The 411 on CBD Tinctures
CBD comes in more forms than most people can keep track of and it’s constantly being enhanced.
Tinctures are of particular interest to many since they’re often the strongest form and fastest acting of the many CBD products available in the marketplace.
So, have you been wondering about CBD tinctures?
If so, read on. We’ll show you the ins-and-outs of these strong CBD products so that you can decide if they’re right for you.
What Are CBD Tinctures?
CBD Tinctures are made by extracting the cannabinoids from hemp by either CO2 Extraction or by using a solvent. When extracting CBD by using a solvent, ethanol is the preferred method, however, glycerin is also sometimes used to pull the cannabinoid components from the original flower.
The FDA regulates CBD products, and in order for them to be Federally legal, the THC level must be below 0.3%, as outlined in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Of course, if you’re looking to make sure that you can pass a drug test, it’s recommended to use a CBD Tincture with NO THC also referred to as a “Broad Spectrum” CBD. CBD with trace amounts of THC as low as .3% may still show up in a urine screening.
The best CBD products will have open lab results readily available including Certificates of Quality Assurances (COA) and 3rd party Lab Testing. These Lab reports will show the actual THC levels and further confirm that the CBD you are purchasing does not contain any harmful chemicals, including pesticides or heavy metals. It is not sufficient for the retail seller to simply tell you the product is safe or does not contain THC. Be sure to always check the lab results.
Tinctures are one of the most common forms of CBD and end up being the least processed. However, tinctures can be quite bitter so they often add flavor such as orange or mint to make them more palatable. Be sure to look for tinctures flavored with certified organic ingredients.
Overall tinctures are the cleanest, strongest method to take CBD. With almost no processing other than cannabinoid removal and the ability to dose more tightly than gels or gummies, Tinctures are one of the favored forms of CBD for many who use the compound for therapeutic effect.
What Are the Benefits of Tinctures?
Tinctures, as compared to gelcaps, gummies, or edibles allow for precise dosing. Gelcaps and gummies pretty much have to be taken whole. Edibles, with no supplemental labels, are hard to eyeball and can vary from one to the next. Even pure CBD flower is much harder to precisely dose, especially if you go down the smoking route.
Tinctures also tend to kick in more quickly, allowing for more flexibility in dosing for those whose needs vary day-to-day.
CBD is showing signs of being quite beneficial in studies over the last few years.
One of the primary reasons many individuals try CBD is for pain relief. The compound is extremely anti-inflammatory hence its popularity. Many users of CBD are looking for pain relief while also trying to avoid addiction risk associated with opioid painkillers or liver damage associated with some over the counter options.. NSAIDs such as ibuprofen are believed to cause liver damage when taken for prolonged periods or in high doses.
While arthritis is one of the most common conditions for which people seek to use CBD, it is also sought by those with other chronic and acute conditions for which they are seeking relief.
Of course, it doesn’t stop there.
Many consumers are trying CBD to help with mental or mood disorders. CBD is often used in many cases by those seeking relief from anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Recent CBD research studies are showing some real beneficial effects. The body of evidence behind CBD is growing and it’s being used more and more for a wide variety of conditions. At present, CBD has not been FDA approved to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.
Are There Side Effects?
Like most supplements, CBD may have some side effects but they are very few and generally not of major concern.
Compared to the majority of prescription medications, they are fairly benign.
Some of the reported side effects of CBD include:
- Dry mouth
- Change in appetite
These side effects rarely occur in people at normal dosages. Finding the appropriate serving or dosage for your symptoms will help you likely avoid any side effects.
Tinctures are a great way to minimize side effects as they allow for the most precise dosing of the compound.
Before taking any supplement, it is important to discuss the potential risks associated in particular if you are currently taking other certain medications. If you’re on any medication it’s important to consult with your doctor before you begin CBD or any other regimen.
How Do You Use a CBD Tincture?
Tinctures are easy to use. You simply need to calculate your preferred serving and then take it sublingually.
Essentially, all you need to do is place the oil under your tongue, and hold for at least 60 seconds before swallowing. Since CBD is in the mouth for a minute or so, it is a good idea to look for CBD tinctures which are paired with a better-tasting carrier oil, such as olive or MCT oil.
Tinctures should be stored in a cool, dry place to increase their shelf life. Most will last for at least 18 months before losing potency.
If you’re dosing throughout the day, it’s a good idea to determine how much CBD is in each dropper to make for more accurate dosing.
Always check the label when using a tincture. If the label reads “hemp extract” and not “CBD” it’s a good indication that you might be looking at a subpar product. Many brands label their CBD “Hemp Extract” in order to avoid strictly labeling the actual amount of CBD contained in the bottle.
Labeling the product “Hemp Extract” instead of “CBD” is a common way many manufacturers try and mislead shoppers into thinking the product contains higher amounts of CBD, when in fact, the actual CBD may only be half of the total “Hemp Extract” on the label. To further expand, a 1000mg “Hemp Extract” bottle might only have 400mg or 500mg of CBD with the balance being Hemp Extract. Always be sure to check any “Hemp Extract” products for the actual amount of CBD contained in the bottle as CBD is the actual compound that is most desirable.
As long as the brand is reputable, however, tinctures are the most precise form of CBD available.
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