CBD Water is a new product to have come on to the market in recent months. There are a number of brands offering both plain water with CBD and some flavoured with terpenes.

What is it?

CBD or cannabidiol is a phytochemical – a plant-produced compound. It is produced by the herb Cannabis sativa. CBD is not psychoactive and has in fact been shown to counter some of the psychoactive effects of other compounds seen in C. sativa.

Why won’t they mix?

Chemically speaking, CBD is to a large extent non-polar, much like other oils and fats, as well as aldehydes and some other solvents. This means that each molecule has an even electromagnetic charge, – it’s not stronger at either end. This can be compared with water, which is polar. The molecules of water are positive at one end and negative at the other. This can be demonstrated by rubbing an inflated balloon against a wool sweater to give it an electromagnetic charge and holding this near a gently running water tap. If the balloon has been charged properly and the stream of water is small enough, the water will deflect towards the balloon. Oils, alkanes, and aldehydes, on the other hand, would not deflect.

Why all this information? Polar and non-polar substances generally will not mix. Think of vinegar (polar) and oil (non-polar) in a salad dressing. To mix effectively, they need an emulsifier, such as mustard, or soap. As CBD is non-polar, water is polar, and neither mustard nor soap sound appealing in a usually refreshing drink, there has to be another way to mix the CBD into the water.

Of the companies currently manufacturing CBD Water, many claim to make use of nanotechnology to break down the CBD into nanoparticles, and infuse it into the purified water. These processes are evidently trade secrets, as no further information is given. The health benefits of CBD water are being catalogued by many users who have begun trialling the products.

Why CBD Water?

Since cannabidiol was isolated in the US in 1940, and further refined and identified in 1963 in Israel, numerous studies into its potential applications as a supplement or medicine have been carried out. CBD is being used in Canada as a neuropathic pain treatment for sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Addicts to heroin, nicotine and cannabis demonstrated some improvement when using CBD. It has also demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties – which can have applications in pain relief. Athletes from a number of disciplines have endorsed CBD as an aid to recovery times, and this may have something to do with its anti-inflammatory attributes.

Water

On Earth, at least, water is an essential component of life. Every living organism needs water to perform essential cellular functions. From bacteria and archaea through plants, fungi, and mammals like us. Without a regular supply of water, functioning would be impossible. Humans are thought to need anywhere between two and six litres of water a day, depending on temperature, humidity, activity level, and water loss. Many people do not consume enough water, and this can lead to both short- and long-term health issues.

The combination of CBD – a promising addition to diet and lifestyle – and water – the most essential of substances – appears to offer an interesting and healthy product. It is already being added to diets and fitness regimes the world over, and a large number of types, both flavoured and not, are available.

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