Nano CBD is gaining popularity across America with brands like Tommy Chongs CBD, but does nano CBD oil actually work better than full spectrum CBD oil? What exactly is nano CBD? And are there increased benefits to nano CBD compared to regular CBD oil? Read the details in this article.
Nano CBD: Does it Work Better?
“Nano” just sounds cool. Put “nano” in front of anything—nano robots, nano sized, nano technology , nano gastronomy—and it instantly sounds fresh, futuristic, and like something out of sci-fi. If nano things are new, cutting edge and science-y, shouldn’t anything nano be good—better than whatever is… not nano?
Not necessarily. For example: even the best nano CBD product may not be the best CBD product made from the hemp plant
What is Nano CBD Oil
A cheeky fellow at the University of Basel described “nano” on the university’s website saying, “The term ‘nano’ comes from ancient Greek and means ‘dwarf’… However, the nanosciences deal not with garden gnomes but with tiny nanostructures…” 1 So what is CBD nano?
It’s easier to answer this question by telling you what it’s not. Despite the term “nano” being used, nano CBD does not mean “dwarf CBD.”
According to Dr. Itzhak Kurek, Ph.D., the co-founder and CEO of Cannformatics, a Northern California biotech company, “Nano CBD is a CBD molecule coated with very small particles, such as liposomes or lipid nanoparticles (LNPs), that stabilize the CBD and can move in our blood faster than ‘naked’ CBD, to effectively reach the target.” 2 So, the CBD molecules themselves are made “nano-ly” bigger by the presence of these particles.
You can’t make a CBD molecule “smaller” by putting the word “nano” in front of it. A CBD molecule is a CBD molecule. If you break it down into smaller “nano” CBD particles, it will not act like CBD should. 3
What is CBD Nanotechnology?
According to a survey of research by Ganjapreneur, Confidence Analytics Operations Director Pat Reynolds said that, the term nanotechnology is largely misused when it comes to nano CBD and that the correct term is usually “nanoemulsion.” He said, “Nanoemulsions are produced by high-shear mixing… I guess you could call that a form of nanotechnology, but to my mind, that is a bit of a stretch.” 4
Nanoemulsion is used to help make something typically not soluble in liquid soluble. Similar to how oil and vinegar salad dressings are made, except the tiny size of the molecules lets them remain stable for longer. This is the technology used to create nano emulsified CBD waters and other similar CBD products. Controversy has occurred surrounding these products; multiple third parties have tested an array of products and found that most have no or negligible amounts of CBD detectable. 5
Some companies that create these products have attested that standard CBD oil tests do not pick up on nano emulsified CBD. 6 But the fact of the matter is, it’s the wild west out there—none of these technologies or products is regulated enough for firm conclusions to be made on either side of the controversy.
Reynolds comes down on the side of the testers. He said, “Even if a beverage is presented as a nano emulsified CBD , when the lab adds a solvent as part of their extraction process, this causes the emulsion to break and anything encapsulated in the nanoemulsion will be visible to the lab’s instruments.”
Does Nano CBD Work?
Some companies who make nano CBD products claim that nano CBD passes through the cell membrane to the bloodstream faster than natural CBD. Studies on this phenomenon have been very limited and inconclusive. Also, human studies on nano CBD are nonexistent.
Some studies that have backed up the claim that nano CBD has a faster absorption rate to the bloodstream, have also found that it leaves the bloodstream faster. If that’s the case, is there really any benefit to using nano CBD oil? The Chief Science Writer at Project CBD seems skeptical. “Practically speaking, is that much different than taking a stronger dose? I don’t know that consumers would find [nano CBD] much different,” writes Adrian Devit-Lee. 7
Is Nano CBD Full Spectrum?
No, it’s a CBD isolate technology. That means you’re getting CBD molecules by themselves rather than in the company of other cannabis compounds that operate together with the CBD to achieve maximum effectiveness.
