A little dose of CBD with your morning coffee? How about a CBD chocolate truffle after your next meal? Maybe a CBD tea to help you relax before bed?
CBD can be infused into all sorts of foods and drinks, and we’re bound to see more popping up on supermarket shelves.
What Are CBD Foods?
CBD is extremely popular as a health product — coming in forms like tinctures, oils, and creams.
But another increasingly popular type of CBD Beverages goodie includes food and drink items. They’re just like they sound — common food items that have been infused with CBD extract. No tricks here, just treats.
CBD foods require some high-tech gear to take the CBD and infuse it into the food or a water-based beverage. We think of it as a labor of love…. But you can also DIY CBD-infused foods in mere moments in your own home. (We’ll circle back to this soon.)
Infused foods and beverages can be made with CBD isolate, broad-spectrum CBD, or full-spectrum CBD. Some people may prefer the lack of “hempy” taste that comes with infusing eats and drinks with a CBD isolate. Though, others may opt for the full- or broad-spectrum option, since it’s likely closer to what you might find in a CBD tincture.
Why CBD Foods & Drinks?
Alcohol can leave you intoxicated. Soda is packed with sugar. Energy drinks come with tons of caffeine. Sometimes you just want another option.
CBD-infused beverages offer consumers a new kind of drinkable treat. And the popularity of CBD drinks is bubbling over as people look for healthier alternatives to alcohol and soda.
Also, foods and beverages offer a great way to disguise the flavor of CBD, if you’re not so fond of the taste. The possibilities are endless, so CBD-infused foods can really be a delicious way for people to manage health issues like chronic pain and anxiety. What better way to introduce CBD to someone than through a scrumptious CBD gummy or CBD chocolate?
P.S. Take a look at our blog CBD + Chocolate – A Match Made In Heaven for the wonders of CBD mixed with chocolate.
The CBD Product Safety & Standardization Act
Introduced on December 2, The CBD Product Safety and Standardization Act of 2021 proposes to establish federal standards and require the FDA to regulate CBD in foods and beverages.(1)
If passed, the act would allow the FDA to regulate CBD as a food additive. The FDA would have oversight and need to issue regulations around:
- Maximum amount of CBD in food products
- Labeling and packaging requirements
- Intended use conditions
This means that the FDA will be taking its first step in regulating the use of over-the-counter CBD products.
Given the demand for CBD products, it comes as no surprise that the government wants to ensure the safety of products before they hit market shelves. Stick around for updates on this emerging story!
Some states (lookin’ at you, California!), however, aren’t waiting for Congress — they’re passing their own legislation paving the way for CBD-infused foods and drinks. So keep your eyes open for more localized developments as well.