CBD is quickly becoming the go-to supplement for many individuals experiencing chronic pain, anxiety, and sleep issues. In a recent interview with People magazine, Kim Kardashian revealed that she uses CBD oil to relax and added: “I got into CBD a few months ago. It saved my life. I will use a little bit and fall asleep. I don’t think I would take a Xanax or an Ambien again.”
The Many Forms of CBD
CBD (cannabidiol) is the non-intoxicating compound produced in the flowers and leaves of Hemp and Cannabis.
CBD can be taken in many forms:
- Under the tongue (Sublingual)
CBD is synonymous with oil tinctures and vaping because these are the best forms that increase the bioavailability of CBD in the body. Bioavailability describes how much of something we ingest is utilized by our cells.
According to recent studies, only 6-12% of CBD is absorbed and made “bioavailable” to the body following oral consumption. That means you swallowed 100% CBD, and only 6% made it to your cells.
Why Is CBD Difficult To Absorb?
CBD is fat-soluble, which means it’s more compatible with oils and other fatty substances. Fat-soluble compounds like CBD resist attaching to water molecules.
Anyone who's ever tried cleaning a greasy pan knows that water without soap has little effect on the oil. Up to 60% of the human body is water, including our nutrient delivery system.
To increase the bioavailability (how much reaches our cells) of the CBD, many companies sell oil tinctures. When CBD oil is dropped under the tongue, the CBD molecules absorb into the tissues of the oral cavity, which are rich in blood vessels. This method of ingestion allows the CBD to enter systemic circulation quickly.
Once in the bloodstream, the small percentage of CBD that’s absorbed has a better chance of reaching the fatty part of our cells to produce its therapeutic benefits–right?
Large molecules like CBD that pass into the bloodstream are vulnerable to degradation by immune cells. Another thing to consider with oil tinctures is the fact that only a small amount of CBD can fit into the tiny spaces of our oral cavity.
- CBD is fat-soluble (hydrophobic), meaning it’s incompatible with the hydrophilic (water-soluble) environment of the body’s nutrient delivery system.
- Companies use oil tinctures to take advantage of the rich vein of blood vessels under the tongue.
- Large molecules like CBD are vulnerable to degradation by immune cells once they reach systemic circulation.
- Only a small amount of CBD that’s placed under the tongue (10%) absorbs into the body. The rest is eliminated (due to poor solubility).
Stop Wasting Money On Oil Tinctures–Nanotechnology To The Rescue!
Nano refers to a molecule that is so small, you need powerful instruments like an electron microscope to see it. In the world of digestion, nanoparticles are smaller than a human cell and move effortlessly through the body to their target sites.
But that’s not the real magic of nanotechnology. Nano-CBD works better because the CBD that’s shrunk down to the nanoscale is made compatible with water.
Once CBD is nano-enhanced, it’s able to dissolve in water and behave as though it’s a water-soluble molecule. Also, the immune system leaves the nano-enhanced CBD alone because it’s bound to phospholipids which are needed for the structure and maintenance of our cells.
Many industry experts predict that nano-enhanced CBD is the way of the future. Already companies with advanced delivery systems such as nano-CBD are receiving positive feedback from their customers.
Nanotechnology is a promising tool that will make it easier to consume CBD without the worry that only a small percentage is made available to your cells. The big question: how much nano-CBD can reach your cells intact? Based on studies showing the effectiveness of nanotechnology in medicine, it’s estimated that 90% of nano-CBD absorbs into the body.
Compared to regular CBD, nano-CBD provides 5 times the anti-stress, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective benefits!
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