CBD in its natural state is fat-soluble, not water-soluble. This means that if you were to take CBD isolate and drop it into water, it would not dissolve. Instead, it would clump and stay on the surface of the water. The idea behind water-soluble CBD is to create a something that mimics water solubility, rather than transforming it into something that is truly water-soluble.
This can be done using a process often described as “nano-technology.” The goal is to break down the CBD molecules into smaller “micro-sized” molecules. The smaller particles are then encapsulated or coated so they can be emulsified and remain stable in water.
The CBD isn’t actually dissolving into the water. It is just able to stay suspended within the water instead of clumping together. It is essentially made more “water-compatible” than truly “water-soluble.” In theory, products that are more water-compatible would be more easily absorbed and have higher bioavailability.
What Are the Potential Benefits?
Up to 60% of the human body is water. So some believe that creating “water-compatible” CBD products will increase the absorption rate, or bioavailability, of the product. Meaning that a higher percentage of the CBD will effectively be absorbed by the body.
The bioavailability of traditional CBD tinctures that use a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil or MCT coconut oil is around 20-30%. If water-soluble CBD were to truly have a higher absorption percentage, then the primary benefit would be that you could use less of the product and get the same results. It would be faster-acting than traditional tinctures as well.
Is It Better Than Regular CBD Oil?
The jury is still out on this question. Despite the claims being made by some of those selling it, there aren’t any independent research studies that prove higher absorption rates. But scientific research of CBD in general has been limited. Feedback on the effectiveness of water-soluble CBD from users in our Facebook group has been mixed.
Until more research studies are done, it seems the only way to find out if water-soluble CBD may work better is to give them a try yourself.
Does CBD Oil Need to be Water Soluble?
No, there are many people who report success with traditional oil-based CBD tinctures. The technology that produces water-compatible CBD seems promising. But more research is needed before this approach can be declared the wave of the future in the CBD industry.