The past few years have been pretty advantageous for the cannabis and hemp industry. From being medically legalized in multiple states to having walk-in dispensaries for medical marijuana, it seems like the good times.
Allowing people to use CBD for various ailments has been long coming. Patients and their peers are open-heartedly accepting cannabis as an alternate treatment. Some common issues that CBD is treating are rheumatoid arthritis, menstruation cramps, body inflammation, and even anxiety. Per all the health issues that this plant solves, there are a lot of different CBD and THC products in the market.
When going out to look for CBD-based products, you come around a lot of shops selling CBD oils. But you may not be aware of the product that feels the same but is not CBD oil. In pursuit of CBD oil, a lot of us find products called CBD Tinctures or Delta 8 THC Tinctures. Knowing the difference between the two is important before you learn how to take CBD tincture.
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What are CBD Tinctures?
There are about 100 compounds in the cannabis plant. The two main compounds that are currently considered fit for public use are THC and CBD. CBD is the main medicinal compound that is currently used by patients for certain illnesses.
The CBD extracts come from the hemp plant. Hemp, the close relative of cannabis, is the main ingredient in making CBD oil. CBD is extracted from the hemp plant along with two other compounds, terpenes, and flavonoids. The extraction process in CBD oils is done using CO2 maintained and held at a critical temperature. It keeps the quality and quantity of the extracts intact. Once the desired amount of CBD, terpenes, and flavonoids have been extracted from the plant, it is then supposed to be mixed with a carrier oil which infuses it into your body. Mostly, the carrier oil is coconut oil which is great for infusion, but other essential oils are also used for flavor and smell.
A CBD tincture, however, is a different method for infusing CBD. CBD tinctures are alcohol-based extracts. You might find a product saying CBD tincture oil, but technically, it has no oil as an infusing solvent. Extraction of CBD is done in high-proof alcohol by submerging the plant into it. This extract, dissolved using alcohol, is used in the finished product as well because alcohol increases the shelf life of CBD by 2-3 years.
The whole extracted and finished CBD tincture will always have about 60% to 70% alcohol. It does increase the shelf life of CBD extracts but acquires a bitter taste over time. In order to get rid of the bitterness, manufacturers often use additional flavoring substances, sugars, or vegetable glycerine. A few manufacturers also add vitamins, herbal extracts, and sleep supplements like melatonin to make the tinctures according to consumer demand.
CBD Tincture Vs. CBD Oil
The actual point of confusion between the two products is the common ingredient CBD. The only difference that these two have is the process that is employed while preparing.
Tinctures are CBD products that employ alcohol as a solvent when extracting the plant material from hemp. The raw hemp bushes and buds are soaked in high-proof alcohol for long hours. This extracts the CBD, terpenes, and flavonoids from the plants, which are then discarded. What’s left is the plant extracts swirling in a high quantity of alcohol. The alcohol content makes the product bitter, and that’s why the added flavoring. The way how CBD tinctures are made gives it some qualities of alcohol as well. So if someone has an alcohol problem, it might give it an edge over the abuse of tinctures.
CBD oil, on the other hand, utilizes no alcohol for extraction. In this process, most of the CBD is extracted in an oil form which is the purest. It is the alkaline oil from the hemp plant that cures most chronic lung issues and body pains. Most CBD products use the critical CO2 process to extract the plant material, and the oils used as infusers are always plant-based or vegetable oils that have zero side effects.
CBD tinctures are uncommon in the market because of their bitter taste and alcohol. So when you see a label that says CBD oil tincture, it is actually just oil. This is because tincture is another word for any substance used in drop form and sublingually. Full spectrum CBD oils don’t have to be taken sublingually for every health issue. It can also be applied topically on pain points.
How to use CBD Tinctures?
Full Spectrum, CBD THC tinctures, are products created for a quick onset. They are made to effect quickly since it’s generally used by patients with insomnia and chronic pain. Hence, CBD tinctures have no effect when applied topically. You must take tinctures orally for them to get infused in your nerves, promoting a relaxed state.
To use a CBD tincture properly, you must first take it under your tongue with the dropper. Make sure that you keep it there and don’t swallow for 90 seconds to 2 minutes. Directly swallowing a CBD tincture will make it slow since it goes through a huge digestive tract. Taking tinctures under the tongue allows it to be absorbed by the nerve opening in the mouth.
Since CBD tinctures are concentrated CBD, you don’t have to take more than 2 drops under the tongue (one drop for younger people). It doesn’t have edible compounds like CBD gummies, so sublingual is the best way to dose. It reduces the time for onset and makes it work within 15 minutes to an hour.
If taken properly and in calculated doses, CBD tinctures can remain in action for 6 to 8 hours. To make the effect last longer or effect sooner, eating a high-fat diet like avocados and eggs can work wonders. Taking tinctures on a fast phase might make the effects weaker or shorter. At Botany Farm, we make sure you have the right dosage and right mix when you buy tinctures from us.