CBD Kombucha: the CBD-Infused Sensation (Soon to Be) Sweeping the Nation

CBD-infused Kombucha: it appears, at first glance, like the perfect culmination of the organic, vegan, plant-based holistic remedy movement; a combination like wine and cheese, Jordan and Pippen, mustard and ketchup (but the healthy version). 

With both the kombucha and CBD markets exploding simultaneously but in parallel, it only seems natural that these two trends converge. CBD-infused drinks are the next big thing, with the market more than doubling between 2018 and 2019 ($86M to $227M) and projected to reach $1 billion in value by 2023. [1] The kombucha market has already exceeded this value, reaching $1.24 billion in 2018 and projected to grow to $3.5 billion by 2025. [2]

The CBD-infused kombucha market is still fairly shallow, with just a few big players, but given the numbers cited above you’ll probably start seeing CBD booch more and more.

So what exactly are the potential health benefits? Who are the best brands on the market? And if there’s no CBD booch brand available near you, how do you just make it at home? 

We answer all these questions and more in this article. 

Why Combine Kombucha and CBD?

Is there anything special about combining kombucha and CBD? Is there any sort of synergy between them? Well, no, not that we know of. In fact, kombucha and CBD make such an ideal combination precisely because they’re so different: each targets different parts of the body.

Benefits of CBD

CBD targets the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a matrix of receptors, enzymes, and endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) that collectively regulate critical functions like mood, pain-sensation, and appetite.

Imbalances in your ECS cause (or contribute to) a number of ailments, and there’s a wide body of scientific evidence supporting CBD’s ability to combat many of them, including: 

Benefits of Kombucha

Kombucha, on the other hand, promotes health primarily by healing the gut. Science is increasingly finding that gut health and the gut microbiome are critical to overall health, and one way to promote gut health is by feeding your gut “good” bacteria in the form of probiotics. 

Kombucha is a fermented tea that is an excellent source of probiotics, and studies have found that kombucha:

  • Can improve digestion [9]
  • Contains powerful antioxidants [10]
  • Has antimicrobial properties [11]

Put it together and…

 …you’ve got a beverage that can improve health through multiple pathways: both the endocannabinoid system and the gut microbiome, each of which  influences a host of other bodily processes. 

Think of CBD as a tonic for the ECS, and kombucha as a tonic for the gut. A holistic health approach suggests that the same things that cause an imbalance in one would cause an imbalance in the other (for instance, poor diet and lack of exercise). Why not kill two birds with one stone and heal both with CBD booch? 

Top 5 CBD Kombucha Brands on the Market

Since CBD booch is very much a new thing, it’s still quite difficult to find on store shelves. Nearly all of the brands that we’re aware of are region-specific, meaning if you don’t live there, you’re outta luck. 

But not to worry, if you don’t see your locale on the list, skip to the next section and make your own CBD booch! 

1. mKombucha

mKombucha is the premier CBD booch available near Remedy Journey’s San Francisco headquarters, and we love the stuff. mKombucha uses all-organic ingredients and nano-emulsified CBD (which shrinks the CBD molecules so they’re easier for the body to absorb). It’s also just one of the tastiest kombucha drinks we’ve ever tried — CBD or no. 

Where to find mKombucha

To our knowledge (though this isn’t definitive), mKombucha is only available in California (Delmar, Ocean View, Los Angeles, and San Francisco) and one city in Arizona (Scottsdale). See the full list at the bottom of the page here

2. GT’s Cannabliss

GT’s is the best-known kombucha maker in the US (they practically invented the market), so it’s no surprise they were among the first to wade into the CBD booch market. The bad news is that we’ve only heard of GT’s Cannabliss in a few locations on-tap. As far as we know, it’s not currently sold in retail, so we don’t know much about it and have yet to try it.

Where to find GT’s Cannabliss

We’ve heard of Cannabliss on tap at the following locations: 

  • First Draft Taproom and Kitchen, Address: 324 N 6th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
  • Flying Boat Brewing Company, Address: 1776 11th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
  • Austins, Address: 120 Country Club Dr #24, Incline Village, NV 89451
  • Lone Star Taps and Caps, Address: 4740 TX-121 #500, Lewisville, TX 75056

However, for the hardcore Cannabliss fans, there is another option: King Keg sells Cannabliss kegs for $139 a pop

3. Brooklyn Boocha

This straight-outta-Brooklyn company offers three different flavors of CBD-infused kombucha: 

  • Ginger Beet
  • Blood Orange
  • Turmeric Lemongrass

Where to find Brooklyn Boocha

Look for them in retailers and Farmer’s Markets in New York City. 

Via Facebook

4. Awaken Kombucha

Florida’s first and only oak-aged kombucha was also the first in the state to launch a CBD booch. They use all-organic ingredients (including CBD sourced from organic hemp), with 800mg of CBD per keg (yup, they don’t sell retail). 

Where to find Awaken Kombucha

This brand is only available in Florida. There’s a full list of locations selling Awaken Kombucha on their website here

Via Facebook

5. Aqua ViTea

Aqua Vitea is another major kombucha brand (in the business for over a decade) that recently moved into the CBD booch market. Based in Vermont, they use CBD from organically-sourced hemp that is also lab-tested to ensure there are no toxins and the CBD levels are accurate. They offer two flavors of CBD booch: Green Tea and Chaga Chai. 

Where to find Aqua Vitea

Their drinks are widely distributed throughout the East Coast and Midwest, with some retailers throughout the South. Check out their full list of retailers here

Via Facebook

How to Make CBD Kombucha at Home

Home-fermentation might seem intimidating, but kombucha is actually quite easy to make. And infusing your kombucha with CBD is just a matter of adding some CBD oil at the right time. 

Here’s what you’ll need to get started: 

  • SCOBY (this is the symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, you can purchase at health stores or online)
  • Water
  • Black tea bags
  • 1 Tbsp. cane sugar
  • 1 bottle of CBD oil (500mg)
  • 1 large pot
  • 1 large glass container

Instructions

  1. Find your biggest pot, fill it with water, and heat until it boils. 
  2. Once it’s boiled, steep 8-10 tea bags in the water for 5 minutes. 
  3. Now, let the tea mixture sit until it is completely cool.
  4. Add 1 Tbsp. of cane sugar. 
  5. Pour this mixture into your glass container or jar, along with your SCOBY, and then place it in a cool, dark place away from sunlight.
  6. Test the mixture in about 2-3 weeks. When it tastes ready (it should be a little frothy and have that distinct kombucha taste), pour an entire bottle of CBD oil into the mixture (500mg is likely an ideal amount). 
  7. Add flavoring if you want (lemon, ginger, and turmeric are all excellent additives), refrigerate, and enjoy! 

Sources

  1. https://www.visualcapitalist.com/boom-in-the-cbd-beverage-market/
  2. https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/04/10/1801849/0/en/Kombucha-Market-to-Grow-at-13-CAGR-to-Hit-3-5-Billion-by-2025-Adroit-Market-Research.html
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2503660/
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  10. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-benefits-of-kombucha-tea#section3
  11. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1745-4514.2011.00629.x
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