CBD tinctures are one of the most common and popular ways of using cannabidiol (CBD). Like CBD oil, tinctures are also the most potent forms of cannabidiol and can give desired results in just after a few uses. However, in this article, we are going to discuss CBD tinctures only. As we know, tinctures are natural medications with alcohol in them as a preservative. CBD-based tinctures also come from cannabis after soaking it in alcohol. Some people prefer CBD tinctures over CBD oils because they have higher bioavailability due to the presence of alcohol in them. They start working very fast. Since alcohol is very nice preservation, it enhances the shelf-life of a CBD tincture.
Let’s discuss CBD tinctures in detail!
Some basics about tinctures
Tinctures are anything that we extract from plants and mix with alcoholic substances. Typically, tinctures are herbal, meaning apart from plant and alcohol, they also contain roots, leaves, berries, aromatic ingredients, and bark. Solvent works as an extract to take out ingredients from plants. Apart from ethanol, other tinctures such as vinegar, diethyl ether, and propylene glycol also give it a different texture. Different companies use different concentrations. When it comes to solvents and can go from 20 percent to as high as 90 percent in some CBD tincture products.
Some basics about CBD
Before discussing CBD tinctures in detail, let’s first understand what CBD is. Cannabidiol or CBD is the most talked-about cannabinoid among 500-odd other cannabinoids in a marijuana or cannabis flower. While THC is also the second most sought-after chemical compound extracted from cannabis; its popularity takes a beating due to its quality of causing ‘intoxication’ or ‘high’. Now, coming back to CBD, this chemical compound is quite medicinal in properties. It can treat a host of critical health-related problems, including acute and chronic diseases, mental health issues, and digestion issues.
It comes from the Cannabis Sativa plant or more commonly known as the hemp plant. You’ll find it everywhere around you. Coffee shops, CBD gummies, recreational marijuana stores, beauty products, spas offering CBD massage — the CBD sector is a diverse field now. People pay attention to this compound because it’s 100 percent organic, does not cause hallucination, and gives better results than contemporary medicines without any side-effects.
How CBD tinctures are made?
To make it, one has first to procure extracts of hemp in liquid form. This is mixed with alcohol, cinnamon or peppermint oil, or glycerin, which makes it a ‘tincture.’ People use tinctures in the same way as oils, i.e., placing a few drops under the tongue or by applying on certain body parts.
People prefer it over CBD oil because they have a higher shelf-life and high potency than CBD oils. Those into CBD also prefer to cook with CBD tincture water-soluble, which can work wonders against many ailments. CBD percentage is less in CBD tinctures than oils, but other ingredients are added to make aromatic and impactful. These ingredients are sweeteners, basil or lavender oils, vitamins D, C, B12, melatonin, key hers, and water.
How are tinctures different from CBD-based oils?
CBD oils and tinctures primarily vary on four parameters, including base, how they taste, ingestion method, and shelf-life. They are made using alcohol as a base, while CBD oils use oil. Despite their different bases, both have almost the same purpose, i.e., to provide relief from key health complications like stress, anxiety, indigestion, inflammation, chronic pain, and insomnia. Both can be ingested in different ways — keeping under the tongue and applying on the body part. However, you can also use CBD-based tinctures in food. CBD tinctures score when it comes to taste as they dissolve in the mouth quickly red to CBD oils. Ethyl or isopropyl alcohol present in it provides it better shelf-life than oils.
What are the types of CBD tinctures?
It mainly have three different types — full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. While full spectrum CBD tinctures contain all prominent cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, and even THC, broad-spectrum does not contain THC but all other cannabinoids. However, the isolated tinctures contain only CBD while other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids are taken out in it. Among the three, full-spectrum and CBD isolate tinctures are widely available and high in demand in places where CBD sale is legal. In broad-spectrum CBD tinctures, THC is removed through different chemical processes to make it less potent.
Pros and cons of CBD tinctures
CBD-based tinctures are smooth and discreet to consume. You can have them on the go. They don’t release any smell, and since you can consume them directly, you also don’t release smoke like vaping CBD oil. Also, they are pretty easy to carry around while traveling and can easily fit into your pocket. They react faster than CBD-based oils, primarily due to alcohol, which enters the bloodstream as soon as consumed and starts working. Personal experiences suggest that one can easily measure the dose due to a built-in droplet, but that may not necessarily be an advantage.
Among the cons, it may not be useful for those who don’t consume alcohol. Also, many times, the alcohol quantity may not be as accurate as mentioned in the product description. One can also get nausea, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, dry mouth, and diarrhea. That’s why expert advice is always recommended before incorporating CBD products as part of your life.
You can give it a try, provided you don’t abstain from alcohol-based products. Look for the types of tinctures that suit you best, check out CBD strength before buying a product, and see the concentration of the solvent, i.e., alcohol. If you are a newbie, start small and start slow. As you gain experience and settle into your type of tinctures, it becomes very smooth and quickly gives you the desired results.