A breakthrough technology triggers a new wave of CBD products—unlocking new possibilities in the consumer packaged goods industry. Tincture can be a valuable way to ingest CBD treatments – here’s how it can work for you.
Water-Soluble CBD: A Game Changer for Consumer Packaged Goods
Water-Soluble CBD: A Game Changer for Consumer Packaged Goods
Cannabidiol (CBD)—a major non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant—is quickly becoming a mainstream product. Due to mounting evidence of its health benefits, it is increasingly used as a key ingredient in consumer packaged goods such as food, beverages, and health and wellness products.
This burgeoning market is estimated to grow from $5 billion in 2019, to $23.7 billion by 2023. However, major challenges with existing products need to be addressed, such as poor bioavailability, or the rate at which CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream.
Today’s infographic from Trait Biosciences explores the importance of a truly water-soluble CBD formulation in addressing this challenge and many more.
The Importance of Water-Soluble CBD
When CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant, it takes an oil-based form. Like any oil, it is hydrophobic, meaning it will not dissolve in water.
As a result, CBD oil resists absorption into the bloodstream—with 96% of it being flushed from the body without ever having an active effect.
Nanoemulsion is the most common method of creating CBD-infused products. The process involves pulverizing cannabinoids into nano-sizes, and combining them with an emulsifier and a carrier oil, in an attempt to create a water-soluble CBD.
However, despite many industry players’ claims, nanoemulsified CBD is not water-soluble. In fact, water-compatible is a more accurate description. Nanoemulsified CBD also has associated risks, including:
- Risk of DNA damage, cytotoxicity, and immune system response
- Nanoparticles have been known to accumulate in organs, causing other health concerns
- Leads to unpredictable experiences
Trait Biosciences’ breakthrough technology, Trait Distilled™, avoids these issues.
An Entirely Natural Process
Through Trait Biosciences’ proprietary glycosylation process, a sugar molecule is attached to the cannabinoid—a process that naturally occurs in the body as it metabolizes different foods.
The benefits of the Trait Distilled™ process will be a game changer for cannabis, hemp, and CPG industries, due to its:
- Greater bioavailability
- Perfectly clear solution
- Faster onset time
- Indefinite shelf stability
- Better taste
- Lack of emulsifiers, surfactants, or nanotechnologies
- Organic certification potential
- Odor-free properties
Trait’s Distilled™ technology results in pure, and natural water-soluble terpenes and cannabinoids that are entirely safe for commercial use.
The Impact on Consumer Packaged Goods Industries
The adoption of this new technology will prove extremely lucrative across CBD-infused CPG product categories. Many major companies are already capitalizing on the potential of CBD-infused products, such as Walmart, Whole Foods, and Ulta Beauty.
Among products that new and existing consumers would consider trying, edibles—such as CBD-infused baked goods and chocolate—rank the highest.
CBD as a functional ingredient and a mood enhancer is blurring the lines between pharma and food, with health benefits such as:
- Full of Omega-3
- Stress and anxiety relief
The global functional food market is projected to grow from $250 billion to $440 billion by 2022, with CBD-infused food products playing a significant role in the growth of this market.
The global functional beverages market will be worth an estimated $278 billion by 2020, with CBD-infused beverages becoming a significant sub-segment.
Taste is the #1 consumer driver, and biggest roadblock for CBD-infused beverages. Water-soluble CBD will eliminate the unpleasant aftertaste associated with CBD-infused beverages that are currently on the market.
Health and Wellness
Health and wellness is emerging as a new reason for cannabis consumption. With Unilever now entering the space with CBD-infused ice cream, the floodgates will open for other major companies to follow suit.
Truly water-soluble CBD is a revolutionary technology that will kickstart the growth of CBD products in the CPG sector—and unlock the true potential of the cannabis plant.
Trait Biosciences is leading this biotechnology innovation, by creating purer and safer cannabis products for everyone.
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BlackRock MyMap: Designed for First-Time Investors
First-time investors are faced with an overwhelming amount of information and choices. See how BlackRock is simplifying the process.
Whether you’re sending your kids to university or preparing for retirement, meeting future financial needs can be a mighty challenge.
