CBD Drops for Drinks: Understanding Dosage and Effects
This article will review the growing popularity of CBD drops for beverages and focus on the dosage and effects of CBD drops in drinks.
CBD drink drops have become a popular alternative to oils or gummies, but when choosing the best CBD drops for drinks, you need to be aware of the importance of choosing the right CBD drops for a personalized experience.
CBD drops for drinks are just what they sound like specialized water-compatible drops that contain CBD and mix easily into any drink.
You can add drops to:
There are many advantages to using CBD drops for drinks, namely that you can easily incorporate the CBD you need to treat things like stress or anxiety without having to measure oils under your tongue or count gummies before bed. Drops can be seamlessly incorporated into your daily schedule with ease.
When selecting CBD drops, consider things like potency, flavor, and quality.
How to choose the best CBD drops for drinks
So how do you find the right dosage of CBD drops for different types or drinks? Or pick the right flavor?
- Understanding CBD concentration
When you get a bottle of CBD drink drops, they will list important details on the front like the concentration of CBD contained in the drops.
A label might, for example, say:
30 mL bottle or 1 fl oz. bottle, with 1000 mg CBD
This means the entire bottle has 1000 mg of CBD so each milliliter of drop has about 33 mg of CBD.
As such, if you are a beginner or looking for something you can add to your morning coffee, you can use a dropper to measure 1 milliliter of drink drops (usually one drop) and mix it into your coffee to get a low dosage.
Start with a low-dosage
Speaking of low dosages, one of the most important things to remember with drink drops is to start with a low dose, likely around one drop. It is easy to accidentally apply several drops in one squeeze, especially if you are using a dropper and it is full, but exercise caution as the pure CBD contained in your drink drops is more powerful than it looks.
- Consider body weight
That said, the amount you take should be most highly sensitive to body weight and metabolism. The more you weigh, the higher your starting dosage (though not by extremes).
Most people follow the equation below to determine the right dosage:
(0.1) x (your body weight in pounds) = the daily CDB drink drop dosage you should start with in mg
This means someone who weighs 100 pounds, is just starting, and is treating mild symptoms might only need 10 mg per day, which can be much easier to measure if they have a bottle that is 10 mg per drop.
By comparison, someone who weighs 150 pounds might need 15 mg and someone who weighs 200 pounds might need 20 mg to start.
- Factor in sensitivity
If you have any experience with CBD products, you might need to factor in your sensitivity. This could mean a heightened sensitivity to CBD or a tolerance to CBD. In either case, you might need to adjust your dosage up or down.
Many people benefit from monitoring their progress and remaining consistent over several weeks with the same drop dosage before making changes.
- Consider the type of drink
Also consider the type of drink and whether a hot or cold drink, or a drink with a lot of sugar in it, could complicate the results.
Mark starts making smoothies in the morning with a lot of beets. He adds CBD drink drops to his smoothies to help with his anxiety but by the middle of the day, Mark is jittery and anxious so he thinks the drops aren’t working.
Mark later learns that beets contain a lot of sugar and increase blood pressure, so the jitters and anxiety he was experiencing were not necessarily a direct result of the CBD drops for drinks not working.
He changes the drink into which he mixes the drops and doesn’t feel as anxious anymore.
- Timing matters
Timing is important. Are you taking your drink drops in the morning or the evening?
What you are trying to treat with your drink drops will affect the time of day you take them and their effectiveness. You can’t expect to add drink drops to your morning coffee if you are trying to treat insomnia and have it work well.
- Adjust based on effectiveness
While your best bet is to start with a low dosage and consider your body weight, you also need to remain consistent and monitor any results/adverse effects from your drink drops so that you can adjust based on effectiveness.
Margaret is taking CBD drops for drinks to help her with stress and anxiety. She starts with a very low dose of 10 mg using a product that has other plant extracts known for their calming effects. Each time she uses her CBD drink drops she makes a note in the evening of how her body responded, any reductions in stress she noticed, and any side effects.
