The most popular way to consume CBD oil is with a CBD tincture. In order to choose the right one for your needs, you need to know the different types of CBD tinctures. This article explains them further.
A CBD tincture is usually sold in a small bottle that contains a concentrated amount of CBD oil mixed with a carrier oil. The bottle comes with a dropper built into the removable cap.
The best way to use CBD oil is sublingually (under the tongue). The dropper makes it easy to apply a few drops under your tongue. The reason you would put drops under your tongue is so that the tincture can get absorbed into your bloodstream quickly.
What is a CBD Tincture?
A CBD tincture is a mixture of CBD hemp extract and a carrier oil. A tincture, in the traditional sense, is a plant or herb that is extracted in a solvent such as alcohol. It’s then “cooked” over low heat for a long period of time. The result is a highly-concentrated tincture, full of the nutrients from the plant.
The Concentration Factor
The greater the concentration of CBD, the stronger the tincture. This means that even a small two fluid ounce bottle can be very potent if the concentration is high.
In other words, a concentration of 200-250mg of CBD per bottle is far less potent than a bottle with 2,500mg of CBD. A bottle containing 1,000ml of tincture, of which you would place 10-15 drops per day under your tongue, will last a fairly long time. Depending on the concentration, you may be able to use even fewer drops and still receive the benefits for a longer period of time before running out.
The Carrier Oils
There is a very sensible reason why a carrier oil is mixed with CBD oil to create a tincture. CBD on its own does not last very long. A carrier oil assists in stabilizing and preserving the healthy components of the concentrated CBD. Carrier oils are all-natural extracts and there are several commonly used ones including olive oil, hemp-seed oil, grape-seed oil, extra-virgin olive oil, frankincense oil, and MCT oil (derived from coconut or palm oil).
Other Ingredients in CBD Tinctures
There are a few additional ingredients you may find in your bottle of CBD tincture. They are there for a reason and here is what they are:
The essential oils that come from the hemp plant are called terpenes. They basically draw together all the effects of the cannabinoids contained in the tincture. This way you experience the most powerful and long-lasting effects from the contents in your tincture bottle.
There are over 110 different cannabinoids that come from the cannabis plant and several of them may be part of your CBD tincture mixture. If your bottle lists anything like CBDA, CBG, CBN, THCA, or others, this is no cause for alarm as the additional cannabinoids will enhance the potency of your CBD tincture.
It is not uncommon to find more than one carrier oil in a CBD tincture. The reason for this is to provide you with the most absorbable CBD possible. In addition to the oils listed above, there may also be some black seed oil, vitamin E, or other antioxidant substances added.
Extraction from hemp only occurs on fully-grown plants. There are a number of ways in which CBD oil is extracted to make a tincture and the most common ones are as follows:
As mentioned above, traditional extraction methods require alcohol. The high-proof grain alcohol known as ethanol is used to separate CBD from the hemp plant. While this is a completely safe extraction method, individuals with certain sensitivities should seek a tincture that has been extracted in a different manner.
Another effective extraction method used to extract cannabinoids from the rest of the hemp plant is carbon dioxide. CO2 extraction is not only the most commonly used method, it is also the cleanest.
Where the Hemp Comes From
A great deal of the hemp for CBD products is grown in the United States. Kentucky and Colorado are the front-runners for the time being. US-grown hemp and CBD products are of high quality and far better than those from China.
A Quick Overview
When choosing a CBD tincture, you must consider a number of factors such as the concentration and ingredients of the product. CBD has different concentrations and carrier oils. The extraction methods differ, as does the quality, depending on where the plants are grown. Keep in mind, CBD oil is just another term to describe CBD tincture, which actually contains a mixture of CBD oil and other compounds including carrier oils, essential oils, and additional cannabinoid oils. Regardless of the actual contents of your bottle of CBD tincture, the product is meant to be a nutritional supplement.