Water Soluble CBD Guide

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Water soluble CBD is one of the greatest advancements in the hemp industry. 

Ever tried a CBD drink? If so, then you most likely had emulsified cannabidiol, aka water soluble CBD. Cannabinoids in this processed form mix with water, improving their rate of absorption in your body. Greater absorption means more CBD in your bloodstream, which will enhance any potential effects or health benefits.

In this guide, we’re going to break down everything you need to know about water soluble CBD. We’ll discuss how it’s made, the benefits, and where you can find it online. In the end, you just might have another reason to revisit CBD and try something new.

What is water soluble CBD?

Solubility refers to the ability of a substance to dissolve in a solvent. In this case, water soluble CBD implies cannabidiol that is able to dissolve in water. Because water moves in and out of cell membranes more readily than fats and oils—which CBD is normally dissolved in—water soluble CBD gets into your bloodstream quicker. Scientists believe that when cannabidiol travels through the human body with water as a carrier, the host will benefit more from the CBD. (1)

Body chemistry

If you want to fully understand the advantages of water soluble CBD, it’s crucial that we refresh you on some foundational biology knowledge. 

Each CBD user’s body chemistry has a major impact on how they react to it. Weight, diet, and other factors all affect how your body processes cannabinoids, so while some may benefit from small amounts of cannabidiol, others will need higher dosing to experience the same potential effects. Regardless, there are certain scientific constants that you can control to maximize your body’s ability to process CBD. 

It’s commonly known that water and oil don’t mix. Furthermore, water has higher bioavailability—the ability to be absorbed into your bloodstream—than oil, and because regular CBD is dissolved and sold in oils and fats, it’s not optimal for absorption by the body. 

For this reason, your body doesn’t absorb or benefit from every ounce of CBD oil that you consume. Your body chemistry combined with the natural bioavailability of regular cannabidiol means that some will pass through your system without ever entering your bloodstream. It’s an unfortunate fact, but luckily, it can be changed by modifying CBD to make it water soluble. Water soluble CBD is more readily absorbed by your body, so your chances of benefiting from it are greater. (1)

How it’s made

Though there are complex processes involved, the principle behind making water soluble CBD is fairly simple.

Cannabidiol molecules are first broken into tiny particles by ultrasonic waves. These tiny particles are then mixed with an emulsifier that allows them to dissolve into water.

We’ll break down key concepts to give you a better understanding of what that means.

From molecules to nanoparticles

The two most common hemp extraction methods involve the use of hydrocarbons (e.g., butane, propane) or ethanol to produce CBD oils. Our bodies have to break down and process oils before we can use them, and this can result in loss of quality. It also means that some of the oils we consume don’t get broken down or processed in time to make it into our bloodstream. To circumvent this, cannabidiol molecules can be processed before ingestion.

In order to make water soluble CBD, cannabidiol molecules are broken into nanoparticles via ultrasonic waves. Scientists believe this process increases their surface area and, subsequently, CBD’s purported anti-inflammatory properties. (2)


An emulsifier is an agent that helps incompatible substances to mix together. In this case, mixing CBD nanoparticles with a fatty emulsifier helps to stabilize them for dissolving in water. Care must be taken during this step, because destabilization can cause the cannabidiol particles to group together.

As mentioned previously, oil and water don’t mix, but stabilizing the CBD particles allows them to move about homogeneously in water. This workaround improves the bioavailability of cannabidiol, and allows your body to process it more efficiently. In the end, it’s able to enter your bloodstream quicker and in higher concentrations for a stronger overall effect. (2, 3)

Factors to consider

Even though the cost of water soluble CBD is a little higher, its greater bioavailability justifies the price tag. Better absorption means you need less to potentially experience more, so the cost balances out. Furthermore, emulsified CBD gives you more options for cannabinoid ingestion, since it fits better into many popular recipes, especially beverages.

A caveat worth mentioning is the fact that emulsified cannabinoids are heavily processed. Many turn to cannabidiol tinctures and oils as a natural remedy—however, the process used to make it dissolvable in water strips it of its natural qualities. While this isn’t a major issue, those who prefer organic, unprocessed foods may opt for regular CBD over water soluble. 

How can I purchase it?

The effectiveness of cannabinoids is often determined by the quality of hemp extracts they come from. For this reason, it’s important to seek out professional extracts produced by reliable sources if you want high-quality cannabidiol. Make sure to check the labels very carefully; the more transparent the brand is regarding ingredients and third-party lab testing, the more reliable they should be. This is especially true when purchasing water soluble CBD, because the processes involved in making it are extremely delicate.

Buena Vida Botanicals sells professionally crafted water soluble CBD products in our online store. There, you’ll find the best cannabinoid products including oils, soft gels, topicals, and more for almost any kind of supplementation. Visit our store page to view our selection of high-quality CBD products, or to learn more about how you can benefit from the biggest craze in the natural health industry.


Disclaimer: This article is based on our independent research. While our team does everything in their power to provide accurate and current information from credible state-run websites and resources, we are not lawyers or legal experts. As such, none of the following information should be interpreted as legal advice. Content on these pages is provided for informational purposes only and those with legal concerns should consult experts within their state, such as the FDA.


  1. “Towards Better Delivery of Cannabidiol (CBD)”, Source: https://www.mdpi.com/1424-8247/13/9/219/pdf
  2. “Recent Advances in Nanoparticle-Mediated Delivery of Anti-Inflammatory Phytocompounds”, Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5412295/

“6 Benefits of CBD Oil”, Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-oil-benefits