A CBD tincture is a dietary supplement that comes in liquid form and has a very potent cannbidiol content. Tinctures are created by steeping CBD-rich hemp flowers in high-proof grain alcohol, then cooking over low heat for multiple hours.
Once the liquid is ready, it’s commonly mixed with a sweet tasting carrier oil like orange or peppermint. On its own, it can be very bitter. The final product should be potent, with a very high CBD content and no more than 0.3% THC.
How to use CBD tinctures:
Since tinctures are concentrated, it’s supposed to be taken in small doses. Luckily, they come with a 1 mL dropper. If more is needed, it is a simple case of having a few more drops.
Many patients can’t get past the bitterness, so they mix it with food and beverages. It’s most commonly added to soup, salad dressing, coffee, and tea. OthersTake it sublingually, meaning underneath the tongue. Research suggests that substances taken sublingually are absorbed faster than with other oral methods.
When dosing a CBD tincture sublingually, make sure to actually hold the tincture under your tongue for at least a minute to allow it to absorb, before swallowing the rest. The membrane under your tongue allows for absorption by your sublingual artery. From there it will travel to your external carotid artery, then through the internal carotid artery, and into your brain. Effects can start to take place in about 15 minutes.
Benefits of CBD:
Tinctures, and CBD, in general, can be used to supplement a healthy lifestyle, as well as support the management of various conditions. CBD is being investigated as a strong anti-inflammatory and antiseptic compound.
Tinctures can have some major practical advantages as well. For example, tinctures are easy to consume discreetly throughout the day since they require no prep work and don’t need to be smoked or vaporized. The dropper bottles themselves are very small and easy to conceal in a purse or pocket. It’s high concentration also plays into the convenience. Since only small amounts are needed, it’s easy to adjust your daily dose with absolute precision.