what is CBD

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It’s a known Chemistry fact that water and oil don’t mix. As a result, CBD (cannabidiol), which is a plant based compound is an oil derivative so it doesn’t dissolve in water. That’s why CBD is mostly available in oil-based products such as lotions or creams that are applied to the skin topically. Here, it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

The oil-based structure also makes CBD suitable for use in vaporizers or atomizers. Through vaping, the CBD is absorbed into your blood stream through the lungs. The vaping and topical application of CBD provide a highly successful delivery process to ensure the highest absorption rate. That’s because both of these processes bypass the digestive tract.

CBD edibles, on the other hand, such as gummies, baked goods or pills are not easily absorbed into the body. That’s because the oil-based compounds are not water soluble. Therefore, they are not easily absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract (colon) before being metabolized by the liver.

Therefore, most of the flavored CBD gummies consumed will actually be lost and expelled as body waste. On that note, CBD edibles are considered to be a less effective delivery system of enjoying CBD than vaping and topical lotions and creams. However, that has been the case until recently.

Now, there are new extraction methods and refining processes that are being used to make CBD water soluble. Therefore, it’s easier for the body to absorb CBD resulting in less waste.

What You Need To Know About Water Soluble CBD

Well, the million dollar question here is how is a plant based compound, an oily substance, a water soluble product? As mentioned, oil and water don’t mix. Any product that is not water soluble can’t be dissolved in water to promote the absorption process found in the digestive tract.

However, when the CBD particles are refined to be small enough, they act as though they are water soluble. Basically, the tiny particles are not actually dissolved in water but are infused into the water. However, they are small enough to act as if they can dissolve into the water. Actually, CBD products are not water soluble.

However, it’s tempting to question whether the small particles are easily absorbed than the oil-based CBD products available. Yes. The smaller CBD particles are easily absorbed into the body compared to the larger products. As mentioned, most of the beneficial health features of CBD are lost through the metabolic processes in the digestive system compared to the regular oil-based CBD products.

However, it hasn’t been established whether there is better CBD absorption through the digestive tract with the smaller refined particles or topical application. There is ongoing research on whether water soluble CBD actually increases absorption and the benefits of CBD. It’s also important to determine the illnesses that can be treated using water soluble CBD or the oil-based options.

For instance, water soluble CBD is the best choice for treating mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression. On the other hand, topical CBD is perfect for pain relief in the muscles and joints. Therefore, your choice between the water soluble and oil-based CBD products depends on what you are using it for. Do your research and find the best option for your needs.