First things first: CBD will not get your mind high. The biggest buzzword of the year could just be the biggest wellness trend of our time, causing an all-out craze for an array of products infused with the less psychoactive cousin to THC. Our health-conscious community has fully embraced the calming plant extract, which is short for “cannabidiol” and is widely believed—yet still scientifically unproven—to effectively and naturally soothe pain, insomnia, inflammation, stress and anxiety. Whether you find it on the menu in spas, restaurants and coffee shops or on-shelf at the pharmacy, there is no shortage of ways to get your daily dose.
CBD-infused sparkling water from Recess comes in three flavors
Sparkling water with CBD? Yes, please. After yoga or Pilates at O2 Aspen, reach for a Recess, which is formulated with filtered water and 10 mg of full-spectrum hemp in three all-natural flavors: blackberry chai, pom hibiscus and peach ginger. At Carl’s Pharmacy (306 E. Main St.), you can find Dram Dose from the Salida-based makers of award-winning cocktail bitters, and Dream Catcher, a new line of wellness waters from GT’s Living Foods.
Go for granola and grab a Wise Bar at Local Coffee House (614 E. Cooper Ave.) or Aspen Shakti (535 E. Hyman Ave.), made with all-organic ingredients in Carbondale. Each bar is wrapped in a compostable wrapper and infused with 25 mg of CBD, divided into five servings to keep energy up throughout the day.
Toast, a born-in-Aspen brand known for its sleek packs of cannabis cigarettes, recently launched a line of CBD oils, which can be added to any beverage at Shlomo’s Deli & Grill (501 E. Dean St.) and Sweet Coloradough in Snowmass Base Village. Add a dropper of Angel’s Hemp at Gorsuch Ski & Café (555 E. Durant Ave.) to your coffee or buy a whole bottle to try at home.
CBD oil by Toast can be added to beverages
Whether topicals are infused with CBD, THC or both, cannabis-infused lotions affect only the skin and sore muscles. Pila Xian, whose Heaven On Earth day spa was the first to implement the treatment in her signature Head in the Clouds experience, says, “CBD helps decrease muscle inflammation and turns off the pain receptors in the skin, making it ideal for use in massage.” You can also find relief from a CBD oil add-on to any service at The Little Nell, The Bohemian at O2 Aspen or a CBD Healing Customized Massage at Remède Spa in The St. Regis Aspen.
OK, it’s not technically CBD-infused, but the Go Green Scramble at Spring Café is a must to start the day. Packed with kale, broccoli and green onion, it comes with a side of hemp seeds, which are rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids and also contain high amounts of vitamin E, calcium, iron, zinc and potassium. In Basalt at Free Range Kitchen & Wine Bar, look for a series of CBD dinners this summer prepared by executive chef Chris Krowicki and hosted by co-owner Robin Humble, who found success in using the supplement during her battle with breast cancer.
Serial entrepreneur Bryan Ward traded a tech career in Boulder for a cannabis startup in Carbondale to pursue his passion for helping others. Since founding Sopris Health & Wellness in 2018, he has grown the company into one of the highest-quality purveyors of full-spectrum CBD products in the country. Using a patented, low-temperature, lipid-infusion extraction method, its lineup of gel caps, tinctures, body care and pet products provide powerful healing through hemp.
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