WHAT ARE LIPOSOMES?
What is the genius behind the microscopic lipid spheres that make our cbd products more effective in the body?
By Team iKOR
October 22, 2020
If you’re interested in the benefits of CBD oil, you may have heard about liposomes and how these tiny bubbles help to more effectively deliver CBD throughout the body. In this article, we’ll distill the science behind liposomes and how they work to create a delivery system for CBD, as well as common questions about this breakthrough in the realm of CBD.
What are liposomes?
Liposomes are microscopic spheres made from cholesterol and other non-toxic fatty acids known as phospholipids. As a fat-soluble molecule, CBD needs lipids to effectively access the endocannabinoid system within the body. This system is the body’s own cell-signaling system that controls mood, sleep, appetite, and memory functions. The endocannabinoid system is already at work in your body, even if you don’t consume cannabis.
Liposomes grab onto nutrients, making them more easily and efficiently delivered to various parts of the body, including tissues, cells, and systems (such as the nervous and lymphatic systems). Due to their construction, liposomes make it easier and faster to absorb nutrients and compounds than it would take if you’d otherwise consumed them orally and waited for your body to metabolize them.
The liposomes form a protective barrier around nutrients and their microscopic size makes it easier for liposomes (and the nutrients and compounds they carry) to pass through membranes and become more readily absorbed. For this reason, liposomes have been used to deliver drugs, genetic material, or nutrients throughout the body in a fast, effective way.
Why Does CBD Work Well With Liposomes?
In order for CBD to be absorbed into the body, it needs a carrier. Typically, oils are used as these carriers. Carrier oils are chosen for their mild flavor and light weight, a well as the fact that oils have a high fat content, which has been linked to better absorption of CBD.
Different types of oils have been used as carriers for CBD, ranging from extra virgin olive oil to hemp seed oil to MCT coconut oil. However, different oils have different properties and levels of absorption within the body. When taken orally, CBD mixed with a carrier oil can be less effective because it’s digested within the stomach and the full dosage does not always make it to the bloodstream, where it’s delivered throughout the body.
Liposomes are a safe delivery mechanism for CBD. Looking to liposomes to act as CBD carriers, their unique composition allows them to transport CBD throughout the bloodstream up to four times faster than some of the more traditionally used carrier oils. The protective coating that liposomes form around CBD can help prevent CBD from being broken down by stomach acids, if taken orally. From salves to capsules or tinctures, there are a variety of ways you can use CBD with liposomes as a carrier.
Because liposomes prevent CBD from being degraded before reaching the bloodstream, CBD can more accurately target parts of the body when used as a topical ointment, or better absorbed by the body when taken orally. While the types of carrier oils used in the formulation of CBD products may impact how quickly and effectively that product works, liposomes may offer greater control over how a formulated product achieves the desired effects.
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