How to use CBD tincture
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- What is a CBD tincture?
- How do CBD tinctures work?
- Why use a CBD tincture?
- What to keep in mind when taking CBD tincture
- How to use a CBD tincture
For first time users and more experienced consumers alike, the vast array of available CBD options can be confusing. Every day the US market is saturated with new CBD products, particularly since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.
The FDA has yet to produce an official serving size for CBD so dosing and consumption method is up to individual preference and need. Tincture is one popular consumption method among those who want a more precise dosing mechanism. Read on to learn more about CBD tinctures, how they work, and how to use them.
What is a CBD tincture?
A tincture is a concentrated plant extract crafted by soaking the plant in a solvent such as alcohol or food-grade oils for several weeks.
A tincture is a concentrated plant extract crafted by soaking the plant in a solvent such as alcohol or food-grade oils for several weeks. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The first official record of cannabis tinctures used in medicine appeared in an 1843 medical journal. The journal featured a tincture recipe, and soon after, apothecaries and medicine producers began to make and sell their versions.
CBD tinctures extract the cannabinoid from the plant, though different tinctures can be refined to include only certain aspects of the plant. These result in full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate tincture varieties.
How do CBD tinctures work?
CBD tinctures are usually taken sublingually and absorbed into the bloodstream by capillaries in the cheek, gums, and under the tongue. Tinctures should be rubbed into the tissue inside the mouth to promote absorption. Typically, the tincture is then swallowed, and the remainder is absorbed through the digestive system. CBD from the tincture then interacts with the endocannabinoid system possibly helping the body self-regulate and achieve homeostasis.
CBD tinctures are usually taken sublingually and absorbed into the bloodstream by capillaries in the cheek, gums, and under the tongue. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Why use a CBD tincture?
There are many benefits to using CBD tinctures. First, they are easy to dose, as you can easily figure out and adjust the amount you take to deliver the desired results.
For example, a 30-milliliter bottle of CBD that contains 300 milligrams of CBD has 10 milligrams of CBD in a one-milliliter dropper, the standard size for most bottle droppers. Knowing that, you can choose to use half a dropper (five milligrams) or whatever amount you desire and adjust your dose with each use as needed.
Another benefit of CBD tinctures is their high bioavailability, meaning the body is able to effectively utilize more of the cannabinoids in a tincture administered sublingually. Compared to other consumption methods, tinctures can deliver the same effects with a lower dose, cutting down on possible side effects and saving money.
A tincture is also a smokeless, vapeless alternative that mitigates the potential harms associated with each of those consumption methods. There’s also virtually zero cleanup involved with a tincture, even when taken with morning coffee or an afternoon tea.
There’s also virtually zero cleanup involved with a tincture, even when taken with morning coffee or an afternoon tea. Photo by: (Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
Finally, it’s virtually impossible to overdose on CBD, tincture or otherwise. Studies found that CBD had no adverse side effects at amounts up to 1200 milligrams daily, even when taken for several months.
What to keep in mind when taking CBD tincture
When taking CBD tincture, keep these things in mind to maximize the effects of your cannabis.
Have a specific goal in mind that you want to achieve with CBD, as this will help you determine the best product and dose for your particular needs. Start with a low amount, and slowly work your way up to find the optimal dose. Your weight, body chemistry, and genetics all affect how CBD works on your system, so pay attention to what feels best to you.
Remember that a tincture is likely to have a double onset. One very quickly for the CBD absorbed through the mouth, and one later for the swallowed CBD absorbed via the digestive tract.
Read the label to understand more about the CBD in your tincture. Full-spectrum means the CBD was extracted from the plant and includes cannabis-derived terpenes and trace amounts of THC and other cannabinoids. Broad-spectrum CBD oil contains the same array of cannabinoids and terpenes as full-spectrum but without any traces of THC. Finally, isolates are made by stripping away all cannabinoids and terpenes, leaving behind only a white crystalline powder that is pure CBD.
If you’re currently taking medication, it’s important to discuss potential CBD use with your doctor to determine any possible interactions.
