If you’ve been on the internet (or out in the world at all) recently, chances are you’ve heard a bit about Cannabidiol (CBD) and all its potential health benefits. CBD is a type of cannabinoid found in Cannabis plants like Hemp and Marijuana. But unlike its psychotropic counterpart THC, CBD has no hallucinatory or psychoactive effects on the brain. In other words, you receive all the medicinal and restorative benefits ranging from stress and pain relief to mood and immune boosting qualities with none of the high. With the long list of possible advantages to taking CBD ever-growing, it’s no wonder people are looking deeper into where they can get it, how much they should take, and particularly how best to take it.
These days, the CBD market is inundated with various ingestible options from the familiar oil-based tinctures to capsules and even CBD infused edibles like gummies, candies and other foods. Newer on the scene, however, is water-soluble CBD.
We know that CBD oil in its natural form, like any other oil, does not mix with water. This presents an issue when you consider that the human body is over 60% water. So, while taking in CBD either sublingually as an oil or digesting it in edible form both have their benefits, the bioavailability (the degree and rate at which a substance is metabolized by the body) of these methods is minimal. Any supplements taken orally are filtered by the liver and then digested, diminishing the amount of supplement that will eventually be absorbed into the bloodstream. On average, only around 9% of the CBD you consume orally is utilized by the body. The remainder is flushed out with your next trip to the restroom!
Conversely, if CBD was ingested in a “water-compatible” or water-soluble form, the bioavailability would increase tenfold, meaning your body would benefit much more from the CBD you’re taking in. It is much easier for our heavily water comprised bodies to absorb other water-based substances. It requires less energy, therefore, not only do you get more, but you feel its effects quicker as well. That’s cost effective and convenient. But what exactly is water-soluble CBD and how is it made?
Our water-soluble CBD is created utilizing nanotechnology via ultrasonication. This method uses high powered sound waves to disrupt the CBD molecule and create what’s called cavitation. This is a process in which miniscule vapor filled bubbles form in liquid and then burst under the pressure of the sound vibrations to create nanoparticles (Jaiswal, Dudhe, Sharma, 2014). These tiny particles allow for better mixing in water with the help of a surfactant. Think of a surfactant as a sort of middle-man. Both the water and the oil will bond to the surfactant, and so it stabilizes the mix and holds everything together. The result is a translucent water-like liquid infused with CBD called a nanoemulsion. These emulsions can be made with varying concentrations of CBD that, once ingested, can be absorbed quickly in order bind to specific cannabinoid receptors that are already abundant in the human central and peripheral nervous systems!
It’s important to note, though, that not all water-soluble CBD is created equally. The difference in stability, bioavailability, shelf-life, etc. hinges on a number of factors. For instance, nanoemulsions come in a range of particle sizes up to about 200nm, but we know that the smaller the particle, the more stable the emulsion, and the more bioavailable it becomes to the body. Our nanoemulsion is an average of only 20 nanometers. That’s really (really, really) small--so small that it makes our pure CBD products totally translucent, unlike other products on the market that look milky white.
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Jaiswal, M., Dudhe, R., & Sharma, P. K. (2014). Nanoemulsion: an advanced mode of drug delivery system. 3 Biotech, 5(2), 123–127. doi:10.1007/s13205-014-0214-0