Liposomes: Are they Worth the Hype?

Liposomes: Are they Worth the Hype?


You might have heard of liposomes being attached to CBD products lately and have wondered why this is. Liposomes are more than marketing jargon, they are a nifty piece of biotechnology that is being utilized to more effectively deliver the therapeutic effects of CBD to users.

The Science

Defined as spherical cellular nutrient/drug transport mechanisms comprised of at least one lipid bilayer, these little "fat bubbles" can be used as incredibly small containers to transport medicine, nutritional supplements, even DNA.


Liposomes are not new, as they were discovered in 1965 by Dr. Alec Bangham. Since their discovery, there have been many applications for liposomes as molecular transport mechanisms for targeted drug delivery. Commonly used to treat tuberculosis, liposomes can also be used to deliver nutrients. Ideal also for low oral bioavailability nutrients and medicines, because liposomes are surrounded by a fatty lipid layer, they are capable of surviving the harsh conditions of the stomach to reach your intestines where there are many endocannabinoid receptors.


This study published Nature in May 2018 explored the potential use of liposomes being used as nano-sized carriers of nutrients to treat malnourished/sickly plants. Results showed that these synthetic particles "soak into plant leaves more easily than naked nutrients." This is further validation of utilizing liposomes to increase absorption of what is being carried by our nano-sized fat bubbles.

Better CBD Absorption

The point of using liposomes as a delivery method for CBD oil is the fact that every person absorbs  CBD differently. Broadly speaking, this is insignificant for most but some people do not possess enough of the natural endocannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors that are required for cannabidiol to work its therapeutic potential. This is where liposomal delivery of CBD could potentially prove to be a huge asset to the budding, pun intended, cannabis market.


If you have tried CBD oil or other such CBD products before and have not felt much of an effect or any at all, then liposomal delivery of CBD might be right for you. The liposomes make their way into your blood and are delivered to the desired parts of your body. As we have written, CBD has many documented effects that help bring relief for a great many symptoms. Liposomal delivery of CBD promises to help more people achieve symptom relief. 


Always consult the advice of a medical professional!


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