With no product seemingly safe from being infused with CBD, I’m on a mission to try all the ones I can find whether that’s skincare, face care, oils, balms, bath bombs or drinks – I want to experience them all. And as I’ve long been intrigued by the growing number of CBD drinks on the market I popped into my local branch of Holland & Barrett to see what they had to offer.
Botanic Lab ‘Dutch Courage’ CBD Tea Drink
The first soft drink in the UK to contain CBD, Botanic Lab’s ‘Dutch Courage’ is a botanical tea drink made with Sour Cherry, Green Tea and Hibiscus extract along with 5mg of botanical hemp CBD extract.
Famed for their plant-based tea drinks, if you’re wondering why they called this tea ‘Dutch Courage’ it’s because it was specifically created to utilise the reported benefits of CBD as a way to reduce anxiety, so the plan is that we turn to this drink instead of alcohol when we’re feeling nervous in social situations.
As a drink, it’s actually quite nice, with the taste of the cherry coming through quite strongly, and this is something you can imagine sipping with ice on a hot summer’s day – or evening.
Love Hemp Spring Water
Billed as the first ‘functional spring water in Europe to be infused with cannabis oil’ each 500g bottle of Love Hemp Water contains 2mg of CBD.
Targeted at the health and fitness conscious consumer who wants to stay hydrated or replenish fluid levels after a workout, the water took Love Hemp Water’s research and development team 9 months to perfect.
The natural spring water is rich in minerals infused with CBD hemp droplets. The benefit comes from the way the patented water-soluble CBD extract is blended into the water to provide maximum bio-availability.
In plain language, according to Love Hemp Water this allows for ‘faster update because it has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier for superior absorption compared to any oil-based CBD product on the market’. Bit of a mouthful, but at least now we know.
As for the taste, well it’s clearly water but there is an oily aftertaste which must be the CBD infusion which isn’t unpleasant. Drink enough and you’d soon get used to it.
As drinks, they’re inoffensive and do demonstrate the many ways CBD can be incorporated into our daily lives and in this case, they would make great additions to my daily fluid intake.
However, when I started this site I set out to be honest in my reviews of products, good or bad, and I’m just not convinced with these two.
For a start, the amounts of CBD they contain are so small – 2mg (Love Hemp Water) and 5mg (Botanic Labs) that I doubt it would make any difference to my overall sense of wellbeing especially if I was only drinking one bottle a day.
I really would have to drink a fair few bottles before the cumulative effect of the CBD kicked in. And that brings me to my next point….
The price. If I limited my intake to one bottle a day, 99p for the 500mg bottle Love Hemp Water and £1.99 for Botanical Lab’s Dutch Courage would soon add up over the course of a month and make it quite an expensive indulgence.
Both brands make are highly regarded in their respective fields but overall, these drinks don’t do it for us. They’re great if you want to try a CBD-infused drink in addition to using CBD oil or capsules, or in the case of Love Hemp Water you want to add a little extra something to your post-workout hydration, but they’re not something that I use on a daily basis.