With holidays cancelled and headteachers sending ominous emails warning parents to prepare for “blended learning” in September, many of us have never felt more stressed.
I won’t lie: trying to home-school two semi-feral boys around my work and the demands of a new baby comes close to breaking me at least once a week.
Insomnia, skin break-outs, low mood — I’ve had the lot. But neither Mother’s Ruin or Mother’s Little Helper are viable (much as I’d love to wander around in a Valium-induced haze like a 1950s housewife, GPs are twitchy about prescribing it these days).
Friends and influencers have been raving about CBD (cannabidiol) oil during lockdown — the cannabis derivative that aids sleep and relaxation, but doesn’t get you high. The taste, though, has put me off in the past.
“Like eating burnt undergrowth” was my husband’s verdict, while for me, that pungent smell takes me straight back to my dingy first year halls of residence.
Happily, a new category of drinks is emerging out of the burgeoning CBD market. Free from cannabis leaf motifs and student connotations, they are highly drinkable.
It’s far from scientific, but during the week in which I sampled the following, no one in my house was shouted at, nor did I find myself Googling “family lawyers near me”…
The Food Standards Agency advises a dose of up to 70mg of CBD a day for healthy adults.
INTUNE Grapefruit & Mint, Elderflower & Hops and Pomegranate & Ginger, 10mg CBD (£29.99 for a pack of 12 cans www.intunedrinks.com)
Founder Hannah Glasson discovered CBD when she was having treatment for breast cancer and is “obsessed” with making CBD taste good. Her aromatic, gently-carbonated drinks are stocked by Fortnum & Mason and Planet Organic and served at Zetter Townhouse in Marylebone. They make exceptional cocktails – or mocktails.
Gibson’s Goodology carbonated drinks, 25mg CBD (starter pack of three £14.99; )
The Tonic CBD Teas, 5mg CBD per cup (£27 for 20 bags; www.thetonictribe.com)
The London Botanists CBD syrup, 400mg CBD (£45; www.thelondonbotanists.com)
Doña Sofía Gin & Tonic, 10mg CBD, 5% ABV (RRP £2; www.dona-sofia.com)
OTO CBD Bitters, 2500mg CBD (£79; )
Sitting firmly at the luxury end of the market, these alcohol and sugar-free CBD bitters are distilled with botanicals including bergamot, lemongrass and cinnamon. Perfect for spicing up tonics and juices and it makes a mean Old-Fashioned. The price point is punchy, but each bottle contains more than 100 servings — and remember how we felt about shelling out for Seedlip a few years ago…
MEDA Espresso Medatini, 10mg CBD, 12.5% ABV (£27, www.medahuman.com)