If you’re new to the world of hemp extract, you might be confused by the many terms that show up on various sites. Maybe you’ve heard of water-soluble hemp extract and wondered why it’s used in the same articles with phrases such as nano-hemp extract, nano-emulsified hemp extract, or nano-enhanced hemp extract. If you’re a little confused, you’re in good company. That’s why Helios is here to help you understand the jargon you might be hearing when it comes to our water-soluble hemp extract energy drinks.

What’s the difference between water-soluble hemp extract and nano-hemp extract?

There’s really no difference, and these terms are used interchangeably in the industry. Both of these terms refer to hemp extract molecules that have been separated from each other — essentially made smaller — so that they can be more easily absorbed into the bloodstream. So when you hear terms like nano-emulsified hemp extract, nano-enhanced, or simply nano-hemp extract, they are referring to water-soluble hemp extract.

Why is it important to choose water-soluble hemp extract?

As the old saying goes, oil and water don’t mix. hemp extract is hydrophobic, meaning that it does not like to mix with water. With the human body being more than 60% water (and blood more than 80%), hemp extract needs to be delivered in a water-soluble state to make it easily available to the body.

On top of that, molecules of hemp extract want to stick together, but most of these clusters are simply too large to be absorbed into the body. This means that most of the beneficial molecules in a typical hemp extract product — from hemp extract energy drinks to oils to gummies — can’t be absorbed into the bloodstream where they can do the most good. The water-soluble hemp extract found in Helios has higher bioavailability than oil-based hemp extract. 

What does hemp extract bioavailability mean?

Bioavailability simply means the ratio of a substance put into the body compared to the amount that is actually absorbed and made use of. While many products will tout the milligrams of hemp extract their product contains, it’s unlikely that most of it is actually being absorbed by the body where it can do its job.

What happens if hemp extract isn’t made water-soluble?

Since the molecules in hemp extract tend to stick together, most of them are too large to be absorbed and never get into the bloodstream. They are either destroyed by the digestive system or pass through the body unused. In fact, most hemp extract from other products never gets the chance to do any good to anyone. By some estimates, only 10% of hemp extract is absorbed by the body when an oil-based version is taken. Conversely, about 90% of hemp extract in a product is absorbed when water-soluble hemp extract is used.

How is hemp extract made water-soluble? 

In its most natural form, hemp extract simply can’t be absorbed by the body in helpful quantities. That’s why special care has to be taken in order to make it water-soluble, taking each nano part and tailoring it for the human body.

Helios uses the most advanced methods for assisting hemp extract into your bloodstream. Our hemp extract molecules are nested inside organic liquid structures that attach themselves to the intestinal wall, release the hemp extract molecules into the bloodstream, and break apart to be digested. They’re also time-released; not only do they get into the body faster, but they also stay around in the body longer. It’s the perfect delivery method to increase the level of hemp extract molecules that are absorbed.