The cannabis industry is incredibly fast-paced, and with new and innovative ways to consume the flower emerging on a regular basis, it can be challenging to keep up!
Also, with the popularity of CBD ever growing, there are now more ways than ever to consume it, whether that be through CBD oil, CBD capsules, or simply just smoking cannabis like the good old days and reaping the benefits of the whole plant in its entirety.
In this article, we are going to be looking at the most recent trend in the industry, CBD nanomolecules. We’ll discuss what CBD nanomolecules are, how they work, and whether you should be rethinking how you consume CBD!
What Is CBD?
To start, it seems only right that we look at CBD itself, or Cannabidiol as it is scientifically known. After all, this therapeutic compound is one of the most talked about parts of the marijuana plant, and has been for quite some time! Long gone are the days where cannabis is strictly used for getting high — now you can treat a wide variety of conditions with the plant (without any mind-altering effects),and this is largely thanks to CBD.
Cannabidiol has actually been heavily researched over the past few years, and the studies have brought to light some incredible facts about this particular cannabinoid. From mental conditions such as depression and anxiety to physical diseases such as chronic pain, diabetes, and even cancer, CBD can play a hand in effectively treating the root of the disease.
Unlike THC, which although being medicinally beneficial will also leave you high, CBD works alongside our bodies with the endocannabinoid system to enhance the production of natural cannabinoids like anandamide. It is thanks to these natural cannabinoids that our bodies can regulate themselves and make sure that everything is functioning in a balanced and efficient manner. It helps keeps our core body temperature in check, for example, along with many other vital functions such as the way we feel pain, emotion and even hunger.
So, What Is A CBD Nanomolecule?
I suppose the question you might actually be asking is, “what is a nanomolecule?” If we have been consuming CBD safely and effectively for years now, why is there a need to change things up?
Well, with science and the knowledge around cannabinoids forever advancing, the need to improve and progress with the times is just a natural part of the industry. However, as we have seen with some other recent trends, not everything is always what it claims to be – there are a lot of gimmicks out there, so it pays to be diligent about what’s legit and what’s not.
With this in mind, we wanted to dig deep into the science behind CBD nanomolecules to try and determine whether this newly talked about development is all it claims to be, or whether it’s just another ridiculous industry marketing ploy that will pass like all fads do.
Scientifically speaking, a nanomolecule is any sub-particle of a compound that can be “broken off” into a smaller subunit. For example we all know that water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen atoms that are bonded together, so the nanomolecules of water, then, are of course hydrogen and oxygen because they are the individual “building blocks” that combine to make the whole compound.
So what does this mean for CBD then? Like all chemical compounds, cannabidiol is a substance that is made up of many other smaller subunits that are bonded together. The argument for CBD ‘nanotechnology,’ then, is that by breaking the compound down into its smaller parts (i.e. its ‘nanomolecules’), we can more effectively absorb the compound and thereby utilize it to maximum therapeutic efficiency.
How Does Nanotechnology Work For CBD?
Despite its massive health benefits, CBD is not water-soluble, which means in order for our bodies to absorb it well enough to get any benefits, it has to be consumed in a carrier oil and in relatively high doses. For those who require CBD on a regular basis, this can be pretty costly.
When we introduce the idea of nanotechnology to CBD, we are actually changing the way the molecules penetrate the cells in our body. In other words, while regular or “full-size” CBD molecules have a tough time working their way across tightly-packed cell membranes, CBD nanomolecules can skim right across them with relative ease. Hypothetically, this means we could use a whole lot less CBD to treat our ailments, while receiving the same therapeutic effects!
According to research, in fact, regular CBD products are not “consumed” by the human body all that efficiently (in other words, they do not present optimal bioavailability). Due to the sheer size of the CBD particles, it has been estimated that a massive 90% of regular CBD products are not absorbed for use, and rather are passed through the urinary system, and eventually – you guessed it – flushed down the toilet.
With nanotechnology, however, CBD particles are being reduced roughly down to the size of iron atoms, making them much more absorbable to our cells, which allow for efficient passage of particles between about 60-80 nanometres in width.
While research regarding CBD nanomolecules is still very much on-going and in its early stages, the simple fact that our bodies are over 60% water – and CBD in its normal form is not water soluble – seems to be a pretty clear indicator that nanomolecules and nanotechnology could be the future of CBD consumption.
In fact, we are already seeing a massive rise in products like CBD water, which unlike CBD capsules, oils and powders has been shown to be more easily absorbed by the body. CBD water also “keeps” better (meaning it has a longer shelf life) than most CBD products, which will often breakdown and become ineffective within a short timeframe. By breaking up the CBD into smaller particles that can be dispensed through water, you are tackling the issue of CBD bioavailability and absorbability head on!
Research on CBD Nanomolecules
As we have noted, research into CBD nanomolecules is still very much in its infancy. However, there have been some interesting studies published which give promise to the future of cannabis nanotechnology, and to our favorite cannabinoid (CBD) in particular.
One study published in 2017, for example, looked at the nanoparticle-mediated delivery of anti-inflammatory phytocompounds like THC and CBD (along with a variety of other compounds), in order to see whether breaking them down into their smaller subunits could increase their bioavailability, and ultimately enhance their ability to treat things like pain and inflammation.
The overall results of the study were pretty impressive, as based on the following statement made by the research team: “…[nanotechnology is] a promising approach which has already provided significant steps forward to bringing [cannabinoids like CBD] much closer to clinical applications.”
As of now, it appears, we will simply have to wait and see what the future has in store.
Final Thoughts on CBD Nanotechnology
We understand that keeping up with the most recent studies into cannabis and its cannabinoids can be a difficult and confusing task, and can even leave some patients feeling at a loss as to what products and consumption methods are best.
While there is some strong evidence emerging for nanotechnology and the use of CBD nanomolecules, we wouldn’t yet recommend getting bogged down in the science, as it’s way too early to come to any sort of definitive conclusions. CBD as a cannabinoid has – and continues to be – used very effectively in its current form to treat dozens of conditions, and while it is true that it does not absorb as effectively as it potentially could, this is not to say that it is not already an effective solution.
Like with anything else, we would always recommend discussing your treatment options with a medical professional. Also, it is helpful to make an effort to remain up to date with the ever-changing world of cannabis, as the continued progression of science and research always has the “next big thing” lurking just around the corner!