CBD Is About To Get Better And We Have These People To Thank

 Too often, we hear, "I have been taking CBD, but I don't feel any effects."


The problem doesn't lie with CBD. Scientific research tells us that cannabinoids (CBD, THC, CBG, CBN) provide therapeutic relief relating to stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, and inflammation with the right dose and when taken correctly. Medical marijuana shows even greater promise for more severe ailments like epilepsy, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and cancer, to name a few.


The problem is the chemistry and technology surrounding CBD consumables. Thankfully, there is a flurry of activity among chemists and engineers looking for innovative solutions.


Depending on who you speak with, people have differing opinions on the best cannabis extraction methods to retrieve cannabinoids and terpenes from the hemp plant in quantity and without damage.


Then, there is the challenge of finding the correct pharmaceutical product formulation that will deliver cannabinoids into the bloodstream intact. Cannabinoids are oil-based and do not easily absorb into the body that is 80% water. Also, they face destruction from stomach acid and other obstacles when traveling through the digestive system.


Let's start with how cannabinoids get processed in our bodies.


The Pros and Cons of How You Ingest CBD

1.  Nasal spray or vaping provides the most rapid results and CBD intake because it enters directly into the bloodstream through thin membranes of the nose and lungs.

2.  Sublingual Pathway: CBD edibles like chewing gum, oil, and hard candies get ingested through tiny capillaries surrounding the tongue and cheek if taken the right way. CBD oils should be held under the tongue for at least a minute to give it time to absorb inside the mouth's membranes. 

3.  Digestive System: Orally ingesting CBD is the least effective way for CBD to absorb into the bloodstream. A battle with stomach acid and liver metabolizing enzymes make it difficult for CBD to reach the bloodstream fully intact. Taking CBD with a portion of high-fat food or drink (milk) will increase absorption because the CBD is stored in the fat cells keeping it in the body longer and preventing it from getting destroyed. 

Chemical Innovation and Engineering Solutions

Extracting cannabinoids and terpenes from the hemp plant is delicate and tricky because they can quickly get destroyed in the process. The cannabis industry started producing CBD concentrate with standard extraction methods like hydrocarbon, CO2, and Ethanol. Still, engineers are looking for new ways to tweak the technology to make a more potent and robust concentrate.


The formulation of a quality CBD product starts with a concentrate rich in cannabinoids. And when mixed with the appropriate excipient (a pharmaceutical term for ingredient), it will solubilize CBD and help it absorb into the bloodstream. Some excipients may include ethanol, coconut oil, MCT oil, hemp oils, cranberry oil, surfactants, terpene blends, or SEDDS.


Chemists are experimenting with different formulations that could mean the difference between a quality CBD product and one that is not.


Some notable technologies emerging are water-soluble, nano-emulsion, and lipid encapsulation.


At Jacks Swing Oil, we use a patented technology that ionizes oil-based ingredients like CBD and converts it into SALT to dissolve in water easily (the body is 80% water). The CBD concentrate is put through an electrically charged ionization process where the molecules are split to make CBD water-soluble and provide rapid absorption into the bloodstream.


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