Thinking About Buying Nano CBD Oil? Read This First
What is Nano-Enhanced CBD?
How is Nano CBD different?
Is it safe?
Is it more effective than Broad-Spectrum CBD oil?
If you’re shopping for CBD oil, you may have noticed a growing selection of products that sound like they belong in a science fiction novel instead of on your nightstand:
Nano-Amplified CBD. Nano-technology-Enhanced Diols. Nano-particle Cannabinoids. Nano-OMG.
Is all this nano-business a sign of scientific progress — or just a scientistic gimmick?
Fancy Salad Dressing
In truth, nano CBD products are about as technologically-advanced as creamy balsamic vinaigrette.
Don’t be fooled by the big words (or the small ones). This article explains the ins and outs of nano-enhanced CBD oil in language you can actually understand. Learn how to judge the quality and safety of nano CBD products for yourself.
Nano-Sized Drops of CBD Oil
It may sound intimidating, but nanotechnology is just a fancy way of saying that a company is working with extremely small things.
By the normal definition, those extremely small things should be less than 0.0000001 meters — i.e. 100 nanometers.
However, in the CBD industry, “nano” is thrown around pretty loosely, frequently describing much larger things. Why? Simply because “nano” sounds so coooool.
And what are these “nano” things anyway? Little drops of CBD oil!
You can visualize a droplet of any CBD oil product as one of those carnival ball-pits full of plastic spheres. Most of those spheres are molecules of the carrier oil (coconut oil, olive oil, etc.) but there’s a much smaller number of CBD molecules interspersed throughout — mostly hidden inside the ball-pit with very little at the surface or edges.
Because your mouth and your digestive tract are moist and watery, and because oil & water don’t mix, when you swallow a CBD product it tends to stay in droplets or globules, with most of the CBD molecules hidden and inaccessible until fully digested.
(And digestion tends to break down a large percentage of any CBD you swallow — which is why we strongly recommend that you vigorously swish your CBD oil around your tongue and gums for enhanced absorption.)
Helping CBD Oil Mix into our Watery Bodies
Since oil and water don’t mix, “nano” CBD companies use one of the oldest tricks in the recipe book…
When whipping up a homemade salad dressing, recipes usually call for honey, mustard or egg yolks. This isn’t just for taste — these ingredients are natural emulsifiers, which means they help stabilize oil-in-water mixtures.
If you look at a pre-mixed salad dressing on the grocery shelf, you’ll see that it lists extra ingredients & chemicals — many of which help keep the oil & water mixed indefinitely. If you could zoom in on that salad dressing with a high-powered microscope, you would see countless tiny drops of oil suspended in vinegar (which is mostly water).
What you wouldn’t be able to see (even though it’s there) is a thin layer of emulsifiers & other chemicals coating the surface of every drop of oil. They’re what keep the oil droplets from merging and rising to the top to separate from the water.
Nano CBD products typically contains CBD oil, water and other ingredients that help stabilize this emulsion. For instance, one common nano CBD ingredient – lecithin or “phospholipids” – is the same fat in egg yolks that works great to keep salad dressings from separating.
Nano CBD: Any Benefits?
There is one true reason you might want to try emulsified CBD oil (aka nano CBD).
When manufactured correctly, emulsified CBD oil could potentially increase the amount of CBD that ends up in your bloodstream.
How is that true?
- Increased Surface Area: Your body has an easier time digesting and absorbing nutrients from oil when it’s broken down into tiny drops. The smaller those drops get, the more surface contact the oil has with your body’s enzymes and absorptive tissue. Within your digestive tract, your bod y’s natural bile salts will emulsify CBD oil and other dietary fats. However, putting pre-emulsified oil in your mouth could help your body start absorbing CBD molecules sooner.
- Penetration-Enhancers: Nano CBD products typically contain ingredients that belong to a class of chemicals called “ penetration enhancers .” These in clude ethanol, propylene glycol and other surface-active molecules that coat the tiny drops of CBD oil. These chemicals can increase the movement of CBD molecules across skin and mucous membranes.
Nano CBD: Risks & Downsides?
Although nano-emulsified CBD can deliver higher levels of CBD quickly into your bloodstream, there are a few things you should consider before buying a nano CBD product:
- Added chemicals: Nano CBD products are manufactured with chemicals you might not want in your body. For instance, propylene glycol is a common additive in shelf-stable emulsions th at was recently named “Allergen of the Year” by the American Contact Dermatitis Society. Each miniscule drop of C BD oil is literally coated with these ingredients, and different companies will choose different chemicals to create these emulsions.
