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If you suffer from pain, anxiety, stress, or you just can’t seem to sleep at night, you need to know about CBD.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the main medicinal compounds of the cannabis plant, and research has shown that it can provide a huge range of benefits for the mind and body. CBD works by interacting with your body’s own endocannabinoid receptors, which are located throughout your nervous system, immune system, and reproductive system. Your endocannabinoid system (ECS) receives and translates signals from cannabinoids, a type of neurotransmitter. It’s your ECS system that helps to regulate normal bodily functions such as sleep, appetite, immune-system responses, and pain.
Your body produces its own cannabinoids, but CBD provides a kind of ‘top-up.’ The cannabinoids in CBD bind with the cannabinoid receptors in your body, resulting in a range of effects that reduce pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms. It’s even been suggested that CBD can help protect nerve cells from damage caused by inflammation or trauma.
As CBD becomes legalized in more and more countries, it seems there are new CBD products popping up all the time. There’s now a huge range of CBD products available on the market, from CBD oils and edibles to vapes and cigarettes. There’s also a ton of information about the vast array of benefits associated with using CBD in general, and some of it can be a little confusing or misleading.
So, how do you take CBD? And what products are best suited to your needs? Should you use a CBD oil or a CBD tincture? We’ll answer all of these questions and more—but first, let’s look at the difference between CBD oils and CBD tinctures.
CBD oil is a liquid extract usually made from seeds and stem of the hemp plant. It’s almost 100% pure CBD (otherwise known as CBD hemp oil). It’s extracted from cannabis sativa using either CO2 extraction or oil extraction. It’s then diffused into a carrier oil so that it can be consumed safely and easily. These carrier oils are usually natural, beneficial oils such as coconut oil, MCT oil, or hemp seed oil.
When made through oil extraction, the hemp plant material is decarboxylated by heating the plant to a specific temperature to activate the chemicals. The plant material is then added to the carrier oil and heated again for several hours. This draws the cannabinoids into the oil. Unfortunately, oil extracted this way is perishable unless preservatives are added. It also produces low yields of active cannabinoids.
CO2 extraction is generally preferred because it provides a cleaner, more potent product. Specialized equipment is used to convert the CO2 into a liquid at supercritical cold temperatures. This prevents any damage to the plant matter or its compounds. The carbon dioxide is passed through the plant matter, extracting the beneficial compounds. The result passes through a separator that draws out all of the cannabinoids and terpenes.
CBD oil is often considered one of the most popular CBD products because it’s so easy to use and provides excellent results. However, CBD tinctures are also highly effective and can be used in much the same way.
Tinctures have been used in herbal medicine for hundreds of years. But, as popular as CBD is, the tincture form is one product that isn’t so widely discussed. Most people have heard of CBD oil, but not everyone understands how it differs from CBD tincture.
First, let’s explain what a tincture is. In herbal medicine, a tincture oil is a concentrated plant extract made by soaking fresh or dried plant matter in a solvent. This plant matter usually includes bark, berries, leaves, or roots taken from a plant known to have therapeutic properties. The solvent used is usually alcohol. The solvent draws the active ingredients out of the plant into the liquid, creating a concentrated tincture that contains all the therapeutic properties of a plant.
CBD tinctures are made and used in exactly the same way. The cannabis flowers or isolates are steeped in high-proof grain alcohol, then placed over low heat for a period of time. This allows the active compounds in cannabis to be infused into the alcohol. The final product contains a small amount of alcohol along with high-CBD hemp strains.
A true CBD tincture should only include full-spectrum hemp oil. The tincture is simply a potent liquid that delivers the effects of the cannabinoid molecules without any smoking or other form of combustion. CBD tincture is sometimes referred to as cannabis tincture, but is also known as ‘green dragon’ or ‘golden dragon.’
Some manufacturers may add carrier oils and other complementary ingredients to improve the taste or add to the benefits of the tincture. They’re especially popular for people trying CBD for the first time. And don’t worry about the alcohol—most of it is boiled off.
No. Although they both contain the same therapeutic properties, CBD tincture is not the same as CBD oil. For a start, CBD oil is made using carbon dioxide or oil extraction and often uses hemp oil as its carrier oil and base. CBD tincture has an alcohol base. Sometimes, a manufacturer may use vinegar or glycerin as a solvent instead of alcohol. In any case, the most significant difference is that a tincture will use a liquid solvent to extract the CBD isolates while commercial CBD oil products rely on carbon dioxide.
