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The Difference Between Oil-Based and Water-Soluble CBD

Supplements: It’s not always about what you take, but what your body absorbs. No matter the potency of a product, it can all go to waste if your body is unable to absorb the nutrients. No one wants to order a perfectly portioned and delicious meal to only be allowed to eat a fraction of it, but sometimes we’re only getting a fraction of the supplements we’re taking. 

We all know that oil and water don’t mix, but water makes up more than half of our bodies. So, when we try to orally consume oil-based CBD products, they aren’t working their way into our systems as well as they could. For years, water-soluble vitamins have been a hot topic for better and faster absorption, and now water soluble hemp has been formulated into the market for those very reasons. Here’s everything you need to know about this fast-acting and superior absorption CBD product. 

Why Water-Soluble is the Most Effective CBD Product

A key term in the supplements world is “bioavailability.” This term is defined as the amount of a substance that enters the bloodstream when introduced into the body and so is able to have an active effect. Stripped of the scientific jargon, it’s the number of nutrients and components in the product that are actually absorbed.

In regards to CBD, if a CBD product has high bioavailability this means that it contains CBD that is processed in a way that it can be absorbed in a higher rate. We lose the bioavailability of vitamins and supplements (CBD included) through something called the first-pass metabolism effect.

The first-pass metabolism effect is when supplements are metabolized at a specific location in the body that results in a reduced concentration of the product once it does reach its site of action or the systemic circulation. When swallowing an oil-based CBD product, most of the CBD is destroyed when passing through the body and into the liver.  One of the ruling ways to overcome the first-pass effect is to convert the naturally oil-soluble CBD extract into a water-soluble form.