How to Use a CBD Tincture: A Simple Tutorial
For new CBD users, CBD oil tinctures are one of the most popular ways to use CBD. They’re fast-acting, convenient and easy to use, allowing anyone to enjoy the benefits of CBD. If you’re new to CBD, understanding how to use a CBD tincture is a skill that’s essential and, thankfully, super easy to learn.
In this guide, we’ll explain what a CBD tincture is, how it works, and walk you through a simple process on how to use a CBD tincture.
What is CBD?
Classified as a phytocannabinoid, Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound produced in the sticky resin of the Cannabis plant.
CBD can be extracted from Cannabis and used in a variety of products such as oil tinctures, edibles, e-liquids, and topicals.
Unlike other phytocannabinoids like Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is completely non-intoxicating. This allows CBD to deliver the therapeutic properties of the Cannabis plant, without inducing the mind-altering effects associated with “getting high.”
When extracted from Hemp (a classification of Cannabis that contains a very low amount of THC and is grown primarily for industrial purposes), CBD is legal to use in the United States, under the 2018 Farm Bill.
How Does CBD Work?
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a network of receptors found throughout the central nervous system and other biological systems that can interact with cannabinoids like CBD and THC.
By influencing these receptors, studies have shown that CBD can help maintain and improve their functionality, thereby improving the integrity of the systems they regulate.
This interaction is what allows CBD to deliver numerous health benefits such as stress relief, pain management, and more.
What is a CBD Tincture
Prior to the age of medicine, tinctures had been used for centuries and were the primary means of treating health conditions.
A tincture is a concentrated liquid form of one or more herbs, such as cannabis, which is produced by soaking the plant in a solvent, such as alcohol or vegetable glycerine, for several weeks. In the case of CBD oil tincture, a high CBD-strain of cannabis could be soaked in alcohol for several weeks until it is formed into a liquid state.
Depending on the desired effects of the tincture, the liquid can be refined to contain certain compounds from the plant.
Once the plant extract is in a liquid state, it can then be administered sublingually (under the tongue) with a dropper.
How to Use a CBD Tincture
When CBD oil is administered sublingually by dropper, it means to drip the CBD oil under the tongue then hold it there for 30-90 seconds before swallowing. This allows the CBD oil to absorb into the vein under your tongue and enter the bloodstream where it can then administer its effects.
The Advantages of CBD Tinctures
CBD tinctures are not only an easy and popular method of consuming CBD––they are a very effective method to consume CBD.
Because a CBD tincture is highly concentrated, it delivers CBD throughout the body quicker than other methods such as capsules or edibles. It is also much easier for the body to break down – as compared to breaking down a capsule or edible.
According to Clinical Herbalist, Betsy Miller, this is extremely beneficial for people suffering from acute conditions such as pain or anxiety. Furthermore, using CBD as a tincture provides a smokeless alternative to other methods such as vaping CBD, which comes as a huge benefit for persons who have health conditions preventing them from vaping, or if they don’t prefer it.
Wondering How Much CBD You Should Take?
Learn how to determine your proper dosage of CBD in our easy infographic below and read our full guide here: What’s the Best CBD Dosage