Course curriculum

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    Cannabinoid Nanoemulsions

    • Cannabinoid Nanoemulsions

    • Cannabinoid Nanoemulsions Script

    • Test Your Knowledge: Cannabinoid Nanoemulsions

What are cannabinoid nanoemulsions and why should I care?

  • What is a nanoemulsion?

    Emulsions are simply mixtures of two or more liquids that are normally immiscible, meaning that the liquids typically cannot form a homogenous mixture. In the emulsion, however, there are very small droplets of one liquid dispersed into a second liquid. A nanoemulsions is a type of emulsion that is comprised of very small droplet sizes (much smaller than the droplet sizes in your oil and vinegar salad dressing, for example). In fact, nanoemulsions are the reason that you can now drink your cannabis.

  • Why are they important?

    Cannabinoids and terpenes are lipophilic (they are fat-loving) and have low solubility in water. In the human body, poor water solubility results in low bioavailability. Consequently, when you eat cannabis, for example, your body absorbs only a fraction of cannabinoids. The rest are metabolized into something else or eliminated. If we can make cannabinoids more water soluble, then the body can absorb much more of the cannabinoid payload, increasing bioavailability. And, water solubility increases time of onset.

  • Are they safe and effective?

    Is there any evidence that nanoemulsions have higher bioavailability and faster onset? Are they safe? Is there any research to support their safety and efficacy? There is certainly evidence that nanoemulsion technology can improve bioavailability of substances, can be non-toxic, and can improve the stability and absorption of substances. In this module, we’ll review the research that is specific to cannabis and nanoemulsion technologies.


President and Chief Education Officer, Radicle Health

Timothy Byars

Timothy is a researcher, writer, and curriculum developer with over 20 years’ experience writing, editing, and developing content. Prior to Radicle Health, Timothy co-founded The Agathist Collective, a consulting and delivery service that helped members—most of whom were seniors—use cannabis to treat chronic and age-related illness. Prior to working in cannabis, Timothy worked for 15 years for Oracle and PeopleSoft as an information architect, technical writer, and curriculum developer. Timothy has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a M.S. in Cannabinoid Sciences from the University of Maryland. Timothy is currently an instructor at the Pacific College of Health and Science, San Diego and at Oaksterdam University in Oakland, CA.

CEO, Radicle Health

Eloise Theisen, AGPCNP-BC

Eloise Theisen, AGPCNP-BC, is a board-certified Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in nursing. She started her own cannabis practice in 2014 and she has treated over 7000 patients using cannabis. Eloise was one of the first healthcare professionals to bring a clinical dosing regimen to the cannabis space and has assembled the knowledge and data to use cannabis to treat a broad range of conditions and disease, especially those that commonly afflict seniors—pain, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Eloise is the President of the American Cannabis Nurses Association and will serve as President through 2022. Eloise is currently an instructor at the Pacific College of Health and Science, San Diego and the Chief Nursing Officer at