What is Nano CBD? Is it Legit or a Scam?

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As the author of a book about CBD and a long-time expert in the world of supplements and herbs, there’s one thing I know for sure: Not all CBD products are created equal.

And as it currently stands, it's up to us—the consumers—to separate the good from the bad, the legit from the not-so-legit, to make sure we’re getting a high-quality product that is not only safe but actually works.

Lately, one group of CBD products has been standing out from the rest. They’re called “nano” CBD oils and they’re making major waves (and claims!) when it comes to absorption rates and efficacy. Here’s the full intel on nano CBD and why it might benefit your health.

What is nanotechnology—and what does it have to do with CBD? 

You’ve probably heard the word “nanotechnology” at least once before. The nano field is new, rapidly growing, and it involves way more than just CBD. So, what is nanotechnology, really? According to a New York Times article titled Nanotechnology’s Future, “Nanotechnology involves industrial products and processes in the realm of nanometers...That is also the scale on which all living cells—and the things that nourish or kill them—operate.” In other words, it involves things that are really, really, really tiny. 

Most commonly, nanotechnology is used in the context of the pharmaceutical and medical industries to help deliver compounds to our cells. It’s also been used in the beauty industry to get the ingredients in our lotions and face serums through the skin. The supplement industry is also taking advantage of nanotechnology by using specific delivery methods that protect ingredients from degradation in the digestive tract.

The pros and cons of nano CBD 

When it comes to CBD, nanotechnology is being used—in extremely simple terms—to make sure the CBD you’re taking is actually getting where it needs to go. According to Cade Turland, CEO and co-founder of Hemple—an Australian-owned hemp and CBD product company that’s big on nano CBD—it’s all about speed, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness. “When you break the math down: If you have a 10 mg product of regular CBD oil, the max you’ll actually absorb into your cells is about 2 mg. But if you’re taking a nano-emulsified product, you can actually get absorption before the digestive system and as much as 8 mg to the cells.” According to Turland, nano has the potential to match the absorption rate that you get from smoking. Hemple uses an extraction system called N-Osmo™ that uses ultrasonic therapy to shrink the CBD molecules to a more cell-friendly size.

Nanotechnology is also used to make CBD, which is by nature a fat-soluble compound, more water-soluble. This means that any company, like Recess—the La Croix-cannabis hybrid everyone’s talking about—that’s infusing CBD into beverages is using some type of nanotechnology to create their products. Otherwise, the CBD would just be floating on top or sticking to the sides of the bottle or can.

Is nano CBD the future of CBD? 

According to Scientific American, “By 2015, products incorporating nanotech will contribute approximately $1 trillion to the global economy. About two million workers will be employed in nanotech industries, and three times that many will have supporting jobs.” It appears that nanotechnology will play an important role in the future of the medical industry, supplement industry, and from the looks of it, the CBD industry as well—especially if consumers notice a measurable difference in the benefits of nano CBD versus regular CBD, which seems to be the trend.

 That said, working on that small of a scale is a challenge, even in 2019. For context, a nanometer is about one billionth of a meter and the typical bacterium, which can’t be seen without a microscope, can be as big as 300 nanometers in size. There’s still a lot we need to learn about this emerging field—especially to justify the higher price tag of most nano products—so keep an eye out for high-quality peer-reviewed research studies that prove *just* how much better nano CBD really is. 

If you’re interested in testing some nano CBD products, remember that not all nanotechnology is the same; don’t just assume that if it’s labeled “nano” it’s automatically better; still look for full- or broad-spectrum products that are third-party lab tested for quality, potency, and purity. And as always, keep an eye out for companies making claims that sound too good to be true. 

Written by Gretchen Lidicker

Senior Health Editor & CBD Expert or Contributing Health Editor and CBD Expert. Gretchen is a writer, researcher, and author of the book CBD Oil Everyday Secrets: A Lifestyle Guide To Hemp-Derived Health & Wellness. She has a masters degree in physiology and complementary and alternative medicine from Georgetown University and is the former health editor at mindbodygreen. She’s been featured in the New York Times, Marie Claire, Forbes, SELF, The Times, Huffington Post, and Travel + Leisure.



