In recent years, cannabidiol (CBD) has been increasingly used for helping with many medical conditions and improving general health. Among the more than 100 cannabinoids, or chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant, it is one of the two most abundant. It is the preferred cannabinoid for health purposes because of its non-psychoactive effects, meaning that it does not make its users feel “high.” Research indicates that CBD has a positive impact on an important regulatory system in the body known as the endocannabinoid system, and can be used to enhance metabolism, mood, immunity to disease, pain tolerance, sleep, appetite, cardiovascular function, memory, and learning.
CBD is now available in many different forms to suit a wide range of needs, preferences, and lifestyles of wellness-conscious consumers. You can find topicals, edibles, vapes, and beauty products that contain this beneficial cannabinoid.
Two of the most popular forms of CBD product are CBD oils and CBD tinctures. Some people falsely think they are the same products, but they can differ significantly in terms of ingredients, production method, and use.
Before diving into the similarities and differences of CBD oil and tincture, we define the components of CBD oil and CBD tinctures here:
CBD oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC industrial hemp. This is much different than the plants containing high concentrations of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which are most frequently used to make medical cannabis products. Because hemp contains only trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3 percent), CBD oil products are non-psychoactive. CBD oil is the safer, less controversial alternative that still offers significant health benefits to users.
As the title would suggest, CBD oil products are made with a base or carrier oil, such as MCT oil or coconut oil. They are a versatile CBD product, as they can be ingested or used topically.
CBD oil products are appearing on shelves in places like doctor’s offices, grocery stores, medical marijuana dispensaries, and health food stores. Because these CBD products contain minimal THC (if any), these distributors do not require a medical card for purchase. This is primarily because CBD is non-psychoactive, and does not produce the “high” associated with the consumption of cannabis.
In addition to positively affecting the endocannabinoid system, CBD has been the focus of more than 23,000 published studies. These studies have focused on cannabinoids in relation to various medical symptoms, such as anxiety, epilepsy, inflammation, cancer and chronic pain.
CBD tinctures are an age-old method of delivering the medicinal benefits of cannabis to patients of all ages. Cannabis that is high in THC (and therefore, quite potent) can be used to create a tincture. Historically, this extraction and consumption method has been limited to purely medical applications and was often referred to as a hemp extract or hemp oil.
Tinctures are the oldest mass-market way of extracting and consuming the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the medicine-bearing trichomes found in cannabis plants.
Put simply, a tincture is a medical solution made from dissolving cannabis in alcohol.
Tinctures are herbal remedies in which the active ingredients of cannabis are completely dissolved in a high-proof alcohol or another solvent. Their effect, duration and dosing are similar to that of edibles.
The high alcohol concentration intensifies the herb’s effects and expedites the absorption of its chemicals into the body. This is enhanced if the tincture is taken sublingually (beneath the tongue). Because it must first travel through the digestive system, the effects of tincture, when taken orally, will more than likely take a longer time to manifest.
Tinctures are also a low calorie, smoke-free alternative to CBD oil. Because the potency of a tincture can be strong, users don’t need to take more than two-three teaspoons of the substance per day. This may depend slightly or largely on the consumer’s weight and needs, but in general, CBD tinctures have been proven to be a potent medical solution, even with more severe health cases. Because the alcohol of the tincture functions as a preservative, tinctures typically have a multi-year long shelf life, unlike other methods of consuming herbs.
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