By DARIAN TROTTER, KABB
Artesia Springs has completed its testing and trial phase and is now filling orders. Production of CBD-infused water is underway at the San Antonio business.
That's right. The oil that's become wildly popular in lotions and edibles has made its way to the billion-dollar bottled water industry.
"There's almost a CBD water-infused company a week," said Artesia Springs owner Rudy Ramon, who has been manufacturing bottled water on the Northeast side of the city for more than 15 years.
He began to research CBD water seven months ago, and started sales and distribution soon after the passage of the 2018 farm bill.
"We've gotten a very, very positive response and that's one of the reasons we thought, 'OK, we've got to do this, we really got to roll this out,'" Ramon said.
Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, is made from the stems, leaves, and roots of the cannabis plant but contains little or no tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the stuff that gets you high.
CBD has been making headlines because of claims it treats a variety of medical conditions, like anxiety, depression, chronic pain and PTSD. The FDA does not back those claims.
"You'll start feeling some relaxation in cases or some pain relief, backing up on the anxiety, so you'll feel it a lot faster with the water," Ramon said.
Doctors say more research needs to be done and that most claims of CBD oil benefits are anecdotal.
"It tastes just like water," said Dorian Castro, adding that it's recently helped relieve him of stress and anxiety.
"I reached over, grabbed the water, drank it, immediately five minutes after, I felt a total sense of relief," Castro recounted.
The CBD market is expected to exceed $2 billion by 2020.
Ramon says keeping up with demand will be a good problem to have.
"We know there's going to be a huge demand," Ramon said. "We're already doing a couple of private labels outside of the state for the CBD."
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