Steaming hibiscus tea in glass teacup on brown, woven wicker surface

All of our CBD drink flavors are chosen very carefully, and often come to life when we find an ingredient that catches our full attention.

Imagine: a beautiful flower, ranging from red to pink, lavender to white. It’s been used for centuries in ancient medicinal practices, and is just now starting to be studied by science.

Our hibiscus-flavored sparkling CBD beverage was inspired by all of the incredible potential health benefits of hibiscus tea. We figured, why not pay it some homage?

Let’s talk about the magnificent plant behind our hibiscus CBD beverage!

What is hibiscus tea?

Hibiscus tea is made when you steep hibiscus flowers in boiling water. It has a tart yet mild flavor and is pinkish-red in hue.

Other names for this tea include:

  • Roselle
  • Sour Tea
  • Agua de Jamaica
  • Sorrel
  • Bissap

Hibiscus tea is an herbal tea, not a green tea, so it has no caffeine.

There are over 200 different hibiscus species, but the flower most commonly used for hibiscus tea is Hibiscus sabdariffa.

History

Hibiscus was domesticated roughly 6,000 years ago in West Africa or Sudan, so hibiscus tea likely originated around that time.

The plant traveled to India, and then North America, in the 1600s. Now it is grown in subtropical and tropical climates worldwide.

As well as being used culinarily and as traditional medicine, it is also cultivated as an ornamental and used in textiles and ropes.

Most importantly, it’s used in our sparkling CBD drinks!

Uses around the world

Modern science is just now catching up to the ancient wisdom around this beautiful red tea.

Sudanese, Egyptian, and North African medicinal traditions use the hibiscus flower as a diuretic, to aid heart health, and to lower body temperature.

In other regions of Africa, hibiscus is used to get rid of parasites and worms, fight bacteria, and reduce spasms. It is also made into a salve to protect open wounds against infection.

In the Middle East, such as Iran, hibiscus is traditionally used to treat high cholesterol and blood pressure.

Hibiscus is known to benefit the kidney meridian in traditional Chinese medicine. It is used to clear heat and promote appetite. It is also used as a diuretic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory remedy.

Lastly, people in Central America and Mexico sometimes use the tea to help digestion.

Potential health benefits

Now that you know how ancient traditions use hibiscus tea, let’s talk about some modern-day studies to give more insight into these claims.

May support healthy blood pressure

At least five RTCs (randomized controlled trials) have looked into hibiscus tea’s potential to support healthy blood pressure levels.

A 2015 meta-analysis from the Journal of Hypertension suggests that the current research supports the tea’s ability to aid healthy blood pressure.

In addition, the tea is good for the cardiovascular system due to its:

  • Polysaccharides
  • Anthocyanins
  • Polyphenols
  • Organic acids
  • Volatile constituents

May support healthy cholesterol levels

Hibiscus tea may have the ability to support healthy triglyceride and cholesterol levels, although evidence is a bit inconclusive.

A research review conducted in 2013 came to the conclusion that more research was needed, and that the current evidence doesn’t support this ability.

Meanwhile, a more recent paper concluded that in nine trials, hibiscus tea did in fact seem to support healthy cholesterol levels. However, it did not affect triglycerides.

In addition, this paper made a note that hibiscus tea might be more effective in those who have type 2 diabetes or metabolic disorders, rather than healthy people.

May support healthy blood sugar levels

Preliminary findings may suggest that hibiscus flower teas and extracts might be able to support healthy blood sugar levels.

However, it's too soon to say with certainty. But animal and test-tube studies show that hibiscus might work by encouraging a healthier breakdown of carbohydrates and sugars.

A handful of scientists hypothesize that these potential benefits might be because of the flavonoids and polyphenols in hibiscus, like beta-carotene and protocatechuic acid.

In addition, hibiscus contains catechins, such as EGCG, that can be found in green tea.

May help with weight management

According to a tiny study, hibiscus may have the ability to help with healthy weight management.

Just like the other potential benefits, researchers think that this is because of how much polyphenol is in hibiscus extracts.

"In addition, a 2019 paper in Molecules found that hibiscus seems to aid healthy weight management, as well as a healthy metabolism, as stated by animal, cell, and human studies."

May support kidney health

A 2014 study found that both green tea and hibiscus tea may be able to aid kidney health in patients in the hospital.

A 2016 questionnaire discovered that drinking hibiscus tea every day might help urinary tract health in elderly patients.

Finally, a study from 2017 concluded that hibiscus tea might aid healthy function of the kidneys for people with high blood pressure.

Final thoughts

There’s no wonder we wanted to make a CBD drink using hibiscus. Not only is hibiscus stunning in color, and not only does it taste amazing- it has loads of potential health benefits.

Let’s summarize everything we just learned! Hibiscus tea may be good for:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Blood sugar levels
  • Weight management
  • Kidney health

Person with forearm tattoo opening CBD Hibiscus Water can outdoors beside river

With more research, modern science will slowly but surely catch up to ancient wisdom in the medicinal usage of hibiscus.

Our hibiscus CBD drink pays its dues to this unsuspecting flower by harnessing its perfectly sweet and tart flavors, fizzling it up, and infusing it with CBD until it’s just right.

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