- Dishonesty: Unfortunately, the nano CBD world is rife with fraudulent products and misinformation . You’ll need to do some detective work to find a trustworthy company. Beware: Many nano CBD companies love to use scientific-sounding language as a smokescreen to keep you from noticing red flags. If you don’t understand what they’re saying, they’re probably confusing you on purpose.
Deciding Whether to Buy Nano CBD Oil
Whether or not you should try nano CBD depends on why you were drawn to it in the first place.
Most of the benefits promised by nano CBD products can be found from less-adulterated CBD products for a much lower price.
Here are our thoughts on a few popular reasons people consider taking nano CBD:
- Are you buying your first CBD product and just stumbled on nano CBD? You might want to start simple and try a high-quality CBD oil on its own. You can use that as a baseline to see how — or even if — you would want to improve that experience.
- Have you found other CBD products ineffective? First triple check that the CBD products you previously bought came from a reputable company. (This new, minimally regulated industry is full of hype and snake oil, so it’s easy to be sold fake products whether you’re buying nano CBD or natural CBD oil.)
- Do you wish your CBD oil was stronger or want to feel it quicker? Before giving away your bottle of non-nano CBD oil, there are natural tricks you can try to enhance your body’s ability to absorb CBD. For instance, try eating a nice meal full of healthy fats before taking the CBD oil. To speed the flow of CBD into your bloodstream, try vigorously swishing CBD oil around in your mouth for a few minutes before swallowing — not only does this spread the oil out across many absorption areas in the mouth, it also emulsifies the oil somewhat. You could even include a natural emulsifier like a spoonful of honey. For more tips, see our article on getting your CBD dosage right .
- Do you already love CBD and just want to try the newest thing? Well that sounds reasonable. However, make sure to scrutinize your options and choose a nano CBD company that treats you like an intelligent person while prioritizing your safety. We don’t currently recommend any specific products, but we do have some advice to help you navigate the hype.
Tips for Choosing the Best Nano CBD Products:
- Don’t get distracted by their promises: First and foremost, make sure they are using an organic, high quality, full-spectrum or broad-spectrum hemp extract. They should say where and how the plants were grown. Unfortunately, very low-quality CBD can end up in nano products.
- Check out the ingredient list: If they don’t have an ingredient list, run away. The main ingredients should be water, hemp extract/CBD oil and a few extra ingredients to stabilize the emulsions. Just like the foods you eat, the more chemicals they have listed, the more wary you might want to be of the product.
- Nano CBD is not an ingredient: Nano CBD means the company is unwilling to tell you what extra chemicals were used to create stable little drops of CBD oil. Don’t trust this on an ingredient list.
- Only oil ingredients: If the main ingredient is simply oil, it is not a nano-emulsified CBD product. The company is just taking advantage of the popular term “nano” in order to sell you normal CBD oil in a spray bottle.
- Website & Certificate of Analysis: Are they just throwing large words at you in order to confuse you? Don’t fall for this trick – scientific jargon is not a sign that they know what they’re talking about. You’d be better off purchasing from more straightforward companies that explain their products clearly and make their full ingredient list and test results available to the public.
- Nano Water: The main benefit to nano CBD is increased absorption in your mouth. Because your digestive system naturally emulsifies oil, consuming products like CBD water which don’t spend much time in your mouth before being swallowed won’t be worth the money. Look for a more concentrated product that you can hold in your mouth for a few minutes.
Does Foria Offer Nano-Enhanced CBD?
Not enough research has been done on shelf-stable nano-emulsified CBD yet, so at Foria, we are not convinced that the benefits of nano CBD are worth the risks — or the expense — of added chemicals, and we do not currently offer these products.
Just because the verdict is still out does not mean that nano CBD is not safe or effective — but we prefer to be cautious when it comes to the purity & safety of our products. If you enjoy Foria products and know of good research on or ingredient sources for natural nano-CBD, please let us know via hello (at) foriapleasure.com!
Fortunately, there are plenty of natural, inexpensive tricks people can use at home to increase their absorption of CBD oil.
Getting More out of Your Broad-Spectrum CBD
According to some customer testimonials, Foria’s CBD Tonic seems to absorbs faster than competing products — likely because the carrier is MCT coconut oil.
Alternately, a high-quality CBD vaporizer can increase absorption speed & efficiency for a relaxing & clarifying effect most people notice within minutes.
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All You Need to Know About Nanoenhanced Hemp Oil
Nano-enhanced hemp oils have become a popular alternative for people suffering from pain, depression, anxiety, or sleep and movement disorders, and whom traditional medicine has failed so far.
These oils are infused with CBD – a chemical that makes for up to 40% of a cannabis plant’s extract. CBD differs from THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, another cannabinoid and the main psychoactive constituent) in that while both largely offer the same effects, such as pain relief, CBD does not come with that “high” feeling that THC provides.
