Hemp-based CBD beverage starts to take hold in Central Florida

in Central Florida News & Events

SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel

Daniel López drinks the hemp CBD beverage Vybes to help him during his shift as a coffee manager in downtown Orlando.

“It gives me more focus to get through it,” the 27-year-old said. “If I didn’t sleep well the night before, I’d rather drink (Vybes) than an energy drink. When you drink an energy drink, you just go high and then you crash.”

The coffee shop and bar where Lopez works, Craft & Common, carries the beverage. It is one of more than 15 spots in Central Florida where Vybes is now distributed by Orlando-based Sunshine State Distributing.

Companies see CBD beverages as a growth opportunity following the 2018 Farm Bill’s elimination of hemp from marijuana’s definition in the Controlled Substances Act as well as a new Florida law that made hemp legal in the state. It is defined as having a 0.3 percent or less concentration of the tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the euphoria-inducing compound in marijuana.