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What is Nano THC?

What is Nano THC?

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As much as we all love edibles, they usually aren't the fastest way to reap the effects of THC. From your first bite, it can take well over an hour for the average THC gummy or infused brownie to kick in. Thankfully, nano THC is here to save us all from the drawn-out onset times of a traditional edible.

What is nano THC? It's an ultra-tiny THC particle that circumvents the usual absorption process so you feel the effects in a fraction of the time. On top of that, you'll also likely get a lot more out of less.

Curious to understand how it works? Let's break it down.

How THC Works

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Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the primary psychoactive compound found in cannabis. This cannabinoid produces its desired effects by interacting with our body's endocannabinoid system

If you've never heard of this system, it's the body-wide network of receptors and naturally produced chemical communications (called endocannabinoids) that manage things like memory, mood, appetite, inflammation, and pain.

THC can interact with this system because it is structurally similar to the body's endocannabinoids. In fact, it's so similar it can bind to your endocannabinoid receptors, specifically the CB1 receptors, which are concentrated in your brain.

But cannabinoids like THC are notoriously difficult for our bodies to absorb fully, especially when eaten in an edible format. A lot gets lost in the digestive system, reducing its bioavailability. 

A Brief Introduction to Bioavailability

Scientifically speaking, an active ingredient's absorption rate is known as its bioavailability. This measures how much your body metabolizes something after ingestion.

For example, when we look at THC in edibles, the bioavailability is shockingly low; your body only metabolizes about six to ten percent of the total THC you've eaten. In other words, you don’t experience the fullness of THC’s effects when you ingest the average edible. 

This is because cannabinoids are relatively large particles that your body needs to metabolize into smaller, usable molecules before being absorbed into the bloodstream. When we eat cannabinoids, they first pass through our digestive tract before traveling to the liver for processing. Only then are they circulated throughout the body and put to use. 

Cannabinoids are subjected to the highly variable conditions of the digestive system — and much of their value is lost during this process. This issue is known as the first-pass effect, and it impacts the bioavailability of everything from medicines to vitamins to cannabis.

The solution, especially for cannabinoids like THC, is a process called nano-emulsification. 

What is Nano-Emulsification?

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In the simplest terms, emulsification is a process that shrinks molecules into extremely small particles by physically breaking them apart with ultrasonic waves or other techniques. Then, these tiny nano-sized particles are encapsulated with an emulsifier, which helps them disperse in water-based solutions. 

Naturally, cannabinoids are oily, which makes them challenging to infuse into drinks, but because nanoemulsions are water-soluble, they become an incredible foundation for beverages, edibles, and more.

What is Nano (aka Fast-Acting) THC?

Nano-THC is a type of THC that yields a faster onset of effects than most consumption methods due to the nano-emulsification process. If you are familiar with edibles, you'll know that most of the time, it takes anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes for the effects to kick in. It's a long wait time, especially when you want immediate effects.  

The good news is that this slow onset of effects isn't an issue with nano THC particles. Instead of an hour or more to work, edibles using nanoemulsions, like our ORCA Recovery microdose pills, take as little as 15 minutes before the effects are felt. 

Why does nano-emulsified THC increase bioavailability?  Unlike traditional edibles that have to physically move through the digestive tract and then through to the liver to get metabolized, fast-acting THC starts the absorption process as soon as it hits the tongue.

This is because the compounds are super-tiny. They can enter the bloodstream through the lining of your mouth and stomach. The effects of nano THC are fast because they aren't reliant on your metabolism to get to work. 

Does Nano THC Work?

The short answer is yes. Nano THC and other nano-emulsified cannabinoids work because they make it much easier for your body to access the compounds without all the rigamarole of moving through the digestive tract. They also aren't subject to your highly variable metabolism. 

Better bioavailability also means a more consistent experience, often from a much lower serving size. Just think: your body is able to absorb more of the smaller particles long before the digestive tract gets to work. This means less THC is getting flushed down the drain (so to speak), and you won't need as much THC to feel the same effect.

The bottom line is that nano THC is more effective, more consistent, and has a much faster onset than a traditional edible. Plus, nanoemulsions are water-soluble, making them that much easier to infuse into tasty edibles and drinks.

Of course, keep in mind that the above benefits of nano-THC are only true generally, as the effects of THC vary by person.

Fast-Acting THC Products

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Tropical THC Drink Mix

Thanks to the 15 mg of fast-acting THC per serving, our Delta-9 infused Tropical Electrolyte Drink Mix promises you'll feel the relieving effects in half the time of other edibles. 

Boosted with hydrating electrolytes and energizing B12, this is your new favorite tropical summer drink, perfect for keeping you going even on the hottest days. With 2 packets of each of our beach-inspired flavors, including: 
  • Bay Breeze (strawberry lemonade)
  • Tropical Bliss (strawberry banana)
  • Beach Paradise (concord grape)
  • Maui Dream (tropical fruit punch)
  • Caribbean Sunset (orange mango)
You’re set for 10 euphoric and delicious sessions with nano-THC.


Our line of ORCA pill regime, which includes Recovery, Energy, and Relaxation, relies on nano THC for fast-acting effects. Each blend features a unique mix of microdosed cannabinoids, like THC, CBD, and CBN, plus synergistic vitamins and minerals. Whether you are seeking support after an intense workout or to quickly unwind before bed, each little pill gets to work in 30 minutes or less.

Nano THC: Edibles That Hit, Faster

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The creation of nano-emulsified THC, gives you all the benefits of cannabis, faster. For some, the experience lasts a shorter time compared to an edible. Some equate the duration to that of smoking a joint. 

Thanks to a much smaller particle size, nano THC is faster-acting, more efficient, and water-soluble— and makes the edible experience that is more predictable and enjoyable.

So, if you’re looking for a socializer that you can feel after a brief conversation, similar to the experience of sipping on a cocktail, elevate your happy hour with a nano-emulsified Delta-9 infused THC beverage.

Until next time, happy exploring, and Mind Your Mind. 

FDA Disclaimer: The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.

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