The term Nano-emulsified CBD, more commonly known as “nano CBD,” sounds like a pretty scientific form of CBD, doesn’t it? I agree. The term nano-emulsified sounds like it came straight out of an SCI-FI movie – but it 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.
The Science of CBD Molecules
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of nano CBD and nano CBD products, we need to understand the world of CBD and what it does when introduced into the human body.
CBD (the abbreviation of cannabidiol) is one of the main ingredients in CBD products such as CBD oil, gummies, and vapes. CBD is one of many cannabinoids (or molecules) that comes from the cannabis and hemp plants. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) found in the marijuana plant, CBD does not contain psychoactive properties.
Meaning it will not give a person that “high feeling,” affecting cognitive brain activity.
CBD | Hemp and Cannabis Plants
Whether it is the hemp plant, cannabis plant, or the marijuana plant, they all produce cannabinoids CBD and THC being the most popular ones. As these cannabinoids enter our system, our endocannabinoid system has special receptors (CB1 and CB2) designed to accept cannabinoids.
These receptors’ primary function is to assimilate the cannabinoid molecules into your system. The result is the immune system and psychoactive responses that come with consuming cannabis products.
In recent years, there has been an advancement in the production and consumption methods of CBD. Concentrated products such as CBD oil and gummies have made it easier for them to work with better and increased absorption through the digestive system or topically through the skin.
With these new technological breakthroughs on CBD and all of the products associated with it, those products have become more consistent and identifiable with their doses to patients and new CBD users.
Remember: As always, please get a doctor’s advice before taking CBD as a new supplemental dietary product or as a method intended to diagnose, treat and aid a severe medical condition instead of prescription medications.
Some non-scientific anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD has pain relief properties and can aid in helping the symptoms of illnesses.
The CBD molecule is looking for some answers for treatment for anxiety, epilepsy, aches, inflammation, and pain. However, more studies need to be conducted to determine if the nano-sized CBD can deliver on these claims.
The Nano-emulsification Process
Don’t let this word scare you. You can thank cosmetic organizations for developing nanotechnology, and it is also found in the pharmaceutical industries to help compress certain pharmaceutical compounds.
Nano-emulsification means that a particular particle or compound (in this example, CBD) has been transformed into a much smaller version of itself (basically). The term nano means “very small or minute.”
When you emulsify something, you mix two ingredients that don’t typically mix easily. For instance, water and oil do not mix – at all. So there you have it. Nano-emulsified means “tiny and mixed.”
Now let’s talk about what nano-emulsified CBD, or more commonly known as nano CBD, is.
Nano CBD Products: What’s the Difference?
To understand the difference, we first have to identify what a traditional CBD oil is exactly. CBD oil is an extract taken from the hemp plant (Cannabis Sativa) mixed with a carrier oil.
This carrier oil can be a bunch of different oils, but some of the most familiar carrier oils are MCT oil, hemp seed oil, grape seed oil, hemp oil, or olive oil. Earlier, we talked about how emulsification is mixing two compounds that are not easily combined.
Since hemp extract is oil taken out of the plant, it is easy to mix it with another oil. Oil blends well with oil; what does this mean for traditional CBD and nano CBD?
The Science of Nano CBD Tech
Nano is just a fancy term for “tiny, or very small.” Mixing it with nano CBD insinuates that the CBD compounds in nano form are tiny. This is, basically, correct. The whole point of nano-emulsification is to improve the delivery of drugs into the body.
Nano CBD works because it is so tiny it can move into your bloodstream faster. The CBD-coated lipid nanoparticles, also known as liposomes, are effective and reach their destination to give you the results you need.
Size Matters When it Comes To Nano
This is done by making tiny droplets (hence the name nano) of hemp extract. The droplet size after nanoemulsions is 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.
Nano-emulsification is usually more prevalent in lipophilic compounds (meaning compounds that dissolve into fats or oils quickly). 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.”
All About Nano-emulsified CBD (Nano CBD Oil)
Most CBD oils come in tinctures filled with a carrier oil mixed with hemp extract, which is a perfectly normal and very efficient form of CBD-rich hemp extract. Nano CBD, on the other hand, typically uses water as the carrier fluid. Hemp extract is an oil that doesn’t mix with water, but it will mix in nano CBD form.
Water is much cheaper than all carrier oils, regardless of the type you choose. While there may be an increased efficacy of nano CBD, a massive benefit to producers is that they can cut the cost of using carrier oils by mixing their nano CBD with water, and this is a HUGE saving in money.
What is Full Spectrum Nano CBD Oil?
The term “full-spectrum” means that CBD oil contains all cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients that naturally occur in the cannabis plant. In the full-spectrum CBD oil process, the flowers of the plant are used.
A full-spectrum product will always contain THC and other psychoactive cannabinoids. However, legal CBD products cannot have more than.03% THC. This means that the full-spectrum CBD product you are purchasing will not give you that “high feeling” even though it contains THC.
While some CBD companies pass off the term “full-spectrum” inaccurately, already adding to the confusion that exists in the CBD industry, New Phase Blends is about transparency and clarity.
Each product has a QR code on the label that will take you straight through to a third-party lab certification, so you know exactly what you are paying for.
