With the gush of new Hemp CBD and water soluble hemp oil products flooding the marketplace, it’s no wonder that many of you as consumers and practitioners are confused and uncertain of what to take, how to take it, and IF you should take it.
With anything new to you, I always suggest educating yourself as much as you need until you feel fully informed to make a confident decision. In this article, my hope is to help you better understand the big difference between an oil-based product and one that is called “water-soluble” or as we are calling them … “water-friendly”.
Let’s first start there … “water soluble hemp oil”. Technically speaking, there is no such thing as a true water soluble hemp oil.
Why not? Hemp oil is a molecule that itself is NOT water soluble. It is a “lipophilic molecule” meaning it prefers to hang out with other lipids and fats … not water. In order to make CBD into a water-soluble molecule, you would have to change the structure of it to something different entirely … which in turn would no longer make it CBD.
Basic science tells us that oil and water don’t mix, right? So, if we ingest an oil or a fat, something must happen to it in order for it to be absorbed and transported in our “watery” bloodstream. This is partly why we were created with livers and gallbladders and why bile is so incredibly important in regular digestive function.
Just like how the addition of dish soap into your sink filling with water can clean heavy grease (AKA fat), the addition of bile into your digestive tract allows for the proper emulsification and digestion of fats.
The bad news is… The vast majority of American adults are walking around with dysfunctional livers and the prevalence of gall bladder surgery continues to climb because of our toxic diets, toxic world, and toxic livers.
In a perfect world, our liver would produce adequate bile and tubules connecting the liver and gall bladder and the flow of bile would be like a beautiful babbling brook of free flowing life. We ingest an oil, and the amount that is absorbed is completely dependent on the function and state of health of the gut.
Studies are showing that the absorption of most Hemp Oil and CBD-containing products that come in an oil-based form is less than 6%. That means 94% of the product is passed through your gut and wasted away into that porcelain commode.
Who knows what that number is for people that don’t have a gall bladder and/or have a dysfunctional liver, inadequate bile production, or clogged and backed up ducts. (By the way, it’s more common than you might think!)
The good news is, there is modern technology that can allow us to formulate a product that can drastically enhance its absorption without changing the structure of the cannabinoids like CBD. Essentially, it will homogenize with water or a water-based product much like how we homogenize milk, so the fatty cream does not separate from the watery milk.
So, the real question is… Does water soluble hemp oil work better than regular hemp oil?
In order to give a better answer to this, we must consider the absorption and utilization of these two different products.
Say you take 100mg of an oil-based product. If we only absorb 6% of this 100mg, that means our body gets to actually USE 6mg.
Now take 100mg of our “water-friendly” ECS Restore product that has ~94% absorption, and your body gets to work with 94mg of CBD.
BIG DIFFERENCE, right? For the sake of maximizing what we grow and harvest and being environmentally conscious, it seems to make a lot of sense. For the sake of saving you dollars and saving your body the extra work, we hope you agree that it’s an ideal choice to take a “water-friendly” product like ECS Restore.