First, taste and texture is pretty good. I use a shaker cup and add some vanilla to make it more palpable - but it blends up pretty good and tastes OK. I'm not sure I perceive being less sore after workouts but my sense is that the CBD does have a mild calming effect which is helpful after long rides. The ingredients are quality. Definitely helps with overeating after long rides as it is filling and provides lasting protein release as advertised. I tend to use a few different recovery drinks and rotate based on different variables - this is the one I use after long work outs when I want to, and have the time to chill afterwards. Overall I liked it and would say its worth a try for those using recovery products.