The many possibilities of CBD TINCTURE
Posted on July 15th, 2022 to CBD
Everyone you know is talking about how much they love CBD tinctures.
But, perhaps you are not familiar, have no clue what they are talking about, and are too embarrassed to ask.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. And not to worry, if you still have questions by the time this blog is finished, click the Contact Us link, and we will find an answer for you!
CBD has experienced explosive growth across all different consumer products with health and wellness benefits in the past few years, and you see it for sale in many places in many formats and with many different concentrations.
We are here to make sure you know all you need to know so that you can proudly engage with conviction the next time the CBD conversation happens. We’ll walk through all the basics about CBD tinctures, the differences, how it is used, its benefits, and its effects.
What Does CBD mean?
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol. Try saying that word 5x fast! It’s a good thing they came up with an abbreviation for the name.
CBD is a chemical compound found in the cannabis Sativa plant. Unlike its cousin, THC, (also found in the same plant) short for tetrahydrocannabinol (want to buy a vowel?), CBD does not have any of the psychoactive properties that create a “high” state of mind like THC does.
Easiest Method for Taking CBD – The CBD Tincture
A CBD tincture is a liquid concentrated herbal extract made by blending a carrier agent with concentrated CBD (which is extracted from the hemp plant). Typically, one would use alcohol or vinegar to pull out the active ingredients in the plant parts, concentrating them as a liquid. In the case with CBD, most manufacturers use a solvent such as CO2, ethanol, or other hydrocarbons.
Tinctures are not confined to only CBD; there are many blends of herbal tinctures available in retailers that offer natural health and wellness supplements and vitamins.
How Do You Use a CBD Tincture?
CBD tinctures are taken orally, most preferably, using the sublingual technique. Sublingual means ‘under the tongue’. For best results, use the dropper that comes with the CBD tincture bottle and place a few drops at a time under your tongue, and hold the CBD oil there for 60 seconds before swallowing. This allows the medicine to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream first, rather than going through the gastrointestinal tract and then metabolized in the liver. This helps to reach the CBD’s medicinal effects the fastest.
Some people may prefer to sprinkle a few drops into and in their beverage or food. This may take a little longer for the effects to be felt as it has to be metabolized. But over time, you can find the right method and amount that works for you.
Once the drops dissolve under your tongue, they are absorbed into the small capillaries in the mouth, and the CBD travels from there through your body via the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Yes – your body has a network of nerves that form the ECS, and the ECS is responsible for distributing the CBD through your body.
The process from administering the drops to the time you feel the benefits should take about 15 – 45 minutes. Depending on your size, weight, and the way your body processes things (metabolic rate), it may take less/more time. It’s always good to start with a smaller amount and monitor how you feel and increase your serving size – you can always add, but you can’t take away.
Feeling the effects of a CBD tincture is faster than a gummy or softgel which are other forms of CBD that are impactful but not as fast to show effects as a tincture because of how and where they are absorbed into the bloodstream.
Most importantly, make sure to speak to your health care practitioner before taking CBD to make sure it’s right for you. It’s also important to recognize that while CBD tinctures may work for some, they may not work for you. This is not a “one-size fits all approach.” We are each unique, and the way our body reacts is unique to us. And if you think that the CBD is not working for you, then it is important to experiment with higher concentrations of CBD, or the frequency of usage, or both.
Will I get high from CBD Tinctures?
If you are worried about getting high from CBD tincture, don’t! CBD will not get you high. High quality CBD tinctures made from reputable brands, are curated with clean, high percentages of CBD and less than 0.3% THC. This eliminates the psychoactive compound.
Are there benefits to CBD Tinctures?
There are a lot of CBD companies offering products on the market today. The most important thing to learn about CBD tinctures and CBD products is if the company you are considering makes a medical claim or promises to treat an illness, run away fast. Don’t give them your money and don’t purchase their products.
CBD is a natural alternative to over the counter and prescription medications, but it does not treat or cure any illness. The FDA currently limits the claims that can be made as the scientific studies continue to build and support the efficacy of CBD.
There are many studies on the benefits of CBD, and a limited number of validated research supports some claims, but many more scientific and medical reports are coming quickly. There is a lot of anecdotal information we can share from customers that say it has had benefits for them.
According to verified reviews, the benefits of using CBD tinctures include; help with sleep, alleviate stress and discomfort, support muscle and joint discomfort, nausea, inflammation, and more.
Nothing is evidenced by scientific data, but studies are ongoing. Many people like the alternative, holistic benefits of using CBD on their health and wellness journey. But it is in no way a replacement to treat or cure any medical issue.
Are there any side effects of CBD Tinctures?
CBD tinctures do not have any side effects, but, like everything, use should be in moderation. The only thing you may get from CBD tinctures is some dry mouth that can be satisfied with a tall glass of water.
Like all medications you consider taking, you should consult with a physician and if you are taking other medications, it’s critical that you know from your doctor or pharmacist if CBD will affect it or the ability for your body to metabolize the needed medication.
How much CBD Tincture Should I Take?
As we always suggest, there is not a universal answer to this. Regardless of the form of CBD you select, we all process it differently. There are a few factors that impact this; your size, height, weight, and your body’s system of processing things, and your tolerance levels.
It’s always good to refer to a suggested amount chart or guideline to best manage the process. The only answer to this is that only you will know how much CBD works for you.
It may take a few tries until you find the right amount. We suggest that if you try CBD tinctures, use them over a 30 day period so that you give your body time to adjust to using them and monitoring if they work for you.
Does it matter what CBD Tincture I buy?
The simple answer is, “Absolutely!”. You can’t buy a Buick and expect it to get from 0-60 like a Maserati. The same is true of CBD – the quality and potency matter. Just like the car analogy, what you spend matters. You get what you pay for. The same applies to CBD.
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