Lecithin, Encapsulation And Bio-Availability In Full Spectrum CBD Oil
There is a lot of talk about nano technology and the effect it has on bio-availability of full spectrum CBD oil and also why Lecithin is so important for use in our medicine. Optimal bio-availability depends on a few factors.
There really isn’t any science behind all of the “nano tech” hoopla out there. Early development/reasons are to encapsulate the CBD molecules with lecithin so it can suspend in liquids, but the shelf life on those products is 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 so any claims are exaggerated sales efforts at best, in our opinion. 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, it can create more consistent dosing and absorption is marginally increased, but emulsification is NOT liposomal encapsulation.
Nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers. Simply put, the theory is making everything super small to deliver into all your parts more effectively. For the purpose of this conversation and how it relates to full spectrum CBD oil, it involves employing nanoparticles to deliver the CBD more effectively. It’s just not proven and suspect in CBD oil delivery. It’s a bit of a marketing ploy in our opinion. It’s important 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 80%. 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?
What we do here at Casco Bay Hemp 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.
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’re trying to access, and deliver medicine to. Lecithin found in your cell membranes, controls and manipulates the delivery of vital nutrients, and the removal of wastes, and toxins. Vital nutrients like cannabinoids. Our own organs are great sources of lecithin, in particular our brains, kidneys and livers, but every living cell in your body contains lecithin as a necessary component, in order for you to live. As your body degenerates and regenerates its tissues, the major components of lecithin are constantly being released into and, through related chemical processes, new lecithin is resynthesized and created all over again, by your body.
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. Now, back to the first couple paragraphs. 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. Ingesting it with everything else works. FYI, the definition of encapsulation is “is the confinement of a guest molecule inside the cavity of a supramolecular host molecule”.