CBD Mocktails 101
The sober movement has been picking up speed the last few years and we’re totally here for it!
How often do you laugh about your ability to go out drinking all night in our 20’s and still make it through the next day with ease, but then we get a little older and have a couple of kids and next thing you know consuming a bit too much alcohol leads to a day of hell with no one to cover your parenting shifts. Let this happen a few too many times and you’ll be looking for something other than an alcoholic beverage to help you forget about your adulting woes for a while so you can have a little fun but also something that allows you to thrive the next day when your responsibilities wake up with the sun. While we can’t help you with your kids (because we have our own to keep alive), we can help you trade that wine in for weed and skip the hangover for the high!
So..What is a CBD Mocktail?
A CBD infused mocktail is a super fun sip-able beverage that’s usually pretty & sophisticated, giving you the feeling that you’re indulging in a fancy cocktail, only instead of it containing alcohol it is infused with healthy, endocannabinoid supporting cannabinoids from your favorite CBD oil, tincture, mushroom enhanced CBD tincture or sugar infused with cannabis. These tasty concoctions can soothe your nerves, alleviate anxiety and relieve insomnia without the toxic side effects of alcohol. In fact, there are preliminary studies that are examining the potential benefits of cannabidiol to increase the health of the liver. While creating a mocktail does take a little skill in mixology once you’ve learned the basics, you’ll be concocting your own flavor combos in no time!
CBD Tincture vs. CBD Oil
The difference between a CBD tincture and a CBD oil is existent but also non-existent. A tincture is essentially a maceration of any medicinal plant into a solvent, with the most popular solvent being alcohol however fat is commonly used for CBD products due to the beneficial properties of cannabis being are lipophilic meaning they depend on fat to become available to the body, other solvents used for tinctures are vinegar or glycerin. For the purpose of CBD mocktails it is imperative you know what is in the little bottle you’re going to use! If it is alcohol or an alcohol/fat blend, then you’re going to be able to mix it with several different liquid options easier, but if it is mostly oil it will need to be emulsified in some sort of fatty substance or else it’ll just sit on the top of your liquid. When using oil-based tinctures think of something like a non-alcoholic white Russian or even coffees, alcohol-based tinctures however will mix with seltzer waters, sodas, and juices. Check out our DIY Infusion Flower to create your own CBD tinctures.
How does CBD make you feel?
If you’ve not tried CBD products yet, then you may be wondering how does CBD makes you feel, and can it really take the place of my alcohol? CBD and alcohol actually have similarities in the way they make you feel in the moment however the long-term effects on your health are vastly different. Both help with relaxation and are commonly used for social anxiety, but while alcohol is a depressant, CBD is neither a depressant nor a stimulant. Note, THC in “full-spectrum” cannabis flower does act as a depressant in too high of doses. Note, all of Society’s Plants products stay within the legal limit of THC percentages based on the 2018 Farm Bill. While alcohol, lower inhibitions and impairs judgment in large amounts, CBD world in symphony with your body’s needs gently balancing your endocannabinoid system, leading to a sense of calm, less pain and inflammation, and a night of deeper sleep.
CBD and Alcohol
Consuming CBD in lieu of alcohol will ensure you’re preventing the known harmful effects of alcohol, but if you’re not quite ready for the sober life, it is worth it to note that a few animal studies have also shown that CBD may mitigate neurodegenerative and oxidative liver damage associated with alcohol use. Another study from 2014 found that rodents given CBD 30 minutes prior to being given alcohol showed significantly less oxidative stress on the liver than rodents who had just been given alcohol. Both alcohol and CBD have sedated effects and the combination will definitely lead to impaired motor skills, delayed judgment, and drowsiness so we recommend being extremely mindful when consuming together and we will always promote CBD over alcoholic beverages as CBD is non-addictive, non-intoxicating, and remarkably non-toxic. Additionally taking CBD helps regulate your sleep patterns while alcohol inhibits the body’s ability to enter REM sleep. We also highly recommend our Dream, Mushroom Enhanced CBD Tincture with Melatonin, to help you drift to dreamland.
CBD Mocktail Recipes
To help you get your creative juices churning, we’ve reached out to our community for unique CBD Mocktail recipes to get you moving on your CBD and wellness journey, rather than the liquor-to-sicker road. We’ll incorporate three different techniques for using CBD in your fancy beverages that’ll give you the foundation you need to make your own magical potions for a relaxing night in or a fun gathering with friends.
The first three recipes featured are a special treat from our friend, Sailene Ossman the author of CBD Cocktails. The Next Day, Fuzzless Navel and the Cucumber Mint Refresher are just a drop on the flute out of the 100 recipes featured in CBD Cocktails. Read more about Sailene's story below!
The Next Day
- Sea Salt for the rim
- 2 oz. Tonic Water
- 2 tsp Orange Marmalade
- 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
- 1/2 oz Fresh Orange Juice
- 1/2 oz Simple Syrup or Canna-Sugar
- Option to add in 1 ml Thrive Mushroom+CBD Tincture.
- Splash of Seltzer Water
- Mason Jar
- Orange Twist or Lime Wedge to garnish
Wet the rim of the mason jar then dip it into the salt. Place the tonic, orange marmalade, lime juice, orange juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Fill the mason jar with ice and strain the contents of the shaker into the jar. Top with a splash of seltzer, garnish with citrus.
*How to make a canna-sugar infused simple syrup: 1 part sugar to 1 part water, simmer on medium - low heat until reduced by 1/2, let cool.
Cucumber - Mint Refresher
- 2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice, plus wedge for garnish
- 6 drops Raw Hemp CBDA + CBD Tincture
- 2-3 Mint leaves plus more for garnish
- 1 TBSP Cucumber, Diced
- 2 oz. Mint Syrup
- 4 oz. Tonic Water
- 1 Part Peach Nectar
- 3 Parts Orange Juice
- Orange Slice & Maraschino Cherries
- 6 drops Society's Plant Thrive CBD & Mushroom Tincture
Place the peach nectar, orange juice and tincture in a chilled rocks glass, stir to combine and garnish with the slice of orange and the cherry.
Rosemary Grapefruit Mocktail
- 2 oz grapefruit juice
- 3/4 oz Rosemary & CBD simple syrup
- 1 oz lime juice
- Top with grapefruit soda (or sparkling water)
- 1-2 drops of liquid smoke (optional)
Add all of the ingredients, except grapefruit soda, to a glass with ice. Stir to combine. Top with grapefruit soda and garnish with a rosemary sprig. To make simple syrup: combine equal parts water and sugar, honey or agave, and a sprig of rosemary, simmer until reduced by half, allow the temperature to reduce then add CBD oil such as Society’s Plant CBD + CBDA Tincture to create the dosage per serving that you are looking for, combine by shaking or using a frother.
Cranberry & Orange Chill-Mosas
- ½ cup club soda
- ½ cup cranberry juice
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 15 drops of Chill Mushroom Enhanced CBD Tincture
- Thyme sprigs or orange slices to garnish
- 8oz GT's Gingerade Kombucha
- 1ml dropper of CHILL Mushroom Enhanced Tincture
- Stir together, neat or over ice.
Blood Orange Immune Shield
- 8oz GT's Blood Orange Kombucha
- 1ml dropper of THRIVE Mushroom Enhanced Tincture
- Stir together, neat or over ice.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.