What Are CBD Tinctures and How to Use Them
For thousands of years, practitioners of medicine sought ways to emerge victorious when fighting sickness and disease. Even though cannabis has been a part of civilization for thousands of years, only recently have the incredible benefits of CBD been thoroughly researched by the medical and scientific communities.
Having a better understanding of CBD tinctures and how they work will save you both time and money whether you are a seasoned veteran or a first-time user of products with CBD oil.
Currently, there is not a broadly accepted correct medical suggested serving for CBD. As a result, the marketplace is full of rough estimates and conjecture. Unfortunately for patients concerned about health and wellness issues, determining the proper serving to maintain a normal state of health is often a matter of trial and error.
Though there are online calculators and systems in place that provide highly general guidelines, we hope this guide will provide our new and existing customers with an initial foundation.
Afterward, we will dig deeper into the many variables at play when it comes to using tinctures effectively.
What is a CBD Tincture?
A CBD tincture is a liquid dietary supplement that is highly concentrated with CBD oil.
For many, tinctures are the ideal way to take CBD due to its convenience and speed of absorption.
If made properly, tinctures start with high-quality industrial hemp that leads to high-quality CBD oil. The stalk, flowers, and leaves are all harvested. The CBD content that is taken from the plant is sent to a facility for processing and extraction.
A solvent can be used to pull the CBD and other cannabinoids from the plant although carbon dioxide extraction is the preferred method used by some of the top tier manufacturers of CBD oil. Liquid carbon dioxide is forced through the processed material from the plant, then removed.
What remains is pure quality CBD oil.
The oil is tested and blended with another carrier oil (i.e. hemp, grapeseed, or coconut) to give it a designated strength and flavor.
An important distinction must be made between CBD tinctures and cannabis tinctures. Typically, the former has most of THC removed in order to reduce the amount to .3%, the legal limit per the 2018 Farm Bill Act. Cannabis, on the other hand, maintains all the cannabinoids including THC.
Tinctures come in a variety of forms, so for this guide, we will keep the subject matter specifically related to CBD.
There are multiple ways to ingest or apply products that are derived from hemp or cannabis:
- Wearing a patch
- Applying as a topical cream or salve
- Inserting as a suppository
- Taking as tincture
Tinctures may be an unfamiliar concept to many unless you grew up with them. When one thinks of CBD or cannabis, they likely are not thinking of tinctures.
Today’s social and economic climate are clear indicators that the demand for CBD exists and that demand is growing weekly. Taking this into consideration, it is difficult to understand why so many physicians are reluctant to suggest cannabinoids as a viable option to manage their patients’ health conditions.
There appear to be two main reasons for this.
Doctors and other licensed professionals are prohibited from prescribing cannabis or hemp. In many states, physicians and other licensed professionals can certify people for a medical cannabis card. With hemp, physicians are not able to suggest this because there is no recommended daily allowance set forth by the Food and Drug Administration. But unlike cannabis-derived products, hemp-derived CBD products are more readily available to consumers.
Also, most medical schools do not offer cannabinoid therapy coursework as part of their pharmacology curriculum. Curricula that educate medical students about drugs primarily concentrate on substances that have a patent or can be patented.
Now that we have addressed what tinctures are, let us evaluate the benefits of using tinctures.
The Advantages of Using Tinctures
Anything that would be supplemented with regular CBD oil can be used with tinctures as well. The tincture is highly concentrated, so you will only need to use a small serving.
Tinctures and CBD, in general, can be used to promote and maintain a healthy lifestyle and a normal state of everyday health.
As always, it is recommended that you consult with a licensed medical professional before embarking on a health care regimen that involves CBD.
Tinctures have several practical advantages over other methods of administering CBD:
- They are easy to carry
- They do not have a bad odor
- They are discrete
- They are easy to store
- They mix easily with other foods or drinks
- They typically have a long shelf life if stored properly
Tinctures have very few disadvantages. They are not the most flavorful way to take CBD. They must be kept away from direct sunlight or they will degrade. Tinctures must be shaken well otherwise, they can congeal.
In an effort to save a few dollars, some individuals, perhaps foolishly, attempt to make their own CBD tinctures.
However, there are several downsides to the DIY (do it yourself) strategy. One of the methods of creating your own tincture involves heating cannabis to make the tincture more potent.
A key ingredient needed for the “home herbalist” is alcohol that has a high proof. The alcohol is needed to separate the cannabinoids and other materials from the plant itself.
Heat and high-proof alcohol are a very dangerous combination. Additionally, strong alcohol adversely affects the taste of the tincture and creates a very strong burning sensation. This can be a very uncomfortable sensation when taken or applied orally.
