CBD Tincture… What Is It And How Do You Use It?

October 10, 2019 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized

CBD is NOT psychoactive

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in marijuana. Unlike THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), also a cannabinoid, CBD is NOT psychoactive, i.e. It does not get you high. A growing body of research is finding that CBD has a great many medical treatment and therapeutic benefits.

It has shown great promise as a pain and anxiety reliever. It also appears as an effective for depression, insomnia, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and even acne. In lab and animal studies, CBD appears to inhibit neurodegenerativeness in Alzheimer patients.

There are many ways to administer CBD

There are many ways to administer CBD beyond smoking a joint of a cannabis strain high in CBD. These include CBD oil, capsules, oral sprays, vape pens, topically, edibles, and even CBD beverage enhancers and bath bombs. CBD treats are available for pets. The desired result and effectiveness of these methods and products varies. This component is popularly sought by those who are new to cannabis or who are skeptical about its’ base treatments. Mostly in tincture form. 

A tincture is created by dissolving plant material, in this case cannabis, into a solvent. Ethanol is usually used to produce a tincture, but solvents, such as vinegar, are also used. The ratio of solvent used affects the levels of constituents that exist in the final product. Usually after the plant matter has been combined with ethanol, the plant matter and ethanol are removed from and leave the resulting extract.

Processing methods can then be performed. This includes distillation.

After distillation, the product is combined with a carrier, such as sunflower, coconut, or olive oil. Additional ingredients can be added such as honey to improve taste. It’s also worth noting that many CBD products sold as tinctures are actually produced through CO2 extraction.

Using Tinctures

Before taking a CBD tincture, ensure it is well mixed/shaken so your dosage is consistent, accurate and safe. Using tinctures requires sublingual application (under the tongue) with a dropper or syringe, preferably one that is calibrated. This method disperses the CBD and other ingredients into the bloodstream rapidly and enables precise measurement.

For greater absorption into the bloodstream it is advisable to hold the tincture under the tongue for up to a minute. Many people combine tinctures with beverages, such as tea, or will add them to food. The benefits of this are readily apparent, but the CBD takes longer to enter the bloodstream (and thus take effect), and it is a little more difficult to control one’s dose accurately.