CBD Oil vs. Bottled CBD Water: What’s the Difference?

Discover the many differences between CBD oil and water.

CBD oil has its benefits but there is not as much clear information about CBD water. Image Credit: By Alexey_Arz on shutterstock

CBD water was bound to hit the shelves as products infused with cannabidiol became more accessible, and manufacturers are now targeting what we drink most and most often. Just like CBD oil, CBD water does not contain the psychoactive agent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and both claim to provide medical benefits. Though, while they share the same vital ingredient, there are significant differences between CBD water and CBD oil.

Some distinctions between CBD water and CBD oil may be in the way they’re absorbed into the body and the difference in taste. CBD water is thought to be absorbed much faster than CBD oil (anecdotally speaking, there are not yet enough studies to prove this out scientifically).

And whereas CBD oil can have an earthy, nutty taste even when the oil is flavored, some describe CBD-infused water as refreshing with little to no taste. It’s also more easily flavored to disguise any potential unpleasantness of stronger versions or if you just don’t like the taste of plain water.

Is CBD Water Safe?

There’s a significant body of scientific research on CBD oil finding it to have no associated health risks. Leaders at the World Health Organization have declared CBD to be relatively safe, and have stated that; “CBD is well tolerated by humans and animals and it isn’t related to any negative health effects in its pure state, (CBD) cannabidiol does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm.”

On the other hand, CBD water is unchartered territory. Scientific research has not determined the impact that CBD water could have on the body and what risks it could harbor —  especially its potential risks for toxicity. This is primarily because of the nanotechnology used to get CBD into the water.

The Quantum Physics of Bottled CBD Water
CBD water may sound simple enough. It’s water — with CBD in it. However, the nanotechnology process of getting CBD into the water is complex and is still in its pioneering stages. Quite basically, oil and water do not fuse together. This proves to be problematic when trying to create CBD-infused water.

Nanotechnology is needed here as it shrinks CBD into nanoparticles, one-millionth their original size. This allows the CBD to cluster with water particles to be evenly distributed throughout the H2O. The process results in CBD water potentially having a greater bioavailability than CBD oil.

Concern Over CBD Water Toxicity
Because nanotechnology reduces the size of CBD particles so greatly, many researchers are concerned about the toxic impact of CBD water. Nanoceuticals can manage to slip through our defensive blockades which puts our body in danger of facing biochemical compounds. This, in turn, has led people to question how CBD water could be safe.

Bottom Line – There Is Limited Knowledge
Until science proves CBD water to be safe, there is limited knowledge on its potentials and if it works as suggested. With the CBD market growing exponentially, it’s expected to be a $22 billion industry as of 2020. Designer water infused with CBD — along with other products —  isn’t expected to disappear any time soon.

Keep in mind that although the FDA hopes to loosen some restrictions of CBD-infused food and beverages, they’re still prohibited in many states. It’s advisable to do thorough research before consuming any type of product that hasn’t been properly studied.

Nicola Bridges
Nicola Bridges
Nicola Bridges is an award-winning writer and editor who’s covered health, wellness, and women’s lifestyle for the past two decades. The former editorial director for Prevention.com and editor in chief of Working Mother, she is currently a regular contributor to Parade Magazine and The Fine Line where she writes about trends in modern health.

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