The term Nano-emulsified CBD, or more commonly known as “nano CBD,” sounds like a pretty scientific form of CBD doesn’t it? I agree, the term nano-emulsified really sounds like it came straight out of a SCI FI movie – but it really isn’t too complex of a word. Let’s take some time and go over nano CBD and what you need to know about it.
Don’t let this word scare you. You can thank cosmetic organizations for developing nano technology. It is also found in the pharmaceutical industries to help compress certain pharmaceutical compounds. All nano-emulsification means is that a certain particle or compounds (in this example, CBD) has been transformed into a much, much smaller version of itself (basically). The term nano just means “very small or minute.” When you emulsify something, you mix two ingredients together that don’t typically mix together easily. For instance, water and oil. They do not mix – at all. So there you have it. Nano-emulsified just means “tiny and mixed.” Now let’s talk about what nano-emulsified CBD, or more commonly known as nano CBD, is.
Nano CBD: What’s the Difference?
To understand what the difference is, we first have to identify what a traditional CBD oil is, exactly. CBD oil is basically an extract taken from the hemp plant (Cannabis Sativa) and mixed with a carrier oil. This carrier oil can be a bunch of different oils, but some of the most common carrier oils are: MCT oil, hemp seed oil, grape seed oil, or olive oil. Earlier we talked about how emulsification is mixing two compounds that are not easily mixed. Since hemp extract is an oil taken out of the plant, it is easy to mix it with another oil. Oil mixes well with oil, right? Ok, now that you’re with me, lets continue on to comparing traditional CBD oil with nano CBD.
Nano is just a fancy term for “tiny, or very small.” When you mix it with nano CBD, it insinuates a meaning that the CBD compounds in nano form are tiny. This is, basically, correct. The whole point of nano-emulsification is to make an improvement on the delivery of drugs into the body. This is done by making tiny droplets (hence the name nano) of hemp extract. The droplet size after nano-emulsion is usually about 20–200 nm (nanometers). To put it into perspective, one nm is about 10^(-9)meters, or 0.000000001 meters. One nm is also roughly ten times smaller than the total width of a strand of your DNA. That’s tiny! Nano-emulsification is usually more popular in lipophilic compounds (meaning compounds that dissolve into fats or oils easily). Since hemp extract is an oil, it is also lipophilic. A journal by the name of Comprehensive Medicinal Chemistry tells us, “Lipophilicity (fat-liking) is the single most important physical property affecting potency, distribution and elimination of a drug in the body.”
Most CBD oils come in the form of tinctures filled with a carrier oil mixed with the hemp extract. This is a perfectly normal, and very efficient form of CBD rich hemp extract. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this – at all. I want to make that point clear. Nano CBD, on the other hand, typically uses water as the carrier fluid. Hemp extract is an oil, and doesn’t mix with water at all, but in nano CBD form it will mix with water. Water is much cheaper than all carrier oils, regardless of the type you chose. While there may be an increased efficacy of nano CBD, a huge benefit to producers is that they can cut the cost of using carrier oils by mixing their nano CBD with water. This is actually a HUGE savings in money.
Is Nano CBD Better?
The entire point behind the creation of the nano-emulsification process is to make a product that is more easily delivered and processed by our bodies. This must mean that Nano CBD is a better product, right? Not necessarily. All delivery systems have their own advantages and disadvantages. For those who are interested in digging to the science behind nano-emulsification, check out a book titled Nanopharmaceuticals: Volume 1: Expectations and Realities of Multifunctional Drug Delivery Systems. It is a long, detailed book on anything anyone could ever want to know about the nano-emulsification topic.
So, is Nano CBD better? It depends. For people that are looking to swallow their CBD oil, or eat gummies, it will increase the bio-availability some. New Phase Blends is very big on placing our CBD droplets under the tongue so people can take advantage of the sublingual vein delivery route. This route of administration offers the highest bio-availability out of any of the other popular forms of taking CBD. Nano CBD, when taken sublingually, may actually not offer that much of an increase in bio-availability. CBD oils are already absorbed extremely efficiently when taken as drops under your tongue. For more information on how you should take your CBD, check out our article on CBD methods of delivery.
The takeaway here is, if you are using your drops under the tongue, nano CBD will not offer a noticeable difference. If you are going to eat gummies, or swallow CBD products, nano CBD may make a difference for you.
I hope this article helped you learn at least a little bit more about nano CBD, how it works, and if it is better than traditional CBD oils or products. It was hard to pack such a science-rich topic into a short blog, but I think it came out ok. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us for more information.
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A Pharmacology Primer: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/pharmacology-toxicology-and-pharmaceutical-science/sublingual-administration
Comprehensive Medicinal Chemistry: Lipophilicity: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/chemistry/lipophilicity
Nanoemulsion, an advanced mode of drug delivery system: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4362737/
Peshkovsky, Alexey, PhD: http://blog.sonomechanics.com/blog/ultrasonic-production-of-nano-cannabinoids