When talking about cannabis-infused products, we are referring to products with cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive Hemp and marijuana are two varieties of the same plant Cannabis sativa that are very different in a number of ways.
Hemp contains a negligible amount of 0.3% of Tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH) which is the intoxicating substance in marijuana. Marijuana, on the other hand, can contain up to 30% THC. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and seems to have several health benefits, making CBD oils and seeds attractive as a functional ingredient.
CBD has numerous therapeutic benefits: it relieves pain, reduces anxiety and depression, alleviates cancer-related symptoms, reduces inflammatory diseases, has a positive impact on neurological disorders, prevents heart diseases and diabetes. Why wouldn't we enrich our food and drinks with CBD to get all of those?
Companies and start-ups recognised the potential of hemp within the food and beverage industry and are adding it everywhere: from non-alcoholic, alcoholic and hot beverages to snacks, powders and candies. Even big players such as Coca-Cola are considering to dip into the cannabis-infused drink market.
Adaptogens and nootropics: enhancing our cognitive physiological functions
We have heard a lot about adaptogens as everyone seemed to talk about them in 2018. We could spot them as mushrooms in our coffee or as coloured latte variations and it felt like every new functional food had something to do with it. But what are they exactly and how do we profit from adaptogens and nootropics?