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Producers like Populum offer several ways to try CBD, including tried and tested tinctures sourced from Colorado-grown cannabis plants and made in the USA. Populum’s signature tincture is available in a variety of strengths, appropriate for dipping a toe into CBD or stepping up a dose to provide more effective relief.

CBD can be administered in many forms, from smoking a cannabis strain that produces a lot of the molecule to consuming it in edibles. Among the most popular methods—especially for individuals trying a cannabis-based treatment for the first time—is through a tincture.

Instead, CBD possesses a wide variety of medical applications. While research is ongoing, studies have already demonstrated that CBD is an effective treatment for epilepsy. But this cannabinoid is what’s known as a promiscuous molecule, meaning that it interacts with many different types of neuroreceptors. That suggests that current studies may just be scratching the surface of CBD’s therapeutic potential.

How to take a tincture

Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is one of the many identified cannabinoid molecules found in Cannabis plants. Like all cannabinoid molecules, it interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the human body. But because CBD isn’t psychoactive, it doesn’t produce the “high” commonly associated with its more famous cannabinoid cousin, THC. That means that CBD, which is often derived from hemp, or male cannabis plants, doesn’t produce the high that cannabis products are often associated with.

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Because a CBD tincture is concentrated, it’s designed to be taken in small doses. This is why most tinctures come with a built-in dropper that allows users to take small, carefully measured quantities.

Tinctures are produced by steeping cannabis flowers or isolates in a high-proof grain alcohol, then applying low heat for a significant span of time. This allows the active compounds in cannabis to infuse into the neutral spirit, much of which is then boiled off. The result is a potent liquid that delivers the effects of the cannabinoid molecules without any smoking or other form of combustion. In the growing consumer market, producers will often add carrier oils and other complementary ingredients, such as an orange oil to improve the taste of a tincture.

“I am looking for a tincture to help with sleep.”

Cannabis is not water soluble, therefore, a base needs to have fat in order to infuse it with cannabis. This is why most tinctures are oil-based or alcohol extracts. Alcohol won’t absorb cannabinoids, but it will strip them off the plant and serve as a carrier. Nanoemulsion technology has made it possible to create water-based tinctures, however, most people don’t have access to this technology to make this at home.

The benefits of using a tincture

Tinctures are easy to make; however, the absorption rate of the cannabinoids is not always the best. A lot of the active compounds pass right through your body before they have a chance to take effect.

Tinctures can also be swallowed directly or mixed into food. Like edibles, consuming a tincture means effects will generally take longer to kick in and will last longer.

Tinctures can be absorbed sublingually: Simply put a few drops under your tongue and wait about thirty seconds. The cannabinoids and terpenes will be absorbed directly into your bloodstream through the thin membrane in your mouth. There will be a quick onset of effects, maybe as short as 15 minutes depending on the size of the dose, and effects should last for a few hours.