Using a tincture is one of the most popular ways to consume CBD. Yet many people are still unsure about what a CBD tincture is, how it differs from other types of CBD products, and how to use it.
But First, What Is CBD?
In case you’re wondering, CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is one of more than 100 naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant. It’s non-psychoactive, unlike THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the compound in cannabis that produces a euphoric high.
CBD is gentle, safe, and can be used to address the symptoms of a variety of health conditions, such as anxiety, chronic pain and more. It’s extracted from either marijuana or hemp, a non-intoxicating fiber of the cannabis plant that’s also often used for paper and other products because of its durability. When extracted from marijuana, CBD may contain small amounts of the psychoactive compound THC, as marijuana contains anywhere from 12–30% of THC, depending on the strain. However, CBD derived from hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, which can be removed completely during a CO2 extraction process. This means hemp-derived CBD is a pure and safe source of cannabidiol, free of THC.
After extraction, CBD concentrate is formulated into different products to suit a variety of needs. Typically, CBD products include: vape pens and vape oil; topical lotions and patches; edibles like brownies, cookies and candy; and tinctures.
Now, What Is a CBD Tincture?
A CBD tincture is a liquid that can be alcohol- or oil-based and contains a high amount of CBD concentrate. Usually it comes in a glass bottle with a dropper, and is simple to use. When derived from pure hemp, a CBD tincture allows you to effectively experience the benefits of CBD minus the intoxicating high.
Tinctures may also combine natural ingredients like essential oils and essences from flowers and plants to enhance the efficacy of the cannabidiol. Here at Curaleaf Hemp, we offer a variety of pure CBD tinctures, which means that we don’t put in any additional cannabinoids, terpenes or flavonoids. Our development team has decades of experience, and building on that experience, our experts have developed exceptionally clean extraction techniques to produce pure CBD oil for our tinctures.
How to Take a CBD Tincture
Many people choose to consume CBD tinctures by placing them under their tongue for 10 or more seconds before swallowing. This allows the CBD to be directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the veins underneath the tongue. When consumed in this way, CBD’s effects are usually felt within several minutes to a half hour. CBD tinctures can also be added to foods and beverages, although they may change the flavor of the food or drink.
What Can CBD Tinctures Be Used For?
- Relaxation and anxiety reduction.
- To aid with digestion and help relieve upset stomach.
- Muscle and joint pain relief, particularly if associated with arthritis.
- To revive and energize the mind and body.
- To uplift the mind, balance emotions and promote a stronger immune system.
Where to Find CBD Tinctures
Given the recent legalization of hemp-derived CBD, you can find tinctures just about anywhere. But the problem is that the CBD industry is currently unregulated, which means there are an overwhelming amount of questionable products on the market that aren’t actually safe. This is why, when choosing a CBD tincture, quality is of the utmost importance. Cheaply made CBD tinctures—or tinctures from brands that aren’t reputable in the hemp, CBD, and cannabis industry—could contain fillers, additives, pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
Ideally, you’ll want to choose an organic CBD tincture made from hemp that’s grown without the use of harmful pesticides and without any artificial colors or flavors. Again, CBD oil and other CBD products aren’t currently regulated, so make sure you do your research to find CBD products from a reputable source. Also, look to confirm that the products you buy are tested by a third party to verify their safety and efficacy.
Explore High-Quality CBD Products from Curaleaf Hemp
We’re passionate about formulating CBD products to help you live life well. Our CBD tinctures are made with a blend of powerful essential oils like jasmine and lavender to enhance the quality and potency of each blend. Explore our collection.