This is due to the many economic issues that eat away at your savings. Inflation, for example, is increasing the cost of gas, groceries, and other daily necessities. The COVID-19 pandemic, on the other hand, has thrown a wrench into many people’s personal finances.
Starting Your Investment Journey
This infographic from BlackRock introduces their MyMap range of multi-asset investment funds, and describes the benefits to first-time investors.
Today’s Savings Struggles
The above infographic highlighted three savings struggles that make it difficult to meet your future financial goals.
The first is inflation, which refers to the increase in prices of goods and services over time. To understand how inflation can erode the value of your savings, consider this example:
- £100 worth of goods in 2000 would cost £179 in 2021
- £100 worth of goods in 1980 would cost £456 in 2021
In other words, inflation reduces the purchasing power of your savings over time.
The second savings struggle is increasing longevity, also known as longer life expectancies. Living a longer life is generally a good thing, but it does increase the risk of outliving your savings. Coming up with a solid retirement plan is becoming more important than ever.
A third struggle is the COVID-19 pandemic, which appears to be having a long-term impact on UK households. In a December 2021 survey, UK families were asked to rate their financial situation following the pandemic. Of the 5,770 respondents, only 38% said they were “financially secure”.
How MyMap Can Help First-Time Investors
Investing has the potential to generate inflation-beating returns. This not only protects your wealth from erosion, but may help it grow over time.
Unfortunately, just 33% of Brits are currently investing in the stock market. To improve this ratio, BlackRock developed the MyMap range of investment funds, which are designed to be approachable for first-time investors. This means that simplicity is a top priority.
As shown below, each MyMap fund is diversified across several types of assets. Or to put it another way, diversification means spreading your savings across different types of investments, to mitigate the risk of any particular one performing poorly. In this case, diversification is achieved through a single product.
|Fund||Allocation to Equities (%)||Allocation to Bonds (%)||Allocation to Alternatives (%)|
|MyMap 3 Select ESG||26%||74%||0%|
|MyMap 4 Select Income||33%||67%||0%|
|MyMap 5 Select ESG||64%||36%||0%|
|MyMap 7 Select ESG||100%||0%||0%|
MyMap funds also vary by the amount of risk they take, with a lower number signifying less risk. This is why MyMap 3 is heavily weighted towards bonds, which are relatively safer than equities. MyMap 6 takes the opposite approach by investing heavily in equities, which offer greater return potential at the cost of higher risk.
Generally speaking, MyMap 3 is suitable for shorter-term goals (like buying a new car), while MyMap 6 is suitable for longer-term goals (like retirement).
Putting Your Money to Work
For over 30 years, BlackRock’s mission has been to help people build better financial futures. The MyMap range embodies this by giving new investors a simple, one-stop solution for whatever their goals may be.
Sustainable options are available as well, through the MyMap Select ESG funds (3, 5, and 7). These are tailored to investors who are interested in aligning personal values with financial goals.
What Is Tincture and How Does It Work With CBDs?
CBD tinctures are an efficient and fast way to absorb CBD. Is the process right for you?
If you’ve been studying up on the latest cannabidiol (CBD) compounds, you may have run into the term “tincture.”
Tincture is an increasingly popular way of applying treatments that use CBD. A natural byproduct of the cannabis plant, CBD can be extracted to use as an herbal treatment that proponents claim can help with a variety of physical and mental ailments, like muscle pain, anxiety, and depression.
Along with vaping, edibles, oils and other cannabis intake options, a tincture gives CBD adherents another good option in ingesting cannabidiols safely and effectively.
And better yet, tincture is also easier to do than many CBD users may think.
How are CBD Treatments Applied?
When extracted from the cannabis plant, CBD can be ingested into the human body in multiple ways, including:
- Vaped through CBD pipes and other inhalation devices.
- Consumed as edibles via chewable gummies.
- Ingested via liquid droplets from tinctures.
- Ingested into the body via creams, ointments, salves and other topicals.
Contrary to other Phytocannabinoids such as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not a hallucinogenic, and doesn’t possess the elements that lead to mind-altering mental swings. When culled from hemp, CBD actually has a decidedly low level of THC, much less than the amount that produces the “high” feeling linked to marijuana use.
Advocates and users tout the healthy usage of CBD, noting that it aids significantly in the relief of stress and pain, and can be used without the fear of the aftereffects from biopharmaceutical aids for physical and emotional stress, including lethargy, dizziness, memory loss, and trouble focusing.