When all of the THC and CBD compounds work together it is called the “entourage effect.” This effect encourages the endocannabinoid system (or ECS for short) to function at its optimum level. A THC free product, like isolated and broad spectrum CBD oil, does not have the same effect that a full spectrum CBD oil product does.
That is why all of Cornbread Hemp’s CBD oil products have the full range of cannabinoids. We believe in making effective products that work — we won’t make inferior products just to be trendy.
Nano technology —nanoemulsion, specifically— is what allows CBD isolate to be water soluble. CBD waters that depend on this nano tech can be found at truck stops right alongside sketchy packets of supplement mixes claiming to help you keep your erection longer, and teeny tiny energy drinks.
Typically, CBD products are sold in amber-colored bottles and jars to protect the CBD inside from being damaged by light . Would you buy a supplement water in a brown bottle?
Erin Hiatt of Weedmaps made this observation: “Clear CBD water bottles that could sit on store shelves for weeks or even months under the blazing lights of a grocery store aisle might be CBD-free by the time they’re purchased and consumed.” 8
A study conducted by Leafly tested 47 different CBD products and found that CBD nano water was “the least reliable form factor.” 9 Zero out of the four water products the scientists tested passed the study—none of them delivered CBD as advertised within a 20 percent margin. 10 Tinctures and gummies, like those sold by Cornbread Hemp, were the most reliably adherent to the claims on their packaging.
The US Food and Drug Administration is preparing to regulate CBD products. Until those rules are in place, CBD manufacturers — including those using nano CBD — are free to put whatever they want in their products. 11
Tommy Chong’s CBD
You may be surprised when you hear what we have to say about Tommy Chong’s turn as a spokesperson for full spectrum nano CBD products .
Yes, that Tommy Chong who starred in all those weed-infused movies with Cheech Marin and recently appeared as “The Pineapple” in TV’s “The Masked Singer.” He has his own line of nano CBD products and has been promoting the heck out of them, especially on social media.
His marketing message is hardline and simple: he wants you to chuck your CBD oil in favor of his, which he says is better. But that claim is hard to back up. Even without regard to the sketchy science surrounding nano CBD, when compared to Cornbread Hemp’s products, Chong’s products fall short.
Chong’s CBD is not organic, unlike Cornbread Hemp’s CBD oils which are USDA certified organic from the hemp, to the extraction process, to the coconut oil carrier oil. And the Canadian-American actor’s CBD product contains no THC, so it doesn’t produce the “entourage effect” like Cornbread Hemp’s products.
Is Tommy Chong’s CBD free from additives? No, it’s not. Can you check out Chong’s certificate of analysis for each product on his website? No, but Cornbread Hemp creates small batch CBD products with third-party test results on each batch available to view right on our website.
As one of Cornbread’s co-founders, Jim Higdon, said, “Tommy Chong was great in those old stoner movies with Cheech, but selling THC-free CBD oil with added ingredients and no lab reports just makes us sad.”
Why Certified Organic is Better
The United States Department of Agriculture is the only federal government agency to approve CBD products organic. In order for broad spectrum CBD products to attain the USDA organic seal, all ingredients must be certified organic. Every ingredient that goes into Cornbread Hemp’s CBD oils has been certified organic from seed to bottle.
Our hemp is sustainably sun-grown in Kentucky with crop rotations instead of fertilizers, and our oil has no preservatives or fillers. The same limestone water that makes Kentucky’s world famous bourbon waters our hemp which is grown without toxins like pesticides.
Cornbread Hemp’s labels include a QR code that leads you to our website where you can view third-party lab tests from every single one of our small batch products. By reading these lab reports, also known as a certificate of analysis, you will know what’s going into your oils and gummies and you know the exact potency.
The fact is, no nano CBD producer can make these same claims. The technology is under-studied. The packaging can be misleading and indeed detrimental to the products’ shelf life. There’s no organic nano CBD—it can’t be certified organic because of the technology used to produce nano products. And it turns out Tommy Chong, the most visible spokesperson for nano CBD, is a great performer, but he’s not much of a scientist.