There are known drug interactions with CBD. For example, CBD and grapefruit inhibit the same enzymes (CYP450). They both have the same effect on boosting blood levels of other medications.
Anyone is taking a medication with a “grapefruit warning label” it’s important to discuss CBD use with your doctor as CBD could alter how other medications are metabolized.
How to use a CBD tincture
Before taking a CBD tincture, shake the bottle to ensure a proper saturation of CBD mixed in with the liquid. Measure out the amount of fluid using the attached dropper and squeeze the tincture under your tongue. Hold the liquid in your mouth for up to three minutes, rubbed into the tissue of the mouth to maximize absorption, and swallow.
Wait approximately 60 to 90 minutes to evaluate the dose’s effects. If you need more, take another dropper-full and repeat the above steps. It’s helpful to consume CBD with a meal or high-fat snack, as CBD is fat-soluble, and the fat increases its absorption by four to five times.
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How to Use a CBD Tincture
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How to Use a CBD Tincture: A Simple Tutorial
For new CBD users, CBD oil tinctures are one of the most popular ways to use CBD. They’re fast-acting, convenient and easy to use, allowing anyone to enjoy the benefits of CBD. If you’re new to CBD, understanding how to use a CBD tincture is a skill that’s essential and, thankfully, super easy to learn.
In this guide, we’ll explain what a CBD tincture is, how it works, and walk you through a simple process on how to use a CBD tincture.
What is CBD?
Classified as a phytocannabinoid, Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound produced in the sticky resin of the Cannabis plant.
CBD can be extracted from Cannabis and used in a variety of products such as oil tinctures, edibles, e-liquids, and topicals.
Unlike other phytocannabinoids like Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is completely non-intoxicating. This allows CBD to deliver the therapeutic properties of the Cannabis plant, without inducing the mind-altering effects associated with “getting high.”
When extracted from Hemp (a classification of Cannabis that contains a very low amount of THC and is grown primarily for industrial purposes), CBD is legal to use in the United States, under the 2018 Farm Bill.
How Does CBD Work?
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a network of receptors found throughout the central nervous system and other biological systems that can interact with cannabinoids like CBD and THC.
By influencing these receptors, studies have shown that CBD can help maintain and improve their functionality, thereby improving the integrity of the systems they regulate.
This interaction is what allows CBD to deliver numerous health benefits such as stress relief, pain management, and more.
What is a CBD Tincture
Prior to the age of medicine, tinctures had been used for centuries and were the primary means of treating health conditions.
A tincture is a concentrated liquid form of one or more herbs, such as cannabis, which is produced by soaking the plant in a solvent, such as alcohol or vegetable glycerine, for several weeks. In the case of CBD oil tincture, a high CBD-strain of cannabis could be soaked in alcohol for several weeks until it is formed into a liquid state.
Depending on the desired effects of the tincture, the liquid can be refined to contain certain compounds from the plant.
Once the plant extract is in a liquid state, it can then be administered sublingually (under the tongue) with a dropper.
How to Use a CBD Tincture
When CBD oil is administered sublingually by dropper, it means to drip the CBD oil under the tongue then hold it there for 30-90 seconds before swallowing. This allows the CBD oil to absorb into the vein under your tongue and enter the bloodstream where it can then administer its effects.
The Advantages of CBD Tinctures
CBD tinctures are not only an easy and popular method of consuming CBD––they are a very effective method to consume CBD.
Because a CBD tincture is highly concentrated, it delivers CBD throughout the body quicker than other methods such as capsules or edibles. It is also much easier for the body to break down – as compared to breaking down a capsule or edible.
According to Clinical Herbalist, Betsy Miller, this is extremely beneficial for people suffering from acute conditions such as pain or anxiety. Furthermore, using CBD as a tincture provides a smokeless alternative to other methods such as vaping CBD, which comes as a huge benefit for persons who have health conditions preventing them from vaping, or if they don’t prefer it.
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CBD tinctures are a popular way to use CBD. If you're new to CBD, read our simple step-by-step guide and quickly learn how to use a CBD tincture.