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I'm considered a CBD enthusiast among my friends. From regularly using pure CBD oil to testing skincare infused with the anti-inflammatory ingredient, I've managed to integrate it into as many areas of my life as possible—or so I thought. The buzzy compound only seems to be growing in popularity, and when I was handed the opportunity to try sparkling water infused with cannabidiol, I was all too willing to give it a go.
Recess offers its CBD-infused drink in six delectable, low-sugar, low-calorie flavors, all of which are crafted with real fruit and functional herbs. And popping open a can of what the brand calls "calm, cool, and collected" sparkling water, full of hemp extract and adaptogens in flavors like blood orange and blackberry chai, has proven to be a game-changing remedy in relieving my everyday stress.
When I first heard about this drink, it sounded a little too Peak 2018 for my liking: La Croix vibes, CBD, and adaptogens?! Even for a CBD obsessive, it was a bit much. But then I tried a can, and I was hooked..
A can of Recess—which contains 10 mg of cannabidiol from full-spectrum hemp extract—simultaneously relaxes my body and gives me this low-key productivity buzz. I’m able to peacefully get my work done without checking Instagram every two seconds or taking a Very Important quiz to find out what my Zodiac sign reveals about what type of sandwich I am. And Recess’s founder, Benjamin Witte, says that’s no accident. For starters, using full-spectrum hemp extract as opposed to CBD isolate (the other option) means that the extract also has other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, which some research has shown may help create a more potent product. He also sources the CBD from a high-quality farm in Colorado, where the hemp is grown under strict guidelines using only 100% organic farming practices. I love their slogan, too—“not tired, not wired”—because that’s legit how I feel when I drink a can.
I consider myself a fairly trend-adjacent person, enough in the loop to casually know what everyone’s obsessing about, but not so in the loop that I am actually one of the obsessors. Waiting until the hype has waned is my move, which explains why I am currently cruising through Mad Men on Netflix.
Launched in October, Recess is a La Croix-esque sparkling-water drink infused with CBD and adaptogens (herbs that help your body adapt to stress). While there are other CBD-infused drinks on the market, like Dirty Lemon’s +cbd, sprig, and Kickback CBD Cold Brew, Recess is the only one made with both adaptogens and the millennial Kool-Aid that is sparkling water.
Because they’re so drinkable, I end up casually sipping on a can all day long, which sets me up to chill in my concentration cocoon throughout the day. And then, before I know it, I have magically conquered my to-do list, and it’s already time to chill in my other go-to cocoon: the pile of blankets on my couch.