Many people that are now discovering the benefits of CBD for the first time but the odds are they’re hearing about it in one of its many oil forms like a tincture or creams and vape oil. However, not many people have heard about Water-based CBD. We all know water and oil don’t mix, so why would we want to mix CBD with water?
The reason we would want to combine CBD with water is basically bioavailability. This refers to how easily the CBD product is absorbed by your body. It would be great if all of the CBD product was absorbed by our bodies but unfortunately, this is not the case due to a phenomenon called the first-pass effect. This is a physiological phenomenon where basically when you’re delivering a drug or any drug compound to the body the concentration is greatly reduced before it can effectively be absorbed. What’s happening is that this drug compound whatever it might be, in our case it’s CBD, is being processed by the liver before it has a chance to effectively enter your bloodstream. This means bioavailability of the medicine in question is greatly decreased, and in reality, you are only receiving a fraction of the whole drug taken.
One of the best ways to overcome the first-pass effect is to convert the oil-soluble CBD into a water-soluble CBD. This will not only increase the bioavailability but also greatly increases the ways in which you could use CBD. With an oil-based extract, you’re confined to mixing it with other oils and using it that way because of course oil and water don’t mix. With a water-soluble CBD you can more easily incorporate that into baked goods, frozen goods, coffee, tea, juices and so much more. This conversion technique takes the oil and breaks it down into extremely small pieces of micro or nano size and is known as microencapsulation. This is literally encapsulating pieces of that CBD oil into small enough segments so that it can effectively enter your bloodstream via the stomach and overcome the first-pass effect.