Yes, there’s even a maple-flavored version for pancakes and waffles. CBD syrup is tasty, thick, convenient, and the latest craze in CBD options that’s popping up in stores and on websites across the country. It’s a basic blend of CBD and simple syrup — water mixed with sugar, honey, agave or another sweetener, and often additional herbs or botanicals for taste.
These syrups come in a wide variety of potencies and flavors. Some contain ‘pure’ CBD isolate, and others contain full-spectrum or broad-spectrum extracts. They are usually mixed with a beverage such as water, soda, or fruit juice; adding the syrup to alcohol or mixed drinks is also a popular option but not necessarily for everyone due to the potential double whammy effects of drowsiness.
CBD syrup’s growing popularity is due to its extremely sweet taste, which many users find more appealing than other consumables like oils, tinctures, and gummies. Of course, this can make the syrup off-limits for diabetics and others who must watch their sugar levels. Some brands use high fructose corn syrup in place of natural sweeteners, which can also be a roadblock for those who prefer to stay away from processed foods.
A strong point of using syrup is that you can easily measure the dose; it is usually taken per teaspoon or tablespoon. However, like other CBD consumables, the effects are not felt immediately; CBD is more effective when inhaled or vaped than when taken orally. That’s because the CBD has to pass through the digestive system and liver before it can make it into the bloodstream — so even on an empty stomach it can take a half-hour or more before you feel its effects. You may have to take a higher dose of CBD syrup than you would with a tincture to get the same effect.
Some CBD syrups are formulated as combination products to aid with specific conditions. For example, there are syrup formulations that also contain melatonin, designed to be a potential sleep aid to be taken before bedtime. And you can find syrups that include valerian and similar botanicals being marketed as likely to promote relaxation.
There is one drawback — it’s expensive. On a cost per mg basis, you’ll pay much more for CBD syrup than for other CBD formulations. Which is fair: the syrup has a higher manufacturing cost due to its added ingredients and it’s required processing to be a shelf-stable product. It’s why some users attempt to make their own syrup at home, but the result won’t match the mouthfeel of a commercially-made product and may be less effective. So whether as a breakfast treat, a dessert topping or a drink enhancement, CBD syrup is worth your look.