The methods of ingestion for tinctures and oils are also slightly different. CBD oil can be used in a vaping device or placed under the tongue to be absorbed sublingually. It can also be added to foods or beverages. Because of its alcohol base, CBD tincture can also be ingested by adding to foods or beverages; however, it can’t be used in a vaping device. It is more common to take a tincture as a medicine. Tincture dosage varies from user to user.
Tinctures also tend to have a longer shelf life (around 3–5 years) due to their alcohol content, which acts as a preservative. Alcohol is a very effective way of preserving the freshness and potency of medicinal plants, which makes it very cost-effective for a CBD tincture. To maximize the shelf-life of alcohol-based tinctures, simply store the bottle in a cupboard or out of direct sunlight. Refrigeration is not necessary. Oil, on the other hand, has a shelf life of 1–2 years.
Another major difference is that CBD tinctures may also utilize other solvents to ‘pull’ the CBD compounds from the hemp material. CBD oils, on the other hand, most commonly use two essential ingredients: CBD isolates and carrier oils.
CBD tinctures tend to use the flower, stalk, and leaves of the cannabis sativa plant. The process of creating a CBD tincture involves soaking the plant material in high-proof alcohol and heating it slowly for a period of time. This extraction method allows the therapeutic properties of the CBD to infuse with the alcohol. The alcohol is then boiled off, leaving only a concentrated liquid that can deliver CBD compounds when ingested. Some manufacturers may substitute the alcohol with a carrier oil and add other ingredients, such as natural flavorings, to improve the taste.
When seeking a CBD tincture, there are some important properties to look out for.
It’s also important to note that CBD tincture only contains a very low amount of alcohol in each serving, especially when you consider the dose of the tincture and the percentage of alcohol. For example, 1/4 tsp of the tincture in a product that has 30–35% alcohol equates to about 1/12th of a teaspoon of alcohol: barely 0.41 mL! That’s even less than what you would drink in a 16 oz pint of kombucha, which contains around 2.4 mL ethanol.
CBD tinctures are highly concentrated, which means they can provide substantial benefit in small doses—and very quickly. This is great for those wondering about the benefits of CBD tincture vs capsules, especially if you need fast relief from anxiety or pain. Studies have even shown that those with anxiety find tinctures to be the most effective CBD delivery method, as they start working almost immediately.
Similarly, tinctures are one of the fastest responders for intense pain and even nausea. This is largely due to the speed at which the body can absorb CBD compounds via the mucous membranes under the tongue.
Tinctures are also easily added to foods and beverages for convenient dosing. They can even be added to skin care products and used topically, though this can be a little messy.
Best of all, the fact that tinctures contain all of the beneficial compounds of the hemp plant means they will provide the ‘entourage effect,’ in which all of terpenes and flavonoids work together to enhance the efficacy of one another. Terpenes are known to provide highly effective anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties.
In fact, there is already plenty of evidence that CBD can help relieve anxiety, depression, pain, insomnia, and inflammation. This is all to do with the way in which CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system. The powerful phytocannabinoids in CBD help to provide relief from pain, inflammation, tension, and anxiety.
Some of the many issues that CBD can be used to treat include:
The high concentration of a tincture means it only needs to be taken in very small doses. Most plant tinctures are in a bottle with a dropper to allow for easy, measured dosing. The label will usually state the concentration of the tincture and give a rough guide for dosage.
The other great thing about tinctures is that they can be used in lots of different ways. Just like CBD oil, a tincture can be added to food and beverages. A few drops in a cup of tea or even your soup is all you need to benefit from the relaxing effects of CBD. Adding it to food also helps to disguise the taste of the hemp, which some people aren’t so fond of.
You can also take your CBD tincture sublingually, just like you would with CBD oil. Simply apply a few drops under your tongue and wait 1–2 minutes for your mucous membranes to absorb the beneficial compounds. Some research has even shown that this is more efficient for delivering the cannabinoids to your body than other oral methods.
Like CBD oil, most experts recommend taking only one or two servings per day—especially if you’re new to CBD. Keep in mind that there’s no ‘standard’ dosage that works for everyone. It’s best to experiment by starting with small amounts and gradually increasing your dosage until you achieve the benefits you require.
If you’re looking for a topical CBD product, a CBD tincture probably isn’t the best choice. You would need to blend it with a base such as vitamin E cream before applying it to your skin. However, there are plenty of topical CBD products on the market now.
You should also consult with your doctor or health professional about starting or incorporating CBD into your daily health routine. A naturopath or other practitioner will be able to advise you on the right dosage for you and how or when to take your CBD.
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