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CBD Tincture for Beginners

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As cannabis–based therapeutic products become more widely available and accepted, it’s natural to have questions. After all, a lot of the treatments on the market today weren’t around just a couple of years ago. While cannabinoids like CBD show a lot of promise in treating a host of conditions, it can be hard to know how to introduce them into an existing healthcare routine. Today, we explore the role CBD tinctures can play in your well-being.

What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is one of the many identified cannabinoid molecules found in Cannabis plants. Like all cannabinoid molecules, it interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the human body. But because CBD isn’t psychoactive, it doesn’t produce the “high” commonly associated with its more famous cannabinoid cousin, THC. That means that CBD, which is often derived from hemp, or male cannabis plants, doesn’t produce the high that cannabis products are often associated with.

a field of non-psychoactive hemp plants

A field of non-psychoactive, industrial hemp, the male variety of the cannabis plant. (torstengrieger/iStock)

Instead, CBD possesses a wide variety of medical applications. While research is ongoing, studies have already demonstrated that CBD is an effective treatment for epilepsy. But this cannabinoid is what’s known as a promiscuous molecule, meaning that it interacts with many different types of neuroreceptors. That suggests that current studies may just be scratching the surface of CBD’s therapeutic potential.

What Is CBD Good For?

Researchers around the world are investigating CBD’s potential for treating a wide variety of conditions. Near the top of the list is the promise it holds for pain relief. Numerous studies have found that CBD exhibits analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties make it useful in the treatment of both acute pain—like muscle pulls—and chronic conditions such as arthritis.

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When taken to relief the symptoms of epilepsy, CBD is typically administered orally. Researchers have found that this same method of dosing may be effective in using CBD to treat social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and related conditions. Evidence also suggests that this cannabinoid could be helpful in treating the symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder.

When it comes to conditions like insomnia, CBD’s clinical research scorecard is more mixed. Some studies have suggested that the substance can actually increase wakefulness. Others, though, have found that a CBD tincture or oil taken a couple of hours before bedtime can help induce a sense of balance that can help sleep come more easily. A 2016 report, for instance, found that a CBD-rich oil, administered orally, helped to alleviate the symptoms of both anxiety and insomnia in one patient suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

What Is a Tincture?

CBD can be administered in many forms, from smoking a cannabis strain that produces a lot of the molecule to consuming it in edibles. Among the most popular methods—especially for individuals trying a cannabis-based treatment for the first time—is through a tincture.

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Tinctures are produced by steeping cannabis flowers or isolates in a high-proof grain alcohol, then applying low heat for a significant span of time. This allows the active compounds in cannabis to infuse into the neutral spirit, much of which is then boiled off. The result is a potent liquid that delivers the effects of the cannabinoid molecules without any smoking or other form of combustion. In the growing consumer market, producers will often add carrier oils and other complementary ingredients, such as an orange oil to improve the taste of a tincture.

How to Take a Tincture

Because a CBD tincture is concentrated, it’s designed to be taken in small doses. This is why most tinctures come with a built-in dropper that allows users to take small, carefully measured quantities.

Since the doses are relatively small, tinctures can be administered in a variety of ways. For patients looking to take their CBD with food, a dose of tincture can be mixed into a meal like soup or pasta. It can also be added easily to drinks like coffee and tea; an evening cup of chamomile paired with CBD tincture stands to be even more relaxing than usual.

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Tinctures can also be taken sublingually, or by applying them underneath the tongue.  This method of delivering CBD tincture is already common in epilepsy treatments. Some research has found that this delivery method makes cannabinoids more easily and consistently available to the body than other oral alternatives.

Where to Start

If you’ve still got questions about CBD tinctures, watch Leafly editor Emily Resling discuss the topic a little further in the review below.

Producers like Populum offer several ways to try CBD, including tried and tested tinctures sourced from Colorado-grown cannabis plants and made in the USA. Populum’s signature tincture is available in a variety of strengths, appropriate for dipping a toe into CBD or stepping up a dose to provide more effective relief.

Populum and others also offer further options for CBD administration, such as gels, ointments, and other topical products, all of which can help curious consumers find out if this curative cannabinoid is right for them.

  • CBD OIL

    Nice article 🙂

  • julius

    Good article very interesting

  • Lee Butcher

    So, what’s the difference between cbd tincture and cbd oil, then?? I bought cbd oil from my local shop, wanting to give it to my older brother who is having severe problems with his diabetes (leg and foot numbness and pain), but it has such a sweet taste to it, I’m afraid that it would be disruptive to his sugar levels. Again, what is the difference between these two “titles” ??

