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In this article, we discuss: what is CBD-infused water? How does it work? What are the pros and cons of CBD water? How does CBD water compare to CBD oil?
You’ve been seeing those three little letters everywhere – it seems like everything on the market has CBD in it nowadays. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound (known as a cannabinoid) found in the hemp plant. Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t make you feel high and won’t make you fail a drug test. Cannabidiol actually has a relaxing effect on the mind and body, currently regaled far and wide for its slew of health benefits when used by people and animals alike.
If you’ve been looking into CBD, you already know it comes in a variety of products and is taken/used in a number of ways. CBD balms are great for fighting joint pain, inflammation and skin conditions like eczema; edibles are a fun and delicious way to get a daily dose in; and tinctures are great for adding a few drops of CBD to your coffee or tea every morning.
But CBD-infused water is one really useful product that doesn’t get as much hype as the rest. One reason why this product isn’t touted far and wide across the internet, despite possibly being more effective than other types of cannabidiol products, is due to concerns surrounding the use of nanotechnology. It seems that researchers aren’t exactly quite sure how safe CBD water is right now; more testing will determine that in the future.
But in the meantime…
CBD water is nothing more than mineral water infused with cannabidiol – very shocking, I know. CBD water works shockingly well; even more interesting, though, is how it’s created.
Okay, now this is going to sound like some freaky, sci-fi kind of stuff, but bare with me for a moment. With the help of quantum physics, cannabidiol and water molecules are fused together, producing CBD water.
Most CBD-infused water manufacturers use nanotechnology to add teeny tiny nano-sized CBD molecules to water clusters. In theory, these nanoparticles move quickly through cells, producing a greater level of bioavailability in the body. Talk about quantum physics in action – manufacturers reduce normal CBD molecules to just one-millionth of their original size. These nanomaterials are so small, they’re measured in billionths of a meter (nanometers). Turning CBD molecules into tiny particles help it get through the body, specifically its cell structure, in a far more efficient manner than way of the digestive system.
Compared to the most popular methods on the market, nanotechnology is a supposedly superior way of using CBD. This is because water acts as a bioavailable source for CBD. Up to 90% of the CBD consumed can be lost because of poor bioavailability in some products. By the way, bioavailability just refers to how much of the CBD is actually absorbed by the body and has an effect.
However, with CBD-infused water, less is more. CBD water has high bioavailability. Healthy users who drink a CBD water get the maximum amount of benefits CBD has to offer in a smaller quantity than other methods.
Cannabidiol, abbreviated as CBD, is a molecule (cannabinoid) found in plants belonging to the Cannabis family. When CBD is ingested, it is absorbed by the body and works on specific receptors located throughout the body. Depending on the cannabinoid receptors activated, CBD helps with the following conditions (among many other benefits):
When used regularly, CBD is an amazing, plant-based supplement with a variety of potential health benefits. As mentioned before, CBD-infused water allows for greater bioavailability than other methods. Immediately after drinking it, the mighty cannabinoid goes to work helping out all your body’s cells, including red blood cells, nerve cells and the heart. In the body, CBD benefits the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for regulating both the peripheral and central nervous systems, immune system, cardiopulmonary system, and regulates sleep and appetite. Your ECS is the body’s largest cell communication system and ensures all systems are functioning properly, maintaining your body’s state of homeostasis.
Your daily dose of CBD really depends on the reason you’re taking cannabidiol in the first place and your unique biological makeup. If you’re taking CBD as a natural health supplement, aim to drink about 10 to 25 mg of CBD-infused water each day.
However, if you’re drinking CBD water to treat a specific condition or symptom, aim to drink 2 to 10 mg of water per 2.2 pounds (1 kg) of body weight. This means, if you weigh 110 pounds (50 kg), aim to drink 100-500 mg of CBD-infused water every day. Keep in mind, these are only suggested guidelines; for more information about dosing your CBD to address specific conditions, click here.
As we mentioned previously, the biggest difference between CBD water and CBD oil is the bioavailability of each. Water acts as a bioavailable source for the nano-sized CBD particles, allowing the body to absorb more of the cannabinoid. Another major difference between each product is the technology behind them. CBD-infused water utilizes quantum physics to fuse CBD with water molecules, while oils are created by extracting, refining and adding CBD to a carrier oil to activate it.
Below, we’ll discuss a few more differences between CBD waters and CBD oils.
In terms of the taste of each, there is really no comparison. CBD-infused water has a nice, refreshing mineral water taste. Like any water, you can add fruits to it for a hint of citrus in there. On the other hand, CBD oil often has a nutty, grassy, natural taste (taste varies by CBD oil brand and type); only a few people genuinely enjoy the taste of CBD oils, most tolerate it. Many brands add flavors to their oils to help with the taste.
The CBD in CBD-infused water is absorbed by the body much faster than the CBD in oils.
Don’t get me wrong; when you use a CBD oil, a reasonable amount of the CBD from the oil actually makes it way into your system and has an effect. However, almost all of the CBD is absorbed and used by the body when you drink CBD water.
As a matter of fact, CBD-infused water absorbs into the bloodstream 90% more efficiently than a CBD oil. All of this adds up to mean you need less CBD water than oil to receive the same benefits to the same extent.
CBD oil has one up on CBD-infused water when it comes to safety. Most CBD oil manufacturers show lab test results to ensure their oils are quality, effective and safe for use. Researchers understand more about CBD than they ever have. But it seems that many in the health community aren’t quite sure how safe CBD water is to drink.
This isn’t to say CBD water isn’t safe, but there is a risk involved with consumption. The main issue with CBD-infused water is related to the use of nanotechnology itself Scientists agree that CBD water definitely enhances bioavailability, but with this comes concerns about increased toxicity.
Upper limits are in place for vitamin and mineral consumption. However, similar guidelines don’t exist for phytochemicals and other non-nutrients. These nanoparticles, called nanoceuticals, help bypass the body’s protective barriers, exposing it to unfamiliar biochemical quantities. Proper testing doesn’t exist for nanoceuticals, though. There is a huge need to for more research into CBD-infused water and nanoceuticals to determine how safe it is.
Cannabidiol has a strong synergistic relationship with other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, etc. also found in hemp plants. When someone takes CBD in conjunction with these other naturally-occurring compounds, they experience the maximum potential health benefits. This phenomenon is called the entourage effect; this is why many prefer full spectrum CBD oils over pure CBD isolate oils.
CBD-infused water contains pure CBD, as opposed to a full spectrum CBD oil. If you’re looking to benefit from the entourage effect, stick with a CBD oil. When you use pure CBD, like in CBD water, many argue it just isn’t as effective.
CBD-infused water is more expensive than CBD oil. On average, CBD oils cost about half as much as CBD waters. However, as we mentioned earlier, less is more when it comes to CBD water which might offset the cost for some. Since CBD water works more effectively than other methods, it comes with a bigger price tag.
CBD-infused water is a great way to increase the bioavailability of your CBD. Plus, water is one of the most essential substances for maintaining good health after all. Combining mineral water with the powerful health benefits of CBD is a one-two punch when it comes to your health. The nanotechnology used to shrink down CBD particles and fuse them with water molecules allows the body to absorb almost all of the CBD consumed. When it comes to CBD water, less is more and goes a long way.
However, researchers are still determining the safety of drinking CBD-infused water and any long-term effects on the body. CBD water is more expensive than a CBD oil, but it’s easy to use and highly effective, making it worth it to many.
Have you tried CBD-infused water? What do you think?
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