Phew. Just as we’ve become conversant in the most common ways to ingest and apply CBD oil, another vehicle for this apparent wonder drug comes on the market. 

Actually, let’s not refer to it as a ‘drug’; that gets folk a little flustered. In fact, CBD is now recognised as having the potential to be an incredibly beneficial medicine. 

We stress the word ‘potential’ here. Though there has been hugely promising progress in treating the ‘’cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications’’ (according to the Harvard Health Blog), its wider application, for helping mitigate anxiety, inflammation and other issues is still being researched.

That said, early studies do look encouraging. More recently, CBD has been prescribed to help adults suffering from nausea caused by chemotherapy and people experiencing stiffness brought about multiple-sclerosis.

Now, CBD (legal if it contains a concentration of THC lower than 0.2%) has entered the mainstream, and users can now try it in a range of consumable forms, from gummy bears to cake, seeds and soda.

Today we’ve teamed up with CBD Planet UK, one of the largest suppliers of CBD products in the UK, to look at one of the newer products on the market; here’s our IDEAL guide to CBD energy drinks.

A LOOK AT ENERGY DRINKS

Energy drinks, like soda, certain sports drinks and brands such as Red Bull and Monster rely on caffeine and glucose to provide the ‘energy giving’ quality of their product. Unfortunately, these don’t come without complication.

A few of the most common ingredients present in energy drinks are:

Caffeine

In soda and other energy drinks, you will commonly find caffeine. Invariably, energy drinks will have a high amount of caffeine; typically around the same as a cup of coffee, at around 80mg, and almost quadruple that of a standard can of sofa.

Sugar

Energy drinks can contain a troubling amount of sugar. A study of energy drinks on the market in the UK found that they can contain up to 21 teaspoons of sugar, as well as ‘risky levels of caffeine’. Just to put things in perspective, the maximum amount of sugar a human should consume in a day is 9 and 6 teaspoons, for men and women, respectively. 

Taurine

Taurine is a kind of amino acid that you can find naturally in humans and animals. An excess of the stuff, however, can be harmful, leading to dangerously low blood pressure.

Vitamins B 

B vitamins also provide energy to our body. They can convert our food into energy and keep our metabolism ticking. The most common B vitamins that are found in various energy drinks are B12, B6, B5 and B3, and B2. Unfortunately, excessive amounts can cause problems.

CBD & HEMP SEED OIL

Because of these processed ingredients, some folk are now turning to something more natural to give them an energy boost; energy drinks made from CBD or Hemp Seed Oil. This represents a more healthy alternative to other energy drinks often laden with those harmful ingredients we mentioned. Since CBD and hemp seed oil have reported energy boosting qualities, energy drinks containing either (or both) of these products may well make big inroads in the market soon.

What’s more, the omega fatty acids obtained from hemp seed oil, in particular, can also bring benefits similar to those you gain from oily fish, flax and chia seeds. Food for thought, indeed.

On the current market, due to CBD’s potential as an anti-inflammatory, CBD energy drinks are most commonly consumed as part of a workout regime to help with recovery. Do consult with your GP or nutritionist before adding it to yours.

THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS

If you’re keen to learn more about the potential benefits of CBD oil and have any other questions answered about it, then do check out our article on the 6 IDEAL questions you’ve always wanted to ask about CBD oil.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Studies into the efficacy and effectiveness of CBD and hemp seed are ongoing, though some cautious optimism regarding their benefits has been voiced by experts. Should you be looking to boost your energy levels, it’s first vital you consult your GP or other health care professional for advice on why you might be feeling lethargic; it could be the sign of an underlying issue which needs addressing. 

It’s also imperative that you discuss with GP before introducing CBD or hemp seed oil into your routine.