As of 2019, a poll suggested that 14% of American adults are currently using CBD products on a regular basis.
While there is still more research for experts to do, CBD products have helped thousands of Americans with their health problems and are legal in all 50 states.
We’ve come a long way since the first CBD products were introduced in the mid-1970s. Nowadays, there are CBD oils, tinctures, and topical creams.
CBD bitters in particular are a nice, relaxing way to calm yourself down after a long day… but what are CBD bitters and how do you use them? We’ll break it down for you so you can decide for yourself, so keep reading to learn more.
What Are the Uses of CBD?
First, it’s important to take a look at the uses of CBD and to give an overview of the compound itself.
CBD is short for cannabidiol and is a molecular compound produced by plants in the cannabis family.
No, CBD doesn’t get you high. THC from cannabis Sativa and cannabis Indica (the two major types) is what gets you high. THC is completely absent in CBD products.
While CBD itself doesn’t get you high, it does provide a calming effect that can aid in some serious relaxation.
Many people use CBD to treat a wide variety of conditions including back pain and joint pain. Some research even shows that it can help reduce anxiety and symptoms of depression.
CBD products are shown to help with cancer-related pain as well. Some patients don’t respond well to opiates so using CBD as an alternative is very helpful.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD may help treat acne. Though there have been a few studies on this, there may be a need for more research. CBD has a tendency to affect different people in different ways.
Now, let’s talk more specifically about CBD bitters and how they can help you.
CBD Bitters and How They Help
Before you ask: no, bitters are not used to make something bitter!
Bitters are a type of aromatic made from natural sources like bark, roots, and other intense flavors. These aromatics are typically added to cocktails and can help stimulate bile before a meal.
Our bodies contain receptors for these bitter compounds in our stomach in addition to our mouths. When we stimulate these receptors, our bodies increase digestive secretions.
With this increase, bitters help make your body better use the nutrients in your food. This makes CBD and bitters a great match since this is shown to help reduce stress as well!
Also, CBD is anti-inflammatory and contains mood-supporting benefits. This means that CBD bitters can help you digest and reduce bloating and gas.
Bitters are also famous for producing positive effects in the nervous system and cardiovascular system.
How to Use CBD Bitters
CBD bitters can be used in a wide variety of drinks and spirits. They come in convenient packaging so they can be popped into a purse or bag and used in whatever you please!
One of the most popular combinations includes CBD bitters and cocktails.
Bitters have traditionally been used in popular cocktails, like the Old Fashioned, since the 19th century. Using CBD bitters in cocktails can add a nice burst of relaxation into your usual cocktail.
Gin cocktails are a highly recommended companion. Gin pairs nicely with the earthly scent and robust flavor that the CBD bitters add to the drink.
A good start is about one full dropper’s worth into a drink. You may end up wanting to add more down the line. However, keeping the dosage low at the start is a good way to find out your own sweet spot.
One recipe that works well is a CBD Mint Julep! Mix some bourbon, a little bit of maple syrup, mint leaves, and your CBD bitters for a nice relaxing cocktail. Whiskey pairs well with the CBD bitters because it is so strong.
It is important to keep in mind that CBD doesn’t exactly work like typical pain relievers such as aspirin.
To be fully effective, CBD levels need time to build up in your body slowly.
There are also some bars out there that have come up with their own CBD concoctions in major cities around the world like Chicago, London, and Paris. These drinks at the bar won’t have a ton of health benefits. However, no one can deny the pleasure of making a cocktail more relaxing!
CBD Bitters Without the Alcohol
CBD bitters can also be used in non-alcoholic cocktails for those of you not looking to mix the two. Alcohol is already a sedative so for some people, mixing both may be more than you are looking for.
A good recommendation for alternative drinks includes smoothies, kombucha, or even just some sparkling water.
For example, you can mix your favorite soda water with these Strongwater Mountain Elixir CBD Bitters from our store! In addition to CBD bitters, we have a ton of already-infused CBD drinks, teas, and more refreshing beverages.
CBD in Cocktails? You Bitter Believe It
There are a bunch of great CBD products on the market but CBD bitters and cocktails are an undeniable combination.
Getting an extra dose of relaxation from your cocktail alongside a boost to your digestive system is a great way to unwind in a healthy way.
Are you looking to grab some CBD bitters for your home? Make sure to head over to our store for a ton of great flavors!