Water is essential to life…and it also happens to be one of the most lucrative products in supermarkets. Some estimates suggest the global bottled water industry rakes in $283 billion per year. Despite the increased prevalence of water filtration systems, many consumers love the convenience pre-packaged plastic bottles provide.

It’s also clear that many customers want the healthful hydration of H2O without drinking plain water. To address this demand, manufacturers are pumping out flavored beverages and packets to add some “jazz” to a hydration routine. There are also many “functional waters” that add bonus minerals, electrolytes, and vitamins that supposedly enhance its effects.

This is where CBD water comes into the picture. Yes, many water brands now add hemp extract to their bottled products. According to fans, these hemp-infused waters offer all of the hydration of regular water plus the healing benefits associated with CBD. So, are CBD beverages the next big thing in hydration, or are these products just higher-priced water bottles? 

Can CBD Bottled Water Help With Hydration?

As long as the CBD water you’re purchasing contains zero dehydrating additives, chances are it will provide your body with much-needed hydration. However, it’s doubtful whether the extra CBD in your drink will enhance your body’s absorption of H2O. There are also many questions surrounding the absorbability rate of CBD in bottled water. 

Please remember that cannabinoids like CBD are fat-soluble. When manufacturers put CBD in water, it can’t bind to water molecules. By contrast, CBD suspended in MCT oil has a more even distribution and higher odds of absorption.

Does this mean you can’t absorb CBD when it’s mixed with water? Well, it’s still possible the CBD in infused water will enter your ECS, but it won’t be as pronounced as a sublingual CBD oil

Some hemp water manufacturers claim their products have “higher absorption” thanks to the use of “nano CBD.” Supposedly, shrinking CBD molecules with nanotechnology helps improve absorption in a liquid-based product. While there are many proponents of nano CBD, please recognize it’s too early to know whether this technology works. It may take a few years before scientists figure out an optimal way to add high-absorption nano CBD to fluids. 

So, Is CBD Seltzer A Scam? 

Just because CBD beverages have a lower absorption rate versus other products doesn’t mean they’re a “scam.” As long as the CBD company you’re buying from has a high track record for safety, CBD water could be a fun item to add to your fridge. Remember: You won’t experience the same profound effects with CBD seltzers or waters as you would with CBD oils.

People who want to microdose CBD during the day may find that CBD water is the right fit for their work schedule. The subtle hints of CBD may provide some anti-stress and anti-inflammatory effects. More significantly, CBD water can help people reach their hydration goals. Since most Americans are chronically dehydrated, any way you could convince yourself to drink water is a positive. 

Find “Hemp-Tastic Hydration” On Real Tested CBD!

If you’re curious about the emerging CBD water & seltzer categories, please explore the unbiased reviews on Real Tested CBD. We now have a page dedicated to hot new CBD drinks. As with our CBD oils, gummies, and topicals pages, our team uses high-quality third-party lab results to determine whether a hemp brand is telling the truth.

Dr. Igor Bussel, M.D., M.S., M.H.A
Dr. Igor Bussel, M.D., M.S., M.H.A is a clinician-scientist and ophthalmic surgeon. Before attending Chicago Medical School, he worked as a Research Scientist in a Healthspan Pharmacology Laboratory at University of California, Irvine focused on investigating the impact of botanical extracts and dietary supplements that can slow the aging process and add healthy years to human life.

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