CBD Tinctures: Everything You Need to Know
CBD tinctures are the most commonly used CBD products. Tinctures provide a quick and easy alternative to methods of consuming CBD (cannabidiol) such as vaping and edibles. If you’re brand new to CBD, we suggest reading our Beginner’s Guide to CBD.
Tinctures have an extensive history in herbalism and Western medicine, which makes CBD tinctures very promising. There are some important things to know about tinctures before you can start enjoying the full range of their benefits. In this article, we’ll dig deeper into what exactly is a tincture, as well as how to use them to optimum effect.
What are Tinctures?
Most people associate the word tincture with the little bottles of oil that contain a squeeze dropper, but the definition of a tincture is actually any solution that consists of a plant or animal extract which is dissolved or diluted in some kind of solvent. The solvent breaks down the plant’s cell wall, releasing the active chemical compounds into the solution.
As with any herbal or essential oil tincture, there is also a carrier oil. A carrier oil acts as the delivery vehicle for the active compound. Carrier oils also dilute and preserve the highly concentrated compound and make it easier to absorb due to their fat content. Common carrier oils for CBD include MCT oil, olive oil, grape seed oil or hemp seed oil.
Tinctures have actually been in use for thousands of years. Their first recorded use was with the Ancient Egyptians, and they were a staple of Western medicine throughout the last 8 centuries. Tinctures were gradually replaced by pills, but they have seen a resurgence lately due to an increased awareness of herbalism and its many benefits.
How to Use CBD Tinctures
Tinctures are very easy to use and require no extra equipment beyond the bottle and dropper. To apply a dose, simply squeeze the dropper while submerged in the oil and fill to the desired level. Then drop the amount of CBD drops under the tongue. It is recommended to hold the solution under your tongue for 60 seconds or more to maximize absorption. Some people swish the oil around the inner cheeks for additional absorption before swallowing.
How to Calculate and Measure Dosage
Determining dosage is a common challenge when starting a CBD regimen. It will require some trial and error to find the optimal dose of CBD for you based on many different factors, which we’ve covered in a previous blog post.
We’ve also created a CBD dosage Calculator for a recommended daily starting point based on weight, condition, and severity. Every individual is different so it will inevitably require some experimentation to find your sweet spot.
To calculate how much CBD to consume with a CBD tincture, you must note the total CBD content (mg) in the bottle and the number of serving. For example, if your tincture has 1000 mg of CBD, and there are 30 servings (1 full dropper), then one dropper contains about 33mg. Some companies suggest counting CBD drops in order to measure dosage, but we’ve created a simple diagram to calculate the various dropper amounts or each of our tinctures.
Again, when trying to figure out just how much CBD you should take, it will require some trial and error. We suggest starting with a low dose (10-15 mg of CBD) and see how you react. You can slowly increase the dose over the next few days to find the most effective dose for you and your goals.
Why Sublingual CBD Application is Effective
One of the main advantages of using tinctures is the ability to get a quick, effective dose of cannabidiol simply by applying the oil under your tongue. This method is a convenient and non-intrusive way to take your daily CBD dose, and typically only takes minutes to take effect. There are thin mucous membranes beneath the tongue that will quickly absorb any chemicals they come into contact with, and directly enter them into the bloodstream. As a result, sublingual administration is a much more efficient route as opposed to normal oral ingestion.
Using CBD Tinctures with Food/Beverages
CBD oil from tincture can also be easily applied to your favorite foods and beverages if you don’t like its taste, but this approach does come with some drawbacks. For one, CBD drops applied onto food or beverages will take longer for your body to absorb the CBD. Furthermore, oral ingestion lowers CBD’s bioavailability as it must be processed through the digestive system, meaning that a decreased amount of CBD will actually end up in your system.
How to Store CBD Tinctures
Tinctures have an incredibly long shelf life, so long as they are stored in dark ultraviolet-protective bottles and kept away from heat and light.
Although tinctures do not need to be refrigerated, they should be kept away from heat in a “cool” environment (ideally 60-70 degrees) to avoid degrading the cannabinoids as well as to maintain the viscosity of the oil.
Dark or opaque tincture bottles offer increased protection to light, and storing them in a dark place helps maximize their shelf life. All Tessera Naturals CBD Tinctures products are packaged in dark amber glass bottles for added protection.
