Homemade CBD Kombucha
As CBD products get more and more popular, I've been drawn to a lot of store-bought CBD drinks on the market. But since I make homemade kombucha, I wanted to try to make it myself, since store-bought CBD products are often expensive and many don't even disclose how much CBD is in the product! You could be paying a premium for next to literally no CBD, just because the manufacturer decided to put a trace amount into this pricey, trendy bottle or can you've decided to buy.
Plus, even if a product discloses how much CBD they put into a bottle, many brands don't put enough CBD for me personally to feel any effects. Everyone's bodies and dosage requirements are different, so I wanted something that worked specifically for me, without breaking the bank.
If you're not familiar with CBD, there are a lot of resources online you can check out to do more research on it. Here's an FAQ from Hemplucid, my favorite CBD maker. But definitely do your own research to find trusted sources and diverse (fact- and science-based) opinions to determine for yourself whether or not CBD is for you.
Please note: I'm not making any medical claims about CBD or kombucha. These are just my own personal opinions and experiences. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional. For more of my thoughts on this topic, check out "Is kombucha good for you?"
Adding CBD to homemade kombucha
There are a lot of CBD tinctures out there, but if you want to mix it into homemade kombucha, here are my tips:
Make sure you use a brand you trust. (I'll share links to my recommendations below.)
Use a water-soluble CBD product, as most oil-based tinctures will not readily dissolve in liquids. (Watch my video for my full thoughts on this!)
Dose it properly depending on what you're using it for. You'll need to determine this for yourself, as everyone's needs and bodies are different, but I generally use around 30-40 mg. per bottle to deal with my anxiety.
I like to add the CBD right into the bottle, right before sealing up the bottles for second fermentation. Or if you prefer, you can just add it directly into the kombucha after second fermentation, right before you drink it. I've found no difference in the efficacy of the CBD either way.
If you're not already familiar with the process of making homemade kombucha, you're in the right place! Check out my full step-by-step guide here. And find all my detailed brewer's resources here to learn more. You can also find links to all my recommended brewing materials here if you're just getting started or looking to up your home-brewed kombucha game.
I don't recommend adding the CBD to the first fermentation vessel or letting it come into contact with the SCOBY since (like other flavorings, ingredients or additives) it may degrade the SCOBY in the long-term. Just add it during the second fermentation phase or right as you're ready to serve/drink it.
My favorite CBD products
This option is fantastic and I've found it to be incredibly effective for helping me manage my anxiety. This has trace amounts of THC (below the federal legal limit, and is legal in all states).
Here's an option if you want absolutely no THC (even trace amounts). I've found that it works just as well!
Other CBD products
*Please note that I am a Hemplucid affiliate. I purchased and tested many CBD products myself before deciding which one was the most effective brand for me. I get a portion of Hemplucid's profit if you decide to purchase my recommended products. It won’t cost you any more than you’d normally pay for the item! If you feel comfortable purchasing from these links, thank you! I’ve gone through a lot of trial and error and spent quite a bit of $$ to find reliable, effective products that can save us all money. I would never recommend anything I can’t vouch for in my own personal home brewing process. Otherwise, feel free to purchase from wherever you like. No hard feelings. You do what you’ve gotta do for your bucha! :)