For a long time, CBD, or cannabidiol, was the lesser-known active compound found in cannabis. Unlike THC, cannabidiol doesn’t have psychoactive properties, aka it shouldn’t increase your anxiety or make you feel out of sorts.
And it’s safe to say we haven’t looked back since we discovered CBD.
- may reduce symptoms of generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and PTSD
- appears to be a natural pain reliever
- seems to reduce inflammation and blood pressure
While laws vary greatly by state, CBD that’s derived from hemp is legal in most states, and bottled CBD-infused drinks are popping up all over. This might be because drinking CBD is one of the easiest ways to consume it. No fancy vape is needed, and CBD drinks — like this mocktail — are delicious to boot.
We’ve gotta be careful about our expectations, though. While CBD is often touted as beneficial, studies have shown only hints of promise. It’s all “may” flowers when it comes to CBD’s possible benefits for anxiety, PTSD, and depression (CBD-related effects on depression in particular have been seen only in mice).
Some say CBD may lower blood pressure, help treat seizures, and reduce the growth and spread of tumors, though these effects haven’t been scientifically proven.
CBD may be especially useful for chronic pain or anxiety. Studies have shown that CBD helps reduce chronic pain and inflammation, especially pain related to multiple sclerosis and arthritis. The results of another study suggest that 600 milligrams of CBD helped people with social anxiety feel less anxious when giving a public speech.
When it comes to this CBD mocktail, it’s all about getting a refreshing sip of “ahhh” and reminding yourself to calm down, especially during stressful times.
- 4 fresh mint leaves
- ¼ cup cranberry or pomegranate juice
- 1 lime, juiced
- 10–20 milligrams CBD tincture
- 1 cup lime-flavored sparkling water
Muddle mint leaves in the bottom of a glass. Add cranberry or pomegranate juice, lime juice, and CBD. Top with sparkling water.
When it comes to dosage, it’s best to start with small doses and increase slowly. Evaluate how your body reacts to CBD before increasing the dose. In general, it’s best to start with 20 to 40 milligrams per day for maximum therapeutic benefit.
CBD appears to be safe for most people, with the most common side effects being drowsiness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite. If you’re on medication, check with your doctor before taking CBD — it’s known to interfere with some medications.
Tiffany La Forge is a professional chef, recipe developer, and food writer who runs the blog Parsnips and Pastries. Visit her at her blog or on Instagram.