CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, a plant chemical found in marijuana and industrial hemp – used to make clothes, rope, and paper. CBD was first discovered in 1940 but not until 1963 did scientists find out what it was – and later, what it did. While similar to a plant chemical found in marijuana (THC), it does not make a person “high” or impaired.
Edible Film (aka thin film) is an edible very thin-layer of material, usually in the shape of a small rectangle, made from plant cells that dissolves in water – or in your mouth. Ingredients are added to the film that have a variety of uses. The best known film is used in making breath strips (Listerine® brand) usually found at the check-out counter of your local grocery store. It is also used for some popular over-the-counter drugs such as brands like Theraflu®, Gas-X®
When you take something orally, it has to be digested or broken down into small molecules before it can be used by your body. It is first broken down by acids in the stomach and then into smaller molecules by pancreatic enzymes in your intestines. This process, called first pass metabolism, degrades the material and affects the amount of the ingredient your body actually gets to use. For example, for every 100 milligrams of CBD that you take orally, only ~9 milligrams can be used.
By comparison, taking CBD in an edible film format, while some of it will ultimately be digested, a majority of it will be absorbed thru the capillary (small veins) in your month, bypassing digestion. For every 100
Additionally, this CBD product contains a black pepper extract which has been shown to further increase the amount of CBD available for your body to use. This extra absorption is typically four to six times higher.
So while there are many ways to take CBD – pills (capsules, tablet, softgel), foods (gummy bears, chocolate, drinks) and by smoking or “vaping” – except for injecting, the edible film format delivers the highest amount of CBD.