One of the first scientific principles you probably learned in grade school is that oil and water don’t mix.
The same is true for CBD oil, and if you’ve ever tried to mix it in with your favorite beverage, you know the result. While there are many recipes for smoothies, syrups, and even CBD coffee, creating them usually requires using CBD isolate powder or another form of CBD that blends better than oil.
That doesn’t mean that standard CBD oils are not effective. In fact, taking them sublingually is one of the best ingestion routes because the compounds are absorbed through the mucous membranes of the mouth and directly into the bloodstream. It’s a quick and effective path to relief.
But if you swallow a CBD edible or capsule, it has to do a little more work to be absorbed by your cells. It first must pass through your entire digestive system and liver to be metabolized, and it is thought that this slow process can make a big difference in the bioavailability of the product. Researchers believe CBD consumed orally (swallowed) may provide as little as 4 percent of the original CBD content.
Additionally, CBD that is chewed or swallowed takes much longer to work, so it can take a while to feel the effects. (Although it is thought that the results themselves last longer with this method.)
Because of this poor absorption, many brands are developing water-soluble CBD products. The theory is that since 60 percent of the human body is made up of water, creating a product that works with our natural genetic makeup instead of against it could be a game-changer.
How is Water Soluble CBD Made?
Engineers create water-soluble CBD through a process called nanotechnology. It works by using sound waves that break down CBD molecules into microscopic particles smaller than a nanometer. While it’s hard to envision something this small, a nanometer is one-millionth of a millimeter—too tiny to be seen with the naked eye.
As an example, imagine you are trying to dissolve sugar in water. If you used coarse sugar-in-the-raw, it would dissolve less easily than if you used powdered sugar. Why? Smaller particles.
When CBD is broken into these microscopic particles, it becomes small enough to dissolve and blend with water molecules.
Are There Benefits to Water-Soluble CBD?
Brands that manufacture this form of CBD certainly think so. Theoretically, it means that the body should be able to absorb the CBD better, and if you are getting more CBD in your body in less time, you should experience the desired effects quicker.
Another obvious advantage of water-soluble CBD is that it becomes easier to make CBD beverages and edibles. Products that taste good and are enjoyable are consumer-friendly. Not everyone is fond of the taste of CBD tinctures, but a sweet and fruity drink is an easier sell. From a marketing standpoint, nanotechnology is a boon to the CBD industry.
Should You Switch to a Water-Soluble CBD?
Upon realizing that water-soluble CBD is more bioavailable than other forms, many wonder if they should switch products. While it’s certainly worth a try, consumers should perform their due diligence on these new CBD products as they would any other.
Make sure you know the hemp source and have studied the lab certificates of analysis, so you know exactly what you’re getting. Read up on the company and its business practices before you put your trust in their products. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and be wary of brands making sensational health claims.