If you break the word liposomes down into its Greek roots (lipos meaning fat and soma meaning body), the term liposome can be defined as a body – or pocket – of fat.
Indeed, liposomes are exactly that: microscopic pockets of fatty tissue that scientists now know function as great molecular nutrient transporters.
Liposomes encapsulate nutrients in fat bubbles that they then deliver to cells, tissues, and organ systems throughout the body. What’s unique about them is that they have a very high bioavailability; that is, they deliver the nutrients in a more efficient manner than when food (or other supplements) are simply eaten and metabolized in the digestive system.
As such, CBD liposomes have recently hit the market as a new product designed to allow for the maximum utilization of active hemp components.
While CBD infused in oil should work great, CBD liposomes may prove to be even more effective (and efficient) in providing therapeutic relief.
In this article, we take a look at one of the most popular brands that’s currently manufacturing CBD liposomes, in an effort to see whether or not they may be something worth trying. This may be especially relevant if you’ve been taking CBD oil and haven’t noticed much of an effect.
CBD Liposomes: Gimmick or Something to Seriously Consider?
It is certainly no secret that CBD oil has helped millions of people find relief from a wide range of conditions. People have used it to combat pain, decrease anxiety, enhance mood, and alleviate sleep disorders.
However, there are also many who have tried CBD oil without much – or any – success. This could ultimately come down to any number of reasons (low-quality products, incorrect doses, etc.). However, the fact of the matter is that every individual has a unique chemical makeup that determines how well (or how poorly) their body absorbs or metabolizes CBD.
Liposomes have been commonly used as drug delivery systems for years. Therefore, there is a promise that they could also help with the delivery of cannabidiol and other active medical marijuana components; especially for those who have trouble naturally processing it.
Liposomes as CBD Delivery Systems
Since their discovery in 1965 by Dr. Alec Bangham, scientists have attempted to use liposomes as a molecular transport mechanism to deliver medications into the human body. In 1995, the FDA approved certain classes of liposomes as nanocarriers for this application.
One of the most well known liposomal delivery systems is for tuberculosis patients. High-strength antimicrobial medications are encased in the liposomes and transported across the lipid membranes of affected cells.
Elixinol, a brand that has come to be known as one of the leading CBD oil manufacturers in the industry, is currently employing this exact same technique to deliver the active cannabidiol component to cells and tissues throughout the body.
They claim that their product, Hemp Oil Liposomes, is the “best way to ensure that your body can absorb cannabinoids [such as CBD].” Time will tell how effective this product actually is and how true this statement is. If Hemp Oil Liposomes end up being nearly as effective as their regular CBD oils, then it could prove to be a major boost to the overall medical cannabis industry.
Elixinol sells two Hemp Oil Liposome products, one in a 30ml bottle, containing 300mg CBD. It is hardly the strongest oil on the market, but this makes it ideal for those wanting to experience CBD for the first time. Their second bottle contains 1000mg and is sold in a 100ml bottle. It is highly recommended to consult a doctor before consuming any CBD products, irrespective of its potency.
Both formulations are full-spectrum; this means that instead of containing only cannabidiol, there are a variety of different cannabinoids and terpenes. The brand currently sells only two liposomes products on their website. But with its rise in popularity, is there any potential to see more?
CBD Liposomes vs. CBD Oil: Which Do You Need?
For those who have never tried CBD before and are considering using it for a medical condition like pain, insomnia or anxiety, it’s typically advisable to start with a traditional CBD oil, just to gauge what kind of a therapeutic effect it produces. A majority of daily cannabidiol users will find excellent relief with oil tinctures, and thus will have no reason to try different products.
You can find a huge variety of companies both online and in physical stores selling CBD, making it more accessible than ever. And, the CBD comes in a myriad of different forms, including oils, topicals, capsules, gummies, and more. However, it is essential to know what to look for and what to avoid when purchasing a CBD oil. The industry has expanded immensely over the past few years. Because of this, there is a lot of misinformation circulating about CBD products and, it’s now easier than ever to stumble across poorly made products.
[Wondering what CBD oil is and how it works? Check out our in-depth CBD resource guide here].
Despite the range of strength and type in CBD products, some people still have trouble noticing any definitive results. In this case it may be worthwhile to try out a liposome product like Elixinol’s. But before you do, speak with a physician or another health care provider about using CBD or any other cannabis or hemp-based product.
Final Thoughts on CBD Liposomes
Liposomes are essentially molecular fat bubbles that humans have used for decades as highly effective drug delivery systems. Liposomes could be a great way to ensure that the natural hemp compound(s) are delivered efficiently and effectively to the desired area of the body.
More time and more research are necessary to better understand the physiological components of CBD and how they function with liposomes on a molecular level. However, it is certainly a unique concept in the industry and is worth keeping an eye on.