Water-soluble CBD oil? How the hell does that work?
We get a lot of questions about water-soluble CBD oil. People just want to know how it works.
If CBD is truly an oil, how could it possibly dissolve in water? Oil and water don’t mix, right? What are we doing over here…magic?
Well, no. We’re not doing magic. But it’s kind of like magic. Our tinctures are produced through a complicated chemical process called nanoemulsion. It doesn’t involve magic wands or top hats or rabbits. But it does involve microscopes, test tubes and people in white lab coats. So, for most of us, it might as well be magic.
Now, I have to be honest here—I’m a content guy, not a scientist. The last time I touched a test tube or a bunsen burner was in 9th grade chemistry class (and whoever let me do that should be arrested).
But I’m a big fan of CBD oil, particularly “water-soluble” CBD oil, so I have a basic understanding of how it’s made.
Here’s the Deal with Nanoemulsified CBD
Oil and water don’t mix (we’ve established that). Therefore, it’s technically impossible to make a CBD oil that dissolves directly in water. Anyone who tells you that they have water-soluble oil doesn’t understand how science works.
But, through nanoemulsion, the smart folks in the lab are able to combine a bit of CBD and a bit of water into one tiny droplet. The CBD droplet is actually placed inside of a droplet of water, which becomes a sort of protective layer for the oil. That way, you can squirt the nanoemulsified CBD straight into your glass of water and it mixes up just fine.
Of course, these droplets are so tiny that the structure is invisible to the eye. So you’ll never actually see the little Russian doll CBD droplets sitting snugly inside of their water droplet casing. But, you can tell that it works when you mix up your tincture with some water and the oil stays mixed instead of floating to the top.
Is it really that important to make water-soluble CBD products?
Well, yes. And not just because the process is cool or because it makes us feel smart to say the word “nanoemulsified”.
See, we really believe in the therapeutic power of CBD oil. We’ve seen it help with anxiety management. We’ve watched it work to ease chronic pain symptoms. We want everyone who could benefit from CBD oil to have access to it. And we want to provide them with the best CBD products possible.
Now, straight CBD oils are great. But your body doesn’t absorb oils as easily as it absorbs water. When you ingest oil the majority of it actually sits in your stomach lining for a while until your digestive system starts flushing it out. So, when you take straight oil, you’re not getting all of the benefits you could be getting.
The Importance of High Bioavailability
When scientists talk about food, drugs, and supplements, they use the word bioavailability to describe how much of a substance is absorbed by your body. Bioavailability also describes how quickly your body absorbs the substance.
Because your belly has a tougher time absorbing oil than it does water, straight CBD products have a far lower bioavailability than the nanoemulsified stuff. In fact, research shows that as little as 10% of the CBD is absorbed by your system if you take straight oil. Essentially, this means that you have to take higher doses to get optimal therapeutic effects.
Nanoemulsified CBD, on the other hand, has a far higher bioavailability. Not only does your body absorb 100% of the cannabinoids, but they also take effect much faster than the normal stuff would.
By using nanoemulsified oil, therefore, you’ll be able to take much smaller doses to get all the benefits that the product has to offer.
And we think that’s a good thing : )
Hope that answers your questions.