Smell (Irrelevant to effects)
In its powder form, Joy Organic’s CBD Energy Focus Drink Mix (Happy Berry Flavor) drink mix smells of strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry, but with a hint of something that we could only describe as homemade play-doh. Fortunately, that note dissipated upon mixing, leaving the sweet berry profile front and center — much better.
Taste (Irrelevant to effects)
The beverage created by the mix is powerfully sweet — the package recommends mixing the contents with 12-24 oz of water, but we’d recommend erring on the side of a larger glass in case you need to water it down. Unless you like things exceedingly sweet, you’ll probably prefer higher water to powder ratio.
Since the product is sweetened with a combination of sucralose and stevia, the sweetness takes the forefront even when quite diluted. That said, it does taste pleasantly of berries and the flavor is light and enjoyable overall. However, there is a caveat: if you don’t care for the taste of stevia, you’ll probably have trouble enjoying this product.
As a powder, the mix is about the consistency and color of a pink Pixie Stick. It’s evenly ground and relatively low dust, making for quick mixing.
Once the product is mixed, it turns a cloudy pink with tiny, bright-pink dots floating about (these dissolve with further mixing for the most part, but it does lend a sort of festive appeal). It’s not dissimilar in appearance to Crystal Light or another powdered drink mix.
Effects (Onset, Duration, Intensity)
We felt the energy-boosting effects of this product pretty quickly — about 15-20 minutes after consumption. Unlike our daily cup of coffee, this beverage didn’t leave us feeling jittery or on edge: the water-soluble CBD it contains helped balance the effects of the caffeine to mitigate its side effects. Even those of us who tend to avoid caffeine because it exacerbates our anxiety did surprisingly well with this beverage, feeling energized without feeling frazzled.
Best Used For
If you’re looking for a way to boost your CBD intake and already use caffeine to start your day (or keep it going — we’ve done the late-afternoon latte thing too!), this product might be a good alternative to an energy drink or another macchiato. It would also make good workout fuel (it’s got a good dose of BCAAs) without adding extra calories to burn off at the gym.
For one thing, it’s much lower in sugar than competitors, which can help you avoid the dreaded crash that comes after consuming a Red Bull or Monster. Furthermore, the product contains a healthy dose of CBD that can provide relief from mild symptoms and supplement doses for people who need higher levels of daily cannabinoids. It’s comparably priced to other energy drinks, and decidedly better for your system.