If you look at the example of Margaret above, over the course of several weeks it’s easy to see how beneficial that type of monitoring can be. but monitoring only works if you maintain consistency.
If Margaret writes down all of those same things each time she uses it, she’ll be able to paint a clear picture over several weeks as to how effective the 10 mg of CBD drink drops were each time she took it in relation to her stress.
However, if she doesn’t make notes consistently or she doesn’t include how much she took or any potential side effects, it becomes much harder for her to determine any patterns or verify the effectiveness of specific products.
Tips for ensuring even distribution and optimal taste
– stir or shake thoroughly
Infused beverages need the liquid base of extracted cannabis to be well mixed into the drink. The concretion will work better when properly shaken or stirred.
– use homogeneous mixers
If you are using mixers with your beverages, don’t mix and match. Stick with homogeneous mixers that are used exclusively for your CBD products.
– add CBD drops gradually
Add your CBD drops gradually. Even if you are taking three or four drops per dose, add them one at a time and mix thoroughly in between.
– opt for water-soluble CBD
Water-soluble CBD drops are a better option because they will break down and mix evenly with water or water-based beverages.
– pre-mix with carrier oils
Consider pre-mixing with carrier oils. Carrier oils can help ensure a smoothie distribution and might impact taste.
– choose flavored CBD drops
If you really want control over taste, for drops added to things like water or juices, choose flavored CBD drops.
– temperature considerations
Pay attention to temperature. You can add CBD drops for drinks to hot or cold beverages without any impact. However, if the drink is too hot for you to consume, it might be too hot for the CBD drops.
If you are adding to coffee or tea, wait until the drink has brewed before adding drops.
How CBD interacts with the body when consumed in drink form
Cannabis-infused drinks go directly into the digestive system and through the bloodstream where the cannabis interacts with the endocannabinoid system.
It usually takes about 10-15 minutes before effects are felt, with peak effects happening around one hour after drinking the CBD drops.
However, CBD drink drops impact people differently, so starting slower with lower doses is best, especially if your CBD drink drops contain THC or if you are mixing with alcohol.
Other consumptions methods
CBD drink drops are considered safer than smoking or vaping cannabis, particularly for your lungs. There are also faster-acting methods of consumption compared to drink drops which can increase the risk of adverse effects. With drink drops, you have more power over the small doses you take and how you feel.
Safety profile of using CBD drops in drinks
You should always reach out to a medical professional before using CBD products, especially if you have preexisting health conditions, are pregnant, or nursing.
Overall, CBD drops for drinks are a new opportunity to take CBD products in a faster, safer way. If you are considering drink drops, stay informed and be responsible. Your best bet for a personalized experience is to go slowly, with low doses, and to ensure the drops are evenly distributed, with great taste. These tips will help you capitalize on the versatility and potential benefits of CBD drops in beverages.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How to take CBD drops?
To take CBD drops, use the dropper provided with the product. Place the desired number of drops under your tongue for sublingual absorption, which allows the CBD to enter your bloodstream more directly. Hold the drops under your tongue for about 30 seconds to a minute before swallowing. This method typically allows for quicker and more effective absorption compared to ingesting CBD.
How many drops of CBD should I take?
The number of CBD drops you should take depends on several factors, including your body weight, the condition you’re addressing, and the concentration of the CBD product. A common starting point is a few drops, which could range from 5 to 20 mg of CBD. It’s important to start with a low dose and gradually increase it while monitoring your body’s response. For precise dosing, check the product label or consult with a healthcare professional.
Can I add CBD drops to my drinks?
Yes, CBD drops can be added to drinks as an alternative way to consume them. This method can be more palatable and is a good option for those who don’t like the taste of CBD oil. However, the absorption rate might be slower compared to sublingual administration, as the CBD has to pass through the digestive system.