Are You Getting All the CBD You’re Taking?

Puzzle Piece | CBD Bioavailability | UPSY Wellness

CBD does wonders for people who suffer from anxiety, stress, chronic pain, and a whole host of other conditions, yet not everyone taking CBD gets those benefits. So, if you’re one of those people asking yourself “why” CBD hasn’t worked (at least not well enough to make a noticeable difference), this post is for you.    

In this article, we’ll explain the reasons why not all CBD products are created equal and how, in some circumstances, you might be throwing your money away. 

Is Your CBD Truly Bioavailable?

Bioavailability refers to how much a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream after it’s been introduced to the body – the more your body can absorb a substance, the greater the effect it will have. That being said, it’s a well-known fact that oil and water don’t mix, and seeing how our bodies are made up of about 60% water, it will naturally resist traditional CBD oil. This, in turn, greatly impacts its bioavailability. 

In fact, you may find the research about CBD’s bioavailability rather upsetting. Studies show that an astounding 81-87% of CBD is unabsorbed when taken orally. That’s right – most of the CBD oil you’ve been taking goes straight down the drain; unless the manufacturer took the extra step to enhance the solubility of their products (which many claim to do, but don’t). 

The reality is, unabsorbed CBD products are a waste of money and a wasted opportunity to experience its benefits. That’s why at UPSY we invest in pharma-grade nanotechnology when formulating our products.

UPSY Bioavailability Technologies

Using the power of nanotechnology commonly used in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and cosmetic industries, UPSY enhances the solubility of its CBD (and therefore its bioavailability) in the following ways:

  1. Nano-liposomes, or bilayer lipid vesicles, are microscopic spheres of healthy fat that are bonded to oil-based active ingredients. Because our bodies absorb fat more easily, this process gives you a major boost in bioavailability, and its why we use it when formulating our sublingual CBD oil.  
  2. Nano-emulsification is a way to mix oil and water. The process involves kinetically stable solutions made up of microscopic particles that allows two immiscible substances to be blended together. When this approach is used on oil-based active ingredients, our bodies can absorb it like water, and it’s why we use it when formulating our topical CBD products.
  3. Nano-encapsulation, or dry spraying, are microscopic particles covered with a protective coating that helps keep active ingredients locked-in and stable until its desired release. This process helps ingested products bypass destructive stomach acids and deliver them to the small intestine where it can be readily metabolized, and it’s why we use it when formulating our beverage blends. 

While there are some great CBD products out there in the marketplace, there are twice as many that aren’t, so it’s important to do your research before spending your money.

Which Types of CBD Have the Best Bioavailability?

In addition to understanding the solubility of your CBD products, it’s important to know that bioavailability will also naturally vary based on how we consume it. CBD comes in many forms such as ingestible, sublingual, topical, and vaporizable oils. Although there’s no “right” way to take CBD, the dosing format you choose does play a big role in how much of your body can access.

  1. Smokable and Vaporizable CBD has excellent bioavailability, but it comes with some major drawbacks. While our lungs do a great job of absorbing what we breathe in, they weren’t meant for smoking or vaping. More important than your uptake of CBD, is your oxygen, and when you smoke or vape, you may be releasing tars and other irritants into your lungs and body that could have long-lasting, harmful results.  

The other downside of this method is the difficulty of measuring your dose. Unlike an ingestible product, it’s impossible to know how much CBD your vaporizer is releasing. Your day-to-day intake of CBD will vary, and you’ll end up measuring your medicine in “puffs” rather than milligrams.

  • Sublingual CBD, or CBD tinctures, give you better absorption than most ingestible products (such as CBD gummies) because our mouths have lots of blood vessels that uptake CBD with ease. Sublingual delivery also avoids exposing the CBD to stomach acid and digestive enzymes which will break down the CBD before it has a chance to enter your system.
  • The problem, however, with most sublingual products applies to most types of oil-based oral products: they’re not well-absorbed by our water-based bodies. No matter how long you hold the CBD oil under your tongue, you won’t absorb it well unless it was formulated using pharma-grade technologies like the ones UPSY uses. 

  • Ingestible CBD products (such as gummies, tablets, drinks, and chocolates) are popular for good reason – they’re easy to take and dosing is simple to measure. It’s also how we consume most of our nutrients and supplements, so it just makes good sense. The challenge is, ingestibles offer a lower rate of absorption compared to the previously mentioned, but there are some ways around that. 
  • Studies have shown that taking CBD with fatty foods is three - five times more effective than taking it on an empty stomach. When your body metabolizes the fat, it also metabolizes the CBD. Also, consuming ingestible CBD products formulated using pharma-grade technologies (like the ones UPSY uses), greatly improves its bioavailability. 

  • Topical CBD has a different mechanism entirely. The lotions and creams that help with soreness don’t enter into our body in great quantities, yet they have major bioavailability where it counts – directly where it hurts.
  • Our central nervous systems have lots of CBD receptors, but you can also find them throughout our skin. So, when we apply CBD directly to our aches and pains, our bodies absorb it very effectively at the site of the injury. The overall absorption is low by percentage, but the concentration of CBD is high where it counts.

    Not All CBD Products are Created Equally

    Your CBD oil may contain the right amount of CBD, but that doesn’t mean you’re actually getting that CBD into your system. If you can’t metabolize it with your liver, it’s effectively not a CBD product. At UPSY, we’re proud of our pharma- grade processing technologies. We “go small to go big,” and start on a molecular level to bring you bioavailable CBD products you can’t find anywhere else.

    Check out our full line of bioavailable CBD products today and find the one that’s right for you.

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