What Is Water-Soluble THC Powder and How Is It Used?
- THC powder is THC that can be dissolved in water.
- Powdered THC has several benefits over pure THC.
- It can be used in any type of food or beverage or used sublingually.
- THC powder is made using a process called nanoencapsulation.
Can you get THC and other cannabinoids in powdered form? You bet! Is it dissolvable in water? It is! Does it have the same effect as edibles? It does! However, with higher bioavailability than oils, THC powder packs a bit more of a punch.
What is THC powder? Where can you get it? How is it made? And how powdered THC used? Let’s dig into it!
What are the benefits of THC powder?
THC powder is just what it sounds like — THC in a powdered form. THC powder can be added to liquids and used in cooking.
You’ve probably heard — and seen — that oil and water don’t mix. The technical term for something that doesn’t dissolve in water is hydrophobic. THC, as it turns out, is hydrophobic. That’s because, in its liquid state, THC is an oil.
The idea of smoking medical marijuana or using cannabis-infused products is to get cannabinoids such as THC as well as CBD, CBG, CBN, etc. found in medical marijuana into your bloodstream. However, blood is a water-based fluid. If you were to add some THC to a spoonful of blood, it would just float on the top.
Water-soluble THC has a much higher bioavailability than pure THC. Bioavailability is simply the percentage of the THC that actually enters the bloodstream.
Smoked or vaped THC has a relatively high bioavailability compared to most edibles that have been infused with THC. When using edibles, much of the THC gets absorbed into the fatty tissues of the digestive system — stomach and intestines.
Nanoencapsulation solves this problem making edibles and cannabis-infused beverages more potent. Smaller dosages can be used to get the same effects as a larger dosage of edibles. And less THC generally equals less costly products.
For example, let’s say your THC gummie bear contains 10 milligrams of THC. Somewhere between 20 and 40 percent of THC will actually enter the bloodstream. The rest is lost in fatty tissues. On the other hand, 10 milligrams of powdered THC will provide somewhere between 50 and 80 percent bioavailability.
So, as you can see, powdered THC can be twice as potent and is therefore oftentimes less expensive.
You could simply add pure THC isolate crystals to a blended smoothie. It would remain suspended in the smoothie long enough to drink it. Or you could add it to food during preparation. However, the bioavailability would be lower than it would if powdered THC is used.
Another benefit of nanoencapsulation is that it remains stable indefinitely, thereby increasing the shelf life of the product. Over time, when exposed to air, light, and heat, THC tends to break down. One of the main products of this process is a cannabinoid called CBN which, for many users acts as a sedative.
Nanoencapsulated CBD, by its very nature, is not exposed to air or light. So as long as it’s stored in a cool place powdered CBD will have a much longer shelf life than pure, uncoated THC.
How is THC powder made?
Powdered THC is produced using a process called nanoencapsulation. Nanoencapsulation has been used in the pharmaceutical industry for decades.
Essentially, what this means is that the THC is broken down into microscopic droplets and then coated with a non-hydrophobic coating called an emulsifier. Lecithin is a common emulsifier used when making cannabis-infused cooking oil. Emulsifiers such as lecithin essentially help oils disperse in water.
This coating allows the cannabinoids to dissolve into the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body. Over time, the coating wears off and the THC or other cannabinoid is delivered to cells throughout the body.
The human body processes nanoencapsulated cannabinoids as it would any food. However, because the size of the nanocapsules is so small, the THC can be absorbed into the bloodstream without relying on enzymes or digestive activity to break it down into smaller particle sizes.
How is THC powder use?
Powdered THC can be used in several ways.
Using THC powder sublingually
THC powder can be used in the same way as tinctures — sublingually, or under the tongue. This method is a little less pleasant as the powder can feel gritty before it dissolves. However, once it does dissolve, the cannabinoids are absorbed directly into the bloodstream via the capillaries in the lining of the mouth.
Adding THC powder to beverages
THC powder can be added to beverages — water, coffee, tea, juices, milk, etc. It might take some stirring for all the powder to dissolve. Using a blender or smoothie bullet can greatly speed up the process.
Using THC powder in cooking
THC powder can be added to just about any recipe. It can be added to desserts like pudding or pie, or to sauces, or directly into baked goods like cookies, brownies, or even meatloaf.
There are also report of people smoking and dabbing THC powder. However, we don’t know enough about smoking THC powder to recommend it.
When using powdered THC it’s important to be aware of the final dosage is in a single serving. For, for instance, if you make 10 cookies and you add 100 milligrams of powdered THC, then you’ll have 10 milligrams of THC in each cookie.
It’s important to be keenly aware of dosage because excessive amounts of THC can cause an extremely unpleasant experience.