This certificate of analysis is vital; always ask the CBD company for it before purchasing.
Health Benefits of Nano CBD
Here are some of the health benefits CBD users may get from taking a Nano CBD product:
- Increased bioactivity
- Superior bioavailability of the substance at the rate and degree at which it enters the absorptive tissue of the stomach and into the bloodstream to produce the active effect.
- Absorbs quickly when taken orally and topically.
- It is a water-soluble CBD and can be dissolved and taken with water or other beverages.
- The product stability is long-lasting
- Potential for full translucence
- They have better tasting natural flavors
- They are non-toxic, non-addictive, and don’t contain any of the psychoactive properties.
Another benefit to nano CBD is its use in transdermal CBD patches, which allows the CBD to be absorbed into the skin through a patch.
Is Nano CBD Full Spectrum?
The short answer is no. Nano CBD is a CBD isolate technology. This means that you’re getting CBD molecules (the small particles) isolated by themselves instead of having other cannabis compounds present. Since the CBD is not operating with those other cannabinoids, maximum effectiveness won’t be achieved.
When all the compounds and the THC works together, it is known as the “entourage effect.” This effect kickstarts the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to perform at maximum levels.
Related articleDifferences Between Broad and Full Spectrum CBD
THC-free products are CBD isolate and broad-spectrum, and Broad-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate do not possess the same effect as a full-spectrum CBD oil product.
Broad-spectrum CBD oil is one of three primary forms of cannabidiol (CBD) found in the hemp plant. Interestingly enough, broad-spectrum CBD oil contains a range of naturally occurring compounds derived from the plant.
However, there is near 0.0% tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) in broad-spectrum CBD oil products.
Nano CBD tech (nnanoemulsionsione exact) is what allows the CBD isolate to become water-soluble. CBD water depends on nanotech for products like energy drinks by a water-soluble CBD molecule coated and readily absorbed in the digestive tract.
Most CBD water products are sold in amber-colored bottles and not clear CBD water bottles. One of the main reasons companies tend to stay away from clear bottles and use amber bottles is to protect the CBD content from harsh UV lights.
Buying nano CBD or nano-enhanced CBD products can be tricky since the US food and drug administration has not fully regulated these products. Including the products that are labeled as CBD nano products.
Sticking to New Phase Blends and their line of some of the best CBD-derived products, such as full and broad-spectrum CBD oil, CBD gummies, and tinctures, are your best bet for quality CBD content.
Tommy Chong’s CBD
Tommy Chong has made a career out of starring in movies with a cannabis plant-induced theme! It makes sense that he would be the perfect spokesperson for nano CBD products, and he now has his line of nano CBD products. You can see his promotional work in full force on social media.
He makes some bold claims about chucking your regular CBD oil in favor of his brand of nano CBD products, such as nano CBD oil, but is it better than regular CBD?
The science surrounding nano CBD products isn’t concrete just yet, and many claims regarding the benefits of nano CBD products such as Tommy Chong brands are hard to justify.
How Does Nano CBD Work?
It is widely known that water and oil don’t mix. So how do CBD nano products work in our very watery system? Let’s look at how salad dressing and CBD nanotechnology are somewhat similar.
If you have ever whipped up salad dressings, you’ll notice that many recipes will use mustard or honey or even egg yolks. These ingredients give more to the salad dressing than simply a great taste!
They act as stabilizers for the oil and the water to mix as an emulsifier between the water and oil so that they can bind together, making it a water-soluble product.
The Glue that Holds It Together
Nano CBD products like nano CBD water and nano CBD oil are made with CBD oil and water. Along with other ingredients, the water helps stabilize the emulsion of the CBD particles. For example, one very common nano CBD product ingredient is lecithin.
Lecithin is the same fat found in egg yolks used to keep a salad dressing together. The binding properties of lecithin keep these CBD particles from separating from the watery ingredients commonly found in nano-enhanced CBD products.
Should I Take CBD Nano-Oil or CBD Oil for My Symptoms?
Since nano CBD is not natural, many people prefer taking traditional CBD oil to get the full entourage effect provided by CBD oil derived from hemp plants. Nano CBD is very small particles isolated from hemp. Even though the same therapeutic results can be found with both nano CBD and regular CBD, nano CBD is slightly different from the traditional CBD version.
Taking pure CBD provides the best nano CBD properties. This would be the equivalent of eating an orange to get the vitamin C versus taking a supplement for vitamin C.
Whether you decide to take CBD free from any nanotech processing or a more naked CBD product that has gone through the extraction process to provide a more pure CBD form, both work with the body’s endocannabinoid system.
Is Nano CBD Better Than Traditional CBD Oil?
The entire point behind creating the nano-emulsification process is to make it more easily delivered and processed by our body’s enzymes. This must mean that Nano CBD passes as a better product, right? Not necessarily.
All delivery systems have their advantages and disadvantages. For those interested in digging into 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?
For people looking to swallow their CBD oil or eat gummies, it will increase the bio-availability some. New Phase Blends is huge 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 not offer that much of an increase in bio-availability, though. 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 delivery methods.
Choosing Nano CBD or not?
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.
The big question here is: how much of a difference? We just do not know.
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, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the helpful folks at New Phase Blends for more information.
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