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difference between water soluble cbd emulsion and powder

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CBD is hydrophobic, or water-fearing, which makes it almost completely insoluble in water. To infuse CBD into a beverage or any aqueous product, different techniques need to be employed to prevent CBD from just floating on the surface as a powder.

At Mile High Labs, we use a unique nano-emulsification process to create our Water Soluble Liquids. One of our goals is to provide education not only on our own processes, but on the processes of the CBD industry as a whole. The techniques covered in this article ultimately accomplish the same goal of making CBD dispersible in a water-based product. But can any of them be considered truly “water soluble” and what are the pros and cons of each? Let’s take a look.


CBD can be chemically modified to form esters, which increases its solubility in water. This technique is commonly used with pharmaceutical active ingredients, but requires significant chemical treatment of the base molecule, along with further extraction and purification to remove residual chemicals. Esterified pharmaceuticals are often referred to as “prodrugs” because the active form is created when the ester is lost. Esterified CBD dissolved in water forms a solution.