What Is Liposomal CBD?

CBD is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. This versatile cannabinoid can relieve anxiety, inflammation, and pain. The only issue with CBD is that due to the molecular structure, it can be difficult for the body to absorb it, unlike other cannabinoids like THC. Liposomal CBD can help the body break down CBD more easily because it surrounds it with a substance that is more easily absorbed by the body. This way, the benefits of CBD can be more successfully dispersed through the body.

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What does liposomal mean?

You may already know that lipo comes from the greek word ‘lipos’ meaning ‘fat’. Liposomal CBD means the CBD is surrounded by microscopic fat particles that are easier for the body to absorb.

Liposomes are essentially vehicles that can transport CBD and other substances to the body more effectively through facilitating absorption directly in the mouth or by preventing breakdown from stomach acid.

Dr. Adie Rae, a neuroscientist, and medicinal cannabis expert explains, “A liposome is basically a bubble that is used to package a drug. Liposomes are typically made using materials called phospholipids, which are the exact same kind of molecules that comprise our bodies’ cell membranes.”

“The liposomal delivery system has been studied for many decades as a way to improve bioavailability, or how much ‘stuff’ gets into the bloodstream of many kinds of medications,” says Dr. Rae.

What is bioavailability?

Bioavailability is the ability of a drug or other substance to be absorbed and used by the body. When ingesting liposomal CBD, it enhances the bioavailability of the CBD’s movement in the body so that you can get the most out of your CBD products.

When CBD is consumed orally such as in oil or pill form, it has a much lower bioavailability than when it is inhaled.

Liposomal CBD products can assist the CBD to avoid the digestive system where it is commonly broken down and sometimes rejected by the body. The American Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine published a study conducted regarding liposomal CBD vs. CBD. In all 15 patients who participated in the study, CBD was detected in the blood of those who ingested liposomal CBD as opposed to 40% of those who ingested standard CBD.

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What are the benefits of liposomal CBD?

The obvious reason to ingest liposomal CBD is increased bioavailability. For the most part, liposomal CBD is used for oral CBD products, although topical products could incorporate it as well. Liposomal CBD is a good choice because it allows the body to more easily and successfully access the cannabinoid so you can get the best results.

Are liposomal CBD products better than other types of CBD?

What if you can’t find liposomal CBD products? Well, don’t worry. Lower doses of liposomal CBD products can achieve the same effect as a higher dose of non-liposomal products.

Consuming these types of CBD products could be more cost-effective in the long run because you don’t have to use as much to get the same result as a product without liposomes.

Liposomal CBD products are not shown to be any better quality than other CBD products, it just means that your body can break them down and more easily absorb them.

Dr. Rae says, “Liposomal formulas could end up being more expensive than ‘naked’ CBD, negating their use. For example, 50 mg of regular CBD is just as effective as 20 mg liposomal CBD, but the liposomal product might be more expensive and therefore is not better.”

Are liposomes dangerous?

Studies have shown that liposomes are not harmful to the human body.

“Because liposomes appear to be very safe, they have been the subject of intense research for decades,” says Dr. Rae. “However, there is some very sophisticated chemistry and physics going on with this delivery system, which is best wielded by trained medicinal chemists and pharmaceutical development experts — not your average hemp processing/extraction company.”

Dr. Rae still advises that any liposomal CBD supplements should not be taken without proven previous research on the products, “Any novel drug formula, including liposomal or nanoencapsulation of CBD, should be studied for safety and efficacy prior to being rolled out onto the market. I would not recommend using a liposomal CBD formula that was not accompanied by published safety data. The risk could be small, but it’s not a risk I’d personally be willing to take.”

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