The Beverage Blog

At Colorado’s Best Drinks, we strive to meet the highest standards of quality in all that we do – from our products to our written content. The Colorado's Best Drinks Beverage Blog showcases the most impactful and interesting stories and events related to CBD, hemp and bubbly beverages like our own. We’re excited to bring you stories that illuminate the exciting developments in several industries on the rise.

For decades, lovers of all things cannabis have regarded April 20th – 4/20 – as their high holiday. Regardless of your stance on marijuana, you’re likely familiar with the occasion, which has made its way into American popular culture and our country’s national discourse. This goes to show the diversity of subjects that our nation's holidays may recognize - and the increased awareness that tends to follow suit. While many beloved holidays have...

Thirty-three American states have now legalized cannabis to some capacity – with substantial variation state to state on the structuring and scope of cannabis’ approval. In other words, two-thirds of our nation’s states have granted their citizens the right to legal cannabis in some capacity. Given the extent of legalization at the state level in the United States, proponents and advocates are baffled by the continued Federal prohibition of th...

Broad spectrum, full spectrum, phytocannabinoid-rich, isolates - what sets these popular types of hemp extract apart?

While THC is by far the most commonly known cannabinoid, it’s far from the only variety on the rise in our modern culture. Cannabidiol – more popularly by the abbreviation CBD – has several distinct possibilities for high-quality extracts. It's easy to confuse the most common cannabinoid extracts for one another, but each respe...

There’s an overwhelming generalization that cannabis users weigh more than those who opt not to consume cannabis. Many seem to believe that regular marijuana users are overweight – or that they weigh more than those who lay off the substance altogether. A team of researchers at the University of Michigan aimed to evaluate this common theory – and determine whether there’s any relationship between weight gain and the continual use of cannabis.

Here at the Beverage Blog, we’ve discussed a variety of CBD drinks, as well as many hemp-based beverages – including our own delicious sparkling sodas with broad spectrum hemp extract. We recently reviewed the ins and outs of the 2018 Farm Bill and its implications for the hemp industry. Today, we’ll go beyond beverages to the largest scale product on the horizon of hemp development.

Once Upon a Time…

In 1941, Henry Ford had a bold new v...

Extreme Effects of the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic has ravaged communities across the United States, causing disproportionate damage to communities facing high levels of poverty, economic depression and limited social mobility. These issues exacerbate barriers to quality healthcare, increasing the reliance of citizens on prescription painkillers to alleviate their maladies. Many of those prescribed opioid painkillers to alleviate chro...


Fizzy, bubbly, and effervescent. Carbonated water can be described in many ways – and it comes in a few subtly different forms. While the names for carbonated water may seem interchangeable, sparkling water, club soda, tonic water and seltzer are respective of each other, each with its own distinct traits. If you’ve ever wondered what these differences are, we’ve got the answers you’re looking for with the quick guide below.

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Advocacy groups, researchers, and passionate fans have worked diligently to clear up misinformation about CBD and hemp extract. Still, some socially conservative political and pop-culture figures have resisted the growing movement, speaking out against the rise of American legalization efforts for cannabis and its derivatives.

While the occasional antagonism of opponents has made waves in news media, they certainly seem to be the exception...

It goes without saying that the hemp and CBD industries have been on the rise in recent years. From coffee to cocktails, to our scintillating selection of sparkling sodas, the beverage industry offers a growing variety of hemp-infused products to hit the spot. The craft brewing industry is no exception. This is no surprise to those well-acquainted with both hemp and hops. Both hops and cannabis come from the plant family Cannabaceae, and the tw...

The medicinal potential of CBD and broad spectrum hemp extract have long been overlooked in past decades. However, in recent years, increasing studies have supported the beneits of both non-psychoactive cannabinoids. The American public has also consistently voted for the expansion of CBD and hemp extract's availability, both on their ballots and with their hard earned cash.

In 2017, Target dipped their toe into the market of CBD and hemp pr...

This year, over 2,500 Tennessee farmers are licensed to grow hemp within the state as of this Spring. That figure represents an increase of more than 1,100% in a single year. Five or more farms can legally grow more than 1,000 total acres of hemp. Needless to say, this sharp rise in hemp farming speaks volumes as to the assessed marketability of broad spectrum hemp, and to the overall appeal of those looking to profit from this cash crop. Never...

Last week we reviewed the benefits of mixing a little CBD into your alcohol, and listed a few bars in America already catering to this craze. If you’re not lucky enough to live within driving distance for your next date night, have no fear – our natural CBD sodas make it easier than ever before to spice up your next nightcap, and kiss that morning-after headache goodbye. With the tips we mentioned in mind, here are five delectable CBD cocktai...

AROMATHERAPY CANDLES

There’s no better start to a relaxing evening than lighting a favorite candle – especially one with a sweet and soothing aroma. Aromatherapy has been used ritualistically for centuries. This ancient practice taps into our sense of smell, which is the most primal of our five senses. Hemp-derived aromatherapy candles are believed to promote a sense of well-being and improve the mood of their users.

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What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are a group of rich, aromatic essential oils. They're commonly found in CBD, hemp, and many common plants and fruits. Terpenes are abundant in the world today, and many studies have backed their potential to support wellness in several different ways. Like the phytocannabinoid-rich hemp extract found in all of our CBD beverages, terpenes naturally enrich the array of foods and plants which contain them. While there...

