Ever since the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 legalized CBD products with less than 0.3 % of THC in the US, it has taken the health & wellness industry by storm. It is estimated that about 14% of Americans use CBD products for pain, anxiety & sleep. Similarly, the centre for medicinal cannabis in the UK says that there are about 6 million CBD users in the UK.
Advocates of CBD claim that it can help with a wide range of conditions including anxiety, PTSD, Depression & acne.
But what exactly is CBD? Does it make you high? What is a CBD tincture?
Let's get started by discussing CBDs and CBD tincture.
What is CBD?
CBD is the short form for ‘cannabidiol’ which is a major component found in cannabis second to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD is not the intoxicating component in cannabis; instead, it is THC that gives you a sense of euphoria or high.
Though CBD is a psychoactive cannabinoid, it is non-intoxicating and non-euphoric. Instead of giving the user a high, CBDs are found to be effective in reducing pain & inflammation, easing nausea, migraine & treating anxiety.
Because of the immense benefits of CBDs, CBD tinctures have become a popular health & wellness product in the market.
Through this article, we will discuss in detail about CBD tinctures, their effectiveness & discuss some important information.
What is a CBD tincture?
A tincture is an extract infused into alcohol, coconut oil or a glycerine base for medicinal purposes. Among the many methods of ingesting CBD, CBD tincture is the popular one – especially among beginners.
CBD tinctures are made by soaking hemp flowers (a distant cousin of Cannabis sativa plant) in grain alcohol. The mixture is cooked over low heat until CBDs are thoroughly extracted from the flower. Though glycerine or vinegar can also be used to soak the hemp flowers, alcohol is generally preferred.
Alcohol is an excellent preservative and it gives the tincture a better life, if properly stored. This explains why most CBD products are tinctures.
It is important to note that a CBD tincture is different from a cannabis tincture. CBD tinctures have only less than 0.3% of THC in them, and it is not psychoactive.
What are the benefits of using CBD tinctures?The first significant breakthrough in understanding the health benefits of CBD happened in 1963 when Raphael Mechoulam identified the stereochemistry of CBD.
In a recent study conducted, it was determined that CBD could be a potential drug in treating some neuropsychiatric disorders, including epilepsy, anxiety, and schizophrenia.
As said earlier, today CBD tincture is the popular method of ingesting CBDs. CBD tincture is commonly consumed by dropping a prescribed dose under the tongue for efficient absorption.
The benefits of using CBD tinctures are:
- CBD tincture is the most effective mode of ingestion by individuals with anxiety disorders.
- Due to the faster absorption, tinctures are capable of quickly dealing with the onset of nausea and vomiting in cancer patients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy.
- An excellent alternative to traditional painkillers.
- Other prominent benefits include
- They are easier to store and generally have a long shelf life if stored properly.
- They are easy to carry and mix with other foods or drinks.
- They come in a variety of flavours.
Which one is more effective, Vaping or Tincture?
Irrespective of the mode of ingestion, the result depends on how much your system has absorbed the CBD. Ideally, the method of ingestion should be chosen depending on how fast you want the CBD to be absorbed and how long you want its effect to last.
For instance, if you were to use a CBD tincture, it would take anywhere between 30 – 90 minutes before the onset of the effects but, they can last for 4 hours or more. Whereas, with vaping the effects of CBD starts within a few minutes but its effect lasts for a much shorter time.
So yeah, if you want the effect of CBD to last long, we suggest you use CBD tinctures.
How to use a CBD tincture?
Because of the way CBD tinctures are made, they are highly concentrated. Though there aren't any risks of overdosing, it is still advised to take small doses. The right dose of CBD tincture depends on your body weight and severity of the condition.
To sum up, there isn't one size fits all when it comes to CBD tinctures. For instance, depending on the severity and an individual's body chemistry, you will need anywhere between 5 mg and 50 mg for relief from anxiety and depression.
Ideally, you should consult a medical practitioner to determine the ideal dosage of CBD tincture.
Ways to use CBD tinctures
- Sublingual method
The sublingual method involves placing a few drops of tincture underneath the tongue. Hold the tincture for about 3 minutes before swallowing it. Highly sensitive blood vessels underneath the tongue will quickly absorb the CBD and give you instant results.
Sublingual method is not for everyone because of the taste of the tincture. Not many people would like their flavour.
Well if you don’t, you can use the following methods.
- Mix the tincture with food or Beverage
CBD tincture readily mixes with any food or beverage. In fact, you can use CBD tinctures while preparing, serving or after food with desserts. You can even mix CBD tinctures while you bake a cake or a cookie.
It would take some time for the CBD to give the desired result when ingested orally. It isn’t advisable if you are looking for fast results.
- Apply the tincture over the skin
Not many people prefer this mode unless they are using CBD tincture for healthy skin. Topical use of CBD tincture can also help relieve joint pain, tendonitis, arthritis, and muscle spasms.
Are there any side effects to consuming CBD tincture?
The lack of regulations on CBD tinctures has made people sceptical on the safety of CBD tinctures. According to WHO, as long as you use CBD tinctures made without impurities or other additives, they are perfectly safe for consumption.
While CBD tinctures are perfectly safe for consumption and beneficial, it is advised that you consult a registered medical practitioner before you start taking them.