At the very least, you should purchase tinctures instead of making them primarily for safety reasons. A reputable company like The Wellest uses high-quality CBD oil and has each batch tested by an independent third-party lab.
You now know what tinctures are, and their advantages, but how much should you take?
The Proper Serving of CBD Using Tinctures
The CBD industry is in a state of flux regarding federal regulations. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration has not established guidelines on the proper serving for tinctures or any other CBD products.
Consumers are estimating their servings based on the recommendations from certain brands, or the company from which they bought their CBD. The worst-case scenario is that someone bases their dosage on the recommendation of a friend who considers themselves to be an expert on all things cannabis-related.
For the most part, tinctures of CBD oil come in dropper bottles. Regardless of the brand you decide to purchase, we suggest you verify the milligrams of CBD in the bottle and in each serving. This information is required of all products as part of the label specifications and applies to all CBD products manufactured.
The tricky part is that CBD tinctures are available in different sizes and concentrations. For example, a 30ml bottle may contain 500 mg of CBD. Yet another 30ml bottle may only have 300 milligrams.
In other words, there is no “right size fits all” method when using tinctures. There are different factors involved such as:
- The CBD concentration in a product
- A person’s body weight
- The magnitude of the condition one is concerned about
- The individual’s sensitivity to CBD
Considering the factors above, there will be a bit of trial and error when determining the proper serving to consume.
A common question we receive often revolves around the best time of day to use a tincture.
If you are taking CBD for the first time, we recommend you start slow and gradually grow your serving. Though it does not make you drowsy, due to CBD’s calming effects, it is quite possible you may become extremely relaxed.
Furthermore, as a person matures and their bodies change, so do the receptors in his or her endocannabinoid system. Therefore, if a person finds their optimal serving of CBD when they are 30, the same serving may not be ideal as they age.
The enormous amount of CBD brands and options on the market create a realm of confusion for someone shopping for quality CBD products, so one will have to endure some experimentation while they find and adjust the serving that is best suited for their needs.
5 Everyday Beverages That Can Be Boosted by Tinctures
Compared to traditional ways of consuming cannabis like cookies or brownies, tinctures are absorbed much more quickly. Their discretion makes them ideal for the discreet cannabis consumer or someone looking for a small (yet fast) dose of CBD.
Listed below are several beverages that can benefit from just a couple of drops of tincture: However, it is important to note that CBD absorption and results are best when taken sublingually.
- Coffee– For some, coffee and cannabis go together like peanut butter and jelly, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Caffeinated beverages may help counteract the potential calming effects cannabis has on some people.
- Hot Chocolate– Because hot chocolate is made with milk, CBD can be easily infused with it for a flavorful treat.
- Tea– By their very nature, teas consist of a variety of botanical ingredients. Those ingredients are dried and combined to create different flavors. The tincture will swirl around and give your tea a great boost.
- Smoothies– Add tincture to your next smoothie. When you blend your favorite fruits or greens, add your preferred dose from your tincture as well.
- Seasonal Beverages– Winter has eggnog. Spring is known for mint juleps. Summer is full of fancy drinks with umbrellas. Fall and cider pair well together. All could benefit from a bit of tincture!
Also, consider taking CBD with your afternoon snack. Your daily dose of tincture can be added directly to guacamole, Greek yogurt, or hummus. Just make sure you mix it well.
To maximize the effects of your tincture, consider how well your body can absorb what you ingest. This is referred to as bioavailability which all the finest supplements, vitamins, and food have. All CBD products at The Wellest are made with certified manufacturing processes and organically grown ingredients to ensure the highest levels of bioavailability.
As CBD based products become more available to assist people in keeping an optimal state of health and wellness, the inevitable questions will arise. There is certainly more information available today that did not exist a few short years ago.
CBD continues to show a lot of promise. The challenge is finding a way to introduce CBD into the existing healthcare system.
Using a CBD tincture is one of the fastest and easiest ways to administer CBD. All you do is fill the dropper, place the desired number of drops under your tongue, hold for at least 60 seconds, then swallow.
As mentioned earlier, there is no recommended serving when using tinctures. Everyone’s body will react differently as CBD helps promote an overall sense of homeostasis for the consumer.
CBD continues to grow in popularity because it is non-habit forming, and not intoxicating. The number of side effects is negligent if there are any side effects at all.
At The Wellest, our hemp is organically grown in Colorado free of chemicals and pesticides. We realize the best products start with the best ingredients.
If you still have questions about CBD tinctures, contact us and we will make sure to answer them for you.