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Potential Benefits of CBD/Hemp Oil

Potential Benefits

The major accomplishment that these companies claim is that the Nano enhanced hemp oil has the potential to be absorbed faster into the body.  They state that our body contains a Nano-liposomal delivery system in which the liposomes, attached to the CBD in the hemp oil, are carried through the body with speed and it is absorbed in the user’s system almost instantaneously.  This may bypass the digestive system and the gastrointestinal (GI) process which may cause a higher percentage and rate of absorption causing a more immediate effect.

This all relates to the concept of bioavailability. Bioavailability is the word used to describe the amount of drug or chemical that actually gets absorbed into the body to produce an effect. As with any medication or any substance that we intake, CBD oil or hemp oil is often reduced in the system and some of it is wasted.

Certain dosage forms have better absorption than others. For example, topical products such as creams or lotions have very little absorption into the blood stream, which makes sense because they are meant to act locally on the skin. Oral products, such as capsules, have a higher absorption rate but they still lose some of the active product through breakdown of the digestive system before getting absorbed into the body. Sublingual products, such as tinctures which can be purchased at biomdplus.com, have an even higher absorption rate than oral products. This is because they get direct absorption into the blood stream through the blood vessels under the tongue, and do not get broken down by the digestive tract. Then, when the tincture is swallowed, the remaining dosage goes through the digestive tract and part of whatever dosage is left gets absorbed. Vaping has one of the highest amounts of absorption, since it goes directly to the lungs. The lungs have a higher surface area which allows for maximum absorption. Obviously, the highest rate of absorption would be direct intravenous (IV) dosage forms (however, these do not exist for CBD oil or hemp oil products).

It is claimed that only 10-30% of traditional CBD oil or hemp oil is absorbed in the GI tract.  This means that 70-90% of the dose of CBD oil or hemp oil consumed is wasted.  With Nano enhanced hemp oil, particularly if used in vaping products, there is potentially no waste or at least minimal waste since the absorption rates would be increased.

Unfortunately, there are no studies to support these claims.  Most comes from anecdotal information and from these stories, they do state a more immediate effect than traditional hemp oil. Due to this, many often use this with vape pens to generate a more streamlined way into the blood stream.  This raises the question whether or not hemp oil is safe to vape?

Vaping Hemp Oil: Is It Safe?

Currently vaping CBD or hemp oil does not have substantial evidence whether it is safe or not.  Any foreign substance that we inhale into our lungs will potentially have some harmful effects.  There is one study done in 2013 that concluded those that used CBD vape oil smoked fewer cigarettes than previously smoked and had fewer cravings.  However, more studies need to be done to conclude whether this could be a potential agent to help with smoking cessation.

One cause of concern is the additives that is often found in vape juices.  One of the most common additives is cuticle wax.  Cuticle waxes are the outer layer of lipids that cover the surface of most flowering cannabis plants.  Because vaping is done at low temperatures, the cuticle wax will not burn off and may settle into the lungs which may produce serious long-term health concerns.

Another concern is the thinning agents which are another additive that is often used.  These agents are utilized to make the oil more liquid to be used in the vape pens.  Two of the most commonly used chemicals are propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol.  These are known to be dangerous when broken down by heat because they can become cancer causing substances.  Considering that these are often used in vape pens, the temperatures can potentially increase this risk. Also, these thinning agents can possibly induce asthma and other respiratory complications.

There can also be concern with the biological safety of the liquids used.  If not properly prepared and filtered, these liquids can be the perfect place for bacteria, viruses, and other biological hazards to grow and develop during storage.  This can lead to significant issues within the lungs as infection takes place in spaces that would not normally be exposed to these pathogens were it not for vaping delivering them deep into the lungs.

What Can You Do to Be Safe?  

One of the most important things that one can do when deciding to vape with hemp oil is to do research into the pen and know what the temperature is in the heater coil in the pen.  If the heater coil is higher than most pens, it is more likely the break down of the thinning agents can become cancerous.  If the heat gets really high (over 340F), then it can also break down the CBD and related cannabinoids themselves.

Another way to protect yourself is to research the contents of the CBD e-liquid, how it was manufactured, and where it was manufactured.  By knowing these topics, they might help you safely vape Nano enhanced hemp oil.

Final Thoughts

All in all, Nano enhanced hemp oil’s claim to fame is that it may potentially be absorbed into the system faster and the majority of the product might be used instead of wasted in the system.  It is created via a liposomal delivery system used in other industries.  Most use this in vaping due to the fact that is has quick absorption.  However, be careful with vaping due to the additives.

None of these claims are supported by studies and are only supported through anecdotal means.  Please be careful when inhaling any substances into your lungs and consult with a healthcare provider before using these products.