Yellow hibiscus flower blossoming outdoors in sunglight

In addition to Sparkling CBD soda flavors you've known and loved for years, Colorado’s Best Drinks is now offering two fresh sparkling water options. Like our other CBD beverages, CBD Citrus Water and CBD Hibiscus Water are vegan-friendly, gluten free and free of preservatives. They also contain just four natural ingredients per can, zero calories and zero grams of sugar. As the warmer weather grows near, our Hibiscus Water's summertime flavor gets more and more appealing. Read on to learn a few unique facts about the fragrant flower.

Triple Threat of the Flower World

These lovely and aromatic flowers aren't just pleasing to the eyes and nose. The flowers and buds of the hibiscus plant can safely be eaten. In fact, hibiscus can complement a variety of cuisine – the right amount makes a sweet addition to jams, jellies and (of course) CBD beverages. It can also add dynamic flavor to traditionally savory staples, including many soups and curries.

A Single Flower, Right?

Rumor has it that several centuries ago, Polynesian women casually adorned a sole hibiscus flower as a way to communicate their romantic status. If the flower was worn just above a woman's left ear, it signaled that she was unavailable (bringing to mind the tradition of wedding bands worn on the lefthand ring finger). A flower placed behind a woman's left ear allegedly meant that she was available and open to romantic partnership.

Aloha, Hibiscus

The Hibiscus plant is native to Asia and many regions of North America, including several southeastern U.S. States and the islands of Hawaii. Hawaii also adopted Hibiscus as their state flower (the Yellow Hibiscus, specifically) in 1988. Native Hawaiins call the yellow hibiscus “ma’o hau hele” and its scientific name is H. brackenridgeia. Many Hawaiians use the hibiscus flower for a variety of practical purposes – fashioning the plant's bark into sandal straps, sewing tools and cords to safely secure canoes.

Mythical Beauty

In romantic mythological tales about Greek god Adonis and goddess Aphrodite, the hibiscus plant is used recurrently. One myth includes Adonis transforming from the Greek god of beauty to the also-stunning hibiscus flower to end a conflict between Persephone and Aphrodite. In another, he's changed into an anemone flower before his final transformation to a gorgeous Greek god.

Here's to Hibiscus and CBD Drinks!

There's so much to learn – and to love – about the Hibiscus plant. If you haven’t already tried our delicious new CBD beverage flavors, now’s the time to do so! Order a twelve-pack or a forty-eight pack of Sparkling CBD Citrus Water, Sparkling CBD Hibiscus Water or our other CBD beverage flavors. We'll bring a case to your doorstep – ready to savor straight from the can, poured over ice, or blended into delicious cocktail recipes. Like our five classic CBD soda flavors, all seven sparkling CBD water and soda flavors are vegan, non-GMO, and free of gluten, sodium and preservatives. All seven of our CBD beverage options are made with phytocannabinoid-rich, broad spectrum hemp extract. Better yet, each refreshing sparkling CBD soda and water flavor is vegan, non-GMO, and free of gluten, sodium, and preservatives – and you’ll taste that sweet simplicity with every sip.

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