Nano CBD: Conclusions
If you’re putting a supplement into your body with the expectation of favorable results—whether it’s for potential relief of discomfort or stress or for help kicking back after a long day’s work—you want to make sure that your supplements are what they say they are and do what they claim to do. There’s just not enough science to back up the claims made by nano CBD producers—and what science there is frequently disputes those claims.
Cornbread Hemp’s products are exactly what their labels claim to be. You know what you’re getting. So how do you get it? Use our retail store locator to find “CBD near me.” Cornbread Hemp is sold at a variety of boutiques, health food stores, head shops and more across the United States.
Of course, you can always order our Organic CBD gummies with THC and other CBD products online to be safely and legally delivered to your door by the United States Postal Service. Ordering online gives you the time and freedom to look over reviews and third-party lab test results that are published right on Cornbread Hemp’s website.
What Is Nano CBD Oil?
Not long ago the only way to take CBD was in a tincture. The CBD market itself was just beginning and a few companies dominated the market with a limited selection of CBD oil tinctures and drops. Since then, the CBD market has exploded.
Welcome to the modern world of CBD, where new products and methods of delivery are hitting the market on an almost daily basis. These days people are vaping CBD, eating CBD, and even mixing CBD into coffee drinks and cocktails. In fact, the CBD beverage market is becoming so popular that it’s estimated it will be worth $260 million in the U.S. by 2022.
Rapidly expanding interest in CBD beverages has led to increased interest in nano CBD.
What exactly is nano CBD, though?
And are there increased benefits to nano CBD compared to regular CBD oil?
We know that there are a lot of different CBD terms out there, which can make it difficult to understand exactly what’s what when it comes to the beneficial cannabinoid. Here we’ll take a deeper look at what exactly nano CBD is and the potential benefits it contains.
Our customers experiences
The CBD softgels are amazing! They have helped me relax so I can sleep at night. Sharri
What Is Nano CBD?
It’s a well-known fact that oil and water don’t mix. Seeing that the adult human body is made up of 60% water, CBD oil has a bit of difficulty absorbing into the bloodstream. This is something that decreases the bioavailability of most CBD products that are available on the market.
What exactly is bioavailability? And what does it have to do with taking CBD oil?
Bioavailability is defined as “the proportion of a drug or other substance which enters the circulation when introduced to the body and so is able to have an active effect.”
What does this mean as far as CBD is concerned?
Seeing that the body is 60% water, when we take CBD oil, not all of it makes it into the bloodstream. Whether taking a tincture, capsule, edible, or drink, it’s important to understand that you’re not getting as much CBD as you might think.
For example, a 2012 study showed that the bioavailability of taking CBD orally was around 6%. On the other hand, the bioavailability of smoking CBD was found to be around 31%, which is why vaping CBD is considered one of the fastest and strongest delivery methods of CBD that exists.
The low bioavailability levels of oral administration are what led scientists in the industry to come up with a solution to increase how much CBD actually makes its way into the system.
Thus, the creation of nano CBD — something that could revolutionize the CBD market forever.
Note: Nano CBD does not dissolve in water. Instead, CBD molecules are much smaller and are absorbed by the body more easily.
How Is Nano CBD Produced?
It all starts with nanotechnology, a field of research and innovation concerned with “building things” on the scale of atoms and molecules. When it comes to CBD, nanotechnology involves breaking up CBD clusters into micro-sized particles.
To date, nanotechnology is the best way of creating small CBD particles. Using this proprietary technology, CBD can be broken down into droplets that are 10-100 nanometers in size. At Joy Organics, the nanoemulsion technology used in our process to create our CBD softgels breaks down the particles to 25-60 nanometers.
Okay, but just how big (or small) is a nanometer? A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. To put things into perspective, the diameter of the average human hair is 80,000 nanometers. A nanometer is so small, it’s almost incomprehensible.
Once it’s broken down into these microscopic particles, it becomes more compatible with the body because it’s now at a size that allows for it to be absorbed by the body more easily.
