What is a cbd tincture and do I need to choose one

How do you like to take you CBD? It’s a fair question considering that there are a number of ways to derive the benefits of this naturally occurring chemical found in industrial hemp and marijuana. With its anti-inflam­­matory, anti-anxiety and pain-relieving benefits, among other health-promoting properties, the demand for CBD has been growing and it’s now available in a range of products. You can obtain the benefits of CBD in ingestible oils, topical products and edibles, such as chocolates and candy and even beer. There are CBD pills and patches. CBD also can be inhaled by vaping, and CBD isolate powder, which is CBD in its purest form (it has no traces of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that gets you high), can be used in baking, cooking and added to other food and drinks.

Ingesting CBD via Tinctures

Another popular way to ingest CBD is in tinctures. But to many that’s a term that is unfamiliar. Generally speaking, a tincture is a liquid extract that is made by soaking one substance in another. Alcohol is the most common liquid used to make tinctures. In the case of CBD, the hemp flowers or buds are soaked in alcohol or a mixture of alcohol and water in order to extract the CBD from the plant. This results in a highly concentrated solution. Tinctures also can be made by steeping hemp in a plant-based oil or other substance. [1]

 Tinctures generally contain additional flavoring ingredients and healthy additives like herbs. The alcohol in tinctures also acts as a preservative. It can extend the cannabidiol’s life by several years.[2] The addition of these other ingredients enables manufacturers to produce their own proprietary blends.

CBD Tincture Dosages

CBD tinctures are generally administered a few drops at a time under the tongue for easy absorption. The dose can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the number of drops taken.[3] But a small amount of CBD tincture can go a long way because it’s so concentrated. CBD edibles, like gummies or cookies, have less bioavailability, which is the degree or rate a substance is absorbed, because the body has to process both the CBD and the ingredients used to make the treat.[4]

CBD tinctures are fast-acting.  If CBD is held under the tongue for 60 to 90 seconds before being swallowed, the mucus membranes in the mouth can absorb the compounds. In this way, CBD can bypass the digestive system and liver metabolism, so the compounds can avoid being broken down by enzymes and reach the bloodstream more quickly.[5] The effects may be felt within 15 to 45 minutes.

CBD tinctures generally come in a glass bottle with a dropper. They are convenient and have a long shelf life.

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[1] Gardner, Amanda, “Here’s What You Should Know about CBD Tinctures,” MSN Lifestyle, March 4, 2021. https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/here-s-what-you-should-know-about-cbd-tinctures/ar-BB1ef4au
[2] Mulloy, Thomas, “What’s the Difference Between CBD Oil and CBD Tinctures,” CBD Retail Trends, January 27, 2020. https://www.cbdretailtrends.com/whats-the-difference-between-cbd-oil-and-cbd-tinctures/
[3] Anderson, Jessica Cumberbatch, “Everything You Need to Know about CBD Tinctures, Elle, May 1, 2019. https://www.elle.com/culture/a27149060/what-are-tinctures/
[4] Leasca, Stacey, “Answers to All of Your Biggest Questions About CBD Tinctures, the Latest Health Trend,” Prevention, April 9, 2019. https://www.prevention.com/health/a26990439/what-is-a-cbd-tincture/
[5] “How Does the Body Absorb CBD?”, ECHO, October 2017. https://echoconnection.org/cbd-absorbed-body/