The wave keeps moving stronger and stronger. Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, the other main Cannabinoid in the Cannabis or hemp plant is here to stay as many more countries are working towards legalizing it for a minimum when not legalizing both the therapeutic and recreational use of Cannabis all together.
As most people now, Cannabis has been working for centuries, first openly, then in secret and now it’s making its way back to being legal and free to use. CBD calming and relaxing agents are back at work and the modern technology is allowing all kind of derivatives and flavors to help take in the product; it comes in:
- Gum and
- All kind of edible products, each one promising better results than the previous one.
From the list above, while Oils have been very popular lately, Tinctures have been in the shadow. This article is aiming at shedding some light on CBD Tinctures, what they are and what makes them different to CBD Oils.
Quick Summary on CBD Oil
The two main chemical compounds found in the Hemp and Cannabis plat are THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol); they are known as Cannabinoids. There are around 120 other Cannabinoids present in both plants. Without going into too much detail, CBD, which is the non-psychoactive compound, has been found to bear great health benefits for health conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, anti-inflammatory, seizure control, pain relief and many more. Click here to read more about CBD in other previous posts on the subject.
CBD oil is simply put, CBD extract added to any oil that can be consumed by humans. The same way Omega3 acid is added to fish oil to make omega 3 fish oil. In other words, if you take any oil that can be consumed by humans and add some CBD extract to it, you’ve just made CBD oil. It is as simple as that.
What is a Tincture?
A tincture is a mix of water and alcohol based extract of animal or plant material. The solvent (water + alcohol) concentration is typically around 25 to 60 % but could be as high as 90%. Many tinctures use ethanol as their solvent. Tinctures are very common in herbal medicine where their solvent concentration is around 20%. Other solvents commonly used are vinegar and glycerin also known as glycerol; while they bring the advantage of being alcohol free, they may not offer all the power of an alcohol based extract.
What is CBD Tincture?
A CBD Tincture is just an alcohol based CBD extract. The same way we explained CBD Oil earlier, this is just CBD extract added to an alcohol mixture. CBD Tinctures are made from high CBD strain of hemp or Cannabis mixed with alcohol. Many prefer tinctures because sublingual intake works better and their shelf life tends to be longer when stored in dark cool places. The body tends to better absorb CBD in Tinctures. However, depending on the use tinctures may sometimes be preferred and vice-versa.
Until Cannabis prohibition in the US, Tinctures were the primary form Cannabis extract was sold in apothecaries.
Pros and Cons of CBD Tinctures and oils
The scientific community always brings up the fact that there has not been enough clinical study to back the use Cannabis and CBD on humans to support all the hype we see around the products. As we all know, part of the reason behind this situation was the ban imposed on Marijuana and Hemp. We agree that there still a lot of research to be done, although more and more people claim to have been finding relief on ailments they had for years and for which the modern medicine had not been able to help. There are several pros and cons between tinctures and oils:
- CBD Oils are vaporizer friendly but CBD tinctures aren’t. Some manufacturers expressly record it on their packaging not to vape with CBD tincture.
- CBD tinctures on the other hand are great for mixing in any kind of food, which is not always the case for CBD oils that cannot be easily mixed with any food.
- Sublingual intake is way more efficient with tinctures compared to Oil which tends to have a not so enjoyable taste.
- CBD oils can be easily mixed with fatty foods as opposed to CBD tinctures.
No matter the pros and cons of both forms of CBD carrier substance, CBD oils, tinctures, balm, lotion and edibles bear lots of promises and researchers are still working hard to discover other health benefits.
Known Side effect
Just like anything in life, even CBD should be taken with moderation and most importantly, the dosage should be respected as recommended by the health practitioner. While CBD is known to be fairly safe, some side effects are common when taken in excess such as:
- Inconsistent appetite
- Poor interaction with other medication
- Dry Mouth
For this reason, it is important to consult with your health practitioner before taking CBD oil or tincture as it may interfere with some modern chemical drugs. Just be aware that not all medical doctors have so far recognized the benefits associated with CBD.
Despite the above, CBD experts claim that the benefits of using CBD outweighs the side effects and no one should shy away from using it because of those side effects.
CBD Oils and CBD Tinctures: Which one is more expensive?
Cost! This is going to be the main concern for many now and in the near future. It is no secret that taking CBD based treatment on the long run can be very expensive, whether you take it in the form of oil or tincture. It isn’t the carrier that makes the final product expensive but the extract itself. You need a lot of plant to get extracts and growing and extracting CBD, THC or both is costly for companies. The ban put on hemp and Marijuana did not help, so not many have invested in cultivating hemp. As a result, there is not enough offer on the market to drive prices down, especially with the current demand of CBD products that gets higher every day. With more studies and less rigid laws on the subject, we are going to see more investment and hopefully, a higher offer of such products will help drive prices down.
While we understand that the price tag could turn some down, it is very important to remember that one always gets what one pays for. Think twice before going for any cheap product as they can sometimes bring more harm to your health. Some companies from grid would use chemicals and fertilizer to improve their harvest; this could have an adverse effect on your health and turn out to be more dangerous than the disease you are trying to heal.
It is very important to always ask for lab results for any oil or tincture you intend to use from the seller. Serious sellers would not hesitate to give you that information. A few years ago, the FDA raided some store, looking for illegitimate CBD products. While some products were found to have steel or butane in them, other oils had very low to no CBD at all compared to what was advertised on the label. So be aware and play smart.
It is important to meet with a health practitioner; someone who knows what he or she is talking about so you can get the right advice and the right product as well. Cannabis business which includes both therapeutic and recreational products is a multi billion business and we have so far only scratched the tip of it. It is obvious that it is going to attract all kind of investors, both serious and crooks. So it is your responsibility to make the right decision.
Both CBD oil and tincture will bring great results if they are good and uncontaminated products. Each product properties will dictate the right use for it as we explained above. Most people don’t like the taste of CBD oil and would prefer a tincture instead. Because the tincture is alcohol based, it is forgiving with additives used to mask the taste but it could sometimes come with additional side effects; whereas the oil has the advantage that it could be used both sublingual and topically as well.