    • “CBD Oil” can be in almost any carrier (like coconut oil or hemp oil) and will have CBD Oil concentrate in it. If it was sweet, it likely contained Vegetable Glycerin, a common food additive which won’t affect your blood sugar. Coconut Oil is one of the best because its so great for you anyway. MCT Coconut Oil is even better since it can assist the CBD into your bloodstream faster. At Leafwize (dot com), we add CBD to MCT Coconut Oil and flavor with natural plant terpenes and essential oils. 🙂

      • Lee Butcher

        Thanks very much!

        • You’re welcome! If you care to try ours once your other one is done, use coupon code WIZEOWL for 10% off.

          • Dana

            How do we determine the strength? As a topical I’ve seen cannabis as the last ingredient in the mix. I prefer a topical for foot pain.

          • Most medicinals will have a strength listed in Mg (milligrams) but we’ve found it to be hard to compare with so many different product sizes and the number is usually the total for the container. Price usually goes up with the number of Mg per ounce of product. Some contain just CBD and others THC & CBD. We think that somewhere in 100-500 Mg of CBD/THC per ounce of product is a good range. Some give more but generally charge more too. Hope that helps!

  • Eileen

    Can you make CBD oil from a higher cannaboid to THC strain of the cannabis plant that is not decarbed and get the same effects as the CBD oil made from hemp?

    • In a nutshell, yes. Depending on the strain, it would be more like ‘Cannabinoid Oil’ vs just CBD Oil, but you would be getting THCa, CBDa, and any other cannabinoids naturally present in that strain. Without decarbing the acid versions of these will not be psychoactive but still very effective as a medicine.

  • Scottsdale Bubbe

    I live in Arizona where only medical MJ is legal. It costs about $500 to get a patient card — physician exam + application fee + state fee. Questions: 1) If the tincture is made from hemp which I assume IS legal, can it be obtained without a MMJ card? 2) Is it useful applied externally to the affected areas such as knees with pain from osteoarthritis? and 3) if I drive to California, am I allowed to purchase it in California? There are ways to bring it home across the state line — just change the container and put it in my luggage. I am a white, gray haired 70+ lady and have never been stopped at any border but just been waved thru.

    • nixnoutz

      Dear, i believe “yes” is the answer to all your questions. CBD can be mailed to all US states from what i’ve read. But since you’re a MMJ holder i would research and consider a thc/cbd tincture/ointment/topical. Whole plant constituents. Cali sells medical AND recreational products so one way or another you’ll have access to your needs. And since i’m not a medical professional please research. That’s what search engines are for. And multiple results. Also you’ll be able to review stores, products, prices. If you’re concerned with privacy, use “duckduckgo” search engine. It supposedly doesn’t invade privacy by retaining or using records.

  • Shellie

    Industrial hemp is NOT the male version of cannabis!!!! The male Hemp plant is used as it is in any species . . .plant or animal; to pollinate the female. The male hemp plant is introduced into a field or greenhouse of female hemp plants to create a SEED crop. Industrial hemp has BOTH female and male plants.

  • Tammy

    Not sure if this has been asked because I have not read through all the comments. What about CBD tincture or vape for the treatment of opioid addiction? My daughter is currently on a methadone treatment – addictive/very costly. I’m looking for something safer and alot cheaper.

  • Kevin

    I know that you should place the drops under your tongue for 30-60 seconds, but what about after? I typically take it in the morning as I’m getting ready for work. Will brushing my teeth or drinking coffee or other fluids effect the absorption? thanks!

  • Curtis Hauser

    Although an impressive article, it includes content contradicting my own research into Cannabis fundamentals, which if accurate, shakes my confidence in the company or product. I’d like to make a purchase (my 1st CBD BTW), so PLEASE CORRECT ME if I am wrong, my understanding is that Marijuana and Hemp are BOTH cannabis within the Sativa L species. Technical summary: at the top is the Cannabis genus under which there are 3 species: Sativa L, Indica, and Ruderalis. Sativa L is composed of Marijuana and Hemp subspecies, distinguishable by THC level (less than or greater than .3% THC). Chart attached

  • Andrew Jackson

    How to sensibly buy LEGAL CBD oil? Because I got a letter saying customs have confiscated my package two times already and I’m pissed.