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.
When it comes to conditions like insomnia, CBD’s clinical research scorecard is more mixed. Some studies have suggested that the substance can actually increase wakefulness. Others, though, have found that a CBD tincture or oil taken a couple of hours before bedtime can help induce a sense of balance that can help sleep come more easily. A 2016 report, for instance, found that a CBD-rich oil, administered orally, helped to alleviate the symptoms of both anxiety and insomnia in one patient suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
What is a tincture?
When taken to relief the symptoms of epilepsy, CBD is typically administered orally. Researchers have found that this same method of dosing may be effective in using CBD to treat social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and related conditions. Evidence also suggests that this cannabinoid could be helpful in treating the symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder.
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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.
Once bottled, CBD tincture is administered via a dropper either on or under the tongue several times a day. The precise dose and frequency will depend on why you are using CBD, but as it’s highly concentrated, less is often more. Sublingual application has the benefits of improved bioavailability, thanks to the membrane underneath the tongue. Administered this way, you should feel the effects of CBD in as little as 15 minutes.
Provided CBD tinctures are produced using hemp flowers; they should contain near undetectable amounts of THC and, therefore, minimal risk of psychoactive side effects. If a CBD tincture is made with an alcohol base, then it may not be suitable if you are pregnant, or have a specific medical issue.
It is most common for CBD tincture to be used when a highly concentrated and fast-acting dose of CBD is required. However, as we’ve suggested before, deciding between CBD oils or CBD tinctures is a decision best discussed with your doctor. If you’re not sure how to broach the subject of CBD with your doctor or physician, it helps first to understand what you want to achieve by taking CBD. You can read more about talking to your doctor about CBD here.
How is CBD tincture used?
If you opt for CBD tincture in a drink or food, then it can take up to an hour before the cannabinoid takes effect. The trade-off in activation time is that orally consumed CBD stays in your system for longer. Ultimately, the deciding factor will be your individual needs—no administration method is superior to another.
CBD oils may form the lion’s share of the market, but they are closely linked with CBD tinctures. And although at first glance these two products may appear similar, there are crucial differences. To help you understand the growing catalogue of CBD products, we’re going to break down exactly what CBD tinctures are, how they are made, and most importantly, how they differ from traditional CBD oils.
We alluded to this earlier, but there is a crucial difference. While CBD oils can be CBD isolate, broad spectrum or full spectrum, CBD tinctures will always be full spectrum. Tinctures will not only have CBD, but trace amounts of other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and flavouring agents such as orange oil.
CBD-rich hemp flowers are left to steep in strong alcohol before being heated for several hours. The cannabinoids infuse with the spirit before any excess liquid is boiled off. What remains is a highly concentrated dose of full spectrum CBD. Unfortunately, alcohol used in the process isn’t always ideal, and as the consumer market for CBD expands, many tinctures have flavoured agents or herbs added to them. Not only does this mask the taste, but depending on the additives used, some add health benefits.