I noticed your question: “I was reading Tommy Chong’s claim to his line of nano CBD oil. What would you say to his line?”

And I noticed the author never replied. I think that is your answer. The author of this article knows Chong’s stuff is a scam and doesn’t want to get involved.

Jerry October 20, 2020

I ordered from the Tommy Chong site and never received any order; which I paid $378.00 for. It listed a tracking number with USPS that did not exist as I checked twice. I called the phone number many times and emailed also with no response. It is fake and a scam and now I will have to send emails and phone calls to the attorney general in my state and apparently in Connecticut where this scam is being sent from. So sad that a senior citizen who was just trying to find pain relief getting scammed by that fraud. Thanks Robert Petersen

Robert Petersen October 20, 2020

I am also on a fixed income and don’t need to spend my money on any JUNK so I would also want to know if Tommy Chong’s Nano CBD Oil work as well as he say it does. I don’t have cash to waste at all and this stuff is not cheap at all no matter how many months you buy at the time. Of course I will be buying the 1 month supply until I see if it work or not. I really hope that Tommy Ching would not steer me wrong.

Christopher Spivey October 20, 2020

Im a retired chemist and the explanation made sense to me. By the time got down to the order section, I lost the page. I am planning on ordering.

Darlene H Nicholas October 20, 2020

I would love to see some answers to the three questions above especially regarding Tommy chong’s nano CBD protocol

Joe Ramirez October 20, 2020

I was reading Tommy Chong’s claim to his line of nano CBD oil. What would you say to his line?
I want to know this also.
Is it safe? Is it as effective as he claims? What are the short term and long term side effects? Please email me with your conclusions. Thank you

J.Mac October 20, 2020

Here in Texas there is confusion about the laws of medical hemp
I can’t get the up and up of what to do legally.
Can you help me clear the true facts on Texas state laws.
Legal or illegal?
Hope to hear from you on this matter

Robert Ridings October 20, 2020

Where does Tommy Chong s nano cbd rate ? Is it the best or is some other brand?

Joseph Byron Britt October 20, 2020

I also read Tommy Chongs claim to his nano cbd, can you tell me if you think this is a reputable company?

Ellen October 20, 2020

Have been using Lazarus CBD oil for a few years, do you think I would benefit from trying it?

Marvin DeFore October 20, 2020

Is Tommy Chong nano cbd oil a good choice?

Rita Sherman October 20, 2020
Hello I am currently looking into nano-CBD. I suffer with Intervertebral Disc Syndrome (IVDS). I would like to read your responses to the other comments as they ask questions I also have. Where can I read hem, please?

Thank you

Brenda October 20, 2020

I am looking into nano- Cbd and thus came across your page. I would like to read the answers you gave to the othr

Brenda October 20, 2020

Tried it, meh.
Nighttime formula is loaded with valerian and tryptophan, you’ll wake up feeling like you were hit by a truck.
Daytime formula has caffeine, but not enough to counteract the nighttime formula.
I dropped the dosage to 50% then 25% on the nighttime, seems ok as a sleep aid.
But I’m currently trying to get their “no questions asked” refund on the ‘discounted’ extra bottles, (I don’t feel the product is worth the $$$) an email sent to their “info@“ address was responded to informing me my request has been sent to customer service, but I haven’t heard back in 2 days now.
Starting to suspect the worst.

Rusty S. October 20, 2020

I have the same question for you as the one above mine:

“I was reading Tommy Chong’s claim to his line of nano CBD oil. What would you say to his line?
Barbara Valdez June 18, 2020”

Randolph Neel October 20, 2020
I like and trust Tommy Chong. I want to try the CBD oil he is supporting, until itss proven not to work. I’m a big fan…what can I say!
Nicholas Celia October 20, 2020

I’m looking for a better cbd product and ran across nano is it all hype and I’m on a fixed income is nano worth the money

Dawn Hanley June 24, 2020

I believe that the nano cbd oil works for me. What’s the difference between other cbd oils?

Asako Ashby June 18, 2020

I was reading Tommy Chong’s claim to his line of nano CBD oil. What would you say to his line?

Barbara Valdez June 18, 2020

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