What is CBD?

CBD (or cannabidiol or cannabinoids) is a chemical compound extracted from cannabis such as hemp or any marijuana plant. Some of the active compounds found in the cannabis plant are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC),
the strongest, and cannabinoids. THC content contributes to that high or euphoric sensation, while the CBD content reverses THC’s psychoactive effects. The hemp plant has many uses in the textile industry, cooking, skin care, pain relief, and antibacterial purposes. CBD is sold in different forms, such as oil, capsules, tablets, games, baked goods, etc. CBD products are classified into two categories, isolates, and full spectrum distillate. [1]

What Are CBD Tinctures?

CBD tinctures are made from highly concentrated strains of hemp, processed in 60 to 70 percent alcohol. These are convenient to use, have a longer shelf life, and absorbed faster when dropped under the tongue.
Users can even adjust the dosage by decreasing or increasing the number of drops.

CBD tinctures are formulated to produce the highest concentration of potent of cannabidiol and with the best bioavailability (fastest absorption in the body). Most of the CBD tincture preparations come in 30ml containers with droppers. In 3,000mg CBD tincture up to 4,000mg preparations. There are substances added to CBD tinctures to enhance their flavor. Some ingredients like essential vitamins, herbs, melatonin, sweeteners, and essential oils.

What Are CBD Distillates?

A CBD distillate comes from the extraction of hemp flowers in refined and highly-purified form. CBD distillates have trace amounts of cannabinoids and THC contents less than 0.3% but comprise 90% CBD. There are CBD distillates for sale that does not undergo proper CBD labs, so make sure to make your research and choose wisely.

CBD Oil vs. CBD Tincture—Which Is Better?

CBD products are sold in different forms, but the most common forms available market these days are oils and tinctures. CBD oil is oil-based, while CBD tinctures are alcohol-based. The two forms differ in their base, but they have the same therapeutic effects when it comes to relieving anxiety, stress, address sleep problems, and more.

How to Use CBD Tinctures?

CBD tinctures contain a high concentration of cannabidiol, which makes them very potent. That is why it is recommended to be administered in small doses. CBD users will not overdose in taking too much CBD. But
higher doses and more frequent use does not necessarily mean more health benefits experienced.

There are contraindications with CBD use, especially for individuals taking medications like anti-hypertension drugs, anti-allergy, antidepressants, and more. It is best to talk to your healthcare provider to figure out the recommended dosage, your health condition, or any contraindications before taking CBD tinctures.

There are different methods in administering CBD tinctures; sublingual, skin application, or added to food or drinks. Whichever mode of administration user prefers, remember that CBD tinctures are highly potent, so doses must be regulated properly.


Sublingual Method: If you want an instant therapeutic effect, the sublingual method (under the tongue) is recommended to induce sleep or faster pain relief. Just place the recommended drops under your tongue for 10-60 seconds before swallowing the tincture.


Skin application: The topical application is not as popular, but rubbing the tincture on your skin has many benefits. It can help in the relief of tendonitis, joint pain, muscle spasm, and arthritis. Some study shows CBD tinctures can also help with your skin looking healthy, radiant, and youthful.

Added to Foods: It can be used for many recipes on foods and drinks, with just a few drops. It can be added to baked goods like brownies, cookies, cupcakes, and jelly. It can be added for liquids in soda, tea, chocolates, water, and even vape juices. Some people use it as condiments to prepare or serve foods like salads, smoothies, and other desserts.

Make sure to start with small doses and increase the dosage and frequency until you think you have reached the desired results. The dosage depends on the body weight, illness, metabolism, body chemistry, and maintenance medications. The dosage of CBD tinctures is taken 4 to 6 hours apart. For those who use CBD tinctures to improve sleep quality, it is best to take sublingually before bedtime.


CBD tinctures must be stored in cool and dry places and avoid exposure in direct sunlight or heat. Ensure to close the cap tightly after use. You do not need to refrigerate the CBD tincture, but stored inside the refrigerator to prolong its shelf life. Do not touch your mouth directly to the dropper to preserve the CBD quality and prevent contamination. Those used for skin products absorbed in the skin don’t need to be wiped or washed off.

How Does CBD Affect the Body?

CBD, in any form, stays in the system for 3-5 days. It will take effect in the body for 2-6 hours if ingested orally. When swallowing oral capsules or CBD oils because it has a first-pass effect on the liver. If placed under the tongue, the beneficial effects will take effect in 20 minutes minimum. For topical applications, expect its effect to last for six hours and is localized.

CBD Tinctures Side Effects

There are unregulated CBD tinctures, and it is best to be aware of its side effects. The World Health Organization concluded that CBD and its other derivatives are safe and effective to use. [2] The potential side effects of CBD tinctures are mild, such as:


– Dry mouth
– Diarrhea
– Dizziness
– Low blood pressure
– Fatigue
– Irritability
– Change in appetite
– Nausea
– Tiredness

Summary

CBD is legal in many states in the US, but make sure to check your local laws. Remember that CBD derivatives contain trace amounts of THC and may show up in drug tests.

CBD tinctures do not have psychoactive and work out as an excellent alternative remedy for certain disorders. There are some people not sure what’s best to use; oil and tincture. It is hard to choose between the taste, method of administration, and price. The bottom line is the benefits of CBD for the overall well being of the users.

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