What is Nano CBD? All the Facts You Need to Know

Andrew Ward
June 23, 2021

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What is Nano CBD? Is it a reputable product, and should you take it? You may have heard these questions or even asked them yourself about this popular cannabis innovation. 

"Nano CBD" or "Nanotechnology CBD" are terms you might see floating around social media and on cannabis company websites recently. Short for nanotechnology CBD, this is a product that has been floating around lately. Is it a new, reputable product that you should take? Let's find out.

What is Nano CBD? Does it work?

Breaking It Down - What Is Nano CBD?

In simple terms, nano CBD is the cannabinoid cannabidiol broken down into tiny particles. Proponents of the product believe that the small particles "attack" problematic areas of the body. Claims state that the formulas are highly effective for athletes and others who might have specific pain areas on the body. 

The benefit of nano CBD theoretically stems from the minute size of the nanoparticles in the CBD formula. They're so small that they're believed to be absorbed in the skin more easily. Claims also assert that because the CBD particles are small, they promote better bioavailability than other CBD products--meaning the body is more able to absorb and use a substance. Companies claim that this is due to nanoliposomes, an alternative drug delivery approach that facilitates faster absorption into the skin. While claims state that nano CBD is better and faster than ordinary oil products, no scientific evidence supports the notion, yet. 

The ingredients of nano CBD vary.

Not all nano CBD is created equal. The ingredients of nano CBD vary depending on with whom you buy it. Including CBD, some core ingredients tend to consist of: 

  • Natural Flavoring
  • Coconut Oil (or another natural oil)
  • Stevia
  • Vitamin B-12
  • CoQ10
  • Ashwagandha
  • Rhodiola
  • L-Theanine
  • Organic Caffeine 

No evidence exists that any of these ingredients are harmful. However, data suggests that some of these ingredients help with pain relief, sleeplessness, anxiety, and numerous other ailments.  

Nano CBD Oil - The Claims Being Made

The idea behind Nano CBD oil is that the CBD is broken down into tiny particles, or droplets, that work on specific areas of the skin. The claim is that the small particles help athletes, sports players, and everyday people recover faster because of the tiny particles. 

Producers also claim that because the droplets are so small, the degradation caused by UV light, heat, humidity, and airflow is minimal. Companies selling nano CBD also claim that their formulas are more water-soluble than regular CBD and more "bioavailable," meaning that human bodies absorb and use more of the active ingredients in the product. Companies also tend to assert that 1mg of nano CBD is more potent than 1mg of regular CBD, thanks to the magic of nanoparticles' bioavailability.

But, what does the FDA have to say about it? 

Nanotechnology CBD - What The FDA Says

The U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) has not verified or approved any nano CBD drugs. The administration issued various statements, including:

"Over the past several years, the FDA has issued several warning letters to firms that market unapproved new drugs that allegedly contain cannabidiol (CBD). As part of these actions, FDA has tested the chemical content of cannabinoid compounds in some of the products, and many were found to not contain the levels of CBD they claimed to contain." 

Most importantly, the FDA added, "It is important to note that these products are not approved by FDA for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of any disease." They added that consumers should beware buying or using any such products."

Following these statements, The FDA has issued several warning letters to CBD companies after product tests didn't find CBD levels claimed on the label. As such, according to federal regulators, nano CBD does not seem to live up to the claims made by companies who sing its praises. Consumers need to read these claims and take them seriously. 

New cannabis discoveries are exciting, but be wary of unsubstantiated medical benefit claims.

Should I Buy Nano CBD?

Like any other new product on the market, nano CBD is unproven in most labs. That said, many producers and consumers swear it is the next step in CBD efficiency. Like most emerging items, a lot of as yet unproven claims are being made by proponents; but that doesn't mean the benefits don't exist, it just means they're not proven yet. Be sure to understand the possible benefits and risks before taking nano CBD. 

So, it may be best to hold off on buying nano CBD unless you’ve spoken with your doctor about the potential risks and benefits. But even speaking to a professional could leave you with more questions than answers. That's why professionals always recommend that you wait until more research is done on brand-new products before trying them. Nano CBD is no exception. 

Still, most people find that a trial and error approach to CBD has not been harmful. Unless a medical issue or medication conflicts with CBD, most anecdotal evidence shows that, nano or otherwise, CBD products produce a positive, or at worst, a neutral effect. But if nano CBD really does increase the bioavailability of CBD in your system, it could make it more possible for a user to take too much.

Speaking with a medical professional may help you understand nano CBD's bioavailability better--which can help clarify why you probably don't want to consume nano CBD oil on an empty stomach and help you figure out the safest dose.

If you'd like to speak to a medical marijuana doctor about what cannabis products may be right for you, NuggMD is always here to help. You can speak with a physician 100% online, no appointment necessary, from 8am till 10pm every day, including weekends!

Andrew Ward
Andrew is a Brooklyn, New York-based writer with a degree in Creative Writing from Montclair State University in New Jersey. After years of working in freelance and offices, he embraced the future of work and re-entered the independent workforce. Today, he provides creative solutions to Nugg and other respected cannabis companies.

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