Seeing that some experts say nano CBD will completely revolutionize the CBD market, it’s bound to come with a few benefits.
Let’s take a look at what they are.
The Benefits of Nano or Water Soluble CBD
- It Offers Increased Bioavailability — By far, one of the biggest benefits of nano CBD is that it offers increased bioavailability. The nanoemulsion process we use, for example, makes our nanoemulsion formulas more bioavailable than oil-based products. So, what exactly does this mean for you? You can take less to achieve the same results. Less really is more. This is because more CBD is making its way into your system, which means less of the product is wasted, which can ultimately decrease the frequency that you purchase CBD.
- It Can Be Mixed Easily into Beverages — Something that adds to the excitement of nano CBD is that it can be easily mixed into any beverage. Want to take your CBD on the go with your to-go cup of coffee? Easy breezy. Just add your desired serving size of nano or water soluble CBD oil to however you do coffee and you’re good to go. Nano CBD may also mix well into water and can make an awesome addition to your regular workout routine. Just add however much nano CBD you want to your water bottle or sports drink, put it in your gym bag, and enjoy it pre or post workout.
- It Works More Rapidly Than Other Forms of CBD — Because of the increased bioavailability of nano or water soluble CBD, it works more rapidly than other CBD products. But how exactly does this work? When taken orally, CBD oil must first pass through the digestive tract and liver before making its way into the bloodstream. Known as the first pass effect, this dramatically decreases how much CBD you actually “get.” While this in itself is enough to slow down how quickly you feel the effects of non-nano CBD, because it doesn’t mix well with water, it simply has a longer onset time.
Our customers experiences
I have been taking the softgels for over a year now daily and i have noticed a significant difference in my health, body, and mind. Ryan N.
What do the experts have to say about the benefits of nano CBD?
For one, they believe that water soluble CBD will make the CBD beverage industry boom.
In an interview with Cannabis Business Times, Ronan Levy, a chief strategy officer at one of the premier emerging biotech companies in the nano CBD industry, spoke about how nano cannabinoids could change the cannabis beverage market.
When asked about his overall outlook for the cannabis-infused beverage market, Levy had the following to say:
Someone described it to me the other day, and I think it was appropriate. The guy I was speaking to was instrumental in developing gluten-free foods in Canada, and he said version one gluten-free foods, they were by and large, pretty bad. They didn’t taste good, they had terrible texture, but if you had Celiac’ s Disease, it gave you an option. But with time, technology, investment and more people flooding into the market of gluten-free foods, the quality of gluten-free foods has increased substantially and now the gluten-free breads are comparable with other breads.
The cannabis industry is the same way. There are drinks out there that people are consuming because they like the format, but they don’t taste very good, they have an unpredictable effect, and I think the first line of products coming out are probably going to be bad to OK. But with time, investment and technologies that address a lot of the fundamental issues around the existing technologies that make mediocre drinks, you’re going to see the quality of beverages improve.
Final Thoughts on the Benefits of Nano CBD
We believe there’s something to be said about embracing proprietary technologies that offer the highest-quality CBD oil available. Nanoemulsion is one such process that transforms your “standard” CBD oil into nano-sized emulsions that allow for the most bioavailable CBD you can find.
The high bioavailability of nano CBD means you can use less product to achieve the same level of benefits of non-nano CBD.
Using less to achieve the same results? We’d like to think that’s a HUGE benefit.
Then there’s the fact that nano CBD works more rapidly than most other methods. Quicker onset means quicker results.
While nano CBD is something fairly new to the CBD market, it’s rapidly gaining increased attention.
Still have questions about the benefits of nano CBD? Please contact us any time. We’re always here to help.
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Hannah Smith is Joy Organics Director of Communications. She is driven by her passion for providing clear and accessible wellness and CBD education. In 2015, she received her BA in Media, Culture and the Arts from The King’s College in New York City and before Joy Organics, worked as writer and photographer in the Middle East and North Africa. Her work has been featured on Forbes, Vice, Vox, Denver Post, and the Coloradoan.