Officially, the jury is out on the regular use of CBD aids– clinical trials have not been done and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regularly issues warnings Americans using unapproved CBD products from companies both inside and outside the U.S.
That said, the market for CBD products is growing, with BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research estimating that U.S. CBD sales will crest $20 billion by 2024.
CBD Tinctures Described
Now let’s take a closer look at a tincture and see if it’s a good option for you.
A tincture is a herbal treatment that, combined with CBD, offers one of the more potent yet efficient ways to ingest cannabidiols. Tinctures are developed by merging CBD herbs or flowers with high-proof alcohol, then heating the two compounds over low-heat for an extended period of time–often several weeks for a single batch.
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The heat acts as a purifier for the alcohol, enabling it to infuse with the CBD dosage and turn it into liquid form, and can be ingested by the user after boiling off the excess spirits from the alcohol used.
In final form, the tincture becomes a liquid that provides an easy way to take and digest the CBD dosage, without having to inhale it, eat it, or ingest it in another form. Tinctures are considered one of the purest (and hence distasteful) forms of CBD ingestion, with many users add “taste enhancers” like orange rinds or mild oils to the mix, to make the taking of the tincture more palatable.
When the concoction is completed, users ingest the tincture in very small doses (which is highly advisable given the high potency involved), via a dropper.
Only several drops of a CBD tincture is usually needed to give the user the preferred dosage, although CBD users may take less or more of a tincture, depending on their ability to absorb a tincture intake.
Different Ways to Absorb a Tincture
Fortunately, absorbing the tincture directly with a dropper as a liquid isn’t the only option for CBD users.
More commonly-used methods include:
By food. A tincture can easily be mixed with food to properly and safely ingest the cannabidiol. Dropping into chicken soup or mixing it into a salad is easy to do and serves to curb the often harsh taste of the tincture.
By coffee, tea or ginger ale. A CBD-based tincture can be digested via hot or cold drinks, although heated drinks, like coffee or tea, are likely a better idea. A few drops of a tincture into a hot mug of herbal tea is a great way to get the full effect of a CBD tincture, although a few drops into fruit juice or ginger ale can get the job done, too.
Under the tongue. CBD tinctures can also be placed under the tongue. This method works fast in getting the CBD into the body, but comes with a cost–direct ingestion of a tincture under the tongue can be harsh and distasteful and requires some getting used to for regular CBD users.
Benefits of CBD Tinctures
For CBD enthusiasts, CBD tinctures offer an array of usage benefits.
- It works quickly in the body: As CBD tinctures are extremely concentrated, several droplets will go right to work in the body, delivering CBD significantly faster than other methods.
- The body breaks down CBD consumption better than with vaping or edibles: Tincture droplets are easily digestible in the human body when compared to other CBD consumption vehicles like vaping, gummies, balms and lotions.
- It’s smokeless: CBD Tinctures come smoke-free, which is a big attraction for consumers who have health issues with smoking and vaping, and prefer to avoid CBD inhalation devices.
- It’s discreet: Tincture droppers can easily be hidden in a purse or pants pocket, and can be easily administered at a moment’s notice in private.
- It’s precise: CBD users who favor tinctures, after some experimentation, can count on taking the precise, desired dosage of CBD, on a regular basis.
Should You Prepare a Tincture Yourself?
While you can technically make your own CBD tincture batch, the process can be time-consuming and cumbersome, with multiple moving parts involved (i.e., like carefully sorting plant parts, chopping the plants up properly, and getting the mixture ratio right between herbs and liquids used to prepare your CBD tincture.)
By and large, it’s easier to let the professionals handle the tincture preparation. Then all you have to do is buy the bottle of CBD, which usually comes with a dropper.
In addition, most commercial CBD tincture bottles come with labels showing what mixtures were used in the preparation and in what dose amounts.
The Takeaway on CBD Tinctures
While CBD tinctures appear to be a safe and easy way to absorb CBD into the human body, it’s always a good idea to discuss the treatment with your doctor.
No question, cannabidiols have come a long way as a treatment for various ailments, but a good, candid discussion with your general practitioner can help lead you to the right decision on using CBD tinctures on a regular basis.