time you’re having a dinner party or a girls’ night in, you can impress your guests with some flavorsome cocktails spiked with wonderful CBD!
| “Cannabis cocktails!? Learn why some of the US’ trendiest bars are infusing CBD into new alcoholic drink mixes – and why customers are loving them!”
In fact, as cannabis use increases and becomes more socially acceptable across the United States, you can actually buy ready-made CBD cocktails in some bars!
Cocktails are a great way to let yourself to relax and unwind, and the same can be said for CBD. Surely, this is a match made in heaven! You might have a lot of questions about CBD cocktails right now, but don’t worry, we’ll explain absolutely everything you need to know about them right here – including some handy CBD cocktail recipes for your next party.
What are CBD infused cocktails?
First, let’s talk a little bit about cannabidiol before we jump right into the benefits of CBD cocktails. Called CBD for short, cannabidiol is one of the active compounds in the Cannabis sativa plant. You might know a bit about CBD already, but if you don’t, here are the basics.
When you consume CBD, no matter what form it comes in, it interacts with a system in your body called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is full of cannabinoid receptors, which can react to the effects of any cannabinoids – the active compounds in cannabis. All cannabinoids behave differently, but CBD is quite unique in that it doesn’t bond directly with the cannabinoid receptors. Instead, it encourages the body to create its own internal cannabinoids (called endocannabinoids), which bind with receptors in a natural way.
| “CBD encourages the production of naturally-occurring endocannabinoids in the body – crucial compounds that maintain all aspects of balance and homeostasis.”
Ultimately, it is believed that the ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis and keeping our body in balance. By taking CBD, you can ensure that the ECS is working in top form, creating sufficient endocannabinoids to keep us healthy. Since the ECS has been known to influence things like sleep, mood, and pain, taking CBD can help to regulate all these different functions; this is why many people take it to manage the symptoms of various conditions.
As for CBD cocktails, they’re basically exactly what they sound like: cocktails that have CBD in them! If you’ve ever taken a sublingual CBD oil, you’ll know that the taste isn’t all that pleasant. However, the unusual, earthy notes in CBD can actually be complementary to certain types of alcohol.
We know what you’re thinking, though – should you really be combining a cannabinoid with alcohol? Let’s take a look…
CBD and alcohol: What you need to know
Since CBD is taken to reduce the symptoms of certain conditions, it can act like a medication. In fact, if you are taking certain pharmaceutical meds, CBD could interact with them negatively due to its inhibition of certain enzymes. Since a lot of medications require you to avoid alcohol, it’s reasonable to wonder whether you can drink while taking CBD – or even mix the two together in a CBD cocktail.
| “You’ve probably heard it’s a bad idea to mix cannabis and alcohol — so wouldn’t CBD-infused cocktails be a ‘no-go’?”
Some CBD studies have suggested that it can reduce dependency and addiction to other substances, including alcohol. For example, a study conducted by Liput et al. in 2013 administered CBD to rodents that were addicted to alcohol, and found that it reduced their dependency and alcoholism. Furthermore, it prevented alcohol-induced neurodegeneration.
But this study only explains what happens if you take CBD as an alcoholic, or after you have been drinking. What about if you take both at the same time?
In 1979, a study was published in Psychopharmacology that investigated the interaction between CBD and alcohol, this time on humans. It was a double-blind study involving placebos and ten healthy volunteers. The results found that motor impairment and other effects associated with alcohol intoxication occurred when alcohol was administered alone and when alcohol was administered with CBD. However, the interesting part is that, when administered with the addition of CBD, the individual experiences significantly lower blood alcohol levels.
What this all means is that, yes, it’s perfectly safe to drink alcohol with CBD. In fact, it seems the two go rather well together – as it means you probably won’t get too legless and embarrass yourself!
Where can I get CBD infused cocktails?
In states where cannabis is widely accepted, you’ll likely see CBD cocktails springing up left right and center. Unfortunately, California Governor Jerry Brown has (rather unreasonably) signed a bill recently that has banned CBD cocktails in the state. You’ll still be allowed to make them at home, but public establishments are “technically” prohibited from selling them (many still do, but that’s a discussion for another time and place).
DID YOU KNOW: CBD cocktails are already popping up in popular bars throughout the U.S.?
In other states, the act of enjoying CBD beverages are already well-established. In New York, for example, Bar Belly allows you to add CBD to any cocktails on the menu for an extra $2. In Narcbar, there is a specially designed CBD cocktail called Matcha Haze, setting you back $14 for a cocktail infused with 5 mg of CBD froth on top. There are also plenty of other places to try out in NYC and beyond.
Of course, if you’re not up for searching for the perfect CBD cocktail bar, then you can make your own at home!
Tips for making CBD infused cocktails
Before we get into some recipes for CBD drinks, here are some general tips to keep in mind:
TIPS FOR MAKING THE PERFECT CBD DRINK (OR FANCY CBD COCKTAIL!)
|Start small!||Remember that CBD and alcohol both affect everyone differently. It’s best to go steady at first just to double check that you can handle it.|
|Use a suspended tincture||If you can get your hands on a tincture – where the CBD is suspended in alcohol instead of oil – it will blend seamlessly into your cocktail! CBD oil does still work, though, especially if the drink is foamy.|
|Dose low!||Keep the CBD dose fairly low. Although it is safe to mix CBD with alcohol, it’s still not a good idea to go overboard. Stick to around 15 mg or less per session (don’t put 15 mg in every cocktail and drink 8 cocktails!)|
|Add ingredients wisely||With the unique flavor of CBD, ingredients with similar qualities pair with it best. Try hops, basil, mint, and matcha. The stronger the better.|
|What liquor should you use?||Alcohols like gin and amaro-based spirits are delicious with CBD. Gin actually includes natural terpenes, just like cannabis!|
The best CBD infused cocktail recipes
Now that you know a little about making CBD-infused cocktails, you can try out some of your own! Here are 3 world-class recipes to get started. Each recipe makes 1 drink.
3 DELICIOUS CBD COCKTAIL RECIPES
|CBD JULEP||2 ½ oz bourbon
½ oz maple syrup
6 cannabis leaves and 2 mint leaves [or] 8 mint leaves and extra for garnish
||Whiskey is a great drink to pair with CBD because it’s so strong; CBD Julep is the perfect glass to kick back and unwind with.|
|CBD COSMO||2 oz vodka
1 oz cranberry juice
¼ oz CBD tincture
¾ oz fresh lime juice
¾ oz Triple sec
||Here’s a classic with a CBD twist. This drink will have you feeling classy and sassy in no time.|
|CBD MARGARITA||¼ cup lime juice
¼ cup Grand Marnier
½ cup ice
1 tsp CBD oil
||A refreshing, citrusy cocktail that will tantalize the taste buds whilst also allowing you to unwind. Invigorating!|
Have you tried out any CBD infused cocktails of your own? SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS and let us know in the comments below!