We’ve got lotions and creams, tinctures and powders, and so much more. CBD products are coming in so many shapes and sizes that it’s no wonder that people are questioning what forms would benefit them most and which they should choose.
With so many options on the table, sometimes the nuance gets harder to track, making it even more difficult to choose what’s right for you. A perfect example of this water-soluble CBD vs. CBD water, which may sound similar but are actually two completely different products.
Water-soluble CBD and the term “CBD water” are sometimes used interchangeably, but they don’t actually refer to the same thing. Let’s take a look at the difference between them.
What Is CBD Water?
CBD water is essentially a regular bottle of water that’s had the cannabidiol (CBD) added into it. It may be marketed as “CBD-infused water” or simply “CBD water.”
CBD has plenty of potential perks for some users, including the potential to relax, energize, or soothe discomfort. While it comes with perks, however, the compound needs to be processed and delivered effectively to the body in order to get them, and CBD is a considerably unstable compound. It’s easily degraded when it’s exposed to either oxygen or light (which is why so many high-quality CBD products are sold in dark containers), and unfortunately, CBD water is often exposed regularly to both.
In many cases, CBD water is sold in clear water bottles, allowing for high levels of light exposure that may actually reduce-- if not completely eliminate-- the efficacy of the CBD, taking all the perks away with it. Some research has even found that CBD water from most brands doesn’t contains very little CBD, and may even contain doses that need to be three to five times higher to be effective.
Because of this, as the Remedy Review explains, many believe that CBD water products aren’t reliable and may not be an effective delivery method, especially given its high cost.
So How is Water-Soluble CBD Different Than CBD Water?
When you buy CBD water, you’re buying the premixed product. Water-soluble CBD, on the other hand, comes in a variety of forms like powders, tinctures, and liposomes that can be mixed into water.
Here’s the difference: Water-soluble CBD contains Nano CBD particles like CBD water, but they haven’t been exposed to light and oxygen for significant periods of time like CBD water has by the time it reaches consumers. Instead, you get to add it to water exactly when you’re ready to use it, allowing you to consume it before light and oxygen degrade the compound. Because of this, water-soluble CBD is much more effective.
There are other important benefits to note too when it comes to water-soluble CBD; it’s not just about the effectiveness. When you’re doing the mixing yourself, it gives you more control over which products you want to use when.
At Elixinol, for example, we have three different water-soluble CBD powders that are each designed for different purposes. Our “Create” Berry powder is formulated to increase focus, while our “Build” Citrus was created to give you an energy boost to finish your afternoon strong and recover from workouts. Meanwhile, our “Dream” Cocoa option can help soothe you before bed. These are three different products, and choosing water-soluble CBD gives you full control over what products you want to use when.
Water-soluble CBD products are also almost always significantly more cost-effective than CBD water, even if you aren’t considering the efficacy itself. For one, they’re shelf-stable and you can take them with you wherever you go, making them more convenient, and they’re also typically much more affordable per mg of CBD than compared to premixed water products. This can add up quickly, especially you want to consume CBD daily for a boost in overall wellness.
What If I Don’t Want to Drink CBD Products At All?
Consuming CBD by drinking products containing it is an excellent delivery method when the dosage is right and the CBD compound is intact, which is why our water-soluble products are so popular. That being said, not everyone wants to get their daily CBD by mixing it into water.
If this is the case, there are other options available to look into. Our CBD tinctures, for example, can be applied directly under the tongue if you don’t want to add it to water or food. They’re fast-acting either way, getting you the results you want quickly. And if you don’t want to consume CBD at all, there are also topical CBD oil balms and creams that you can apply directly to any troubled areas, massaging it in to soothe discomfort and relax your muscles.
No matter what you choose, make sure that you’re opting for CBD products coming from a reliable, transparent company that’s upfront about the dosage you’re getting every time. Here at Elixinol, all of our products are made with 100% organic, Hemp CBD that we grow ourselves to guarantee quality, and our CBD powders contain single-dose packets for ease of use.