In addition, most CBD tinctures will require an extra bit of care since they often contain a non-alcoholic solvent. Without the preservation that alcohol provides, tinctures have an increased risk of growing mold. To avoid this, make sure not to contaminate the bottle by touching the dropper with the mouth or any other surface.
Make Sure You’re Using a Quality CBD Tincture!
When selecting a CBD tincture, it’s important to recognize the distinction between actual CBD oil and other “hemp oil” or hemp seed oil. Although they both come from the same plant, hemp seed oil lacks the many cannabinoids that provide a range of therapeutic effects. Hemp seed oil is particularly rich in omega fatty acids, but it won’t have much of an effect if used as a tincture for healing or therapeutic properties.
NOTE: The CBD oil products on Amazon are mostly likely hemp seed oil and do not contain any CBD at all.
Also, make sure you understand the amount of THC in the product and look for either full spectrum or broad spectrum CBD to get the maximum benefit of the entourage effect.
Lastly, make sure you are vetting the products you are buying to make sure they contain the best, high-quality CBD oil, from organically grown hemp, and do not contain harsh chemicals or solvents. Review Certificate of Analysis (COA’s) to make sure you verify what’s in the bottle.
Tessera Naturals is committed to offering the highest quality premium grade Broad Spectrum CBD products on the market. Made from USA organically grown non-GMO hemp, using a solvent-free extraction process, Tessera Naturals maintains a pure whole plant profile with 0% THC. All products are 3rd party tested for safety and potency.
- Tinctures include any solution that consists of an extract dissolved or diluted in alcohol/solvent and is contained in a carrier oil.
- CBD Tinctures are best used to transfer CBD oil directly under the tongue for maximum absorption.
- Using tinctures with food and drink is perfectly fine, but it’s more effective to apply the dose sublingually.
- Calculate the dosage of tinctures by noting the total CBD content in the bottle, divided by the number of servings.
- Store tinctures in a cool, dark place for maximum shelf life.
- Make sure you are purchasing high-quality CBD tinctures from a reputable source.
Tessera Naturals premium-grade broad spectrum CBD tinctures are a great way to consume CBD oil as part of your daily health and wellness routine, or as a supplement to treat a number of conditions. Sublingual delivery is the most popular way to take our THC-free CBD.
Thanks for explaining why we need to research the products to make sure the hemp is organically grown and free of harsh chemicals. My sister wants to start using CBD since she heard it can be a helpful remedy for everyday stress and anxiety. I’m glad I read your article so I can help her find a health care store with natural CBD products in our area.
i’ll go with a CBD Tincture because it is so easy to use.
I had no idea that all you need to use a CBD tincture is the bottle and the dropper. I have never tried CBD before so I didn’t know how to use it. Well, if I ever try it one day, I’ll go with a CBD tincture because it is easy to use unlike other methods.
As you mentioned, when trying to figure out how much you should be taking, it is a trial and error. Is it best to start with a low dose and then work your way up if that doesn’t seem to be working? My sister is thinking about taking some CBD to help with some pain she is feeling. I will have to direct her to this site.
My sister has been dealing with a lot of anxiety and stress for the past two months because she has a really busy schedule working and going to school full time. She has been thinking about taking some CBD, and I didn’t realize that tincture is such an effective method. It is good to know that you should hold the solution in your mouth for at least a minute so that you can get the maximum absorption.
Thank you for emphasizing that it is important for us to compare tinctures to ensure the one we are choosing actually uses CBD oil rather than a different type that may contain different therapeutic properties. My wife is pregnant and she mentioned that she has been feeling some discomfort in her lower back. I think I will ask her gynecologist about CBD oil and how it may help relieve her pain when I accompany my wife to her next checkup.
I never knew that CBD tinctures consist of a plant or animal extract that dissolves on some kind of solvent. I’ve been stressed and depressed lately due to my job and personal struggle in life. That’ show I’ve been looking for any CBD products that I can take.
I’m glad that you mention how it’s important to compare tinctures to ensure the one you choose uses actual CBD oil instead of some other type that will have different therapeutic properties. I’d imagine that searching online would be the easiest way to learn about the various types of tinctures and their ingredients. It might also be a good place to read reviews so that you can learn from previous customers and ensure that the product will give you the results you’re looking for.