Hemp: An American Outlaw

The Marijuana Tax Act, which took effect in 1937, outlawed the sale of all forms of cannabis. In one fell sweep, this ruling also condemned cannabidiol and hemp, marijuana's non-psychoactive derivatives. In the months before hemp’s prohibition, our government worked to promote hemp with their "Hemp for Victory" campaign. Their movement emphasized the resources hemp had to offer during the widespread sparsity of World...

If you’ve ever had a friend with a dairy allergy – or if you are that friend – you’ve known the heartbreak of a lifetime without ice cream. Thankfully, the marketplace is better today than ever before for those of us with allergies to food. Almond milk, coconut milk, and soy milk are popular options for those living without lactose. Many without serious issues just prefer the taste of dairy-free options to milk that comes from cows (myself incl...

Fans of CBD have sung its praises and long enjoyed its many health benefits in a variety of forms including CBD soda, CBD water, CBD sparkling water, gummies, body lotions, bath bombs, CBD-infused chocolates and even hemp oils for their pets. One area where the CBD movement seems to have been a bit slow on the uptick however is coffee. And this is a bit surprising. So many people from all walks of life make coffee part of their morning routine...

CBD Cocktails, Anyone?

Let’s be honest: there’s nothing quite like a nightcap to unwind at the end of a long week. Or even a long Tuesday (no judgement here). Sipping a cocktail or two can bring some well-earned relaxation to our evenings. Still, what eases the burden tonight won’t always be so kind the next morning, especially if that one drink gets a few refills. Alcohol has repeatedly been shown to reduce sleep quality and increase inflamm...

Carbonated soda, fizzy water, seltzer, or tonic - whatever you prefer to call it, sparkling soda has made a big name for itself in recent years. Well-known varieties have joined the ranks of avocado toast as stereotyped millennial favorites, but individuals of all ages have shown year after year that sparkling soda is a crowd favorite with staying power amongst the masses. In fact, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal, U.S. consumer...

The cannabidiol beverage industry, as it exists in the United States, has garnered an impressive corner of the medicinal marijuana market. Presenting the cannabis cocktail – the latest and greatest alternative for those exploring drinkables. If anyone finds that catchy name I’ve been working on – Canna-tai? Canna-cock? - Let me know. Cocktails hinge on the use of simple syrup, which can be easily made at home by combining equal parts water and...

In 2013, Sanjay Gupta of CNN covered an in-depth glimpse into the life of Charlotte Figi, a Colorado girl with a severe, debilitating form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome. Starting in infancy, this progressive, medication-resistant nightmare was a nightmarish ordeal for Charlotte and her family. Charlotte was suffering through 300 grand mal seizures every week. Let that sink in – for most of us, it’s unimaginable.

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Cannabidiol, or CBD as it's more commonly referred to, is just one of about 80 naturally occurring compounds exclusive to hemp and cannabis plants. In just the last few years a growing industry has emerged around this compound - and for a number of good reasons. The over-the-counter plant-based remedy has shown enormously effective for a wide range of previously hard to treats diseases. From fibromyalgia and PTSD to rare forms of epilepsy, the...

CBD is just one of over a hundred naturally occurring plant compounds called “Cannabinoids” common to Hemp and Cannabis plants, alike. Named after the popular herb, Cannabinoids have a staggering range of health benefits, but did you know that Hemp and Cannabis aren't the only plants to produce these highly sought-after chemical compounds? Today we'll take a look at 5 other plants that nature compels to “grow their own” therapeutic Cannabinoids...

Recent months have shown a fervor of news stories that indicate an interest in the Hemp industry, unparalleled for close to a century. US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R), the one that bears a striking resemblance to an Italian Tree Frog, has been pushing for months to change policy surrounding Hemp—an agricultural product that has faced unjustified stigma and yellow journalism since the passing of the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937. McConn...

In recent years, a popular cannabis compound has exploded onto the consumer market, demanding an ever-increasing awareness of the drug by industrialists and politicians, alike. This organic compound is known as CBD, or cannabidiol, and is also commonly found in the non-psychoactive industrial hemp plant that has been grown for millennia as a staple for both food and fiber supply.

As cottage industries that have sprouted up around the non-psy...

Carbonated water in the US has exploded (well, not literally) - but the past five years has seen a 42% increase in sparkling water sales, with almost 170 million gallons of the effervescent aqua being consumed each year by Americans alone. New innovations for the product continue to strike the market - such as the addition of CBD, a chemical lauded by the New York Times as “the new avocado toast”.

But beyond CBD-infused sparkling water, carb...

Cannabidiol, or CBD as it's more commonly known, is just one of 80 compounds exclusive to cannabis and hemp plants. Unlike it's more popular cousin THC, however, CBD has no psychoactive qualities, meaning it does not induce the psychological effects or “high” associated with cannabis. In fact, the compound is most commonly extracted from hemp plants, which produce no psychotropic ingredients themselves, leaving hemp to be utilized around the gl...

A few years ago, parents of epileptic children started making headlines for risking their lives and custody - all for obtaining a non-psychoactive extract of cannabis plants known then as Rick Simpson Oil. The underground medicine was shown by local news reports to have unprecedented effects on treating the disease. It seemed to do the unthinkable: children who had been unable to eat solid food or hold regular conversations because of such se...