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Can CBD or Hemp be Made Water-Soluble

Cannabinoids (CBD, THC, etc.) are hydrophobic (water-hating) oily substances and, as such, not water-soluble. They can, however, be formulated to be water-compatible and appear water-soluble.

The term "Are You Looking For Water Soluble Hemp" has lately been extensively used throughout the medical cannabis industry. "Water-soluble" means being able to homogeneously incorporate into the water by separating into molecules or ions (dissolve like sugar, alcohol, or salt). Oily substances, however, are repelled by water, which forces them to stay separate from it.

CBD, THC, and many other oils can, however, be made water compatible if they are formulated as micro- or nanoemulsions, which are stable and visually homogeneous oil/water mixtures. 

Guide to making stable emulsions

Both micro and nanoemulsions can be prepared in concentrated forms that are fully miscible with water and, therefore, appear water-soluble. Both require the use of surfactants, which dilute the products, but are not otherwise a major concern, since several natural options are available with minimal negative effects.

It is, of course, beneficial to use as few surfactants as possible. This is where nanoemulsions have a clear advantage: the amounts of surfactants used for their preparation are up to 10 times lower than those needed to make microemulsions. 

Benefits of CBD and THC Nanoemulsions

Besides being water-compatible and easily mixed into beverages at essentially any desired concentrations, cannabis extract nanoemulsions (nano-cannabinoids) provide exceptionally high bioavailability and therapeutic effect and are absorbed by the body, either orally or through the skin, very rapidly and completely.