– Nano-enhanced hemp oils are more effective than traditional hemp oils due to the smaller molecules that make them more easily absorbed by the body.
– Hemp oils can alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism, PTSD, arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, sleep disorders, etc.
– Nano-enhanced hemp oil is legal but can be quite expensive.
Traditional vs. Nano-enhanced hemp oil
CBD is extracted from a hybrid between hemp and a strain of marijuana. The concentrate thus obtained is further mixed with other oils, and results in the traditional hemp oil.
In nano-enhanced hemp oil, a type of fat, like vitamin E, coats the CBD compounds. The fat is made of microscopic spheres, known as liposomes; these are much smaller than traditional hemp oil molecules and therefore easily broken down and absorbed by the human body (this is known as the Nano-liposomal delivery system). Liposomes have been used for several years due to their enhanced effectiveness.
How does the nano-enhanced technology work?
The best feature of the molecules in nano-enhanced hemp oil is their microscopic size, which enables them to enter cells with more ease than regular molecules. Nano-enhanced molecules are therefore more effective, making any hemp oil that uses this technology more bioavailable as compared to traditional hemp oil.
Bioavailability refers to how much of a substance entering your body can have an active effect; in other words, how much use you can make of it. Regarding hemp oil, it seems that the absorption rate of regular CBD oil is only 10%, as opposed to nearly 100% absorption in case of the nano-enhanced variety.
This means that the latter is not only absorbed more completely, but also faster. If you compare using nano-enhanced versus CBD hemp oils of the same concentration, with nano-enhanced hemp oils you should be able to get the same effects while using smaller amounts, as compared to using traditional CBD hemp oil.
Where to buy
Before ordering, make sure to read as many reviews as you can, to weed out any fake oils that may also cost a small fortune. Luckily, there are a few legitimate companies that offer good nano-enhanced hemp oils.
Prime My Body is one such company that provides additional perks for customers, such as guidance for a healthier lifestyle, rewards programs, as well as partner programs.
Hemplucid is another example of a company offering quality hemp oil, both regular and nano-enhanced. Other products include a vape juice, as well as a traditional CBD oil with a slow release.
Traditional CBD hemp oil is not exactly cheap, and its nano-enhanced version can be even more expensive, due to the technology that goes into it.
The good news is that if you look carefully, you can still find good nano-enhanced hemp oils at pretty much the same price as quality regular CBD oils. Also, since you only need to use a smaller quantity of nano-enhanced hemp oil, it will last longer than the regular variety.
A good strategy would be to start with the more affordable CBD hemp oil, in order to test how satisfied you are with the results, and consider moving on to the nano-enhanced version in time, once you are more experienced with it. However, if you are not new at using CBD hemp oils, and the effects have not been completely satisfying until now, then why not try a nano-enhanced hemp oil instead?
Legality and other concerns
There is still an ongoing debate and more research is needed, but generally, hemp oils are legal in the United States as long as they only include 0.3% THC or less. They are sold as dietary supplements, and therefore not approved by the FDA.
Recently, the FDA vetted a CBD drug for treating epilepsy. It is worth noting that FDA-approved CBD products with a maximum of 0.1% THC can be sold legally, but this change does not refer to hemp oil specifically.
Because of this grey area and constant legal changes, not enough research has been carried out on CBD hemp oil. While most people tolerate it well, long-term use can have some side effects, such as tiredness, decreased appetite, and diarrhea. Additional adverse effects, like fatigue and insomnia, have been noted when using CBD as an anti-epilepsy drug, but this does not seem to apply to the use of hemp oil for relief.
CBD and other substances that make up nano-enhanced hemp oils are legal in most states, but the question is whether using the final product can cause you to fail a drug screening.
The concern comes from the trace amount of THC (up to 0.3%), as this and other natural hemp compounds might lead to a positive test result. The best choice is, therefore, to use CBD hemp oil only when you know for sure you won’t be subjected to a drug test.
Try out different products and stick with the one that delivers the best results for you. Consider upgrading to a nano-enhanced hemp oil in case the regular CBD version fails to deliver the right effects.
Finally, bear in mind that even if a speedy absorption sounds great in theory, the reality can be a little different. More specifically, you can get the full benefits of CBD hemp oil if you use it regularly and for a lengthier period of time, rather than expect everything from the first use. This is worth remembering when you carry out your own research to figure out if the enhanced absorption is worth the price.
Nano-enhanced hemp oils have become a popular alternative for people suffering from pain, depression, anxiety, or sleep and movement disorders, and whom traditional medicine has failed so far. These oils are infused with CBD – a chemical that makes for up to 40% of a cannabis plant’s extract. CBD differs…