CBD Water: Should You Believe the Hype?

WRITTEN by Caleb

 | Last revised

Nov, 2022

Cue the Tuxedo-wearing Winnie the Pooh meme: CBD Water? Don’t you mean dihydrogen monoxide cannabidiol?

Of course, water is essential. And CBD is an effective pain reliever and inflammation reducer (among other benefits).

So it makes sense that people would want to consume both simultaneously.

But is CBD water worth the hype? Couldn’t you just take some CBD oil from a dropper and then drink a glass of water free from the tap?

Yes, you could do those things.

But there are benefits you don’t get from traditional CBD delivery methods. Plus, CBD water is tasty. So let’s dive into it.

What is CBD Water?

What is CBD water? Exactly what it sounds like: water infused with CBD.

CBD, like all cannabinoids, is not water-soluble, meaning it won’t dissolve in water.

If you take some CBD oil and drop it in a glass of water, the oil will sit at the top. It floats right back to the top, no matter how much you stir it.

Now, you could still drink it and receive the benefits. But CBD is an oil, and as our bodies are 60% water, you’re not getting as much CBD as you think.

A 2012 study looked at the bioavailability of different delivery systems for CBD. They found that taking oral CBD had a bioavailability of 6%.[1]

So that 30mg CBD oil capsule you took this morning? It’s possible only 2mg up in your bloodstream.

Researchers found inhaling CBD had a bioavailability of 31%, making it the best delivery method.

But that’s where nanotechnology comes in. CBD water soluble benefits include greater bioavailability than oral methods.[2]

In other words, CBD water has beat CBD oil in the race to your bloodstream.

Winnie the Pooh Meme about CBD water

What is Nano CBD Water?

Nano CBD water is CBD water that uses nanotechnology.

Manufacturers employ sound waves to break CBD down into tiny droplets using nanoemulsion. These droplets are around 100 nanometres (or even smaller).[3]

One nanometre is one billionth of a metre. In other words, it’s tiny. Smaller than the width of a strand of human hair.

Breaking CBD into microscopic sizes allows it to interact with water molecules. Nano CBD water doesn’t dissolve completely. But it doesn’t float to the top as oil does.

You can also mix nano CBD water with other beverages. You could make your morning coffee with CBD water or add it to a sports drink for when you’re hitting the gym.

Water-soluble cannabinoids are a game-changer for those who can’t stomach fatty oils. Or for those who prefer a zero-calorie option.

But as mentioned, CBD water effects are an increased bioavailability. And this is the primary benefit of nano CBD water.

Pros and Cons of CBD Water

Like all things in life, there are no solutions, only trade-offs. While CBD water benefits are many, there are some drawbacks as well. Before proceeding with CBD water product reviews, let’s quickly summarize the pros and cons.


  • Greater bioavailability due to nanotechnology
  • Vegan-friendly
  • Little-to-no calories
  • Easy to conceal or carry around with you


  • Clear bottles expose CBD to sunlight which degrades its potency.[4]
  • CBD exposed to air also degrades its potency. (So unless you’re chugging a bottle of CBD water, your drink will be less effective the longer it’s been opened.)
  • CBD water costs significantly more than other CBD products

CBD Water Reviews

Transparent green liquid in a glass surrounded by hemp seeds and a cannabis leaf.

Let’s look at some popular US brands to find the best CBD water.

American Shaman CBD Sparkling Water

American Shaman offers some of the highest quality CBD water products made from organic hemp oil extract and created using nanotechnology.

Their sparking water line comes in flavours like watermelon, strawberry, coconut and grapefruit.

CBD Living Water

We expect CBD water to be flavourless, gluten-free and vegan-friendly. But just in case you’re unsure, CBD Living Water highlights these aspects in its marketing.

This brand is focused on health and wellness, marketing its CBD water as something you can take to the gym or yoga.

Like the others in this list, CBD Living Water uses nontechnology to extract CBD. So you know you’re getting one of the best CBD delivery methods while staying hydrated.

OLEO Coconut CBD Drink Mix

Is there anything more hydrating than coconut water?

OLEO uses 100% natural, non-GMO coconuts for their Coconut CBD drink mix. Unlike the others on this list, this is a freeze-dried product you mix with water.

Coconut water is full of potassium and magnesium and, therefore, an excellent source of electrolytes. This makes coconut water ideal for those post-workout recoveries.

Additionally, you can add OLEO’s coconut CBD drink powder to smoothies or cocktails. Or even in your favourite dishes that pair well with coconut.

NanoCraft CBD Water

As the name suggests, NanoCraft CBD water uses nanotechnology to mix CBD with water to produce quality results.

Every bottle contains 10mg of CBD, and you can choose a black cherry flavour or cucumber kiwi.

As a broad-spectrum product, you’ll benefit from other cannabinoids that are not THC.

NanoCraft CBD water also contains vitamin B-12, which helps protect blood cells. Vegan-friendly and GMO-free, you can find the product’s third-party laboratory results on their website.

So, they can infuse CBD into water, but what about alcohol? Learn more about CBD-infused alcohol here.

CBD Water: Believe the Hype?

Further studies on CBD water’s bioavailability are needed to assess whether CBD water lives up to the hype. As it stands, increased bioavailability is a tangible benefit to CBD water.

Plenty of other CBD products are easy to consume and transport (or conceal) as CBD water. And CBD water is prohibitively expensive for many people.

CBD water is a product you should check out if you need instant relief. Especially if you don’t want to inhale smoke or vapour into your lungs or prefer to avoid the sugar in CBD lollies.

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1. Simon Zhornitsky, Stéphane Potvin, "Cannabidiol in Humans—The Quest for Therapeutic Targets".
2. M Durán-Lobato, L Martín-Banderas, R Lopes, at el., "Lipid nanoparticles as an emerging platform for cannabinoid delivery: physicochemical optimization and biocompatibility".
3. Manish Kumar, Ram Singh Bishnoi, Ajay Kumar Shukla, Chandra Prakash Jain, "Techniques for Formulation of Nanoemulsion Drug Delivery System: A Review".
4. J W Fairbairn, J A Liebmann, M G Rowan, "The stability of cannabis and its preparations on storage".


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