If you’ve spent any amount of time researching CBD, you’ve probably come in contact with CBD tinctures and CBD oils, only to face a fair bit of confusion.
What exactly is a CBD tincture? What are CBD tinctures made of? What’s the difference between CBD tinctures and CBD oil?
Today, we’re exploring all of this and more!
If at this point you are unfamiliar with CBD, we’ll give you a quick run-down.
CBD, short for “cannabidiol,” is a compound found widely in cannabis plants, especially in industrial hemp. And while CBD is a cousin of THC, you can rest assured that it’s not going to get you high.
Over the past few years, CBD has exploded in popularity for its purported health benefits, particularly in the realms of relaxation and pain management. And while CBD’s research still has a long way to go, this hasn’t stopped the market from growing at breakneck speeds.
Consequently, we’re seeing dozens—maybe hundreds—of CBD products pop up on the market, ranging from CBD gummies, to CBD moisturizers, and even CBD honey sticks.
But one product has generated a lot of buzz, as well a lot of questions: CBD tinctures.
What are CBD Tinctures?
The word “CBD tinctures” is often used interchangeably with CBD oils, but a “true” tincture is going to be something quite different.
Tinctures are actually quite traditional in the world of wellness; in fact, they’ve been crafted by humans for centuries!
But what is a CBD tincture?
A tincture, at its core, is an herb suspended in high-proof alcohol. And likewise, CBD tinctures are typically made up of either dried or fresh hemp flower, leaves, and stems that have suspended in 60-70% distilled alcohol.
One of the benefits to CBD tinctures is that they’re typically more affordable. On top of that, alcohol is a powerful natural preservative, allowing CBD tinctures an extra-long shelf-life. CBD tinctures also tend to have a higher bioavailability, which means that more of the CBD will be readily absorbed into your bloodstream, compared to CBD oils.
However, there are some downsides to CBD tinctures as well; the main one being that CBD tinctures use solvents. Additionally, CBD tinctures tend to have a fairly unpleasant taste, due to the grain alcohol. Luckily, though, there are more palatable options in CBD tinctures, especially ones made with vegetable glycerin! Vegetable glycerin CBD tinctures have all the benefits of an alcohol tincture, but with a sweeter, mild taste that doesn’t leave that burning sensation.
What is CBD Oil?
While a traditional CBD tincture is made with a grain alcohol or glycerin, CBD oils use, well, oil.
CBD oil, sometimes referred to as “oil tinctures,” are made by the process of extracting the natural oils from hemp’s seeds, flowers, and stalks. And while “CBD oil” often refers to the volatile oil from hemp, which can be added to many different products, CBD oil can also be suspended in a carrier oil, such as hemp seed, coconut, and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil.
CBD oils can be made as isolates, so that CBD is the only cannabinoid present, but it can also be full-spectrum, where all of hemp’s naturally occurring compounds are present; not only cannabinoids, but proteins, fatty acids, and essential vitamins.
Studies have found that CBD oil has a positive effect on the endocannabinoid system, and their taste tends to be milder than alcohol-based tinctures, and they’re known to easily absorb in the body.
It’s important to note, though, that CBD oil in a carrier oil is fat-based. So if you plan to add it to a food or beverage, it’s best to add it to something that’s also fat-based, like a cheese or nut butters.
Sometimes, CBD oils are marketed as “CBD tinctures” because they’re bottled in a very similar way, with a glass bottle and dropper, but you’ll always know what product you’re looking at when you check the ingredients.
Should I Use a CBD Tincture or CBD Oil?
Whether you’re using a CBD tincture or CBD oil, you can have success with whatever CBD product you choose.
When it comes down to the two, the key differences are A., the manufacturing process, and B., the base in gredient. When determining which one is best for you, it’s important to take your goals and preferences into account.
For instance, one individual might choose a CBD tincture because they find it’s easier on your stomach than oils. Meanwhile, another person might benefit more from a CBD oil because they’re sensitive to the alcohol, and maybe they just can’t get past the burn.
Whatever the case, remember that your CBD experience should be tailored to what makes you feel your best.
Finding the Best CBD Tincture Oil
We don’t need to point it out: everyone and their mother has heard about CBD at this point, and it’s made its presence known in health food stores, drugstores, and even kiosks at the mall.
However, this does not mean you should trust every seller. Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still doesn’t regulate CBD, it’s imperative that customers shop smart, and that they do their research before buying.
Whether it’s a CBD oil or a CBD tincture, make sure you’re purchasing from a reputable manufacturer.
You’ll know you’re shopping from a reputable seller, first of all, when you check out the reviews online, whether it’s on the vendor’s site, CBD forums, or even Reddit.
It’s also crucial to check for a certificate of analysis from a third-party lab; preferably one that shows the cannabinoid profile, date, and potency. COAs should also test for any heavy metals or pesticides in the soil.