Cannabis as a medical supplement is gaining in popularity. Two of the most popular ways for CBD consumers to ingest the cannabinoid is orally using CBD oil or a CBD tincture. Because cannabidiol is from the hemp plant, it carries much less of the psychotropic THC found in higher concentrations in marijuana.
This non-psychotropic quality is what makes CBD so appealing. People want relief from medical conditions without getting “high” from the THC in marijuana. Two of the most popular forms of CBD wellness product are CBD oil and CBD tinctures.
CBD oil consists of CBD that’s been extracted from industrial hemp, then diluted with a carrier oil – hemp seed oil, MCT oil, and coconut oil are typical – to make it easier to consume and absorb. CBD oil is one of the most popular ways to take CBD because it can be extremely potent and fast-acting.
It is typically used sublingually, but it can also have an effect applied topically to the skin. Due to its potency, just a minimal amount is needed for the effects to kick in. CBD oil can also be used as an ingredient when cooking. It’s fat-soluble, so CBD oil can be added to any recipes calling for oil or butter.
CBD tinctures, on the other hand, are made using an alcohol and water solution to extract CBD. Instead of using oils as a carrier, tinctures use alcohol. The alcohol aids in the absorption. That’s why tinctures are fast-acting. They are also not as strong in the flavor department as CBD oil, which can carry an unpleasant, bitter taste.
Typically, tinctures contain additional flavoring ingredients and healthy additives like herbs. The alcohol in tinctures also acts as a preservative, and it can extend the cannabidiol’s life by several years.
Tinctures are usually ingested sublingually, that is, placed under the tongue for a few moments then swallowed. This method further allows the CBD to be absorbed faster.