During the last couple of years, many different CBD products have been gaining popularity, one of them being CBD tincture. Many people think that CBD tincture is the same as CBD oil but there is considerable difference between the two.
Ingredients of CBD Tincture
Although both products contain cannabidiol (CBD), tinctures usually contain a smaller percentage of it, as well as they, have a number of other ingredients. CBD oil is pure oil.
Tinctures are liquid extracts of the active ingredients (usually herbs) that are infused into alcohol, vegetable glycerin, or oil. They are taken orally.
Tinctures consist of base products and secondary ingredients.
The most common base products for tinctures are vegetable glycerin, coconut oil, and alcohol. The base can be one of these products or a mixture of them. Base products are used to dilute the oil so it can be mixed with the secondary ingredients. Among the secondary ingredients are CBD oil or CBD isolate, polysorbate 80 or lecithin (emulsifiers), water (to thin out the tincture), natural or artificial flavoring (to enhance the flavor), and sweetener (to hide the bitterness of the oil).
It is important to remember that CBD tinctures contain a very little percentage of CBD oil and considerably larger percentage of other ingredients. This can lead to confusion, as there are companies that label their tinctures “CBD oil”, although the percentage of actual CBD oil in tinctures ranges between 0.25-3%. CBD oil is 100% oil and nothing else.
Concerning the texture of CBD tinctures, they are thick but still will flow freely at a room temperature. CBD oil is quite pasty and will remain that way even at a room temperature.
Advantages of Using CBD Tincture
One of the main advantages of CBD tinctures over CBD oil is the ease of dosage because they are not so concentrated. A drop of CBD oil could contain around 25mgs of CBD, while a drop of tincture – 1mg of CBD. Precise dosage is always crucial, especially, when patients begin treatment. If the dosage is too high, some can experience unpleasant side effects like low blood pressure, drowsiness, or light-headedness.
Another advantage of CBD tinctures is their taste over plain CBD oil. They can come in a variety of flavors like peppermint, cinnamon, or even exotic ones such as green apple, banana cream pie, and many others. The taste can help with holding the drop of tincture under the tongue for longer. Thus, the CBD oil from the tincture can absorb better.
Concerning the potency, CBD tinctures are more appropriate for mild symptoms and stress relief than severe pain and specific ailments.
The market of CBD tinctures has expanded a lot during the recent year. That’s why there are quite a lot of brands to choose from.