CBD Tinctures- A Full Guide
You have probably seen little glass bottles labeled CBD tincture or CBD oil and wondered what’s the difference? Both have grown in popularity and are easy to use. They are often preferred by individuals who want to receive the potential health benefits of cannabis without smoking or getting ‘high’. Which leads me to today’s blog post- “A Full Guide to CBD Tinctures.” So, if you are interested in learning more, keep reading!
What are CBD Tinctures?
The Medical Cannabis Network stated, “the word ‘tincture’ depicts any medication kept in alcohol arrangement.” CBD tinctures come in liquid form and contain around 70% alcohol in addition to high-CBD, low-THC hemp. Tinctures are made by soaking high-CBD hemp flower in a mixture of water and alcohol. After the mixture is made, flavoring such as cinnamon or peppermint oil is often added to flavor the compound which is bitter in taste. If you are purchasing a full spectrum tincture it should not contain more than 0.3% THC. CBD tinctures are non-psychoactive so they will not get you high.
What is The Best way to Consume?
There is not much difference when it comes to administering tinctures vs CBD oil. The most effective route of consumption is to place one drop under the tongue (sublingually) for at least 30 seconds to ensure absorption before swallowing the rest. Another popular method of consumption is to add a couple drops of CBD tincture to your food or drink. Conversely, individuals often apply CBD oil topically, however, CBD tinctures are not recommended for topical application due to added ingredients such as alcohol. And, with any form of CBD, we recommend starting with smaller doses i.e. one drop and increase to two drops from there using the controlled dropper.
Although CBD in high doses has been deemed safe, it is not necessary for therapeutic effects. Many factors come into play when determining the right dosage for you including your weight, body chemistry, specific condition you are trying to treat and the amount of CBD in the product you are taking.
Are Tinctures the Same as CBD Oil?
It is understandable, because of their many similarities, why the terms tincture and oil are used interchangeably. However, there is a difference and that difference lies within the base and creation method. CBD tinctures have an alcohol base whereas CBD oil is an isolate from the cannabis sativa plant pulled through CO2 extraction and mixed with a carrier oil/base. Common carrier oils include MCT oil, coconut oil, vegetable glycerin base and hemp seed oil. At Green Therapy, both our full spectrum and isolate CBD oil are made with MCT oil for ease of consumption.
To further clarify, an article published by cbdMD stated, “CBD tinctures also use CBD isolates extracted from the flower, stalk, and leaves of Cannabis sativa – similar to regular CBD oil – but through the use of alcohol instead of CO2 extraction.”
Even though they have differing bases, tinctures and oil both contain cannabidiol and hold similar therapeutic properties. In addition, both CBD oil and tinctures can be administered orally and contain higher amounts of CBD in comparison to other products such as edibles, vapes or topicals.
An article published by Medterra stated “Another benefit to an oil is, in the manufacturing process, it used an extracted compound versus soaking the whole plant. When soaking the entire plant, every compound (CBD, THC and Terpenes) are in the end result.” Although the THC left over has to be less than 0.3% to meet legal standards and will not get you high, CBD oil may be the better choice for those looking to avoid any THC. Finally, whether you prefer CBD tinctures or oil, it is important to discuss with your doctor to ensure that it does not interact with any medications you may be taking.
Benefits of CBD Tinctures
CBD tinctures provide the same health benefits as any other CBD product. It is often used as a dietary supplement to manage ailments including, but not limited to, inflammation, anxiety and insomnia.
Both CBD oil and tinctures are terms used interchangeably which can rise questions amongst consumers when making a purchase. Both are non-psychoactive and hold similar therapeutic benefits, however, tinctures are alcohol based and oils use a carrier oil as a base. Finally, it is important to note that CBD tinctures and CBD oil are a supplemental addition, not a replacement to a prescribed treatment plan.