Due to market unreliability, CBD water may not live up to all the hype.
Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating compound extracted from the cannabis plant, can be incredibly useful for a number of conditions ranging from anxiety and depression to chronic pain, inflammation and many others.
We’ve got tinctures, oils, fresh CBD flower, edibles, infused pastries and lattes, and of course: water. With so much hype around CBD, maybe it’s not too surprising that I’m here writing about CBD-infused water, one of the newer trends to take off in recent months. Don’t get me wrong, I use and appreciate CBD. But I will not be sipping that water.
CBD Water – Just Like It Sounds
CBD water is quite simply water with CBD in it. Just kidding, it’s not THAT simple. Most companies selling CBD water are claiming the use of nanotechnology, a process of breaking down the molecules into smaller, more water-soluble solutions. So yes, your water is just water infused with CBD, but it went through some work to get there.
Nanoemulsions basically work by adding tiny amounts of oil into another immiscible substance, alongside a surfactant, reducing surface tension and allowing the oils to homogenize. Nanotechnology is actually a popular choice for creating water-soluble CBD, where the goal is to make the CBD more bioavailable so you can reap the benefits more fully.
When you look at it this way, the concept of CBD water has merit. Especially when looking at confirmation, like this study which found delivering CBD through nanoparticles allowed for better absorption. However, there is still plenty of reason to be skeptical.
The Downsides of CBD Water
People are leery to believe CBD products’ claims for good reason. Without FDA regulation, there is no product standard or testing required. Without regulation, it’s no mystery why bonus CBD has become a problem.
Doses Are Too Low
Without standards, most of the CBD water products on the market are not going to make the cut. For example, this CBD company advertises their product as having 10 million nanograms of CBD per bottle, which only translates to 0.01 grams per bottle. To put things into perspective, studies suggest that you need at least 150-600 mg/d of CBD to produce the therapeutic effects that help with social anxiety, insomnia, and epilepsy. While other studies done on the effects of CBD on mice found that “CBD was without effect at doses of up to 30 mg/kg.”
So if you’re sipping from a big bottle of CBD water throughout the day, chances are you may not consuming enough CBD to experience any effects. While nanotechnology makes CBD more bioavailable, consuming CBD orally means it has to travel through the digestive system, where more of it will inevitably be broken down.
Published: July 15, 2019
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