How Does Lecithin And Encapsulation Effect Bio-Availability With Full Spectrum CBD Oil
I remember hearing a lot of talk about nano technology and bio-availability of full spectrum CBD oil. But, Optimal bio-availability depends on a few factors.
There isn’t much hard science behind nano technology in the CBD industry. Early development/reasons are to encapsulate the CBD molecules with lecithin thus suspending it in liquids, but the shelf life on those products can be short. Lecithin will eventually degrade in water and the CBD will separate. As for the bio-availability of nanotechnology, there have been no studies yet. Many claims are exaggerated sales efforts at best, in our opinion of course. Companies will claim that Nano-emulsifacation makes the particles small enough for your body to fully utilize them and reap the benefits. Its not emulsification that creates good medicine; emulsification is useful in creating more consistent dosing with marginally increased absorption, but emulsification is NOT liposomal encapsulation.
Nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, about 1 to 100 nanometers. Simply put, the theory is to make the compounds super small as to absorb into your system faster and more effective. For the purpose of this post and how it relates to our full spectrum CBD oil, it involves employing nanoparticles to deliver the CBD more effectively. It’s just not proven in CBD oil delivery and is exaggerated by shady companies as a marketing ploy. Let us clarify that not all companies that claim this are shady, but many will take any sales angle and run with it. Probably the most relevant factor to this conversation is to know that not everyone uptakes mg/ml at the same rate. Some folks may only uptake as low as 10% of the CBD, while others may absorb 40%. Sublingual and trans-dermal are best, with trans-dermal having the highest absorption rate. Our patches for example are time released for 8 hours (which is the max, don’t buy into patch companies claiming 24hr release times).
How Does Lecithin Increase Bio-Availability?
Our answer to increasing bio-availability is simply add sunflower lecithin to our full spectrum hemp oils to increase the body’s ability to absorb the CBD. Which has been shown to be more effective than taking it without lecithin. Lecithin is found naturally in our blood and our bile. All of us right now are producing it and dumping it into our own bodies, even as we speak, and virtually every food we eat contains it. We try to keep things simple and symbiotic. Healthy supplements in their most simple forms.
Lecithin is comprised primarily of two major components, that are found in ALL living cells. Inositol and choline. It’s a mixture of glycolipids and It’s already present in the human cells we are accessing with CBD. Lecithin found in your cell membranes controls and manipulates the delivery of vital nutrients and the removal of wastes, and toxins. Vital nutrients such as cannabinoids, CBD. Our own organs are great sources of lecithin, in particular brain, kidneys and liver. In order for you to live, every living cell in your body contains lecithin as a necessary component. As your body degenerates and regenerates tissue, the major components of lecithin are constantly being released into and through related chemical processes new lecithin is resynthesized and created all over again.
Lecithin is commercially used as an emulsifier and to encapsulate. It’s considered a non toxic surfacant which is tolerated by the organism, since its an integral part of cell membranes and is completely metabolized. I think the best way to explain lecithin encapsulation as it pertains to bio-availability is as carriers of biologically active compounds, with the ability to enhance and/or modify the activity of the compounds that are “encapsulated”, E.G. CBD or THC. We don’t actually “encapsulate” with lecithin. We simply add it to the ingredients. It seems to work just as well, if not better as the encapsulation process will eventually break down FYI, the definition of encapsulation is “is the confinement of a guest molecule inside the cavity of a supramolecular host molecule”.
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